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To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear – Buddha

Every consistent gym-goer and personal trainer will notice the sudden surge of new leisure club members after Christmas in a frantic attempt to get fit following the winter splurge. However, three months on, are these optimists still regular users of the treadmill? Studies indicate that in fact, numbers drop after a few weeks when the novelty of the ‘summer body’ wears off, but why not try making exercise part of your lifelong routine?

A study has shown that lifelong exercise can improve brain functioning later in life. It indicated that those who engaged in regular exercise performed better in mental tasks at the age of 50 when compared to those who did not. In addition to this, regular exercise, even if at low intensity, can improve lung, heart and blood vessel functioning ensuring that organs receive the necessary nutrients required to perform most successfully. This has also highlighted a link between exercise and mental wellbeing. The brain uses energy to function efficiently, so keeping up your cardiovascular fitness will promote energy supplies to the brain and mean that you’re always functioning at your best!

It is common to feel anxious when beginning an exercise routine. This could be as a result of feeling self-conscious or having a lack of knowledge within sport. You’re not alone! If you do feel this way don’t let it deter you from keeping fit. It may be worth booking a one-off personal training session to get to know the gym equipment, or simply for advice on where to begin. Additionally, having a gym or exercise partner may alleviate feelings of anxiousness. Why not use your beFriend app to find people in your area that want to exercise too? Just select the sports you would be interested in participating in and find others who wish to do the same.

Make regular exercise part of your weekly routine. As well as the noticeable health benefits both internally and externally, it’s a great way to meet new people and make time for old friends. If you haven’t already, download your free beFriend app, available on both iOS and Android.

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