Sweat the stress away: A surprising link between exercise and stress

The Department of Physical Education and Sports of St. Joseph Vaz College and St. Joseph Vaz Institute of Education organized Healthily-A lecture series on Health, Exercise and Wellness for the students of D.EL.Ed and B.S.C. The lecture series is the first of its kind organized at college level. The aim of the lecture series is to motivate the students to follow a healthy lifestyle through exercise and fitness and to make science the most important thing while following sports and physical education and to make them understand about diseases and its prevention.

The fifth lecture of the series was on the topic Sweat the stress away: A surprising link between exercise and stress. The Resource Person for the function was Dr Ajith Gopi, Assistant Professor in Physical Education at Don Bosco College, Panaji. The session begun at 12.15 p.m and Dr. Elroy Pinto College Director of Physical Education and Sports of St. Joseph Vaz College Cortalim welcomed the Resource Person and addressed the gathering. Dr.Melwin D’Souza welcomed the Resource Person Mr. Kudtarkar by handing over a pot of flowers. Mr Infancio Correia took the privilege of introducing the resource person. Approximately 70 students from D.El.Ed attended the lecture and 30 students from the  bsc section were a part of the lecture. Besides the students the premise also witnessed a significant number of staff members which included both Teaching and Non-Teaching, only to add on to the interest created by the resource person through his knowledgeable words.

In his lecture Dr Ajith spoke about how India is struggling with so many illnesses and diseases and one of the main cause is stress. He further interacted with the students and it was evident that many of them abstained from following a healthy lifestyle for various reasons which wasn’t surprising to the listeners. Dr Ajith broke down the complexity of stress and informed that good sleep and following healthy habits is essential. He also linked exercise and stress and showed how exercise helps to reduce stress by releasing various chemicals and hormones. Students were glad to have a break from their routine lecturers and partake in this the fifth lecture series organized by St. Joseph Vaz college. Eventually after about one and a half hour of the lecture Dr Ajith ended up his words of wisdom by clearing the queries of the students.

On behalf of the St Joseph Vaz Institute  St joseph Vaz College Dr. Elroy Pinto expressed the Management’s Gratitude by handing over a token of love and appreciation to the honorable Resource Person of the occasion. Mr. Infancio Correia proposed the vote of thanks and the resource person received a round of applause from the participants.