Health Walk Opens 2019 NBA Lagos Branch Annual Law Week

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Health Walk Opens 2019 NBA Lagos Branch Annual Law Week

Feeling uninspired in the cubicle? Take a healthy walk. The solution might be just a short walk or jog away. Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers. While busy schedules can make it tough to squeeze in a gym session in the middle of the day, some experts believe that a programme like the ‘Health Walk’ is the ideal time for a workout due to the body’s circadian rhythms.

The Premier Bar members and lawyers from other branches trooped out in their hundreds to be part of the keep fit programme organized by the Nigerian Bar Association’s Lagos Branch.

The Health Walk which signaled the commencement of the 2019 NBA Lagos Annual Law Week started as early as 7:00am from the premises of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere to the terminal point at the Falomo Round-about in Ikoyi, and back to the Lagos High Court as the final destination.

Exercise is for more than just weight loss. From your nose to your toes, working out has many total-body benefits, both inside and out.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you know that exercise should be an essential part of your routine. But the benefits of physical activity go far beyond just physical fitness. Increasingly, more and more research is showing that working out regularly can boost other aspects of your health as well, including cognitive function and emotional well-being.

NBA Lagos Branch Chairman, Chukwuka Ikwuazom

Speaking with Newswire’s correspondent, the NBA’s Lagos branch chairman, Chukwuka Ikwuazom, during the exercise said, “Walking is a great form of exercise, the longer and harder you walk the more calories you burn. The recommended walking distance for staying fit would depend on your fitness goals. So, I advise each and every one of us to always find time to at least exercise regularly for our health sake.”

Branch Chairman, Chukwuka Ikwuazom and 2019 Law Week Planning Committee Chairman, Tola Oshobi (SAN)

On his part, Chairman of the 2019 Law Week Planning Committee, Tola Oshobi (SAN), who is leading the committee for the second consecutive time, “Knowing your targeted daily caloric intake value will serve as a guide for the face-off of calories ‘in’ vs. calories ‘out’. You must design a healthy and fitness programme for yourself so as to define your being fit. But just like with any workout program you want to start where you can, and progressively work toward taking on more.”

NBA Lagos Branch Vice-Chairman, Mrs. Bolatumi Animashaun

The Vice-Chairman of the Lagos bar, Mrs. Bolatumi Animashaun, said, “The recommended walking distance for staying fit would depend on your fitness goals.”

“Many people get lost on the amount of exercise that is needed but you need to balance your nutrition with your exercise in order to truly stay fit. Being physically fit will require you to keep yourself active by exercising anytime you have the opportunity. I am very happy my colleagues trooped out this morning to be part of this loaded healthy walk, Animashaun said.

Nkem Agboti, member of the 2019 Law Week Planning Committee

Take a walk or head to the gym for a quick workout was the reaction of Nkem Agboti, who spoke with Newswire’s correspondent during the health walk.

“Being physically fit will require you to keep yourself active and this will require walking 30-45minutes most days of the week.  In addition, you must focus on nutrition.  Many people get lost on the amount of exercise that is needed but you need to balance your nutrition with your exercise in order to truly stay fit.

“One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress, it can moderate the brain’s response to stress, increase concentration and also boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension. It’s a win-win situation, Agboti emphasized.

It’s unpleasant, but it’s true – as we get older, our brains get a little out-of-focus. As aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells, the noggin actually shrinks, losing many important brain functions in the process. While exercise and a healthy diet can’t “cure” Alzheimer’s, they can help shore up the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45. Working out, especially between age 25 and 45, boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.

NBA Lagos Branch Chair, Chukwuka Ikwuazom and the General Counsel of MTN, Mrs. Ifeoma Utah, with some MTN lawyers

Aerobic exercise or health walk may be helpful in improving memory function and maintaining brain health as we age. For people who exercise regularly, their measured reaction time to a cognitively demanding task were significantly more accurate and faster than when they did the task after not doing any physical activity, meaning their attention was sharper.

One of the representatives of MTN, the official sponsor of the ‘Health Walk’, said as people enter their forties and fifties, muscle mass starts to decline because of aging and, in some cases, decreased activity levels.

He said, “Muscular atrophy can also occur because of health conditions, such as joint pain. As we age, it’s important to increase or maintain muscle mass through strength training, not only because it helps burn calories, but also because muscle mass is essential for strength and balance.”

So the next time you’re about to do something that’ll require some focus, like taking a test or giving a presentation, you might want to do some jumping stuffs to get your blood flowing first.

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Registration for the Law Week is still ongoing and multiple registration channels have been provided by the Law Week Committee towards a seamless and hassle-free registration experience for participants.

This includes payment at the banks or through POS at the Lagos NBA branch office. Participants can also download the registration form and pay through the payment gateway indicated on the branch website.

The registration rates are below:

  • 1 – 7 years: N3,500
  • 8 – 15 years: N5,000
  • 16 – 19 years is 10,000
  • 20 years and above is N15,000
  • SANs and Benchers N25,000

Interested participants are to make their payments to the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch at Access Bank. The Account Number is 0728253326. Please return the registration form to the branch office with proof of payment.

For enquiries, please contact:
Nkem Agboti

Uche Nwadialo

Oluyemisi Iwajomo

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