Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Exceptional people: 8-year-old fulfils dream of reaching Everest base camp with dad after six months in gym

While most children his age spend school holidays having fun at home — going to the movies, shopping at the mall — eight-year-old Darrshan Raj Thurairajasingam set his mind on far loftier ambitions.

The Primary 3 student from Yio Chu Kang Primary School spent the June holidays scaling Mount Everest – the world’s tallest mountain. He did not get all the way up the 8,848-metre mountain, but did make it to the 5,364-metre base camp in Nepal. By comparison, the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, stands only slightly taller at 5,895 metres.

Darrshan's preparation for the climb included training at the gym three times a week for up to one and a half hours each time. This included running on the treadmill, skipping and jumping. Father and son also began cycling twice a week for 50 kilometres.

These exercises were on top of Darrshan’s usual sporting activities such as his twice-weekly football sessions at ActiveSG Football Academy at Serangoon Stadium, and his weekly swimming lessons at Hougang Swimming Complex.

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/8-year-old-fulfils-dream-reaching-everest-base-camp-after-six-months-gym

My photo - Forbidden Spring @ Fort Canning park

A public domain photo by me

Smart phones, weight lifting and mala are causing problems in the loo for Singaporeans

Sitting on the toilet bowl for extended periods can put you in a position that makes you prone to developing piles.

The next time you need the bathroom, do not bring your handphone along with you. You will be tempted to stay longer in there.

Other causes of piles include:
  • Increased constipation rate owing to a diet that is lacking in fibre and adequate fluid intake, making one sits a longer period of time on the toilet bowl,
  • Take lifting heavy weights, for instance. The strain can take its toll on extremities you never thought could be affected,
  • Spicy food may lead to more frequent bowel movements, which in turn, increases swelling of the haemorrhoids (causing piles).

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/haemorrhoid-piles-treatment-causes-11731094

My 2 cents:
This is why squatting is still the better choice when it comes to clear your bowel. Not only is squatting more hygienic, it is a form of stretching for your feet and ankles (la-jing in Chinese). More ever, you are using your body muscles to push the wastes out of your body instead of brute force, like having constipation.

Will cutting 300 calories from your daily diet increase your lifespan?

Scientists have long known a fairly reliable way to extend life span in rodents and other lab animals: Reduce the amount of calories they eat by 10% to 40%. This strategy, known as caloric restriction, has been shown to increase the life span of various organisms and reduce their rate of cancer and other age-related ailments.

In the new study, researchers looked at a group of 143 healthy men and women who ranged in age from 21 to 50. They were instructed to practice caloric restriction for two years. They could eat the foods they wanted so long as they cut back on the total amount of food they ate, with the aim of cutting the calories they consumed by 25%.

Many did not achieve that goal. On average, the dieters managed to slash about 12% of their total calories, or roughly 300 calories a day, the amount in a large bagel, a few chocolate chip cookies or a small Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino.

The results: They lost weight and body fat. Their cholesterol levels improved, their blood pressure fell slightly, and they had better blood sugar control and less inflammation. At the same time, a control group of 75 healthy people who did not practice caloric restriction saw no improvements in any of these markers.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/cutting-calories-daily-diet-health-tips-11726626