SO how are all you loyal Tivyside Advertiser readers getting on? Keeping mind and body active and intact I hope.

And it really is about both of those elements. “Healthy body, healthy mind” is a phrase I am sure we all know, and that is for good reason. It certainly isn’t just a tired and hollow cliche.

It is of course true that some of the most astonishingly stupid people might have a Greek god physique, while some of the most brilliant minds on the planet reside within woefully unathletic bodies.

However these are the extremes and 99% of us occupy the spectrum between these two states of mental brilliance and bafflement.

The current lockdown situation has shone a light on the need for and advantages of healthy living for all over lasting holistic benefits. But this does not mean suddenly becoming ‘a fitness freak’ or ‘a gym bunny’, far from it in fact!

A very recent detailed study by Columbia Medical Center in the USA (hence the spelling of centre!) shows that there is very little grey area when it comes to the grey cells and fitness.

In fact, the results clearly indicated that exercise boosted mental equilibrium and regular workouts reduced stress, anxiety and depression by 35%.

A total of 119 men and women were split into two groups and closely monitored over a 12-week period. One was given a mere two hours of moderate activity per week - generally broken down into 30 minute sessions - while the other group was instructed to carry on with their lives as normal.

The group undertaking the exercise showed the 35% improvements in their mental wellbeing (as well as the physical benefits that would have gone with the three month programme), while the control group, unsurprisingly, showed no such improvements.

So, like I said, nobody had to attack their fitness in a frenzy of strain and sweat or pound away at a treadmill for hours on end. There was nothing dramatic in terms of frequency, duration or intensity, but nevertheless a big impact across a range of mental issues was in evidence.

Keep moving, remain active as best you can because what you are doing is extending beyond your heart, lungs and muscles.

Right now we are all severely restricted in what we can do, where we can go , who we can see, and our patience might be tested by running households full of children, playing the role of educator as well as cook, cleaner and entertainer, while trying to run our own lives (and don’t I know it!).

All of which could have an accumulative negative effect on our state of mind and physical health.

But the fact is exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood. And it’s body, mind attitude and mood that will see us all through the pandemic months and beyond into a post Covid-19 future.

That’s the future, which we all hope is a healthy and positive one, but I shall finish by delving a long way into the past. Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, lawyer and academic who was born in 106 BC, and he stated: “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits and keeps the mind in vigour."

If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly though my website and also let me know if there are any topics you would like me to cover here.

www.youtube.com/joeybull for a variety of daily, short live workouts