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.

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Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,484908,00.html





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%.

Source:  http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/content/view/10075/





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. 

 Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/asia/07briefs-9FLIGHTATTEN_BRF.html





NEWS: Hot Fitness Trends for 2009

15 12 2008
What fitness trend will you follow in 2009?

What fitness trend will you follow in 2009?

 

Bootcamp style fitness programs still rate as one of the top fitness trends to sustain into 2009 according to WebMD Health News.   Other workout styles that made the list include:  kettlebell and circuit training, sport specific training and technology based programs.

With the move towards finding more economical and efficient ways to work out and stay fit, I’m surprised that two trends that I currently take part in didn’t make the list:

1.  at home work out programs and;
2.  yoga/pilates

Source:  http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20081212/hot-fitness-trends-2009

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ARTICLE: The Red Wine Weight Loss Wonder Drug That Lets You Eat Junk Food

7 11 2008

Like drug companies couldn’t go any further into damaging your health and perceptions, they come up with this drug…. forget about finding a cure for breast cancer or multiple sclerosis, let’s find a drug that let’s us not go to the gym, drink as much as we want and eat junk food….

Can we really lose weight by taking one pill?

Can we really lose weight by taking one pill?

Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1083047/The-red-wine-weight-loss-wonder-drug-lets-eat-junk-food.htmlp://



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NEWS: Women’s Hands Home to More Types of Germs

5 11 2008

There is a common mneumonic used to guide writers in developing article headlines known as AIDA = Attention, Interest, Desire and Action.  When headlines, write ups and articles are written, it must contain these elements in order for the reader to want to continue reading.  So in a way, because of the title, this news headliner grabbed my attention and interest and being a female, I wanted (desired) to learn more and find out what action I can take to minimize the germs that I am prone to have.  Yet as I read on, many of the “germs” mentioned were due to everyday things that women were likely more exposed to than males… 

“Women had more germ diversity than men, possibly due to different acidities on the hands, different hand-washing regimens, differential production of sweat, variable hormones and how often moisturizers or cosmetics are applied.”

In other words… nothing new, but just the obvious proven with current research.

Source:  http://news.health.com/2008/11/05/womens-hands-home-more-types-germs/

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INTERVIEW: Former Olympic Medalist Marion Jones

30 10 2008

If you were known as the world’s fastest woman who broke record time in the Olympics, what would you do if you were interrogated and questioned on your use of performance enhancing drugs by the federal authority? 

As fitness enthusiasts, it’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to look our best.  We want quick fixes.  We want immediate results.  But oftentimes, what we sometimes take and believe to be natural can very well be … well… not.  This is Marion Jones story and first interview post prison.  Her decision was to inform federal authority that she did NOT take anything, for fear of what she would lose (family’s trust, medals, pride).  Five years later, she admitted to taking “the clear” even though she didn’t know fully how it impacted her performance.  She was sentenced to 6 months in prison and released this September.  In this exclusive interview on Oprah, she reveals her experiences, journeys, wishes and hopes.  She also shares a  tearful letter to her son. 

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Source: http://www.oprah.com/dated/oprahshow/oprahshow_20081029_marion

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