ARTICLE: Twins & the Wrinkles of Aging

7 02 2009


INTERVIEW: Jonny Bowden

31 01 2009



NEWS: Married Women Sleep Better

30 01 2009

“The results showed that even after taking into account all of these factors [depressive symptoms, economic hardship and employment status, alcohol and caffeine consumption, children and sexual activity] that are known to influence sleep, the level of marital happiness emerged as an independent risk factor for the existence of sleep disturbances,” stated Wendy Troxel, an associate professor of psychiatry who headed the study.



NEWS: Nature & Mind

17 01 2009

 Which picture of British Columbia’s beautiful view points will improve your attention, concentration and memory?

A picture of Capilano Lake…

or a picture of downtown Vancouver?

 If you guessed the Capilano Lake, you’re right.  According to a study reported in the Epoch Times, being exposed to nature can improve your scores in various memory, concentration and attention tests by 20%.


PRODUCT: Twitter

11 01 2009

What is it? 
There’s lots of information out there about it.  Here is Twitter on Wikipedia.

Who is it for?
Connect your content, your projects and your life to the world with Twitter.  A “social networking, micro-blogging site that helps people and businesses communicate. It’s a way to form relationships and stay connected”, states Chris Griffith, a local blogger and promoter of Twitter.

When to use it?
This can vary depending on the reason you want to stay connected with others.  In 140 characters or less, you can send your thoughts, observations and everyday experiences to those you follow and those who are following you.  All you need is an internet connection and/or a phone.  Here is a great article on why you may not be followed on Twitter. 

David Meerman Scott, author of the “New Rules of Marketing & PR” promotes twitter as a valuable personal branding tool.  If you are promoting your services or business products, your Twitter page has to reflect you.  That means that time should be put into making the page easy to navigate, easy to figure out who you are and why you are there and easy to contact you.  The Bio is an important component of your personal branding.  Be descriptive and specific. 

What lured me in?  In an attempt to learn more about social networking, many businesses, independent consultants and entrepreneurs promote its use and after reading a little over 20 twitter pages yesterday, I found many success stories that have convinced me to give it a shot.  As of yesterday, I’m giving it a 30 day trial.  I believe that you should only set up accounts if there is a set purpose and a means to evaluate it. 

You can find me on twitter under the user name mayblaizink to monitor my journey and search for information on social networking, fitness, health and freelance writing.  You can also find Coach V from Higher Level Fitness to monitor his journey towards the growth of his personal training and lifestyle management studio.  You will also be provided with great tips on keeping healthy and fit for 2009.

NEWS: Flight Attendants Fired for Being Overweight

8 01 2009

How many business companies encourage and financially support weight management control?  I work for a health care authority and although there are discounts to fitness facilities, I can gain as much weight and be as unfit as possible without punishment or risk of losing my job.  But for airline companies and their staff, specifically flight attendants, it’s a different story.

Air India dismissed 9 flight attandants for being medically unfit and too over weight to fulfill their role.  Safety and the ability to respond in emergency situations were cited as the main reason for the dismissal.  I can’t blame them.  Flight attendants can be responsibile for as many as 200 passengers which often include frail seniors, unsupervised youth and individuals with chronic diseases.   As a passenger, I would want to feel secure in knowing that in time of need, my flight attendant would be physically capable of ensuring my safety. 

Travelling for business, vacation, to see family or for work, it’s not easy to fit fitness into a busy, hectic lifestyle.  But it’s not impossible.   How do frequent flyers stay fit?

1.  Plan ahead.  Call the hotel and find out what fitness facilities are available in the hotel and surrounding area.  Tailor your workout programs and daily schedule to fit a 35 min quality session in at least 3x/wk.

2.  Bring your own travel gym kit.   There is no excuse if there are no fitness facilities nearby.  Skipping rope for cardio, resistance bands for strength and a foldable mat (or a beach sized towel) for yoga and/or stretching is all you need. 

3.  Pay attention to what you eat.    Always ensure that you have  good protein sources such as eggs, chicken, salmon, tofu and a mix of complex and fibrous carbs such as oatmeal, brown rice along with lots of vegetables in every plate you eat. 

Check out this article for more information and tips for staying fit while travelling. 


BLOG: Pauline Nordin’s “Figher Diet”

22 12 2008

fighterdiet09In general, I am inclined to extremes, to ultimates, to fanatic strategies. it fascinates me, keeps me on the edge. And that´s where I love to be.   If you like feeling comfortable and not doing more than average and are happy with settling for average results, well, don´t read my rambles, I assume it will just annoy you” — Pauline @


Her ripped physique grabbed my attention when she modelled for the Muscle & Fitness HERS.