Sunday, 11 November 2018

The healthiest people in the world do not go to the gym

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If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required. Do not just take my word for it—look to the longest-lived people in the world for proof.

People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—do not pump iron, run marathons or join gyms.

Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. This means that they grow gardens, walk throughout the day, and minimize mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

In fact, Blue Zones researchers determined that routine natural movement is one of the most impactful ways to increase your life span, and a common habit among the world’s longest-lived populations.


For a child's cough, the best medicine is no medicine

"Parents are often disappointed or even a little bit upset when I tell them there’s no medicine to help their coughing, sneezing, drippy-nosed children feel better. There’s nothing that works, I say, and medicines can have bad side effects. We don’t recommend any of the cough and cold medications for children under 6," said Dr Ian Paul.

In addition to understanding that there is no evidence that these medications help, Dr Mieke van Driel said, parents need to understand that there are clear risks in using them in young children.

When it comes to the sniffles or the cough associated with the common cold, “these symptoms are self-limited,” said Dr Shonna Yin, an associate professor of pediatrics and population health at New York University School of Medicine. Parents can help comfort their children without giving medications, she said, offering plenty of fluids to keep children well hydrated, and honey for a cough in children over a year old (no honey for babies under a year because of the risk of botulism). Other measures may include ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever and saline nose drops for congestion.


My photo - aircraft flying over Changi beach

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How to recognise burnout and what to do about it

We all know what it is like to feel stressed out – whether it is work woes, family drama or relationship struggles. But when does that feeling of being overwhelmed turn into full-on burnout? As Britain marks National Stress Awareness Day (7 November), it is a good time to ask the question.

More than a third (36%) of people say they have been experiencing workplace stress for the past five years, according to a new survey by non-profit The Stress Management Society and workplace consultants Peldon Rose. That is a big problem, says the society’s chief de-stressing officer Neil Shah.

What Are The Signs Of Extreme Stress?

Signs of stress will vary from person to person, but common signs are that you might tend to be more irritable, and feel worried or fearful. Perhaps you feel constantly tired, have racing thoughts and find it hard making important decisions. It is likely your sleep will take a hit too.

“You’re going to start feeling a bit frayed around the edges, you’re going to be frazzled, and you’re not going to be thinking clearly,” explains Shah. Things to look out for include feeling overwhelmed, panicky, anxious, or confused. “That’s where you also start to get physical symptoms like palpitations, headaches and migraines,” he says. “Your immune system gets suppressed and you’re more likely to get ill.”