A Single Workout Session Can Have An Immediate Effect on the Brain

The efficacy and importance of regular exercising is hugely underestimated. The World Health Organistion suggests every adult to indulge in at least 150 minutes of moderate to rigorous intensity activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is one of the biggest perpetrators of lifestyle diseases today and regular exercising is one of the easiest ways to combat its ill-effects.

We already know that regular exercising can keep your energy levels up, boost your metabolism, make you sleep better, increase your strength and memory and also protect your heart. Health experts recommend that you take out at least 30 minutes every day to indulge in any form of exercise – be it gymmimg, brisk walking or running. A new research carried out by a team of researchers from the New York University reveals that you may be able to benefit from just one single workout session (even if it is the first one in life).

A Single Workout Session Can Have An Immediate Effect on the Brain

The team of researchers looked at animal and human studies to understand the effects of a single workout session on the brain, the positive health benefits of exercise over time and how it may cause long-lasting changes in the brain. For this, they examined a number of brain imaging and electrophysiological studies including electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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They also looked at at neurochemical studies and neurotransmitter studies. Their investigations brought to light three important points regarding a single bout of exercise which is also known as cute exercise. Firstly, the most consistent behavioral effects of acute exercise were improved mental processes such as enhanced mood, and decreased stress levels. Secondly, the neurophysiological and neurochemical changes that occur show that a wide variety of brain areas and brain systems get activated after exercising. Lastly, the most dramatic effect was the change in neurochemical levels including neurotransmitters, metabolites, growth factors, and neuromodulators.

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Previous studies have shown that regular exercise is not just good for your body but also for your brain. It has many protective benefits for the brain cells and also helps in improving their performance. This new study validates these facts and focuses more on the long-term benefits of a single session of exercise that can be used as a therapeutic tool in future to help delay, prevent, or treat cognitive decline in aging individuals, boost mood, improve attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, cure depression, and relieve stress.

GST Effect: Isuzu MU-X, V-Cross, D-Max Prices Reduced By Up To 12 Per Cent

Known for its highly capable utility vehicles, Japanese carmaker Isuzu has announced a price reduction across its model line-up in the country. The Isuzu MU-X, D-Max V-Cross pick-up and the D-Max range get a price reduction across the country as part of the company’s efforts to pass on the GST benefits to customers. The automaker’s flagship offering, the Isuzu MU-X now starts at ₹ 22,38,358 for the base 4×2 variant (ex-showroom, Chennai), a reduction of about 8 per cent in the city.

Apart from the MU-X, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross has seen a price reduction of 6 per cent in Chennai and now starts at ₹ 12,67,111 (ex-showroom, Chennai). Meanwhile, the Isuzu D-Max S-Cab and D-Max regular cab range of commercial pick-up trucks now start at ₹ 8.01 lakh and ₹ 6.81 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai) respectively.


SUVs have been the biggest gainers under the new GST regime as taxes on all SUVs larger than 4 metres saw a reduction of 12 per cent, down from 55 per cent under the pre-GST regime to 43 per cent (28 per cent tax + 15 per cent cess). While prices for other cities are yet to be announced, expect to see a sizeable difference in prices of the Isuzu offerings in markets like Mumbai and Bangalore, where the pre-GST taxes were much higher.

A similar difference has also been visible in the prices of other SUVs. The Toyota Fortuner received a price drop as high as ₹ 2.17 lakh, while prices on the Toyota Innova Crysta have reduced by almost ₹ 1 lakh. The Ford Endeavour, on the other hand, received a price reduction of around ₹ 1.5 lakh, which certainly adds to its capabilities. We expect Isuzu to share the pan India price list of its complete model range in a few days, so make sure to keep watching this space to check out the exact prices in your city.


GST Effect: Tata Motors Announces Price Reduction For Its Commercial Vehicle Range

Having extended the GST benefits for its passenger vehicle customers, Tata Motors has now announced that it will be extending benefits under the new tax slab towards its commercial vehicle business as well. Following the roll out of GST, the company has decided to pass on the entire benefit to customers on the ex-showroom prices. Tata’s commercial vehicle range for cargo with a price reduction between 0.3 per cent and 4.21 per cent, while commercial vehicles for passenger transportation will see a reduction between 0.6 per cent and 8.2 per cent.

In a statement, Tata Motors – Head of Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Girish Wagh said, “We wholeheartedly welcome the initiative by the Union Government for introducing GST thereby bringing in one uniform tax across the country. This will bring about significant gains to the country’s economy and advantages for the stakeholders while enhancing the ease of doing business. We are confident that the post-GST price reduction will enable the customers to bring down their cost of operations and in turn, boost demand.”


The reduction in prices should help Tata Motors’ efforts towards improving commercial vehicle sales. The company recorded positive numbers in June 2017 on a month-on-month basis. While sales were still 2 per cent lower when compared to June 2016, it was a sign of growth for the automaker having seen dwindling numbers back-to-back in the first half of this year. The improved sales were cited due to ramp up in the production of BS-IV vehicles and the overall production increase across different segments.

With respect to passenger vehicle sales, Tata Motors witnessed a drop of 5 per cent in June 2017, after what has been a largely positive year for the carmaker. The company cited uncertainty over the new GST norms as the main reason for its drop in sales. However, with an overall price reduction across its passenger vehicles, expect volumes to pick up once again. The Indian carmaker is also gearing up to introduce its much awaited Nexon subcompact SUV around the festive season.