Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Silver Challenge trails spur seniors to walk more

A new challenge that features guided walking trails curated specially for seniors who participate in this year's National Steps Challenge was launched yesterday.

Over the programme's first four editions, the number of participants aged 60 and above has grown from 16,000 in 2015 to 140,000 last year, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor.

These participants have also been walking more, with the number of average daily steps clocked by this age group increasing from 6,900 to 10,500 over the same period, she added at the launch of the new Silver Challenge at Tampines Community Plaza.

The challenge features walks at iconic locations and nature parks in various parts of Singapore, such as Tampines Eco-green, and simple tips on healthy ageing.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/silver-challenge-trails-spur-seniors-walk-more

You may want to know more about National Steps Challenge Season 5

How to Live Your Best Life as You Age

Aging gracefully is not about trying to look like a 20-something — it is about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care.

Steps to take to age gracefully:
  • Be kind to your skin
  • Exercise
  • Mind your diet
  • Mental health matters
  • Stay physically active
  • Lower your stress
  • Quit smoking and decrease alcohol consumption
  • Get enough sleep
  • Find new hobbies
  • Practise mindfulness
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take care of your mouth
  • See a doctor regularly (for checkups and screening tests)

Ref: https://www.healthline.com/health/aging-gracefully?fbclid=IwAR0eivvtLL3NqoXU0bxHfFcr7nHGBQp-08bDetLiQLgffhMEhQYfO2T3B2Y#tips

Can adults have dyslexia?


With Oct 4 being World Dyslexia Awareness Day, it is timely to revisit the condition.

Dyslexia is a learning impairment that makes reading more challenging than it should be, but there is absolutely no connection between dyslexia and intelligence.

Most people think of dyslexia as a childhood disability, but this perception is not entirely correct. Sometimes, dyslexia can go undiagnosed for many years and often it is only truly recognised in adulthood.

The brains of people with dyslexia simply work differently and for that reason they have difficulty connecting written letters or words and sounds. Adults with dyslexia commonly have a range of other distinct characteristics that may point toward this learning disability like memory problems, poor organisational skills or slowness in working.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/adults-too-can-get-help-dyslexia

Lose Belly Fat In A Jiffy With This 2-Minute-A-Day Japanese Technique

Belly fat exercises: Japanese actor Mike Ryosuke accidentally discovered a breathing technique that can help in losing belly fat quickly. Originally, the Japanese technique was prescribed to him by his doctor for getting relief from back pain.

Step 1: Stand up straight, push one leg forward, keep other leg back.

Step 2: Strain the butt and transfer all of your body weight to the foot in the back.

Step 3: Lift your arms above the head. Inhale slowly for 3 seconds.

Step 4: Exhale forcefully for 7 seconds, strain all your body muscles.

Repeat these as many times as possible for 2 to 10 minutes. Apart from helping you lose belly fat quickly, it can also help in strengthening muscles of your body and improve metabolism.

Ref: https://www.ndtv.com/health/lose-belly-fat-in-a-jiffy-with-this-2-minute-a-day-japanese-technique-2107474

You may breakup the exercise into 2 parts if you find the combined exercise too difficult. 
1) Do the breathing exercise to lose belly fat. 
2) Lifting your arms above your head for relieving your back pain.

IKEA recalls children’s bib due to choking hazard

Swedish furniture giant IKEA on Monday (Sep 30) announced a recall of its MATVRA children’s bib in red and blue, saying the product could be a choking hazard.

“It has come to our attention that there is a risk for the button to come off if the child pulls at it,” said IKEA Sweden’s business area manager Emelie Knoester.

No known incidents have been reported in Singapore, said the company in a media release, adding that the product was recalled as a precautionary measure.

Customers who have bought the blue/red two-pack MATVRA bibs are advised to stop using them. They can return the product for a full refund or exchange for a similar product.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ikea-recalls-childrens-bib-matvra-choking-hazard-button-11955732