Saturday, 21 January 2017

How to have more babies in Singapore: Expert

Why are women in Sweden and the US having more babies than women in South Korea and Japan?

Visiting Harvard sociologist Mary Brinton identified three reasons Singapore can take note of in a public lecture yesterday.

First, shorter working hours make it easier for couples to have more children. Long work hours are not necessarily required for economic efficiency.

Second, more flexible labour markets means mothers are not locked out of good jobs when they return to the workforce after giving birth.

Third, fathers are expected to be more involved in raising their children and looking after the household, which lessens the burden on working women.


Exceptional people: 98-year-old yoga instructor and dancer

Tao Porchon-Lynch is the world's oldest Yoga teacher, at 98-years-old, a title she was given in 2012 by the Guinness World Records.

When Tao was only eight years-old she saw some boys doing Yoga poses in her birth country of India and they eventually let her join in.

She has since become a world renowned Yoga teacher and to this day, she teaches up to eight yoga classes a week in New York.

Tao also competes in Ballroom Dancing competitions, she even entered America's Got Talent - but that's just a hobby.

'Weekend warrior' workouts tied to longer life

When it comes to workouts, exercising only on the weekends is still better than doing nothing at all, a study suggests.

Compared with inactive adults, people who get any amount of exercise may live longer, according to the study of middle-aged adults in the UK and Scotland.

With some activity, but less than the minimum weekly recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense workouts, people were 34 percent less likely to die during the study period compared to people who didn’t exercise at all.

Weekend warriors who crammed the minimum amount of weekly exercise into one or two workouts were 30 percent less likely to die during the study.