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It is a well-known fact that exercise is beneficial for our health and well-being. It also lowers blood pressure, improves our sleep and leads to better glycemic control.
New research on exercise reveals that group exercising may have other positive effects that were overlooked before. Our thoughts and attitudes are influenced by the people around us, and when we get to know people who exercise regularly, we start to view the activity as desirable, doable and appealing.
The pandemic has severely affected social exercising, but there are few ways out. Several yoga classes have participants at safe distance from each other, and there are many running clubs where people wear masks.
Virtual classes for Yoga or aerobics are the next-best thing and offer several new benefits like flexibility of schedule and connecting with people all over the world.
If the motivation we have to exercise is intrinsic (coming from our inner being), we are more likely to continue with the behaviour or activity, as it is both enjoyable and satisfying by itself. If the motivation is extrinsic (an obligation or just to lose weight) it becomes difficult to maintain the same.
Group exercise is enjoyable and rewarding even if it is difficult. The social aspect turns the otherwise boring and monotonous activity into fun.
Agoraphobia has many symptoms:
The act of avoiding something scary can itself turn fearful. Panic attacks amplify agoraphobia, and the pandemic has increased the anxiety levels of the general population according to many new studies.
The pandemic has in fact normalized agoraphobia and getting back to normal requires some time.
One can break the fearful cycle by forcing oneself to go outside, and not avoiding certain situations out of fear.
If the problem is out of hand, consult a mental health expert. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is generally prescribed to patients, along with medication.
It also helps to take a walk in nature outside, preferably with a friend, trying to lessen the anxiety.
Agoraphobia is a mental health condition that makes one experience an intense fear of leaving their premises. The person is terrified of going outside their homes, and can also feel that it is hard to escape a certain place. Agoraphobia can take many shapes and is accompanied by chronic anxiety and panic attacks.
Example: If a person has a panic attack at a subway, they may start to avoid going to a subway, associating it with fear.
The first NCAA tournament in 1939 included eight teams. The first collegiate basketball national champion was the University of Oregon, who defeated Ohio State University.
68 teams of the 1,000 collegiate basketball teams play in the annual March Madness tournament. The best college teams from each conference compete for a place in the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, and the national championship.
The first public game of basketball was played on March 12th, 1892, in a YMCA gymnasium where the teachers played against the students. About 200 spectators attended.
Within weeks the sport's popularity grew. Students from other schools introduced the game at their own YMCAs, and then it was introduced to many foreign nations. High schools began to teach the game, and by 1905, basketball was officially recognized as a permanent winter sport.
Moving away from three meals might at first feel unnatural, but that eating schedule is both very recent and born out of social convenience. We don't eat three meals because of nutritional science or a natural human inclination.
It is mostly the consequence of industrialization, which took the population away from home regularly. Before that, people worked during daylight, pausing midmorning and later in the afternoon. It was a two-meal schedule based on outdoor physical labour.
The three-meals-a-day was created to bend human life around the necessity of leaving home to work elsewhere.
Now with online working and turning back to home-life-work, people are bending once again around an entirely new set of challenges. Our old eating schedules are changing to fit our new circumstances.
Adjusted eating patterns are more useful or satisfying in the conditions people are living in.
It is hard to see how life might be made more flexible after the pandemic. For now, eat when you feel like it. There is no reason to eat when you're not hungry or to force yourself to cook when you're tired and would be happy with a lighter meal.
Many people eat three meals a day. But we don't have to eat this way.
In trying to find a new routine while working from home, many Americans are drawn to eating a Big Meal once a day when they're ready to have it. A Big meal is large and can be eaten at any time of the day, typically in the late afternoon. It is not a diet, just a convenient way of eating.
However, the weather will only influence us if we expose ourselves to it. In industrialised societies, people only spend 7% of their time outside.
Temperature can affect our mind and behaviour separately of sunshine.
Sunshine has repeatedly been found to increase moods, dampen negative moods and reduce tiredness.
People are happier and more helpful when the sun is out. A study showed that Minnesota diners tip more generously in sunny weather and American studies observed better daily stock returns on sunny days. Sunshine also affect our mental sharpness.