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Carnival and physical activity connection
Annually, carnival provides an opportunity to revelers to escape the daily demands of adhering to the social mores of society through unbridled cavorting and frolicking. In order to ensure that carnival Monday and Tuesday is a success in every which way, many revelers (young and old, male and female) engage in a dedicated manner in pre-carnival activities such as intensifying gym workouts, walking and running and or burn-out and boot camp sessions. These activities emphasizes the importance of physical activity even when having fun.
Leisure time physical activity provides several benefits such as:
· Reducing risk of obesity, diabetes and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
· Reducing the risk of colon cancer among men as well as protect against prostate cancer
· Managing stress and reducing depression
· Allowing for parents to set good examples for their children
· Improvement in the overall quality of life of participants in regular physical activity such as mental health
· Social networking and associations
Therefore, it is important that the end of carnival 2018 does not conclude the commitment to physical activity until a month or two before carnival 2019. The physical activity habit must continue beyond carnival Tuesday for the rest of the year and becoming a culture of physical activity. The benefits to be accrued have been proven. Hopefully, a culture of physical activity will also become contagious and those who are on the periphery will become involved through various groups and associations throughout the country.
Ergo, it can be seen that carnival offers more than just merriment but an opportunity for both revelers and non-revelers to become physical active and enjoy all the attending physical, mental and social benefits.
Have an enjoyable and safe carnival. Ensure hydration is part of your liquids as well as sun block and or sun screen for the outdoor activities.
"I don't feel it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning." Michel Foucault.
Anand Rampersad (PhD)
UWI, St. Augustine
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