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This eternal dilemma that seems to plague most adults for a large part of their lives could have them writing epics that rivals any Shakespearean drama. There’s always a reason for putting it off or finding oneself unable to continue what one started off with great enthusiasm.

The benefits of going to the gym are not unknown; ironically, most know the numerous advantages, but factors like finding the time to go to one or having to battle the traffic in order to get to one are the deterrents.  But what if one had a good gym right within one’s residential premises and needed just a couple of minutes to get to it, be it day or night? Like the ones at Sobha City Gurgaon; that’s right, there are more than one at this premium urban park residence – a state-of-the- gymnasium inside the clubhouse and a unique outdoor gym that allows residents to take advantage of the fresh open air of the extensive greens of the project.   

The sheer size of this residential project – a mammoth 39 acres – promises an abundance and indulgence of more sports and activities than one could want – a 90m diameter cricket ground, a kilometer-long walking and biking trail, specially designed camping grounds, paved pathways, open grounds, podium greens and facilities for 16 sports activities.  Yet often, due to the vagaries of the harsh weather that the city experiences, one still needs the comfort and convenience of a gym in order to get one’s required quota of exercise. And it’s not just that, gym calisthenics have numerous advantages over other forms of exercise. Let’s look at a few benefits of cardio other than weight loss and strength training.

A brisk workout benefits mental health as much as it does for one’s physical well-being. Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. It also releases endorphins, also called happy hormones that create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that a session at the gym can even alleviate symptoms of clinical depression.

Did you know that a person’s cognitive abilities start to decline after age 45?  A 45-minute workout on the treadmill 4-5 times a week can boost chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning. What’s more, research shows that cardio can even create new brain cells, also known as neurogenesis by increasing the levels of a brain-derived protein known as BDNF, which is associated with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.

One surprising effect of a great workout at the gym is a higher order of creative ability. Studies show an increased level of creativity for 2 hours post a session at the gym. So the next time you find yourself at a creative block, don’t just take a walk, hit the gym instead.

Physical and mental benefits apart, one undeniable factor of going to the gym, especially to one located within one’s residential premises, such as in Sobha City is social. A combination of camaraderie and calisthenics can boost the workout quotient by bringing in an element of healthy completion and mutual encouragement. It’s not uncommon to see people, who otherwise lead a packed schedule, catch up with each other at the gym.

The eternal conundrum of going or not going to the gym may continue, but with a great gym just outside your home, one may need to look elsewhere for new excuses.

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