The Speaker of parliament, Rt Hon Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye on Thursday Morning December 20,2018, unveiled a new fitness centre at the basement of the JOB600 of parliament in Accra, known as the GYM.
The facility, which is equipped with the latest training gadgets, is to help Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as Staff of parliament and the parliamentary press corp to physically fit and retain good health to do their daily work..
Speaking at a ceremony to officially open the GYM, the Speaker said, he valued the importance of good health and that the Gym is to give members of the august House the opportunity to exercise in order to avoid visiting hospitals all the time.
Professor Oquaye used the occasion to expressed his appreciation to the role of Dr Bernard Oko Boye and Dr Zanetor Agyemang Rawlings, both MPs for Ledzorkuku and Klottey Korley respectively for ensuring the GYM comes to live.
He said the GYM was open to everybody who works in parliament and encouraged all, especially those who wanted to leave a healthy life to patronise the facility.
The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, in their respective remarks urged colleagues MPs and staff of parliament to take their health issues very serious.
According to them, Physical activity or exercise could improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases and improve your quality of life.
A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. There are many views as to how exercise helps people with depression:
Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries and as well provides an opportunity for increased social contact.
Again, increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns and may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.
To maintain health and reduce your risk of health problems, health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.