A Strong Body is a Strong Mind

First Day: Awaiting for Lecturer
I recently went for a week of continuing education in Atlanta, Georgia last week. It was one of the most intense continuing education seminars I have had in a while. Forty hours and more of trying to absorb the wisdom of the credible, competent, renowned faculty in Physical Therapy.

Everyday, we were bombarded with a barrage of interesting information interspersed with practicum sessions to further reinforce our techniques with our patient assessments. Towards the end of the day, you await to be called so you can be tested with techniques and assessments.

At the end of the day, I wanted to just sprawl in my bed in my room and turn the lights out. But no, we had to review the day's lecture to prepare ourselves for our written exam on the 6th and last day.

I knew that it would be intense so I set my mind to at least squeeze in some form of exercise during those days. I knew that I had to do more physical activity to counteract the consequences of sitting most of the day. My mantra that kept me motivated was "A Strong Body is a Strong Mind." I am not a gym buff but I do love to run so I was impressed with myself that I was able to go to the gym several times during the week. I also had a chance to run around a few blocks in the area which gave me a chance to at least enjoy a part of Georgia.

Exercise matters in our cognitive function. It is through improved circulation of blood that oxygen gets delivered to the brain which is required to process information. Studies show that at least 30 minutes of walking of at least 3- 4 times a week protects the brain region for processing and memory. True it is usually hard to take that first step of putting on my running shoes but when I am done working out, I always feel good and feel grateful that I did.

As Plato said, "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical exercise save it and preserve it."

Friends, despite your packed schedule, I hope you do find time to exercise so you can fully reap the benefits of it mentally, emotionally and physically.

Enjoy your work out!