I have purchased a mini portable exercise pedal which comes with the bare essentials of an exercise bike- with only the bicycle pedals and adjustable nobs to change the resistance.
The equipment is very portable- you can just take it up and carry from place to place…put it under your desk or while reading a book or surfing net on your phone….sit on your chair and pedal away.
In terms of losing weight or burning calories, I would think that the mini exercise bike or exercise pedaller is not that effective in weight loss compared to running or other aerobics activities. Unless if you pedal away like a lunatic and use resistant bands for upper body workouts at the same time.
However….having said that- I have been using my exercise pedaller for a few months now and the benefits I’ve enjoyed personally are:
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High uric acid, which in the past used to affect older people is now beginning to affect the younger generation. A few of my friends in their thirties came back with blood test results with high uric acid.
High uric acid sometimes do not have clear symptoms- when we feel our legs have not much energy or we move around with pain, a blood test result may indicate high uric acid.
Usually those with high uric acid would be advised to avoid beans, seafood and highly processed food.
Left unchecked, the condition may eventually evolve to cause gout, causing painful swelling in the joints.
But is there a mind-body or emotional connection to high uric acid?
For starters, when diagnosed with high uric acid, it would be a good time to cut down on:
- highly processed food
- fried food
- meat, especially duck
Take more fruits and vegetables (but less beans), drink lots of water and exercise more.
Water is good to flush out the toxins in our body and exercise helps to improve our circulation and our organ functions so that our body is able to excrete the uric acid instead of having it stored in our joints, causing discomfort.
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Kangkong is also known as water glorybind, water spinach, water convolvulus and swamp cabbage
It is a popular dish in Asia and normally eaten stir fried with shrimps, garlic and/or chili paste (belacan). As kangkung is a water based plant with hollow stems, it is not surprising that leeches can breed in it. The following is a story (I am not sure true or not) of a boy who have died after eating a dish of stir fried kangkung:
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A boy was brought to a well known clinic after complaints of stomach main and diarrhea for 2 days.
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Do you sometimes feel that your extremities like hands and feet felt cold and numb?
Sinus or the common cold may accompany the condition.
If you see a Chinese physican, he will shake his head and probably say that your immune system is not so good- therefore the heat element in your body is not sufficient.
The following conditions provide temporary relief but the cause of the problem would still need to be addressed:
Normally the cause is related to the kind of food that you are taking. If you do not have sufficient nutrition, naturally your immune system will be working in a less optimized capacity.
Do you find yourself caught in the embarrassing situation of having dandruff on your dark coloured coat even though you wash your hair often? Even by trying the smelly tar shampoo that is supposed to get rid of dandruff only relieved the condition a little.
If you work out often in the gym, and tend to bathe and wash your hair immediately after workout, consider waiting till your body really cool down first before bathing.
I have been a gym goer for more than 2 years, and I noted previously that I suffer from the dandruff problems when I bathe immediately after workout (well, generally don’t like to hang around the gym after workout so I would quickly bathe after doing my cool down stretching). But after accepting the fact that bathing right after gym is detrimental for health, I’ve decided to:
- Shift my workouts time from night to morning/or late afternoons
- Give myself sufficient time to really cool down before bathing/washing hair- at least 20 to 30 minutes- so I sometimes bathe only after I get home.
My health felt better- but at the same time, I noticed that I have much lesser dandruff- I mean, they’re not really noticeable anymore.
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If you drink your water, cook/store/eat your food from ceramic kitchenware/tableware, you could be exposed to lead poisoning. Reason: If the ceramic ware is not made properly, lead (used to make decorative designs in the lead) would leach into the food stored on it.
The Sunday Straits Times published quite a disturbing article titled Toxic Tableware- Danger Stalks You at Home (1 Nov 09).
The Malaysian Associates of Standard Users randomly tested 20 samples of ceramic tableware- cups, mugs, saucers, plates and bowls brought from different places in town. The results:
- 20% of the products were found to have leachable lead exceeding allowed standards by an average 1700%
- one sample, flat rice plates even exceed by 7500%!
Dangers of lead poisoning:
- damage nervous system
- can cause cancer
- affect brain development in children
For those who like to run in natural routes- jungles, hills, mountains, small villages, Jonathan Wyatt, a 8 times World Mountain Grand Prix champion has to share:
1. Shoes- trail/ off-road shoes instead of running shoes
- are more suitable for trail running compared to the normal running shoes because on uneven ground, it allows the foot to be stable and prevents you from twisting your ankles
- Lean forward when running uphill
- use the arms to give momentum and take small steps and find a good rhythm
- starting too fast will cause lactic acid buildup in the muscles and it gets harder to run from then on
- stay relaxed and don’t lean backwards when going down the hill
- if you think you are running out of control too fast, jump up- it’ll slow you down. Don’t lean backward and brake because you’ll lose your momentum
- Wyatt does leg press and squats to give his hamstrings and quadricep (front and back of the thighs) more force but he does not emphasize on building muscles because he does not want to carry that weight when running uphill
- advice to those prone to ankle twists or sprains- exercise on wobble boards to improve coordination and strengthen ankles
- he runs daily for up to 3 hours and covers over 150km a week. As competition nears, training got more intense and he does 8 reps of 3 miutes sprints up and down hills (sprints improve fitness levels because you work on your anaerobic capacity, ie your muscles exerts without oxygen being delivered fast enough to it)
He really has passion for running. As this sport is not glamourised- and so it does not come with luxractive cash prizes or endorsement deals that other athletes gets, it is genuine passion that kept him going for 25 years. He has his own design business to pay his bills (as he is an architect by training).
This article is from The Star paper, published on 21 November 09: Off Road Running Tips
There are cases where children who get a persistent fever during children eventually develop heart valve disease. Rheumatic fever can be the cause of the heart valve disease due to the bacteria Streptococcus A which infects the throat.
Symptoms such as:
- constant fatigue
- shortness of breath
- waer collecting around the ankles
- being unable to breathe properly while lying down
- liver congestion
A person by the name of Chris wrote to the local paper to share about his experience of having infective endocarditis (IE) with indication of mitral reguargitation. In the past, Chris had neglected to visit the dentist for years. As the result, the Streptococcusbacteria entered through a dental cavity (that has build up plague) and infected his heart valve. He then suffered from persistent fever for weeks and was on intravenous treatment of penicillin for 6 weeks. He had to undergo open heart surgery to repair the mitral valve.
He cautioned that this disease can often be masked as stress, being unfit or having a poor diet because of its main signs- shortness of breath and constant fatigue. When he consulted a cardiologist, a heart murmur was detected- he was told that had he been oblivious to this condition, he could just die of a sudden heart failure.
Real life incident like this reminds us that we should not neglect regular dental check-ups (at least once every 6 months). It would well be something that can save our lives.
Not sure if you are aware of this, but I’ve just learned that there is a way to preserve your bread – and have it tasting fresh too. This works well especially if you usually baked a lot of bread or if you are staying alone and one loaf takes too long to finish. Not to mention giving the economic times, we can’t be throwing away an unfinished loaf just because they have expired and buying a new loaf.
1. When buying bread, try to get the loaf as freshly baked as possible.
2. Figure out how many slices you want to eat prior to expiry and keep aside. As for the rest, put in the FREEZER. Yes, in the freezer and as soon as possible.
3. With this, you can get your bread even though it has way past its shelf life. Each time you want to eat, just take out and defrost it about 2 hours from the time you want to eat it. Better yet, you can toast or microwave the bread.
The reason why you want to freeze a freshly baked loaf is because it will taste fresh when you defrost. I find it to be very true- we bake our own bread sometimes and when using 1kg of flour at one time, there is a lot of bread to be finished. So what the family does is to immediately freeze the bread the moment the freshly baked bread is out from the oven and had cooled down to room temperature. It taste great- just like fresh from the oven.