What it takes to burn off the fast food you eat

OMG! I was surfing and came across this slideshow from iVillage: What It Takes to Burn Off Your 30 Favorite Food Splurges

Just thought I would share a few here, read the rest on the link above.

(All images from iVillage)

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Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in Real Life

You know how they say: ” kids, don’t try this at home?”

Well, watching this makes me just want to do so.  Gee, I feel tired just watching him but at the same time, a small voice at the back of my head says:” awesome, you got to try it sometime.”

For those who don’t know what Assassin’s Creed is or what Parkour is, the former is a hugely popular action-adventure game available on PS, X-box, etc, while the latter is a (according to Wiki) a physical discipline of movement focused on overcoming obstacles.

How to choose running shoes

As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have this niggling suspicion that my shoes have something to do with my injury. Ever since, I bought it last year, I haven’t run quite the same as I used to. I am not saying that it’s the total cause but it might have contributed to my injury.

Am so tempted to get a new pair. I kinda liked my old New Balance shoes but the AdiZero looks damn appealing. Any other suggestions? I got flat feet.

Anyway, came across this infographic ( I have a thing for charts and such), pretty basic with a few fun facts but number 4’s lacing techniques were good to know!

Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Posture 4 (Gururasana/Eagle Pose)

benefits of Bikram yoga

Credits to bikramyogavancouver.com for photo

The eagle pose is a great pose to practice as it is the only posture in the series that opens up 14 of the largest joints in your body.

Benefits of eagle pose:

  • Improves flexibility in the hips,knees, ankles and the rest of your joints.
  • Supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system and sex organs,  plus the kidneys and helps clear up reproductive problems

 Personal take:

Usually you are supposed to put your palms together like in the picture above, but I choose to interlock my fingers like in a prayer instead as it is easier for me. I always experience a deep feeling of compression when wrapping one leg around the other.

Sometimes, losing your balance is inevitable as you struggle to balance all your weight on one leg but it sure feels good when you do it correctly. It is usually after this pose that you are allowed to drink your first sip of water so hang in there!

The climb up Mount Kota Kinabalu

Climbers at the summit

Looking through old photos and came across my climb up Kota Kinabalu a few years ago. Read more here

Pain is temporary, pride is forever.  This sentiment just about sums up the thought of me and my two companions.

We were feeling exhausted but ecstatic. Everyone was eagerly waiting for the first ray of light to come through the clouds, to capture the dawn breaking. This was one wee-hour wakeup call at 2.30am to start the climb that everyone didn’t mind.

On the summit, hundreds have actually braved the cold and dreary long trudge up just to take in the magnificent sight that awaited them at the top.

 

Photo taking is a top priority.

However, one may just choose to sit and reflect on the beautiful sight of nature.

With the wind bellowing, temperatures often hover between 1-5degrees.  Trekkers are undeterred though, and they willingly hike up 4095.2m, which is the height of South East Asia’s highest mountain, just half of Everest.

Most people complete the task of going up and down within two days. The oldest person known to have climbed to the top was 95 years old.  Just as long as one is healthy with no major illnesses, and with a determination to reach the top, one would do just fine.

And now to psyche oneself for the long walk down..

5 things the Olympics make me feel

I’ve got an itch to scratch. Literally.

It’s an irritating moquito bite on the bottom of my feet. At least I can scratch it. Why it bit me there I will never know, it’s not exactly the juiciest part if you know what I mean.

That brings me to the olympics. While on the couch and scratching my foot (very glam I know), I was watching the athletics.

The women’s high jump, the 400m women’s heat and others were showing.  Man, those women can really run!

I love the Olympics or any other sporting event for that matter. We get to sit comfortably on our couches watching beautiful bodies compete for fame and honor for themselves and their countries.

We groan and moan at their distress, we share their joy when they win and feel their anguish when they don’t.

I love seeing people at the top of their game.

But then, it makes me feel a host of other things:

  • I have got an itch to scratch now! As in, being injured and all, I wanna soothe the need to go do some sport now. At least with muh bite, I can relieve it somehow..  This itch is harder to satisfy.

 

  • It makes me feel guilty! Watching the men’s 3000m steeple chase heat now while typing this. I stopped scratching and started typing. (Yes, I washed my hands if you must know). Back to my point, I think I should step up my game and be more dedicated to improving my fitness.

 

  • Which brings me to feeling motivated. As soon as I heal, training starts!

 

  • Makes me get an adrenalin rush – Especially when someone overtakes another! (Side note, that Kenyan runner is good siah!)

 

  • Makes me wanna travel!  I miss London, gloomy weather and all.  I miss travelling.. ..  Note to self:  plan a trip soon.

 

And the Olympics leaves me amazed!  In the time I took to write this, the Russian overtook the Kenyan and won the heat, someone fell and four qualified for the final.  Awesome.

Gtg, women’s 100m heat next.

What do the Olympics make you feel?

Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Posture 3 ( Utkatasana or Awkward Pose)

The third pose of Bikram Yoga, it requires a lot of balance really and its pretty funny when you can hear knees creaking when everyone is slowing going moving down while trying to balance.

Benefits of this pose:

  • tones and shapes your legs
  • heals chronically cold feet
  • helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, cures slipped discs and other spinal problems.
  • strengthens and tones the upper arm, abdomen and shoulders

My personal take:

When I first started, I couldn’t lift my hands straight for the whole duration of the pose. it felt like lead.

Now, it feels like the most natural thing to do. The keep your back straight while bending your knee stance is a little harder as all your body weight needs to fall on your heels and the temptation to lean forward to counter the pose is there.