Category Archives: Fitness

Arianna Huffington’s Big Idea

In case you’re still looking for new year’s resolutions, here’s a good one from Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.

Speaking at TEDWomen, Huffington in the video below encourages her audience of powerful women to — wait for it — sleep. Yup, you’ve read that right: sleep.

Drawing from her own experience (she fainted from exhaustion two and a half years ago) and using good humour, Huffington made a good case for her simple (and yet big) idea.

Many studies have confirmed the value of getting lots of sleep. Studies have suggested, for instance, that consistently getting a good night’s sleep might benefit your heart’s health and help you avoid the common cold. Huffington concluded that sleep can lead to “a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life”. Sleep a lot and be successful? Sounds like a good deal to me!

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Holiday Workout

Busy this December? Too many Xmas parties to go to?

Well, don’t make the mistake of using those excuses not to workout this month. Personally, I have finals and (presumably) Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties to go to, but that doesn’t mean I’ll skip the gym completely. If you find that you’re out of time, try Arnel Ricafranca’s Holiday Workout. It’s an excellent circuit training – it should keep your heart going because the breaks are small in between.

Check it out below! (Video also included after the jump.)

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Dairy is bad for you!

EDGE is one of my favourite iPhone applications. The app is free, well-organized and very informative.  Today, I’ve found out through this app that dairy is likely bad for  us.

dairy_badAs the full article indicates, dairy is not good for about 60% of the population. For the Asian race, that number increases to 95% (i.e. Only 5% of Asians can actually benefit from dairy.)  The article further explains that “between the ages of 2-5 most of us STOP producing a key enzyme called lactase that breaks down all those milk sugars.”  Most of us can’t properly digest lactose, the sugar found in dairy.

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Arnel’s 14 Minute Circuit Training

I think everyone should be in some sort of a circuit training at one point during the year. I mean, why not? It’s quick, it gets your heart going, and it’s kinda fun.

Technically, circuit training is simply a program that combines cardio and resistance. In simplest terms, this means doing one exercise after another. The lack of rest in between gets your heart pumping. Most circuit training includes a rapid movement in between exercises that will get the heart pumping. For instance, you can do jumping jacks in between to give yourself a quick cardio workout. I prefer this traditional way of doing cardio because it allows you to break a sweat.

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Pushups Variations

Pushups are seriously underrated. When people think of chest exercises, the good old bench press comes to mind first.

But pushups have several advantages over bench press. You can do a pushup practically anywhere — no need to visit a gym, no need to have any equipments. Pushups also require your core (Rectus Abdominis) to stabilize your body, so it contributes to that nice six pack.

Needless to say, a true fitness guru can do pushups and would add this to his or her regular workout routine. A common misconception about this exercise, however, is that it can’t be varied, that you’re stuck to only one kind.

Arnel Ricafranta recently posted a couple of new videos showing showing variations of this awesome exercise. I like the videos because they show how fun pushups can be.

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Advanced Shoulder Workout

I really like  Jeff Cavaliere’s videos.(Jeff manages the site AthleteLean.com.) This guy knows what he’s talking about.

One of his latest videos shows some awesome exercises for the shoulders.  The exercises themselves are pretty awesome, but I’m mostly impressed that he’s showing some exercises for some often-ignored muscles.

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Core Exercises Variations

Arnel Ricafranca posted a video outlining some great variations for different core exercises. I’ve watched it and I give it a big thumbs up.

Mostly I’m impressed that he has covered exercises for the lower back. When people think of “core,” they usually only think about the front muscles, rectus abdominus  – in fact, your lower back is a big part of your core.  Not working out your lower back results to funky posture and may even result or contribute to an injury.

Remember also that a lot of the things you do – both inside and outside the gym – requires you to have a strong lower back. For instance, something as simple as doing lunges would require you to work your lower back.

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