Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fitness/ Activity Trackers ST 020515

You may have seen a activity/ fitness tracker on your friend's wrist. Or spot someone on the train or bus wearing it.

Today's Straits Times reported that Singaporeans have been buying an average of 3200 units a month between September 2014 and February 2015. Almost 19,000 units sold in that six month period!

Wondering which model to buy? Gino wrote about activity/ fitness trackers earlier this year in our other blog.

The article is in page B5 in the Home section. Go take a look.

Monday, April 20, 2015

2 Years After Gino's Horrific Accident

My 3 boys
We remember this day 2 years ago when Gino was in an accident. Yes, it has been a long 2 years. 

A truck took him down when he was cycling.He suffered skull and spinal fractures.

It is in our past. But we remember this day purely to see how much we've grown as a couple, as a family and as individuals. 

Borrowing the words of a wise friend, "Healing isn't a bed of roses, it isn't a fluffy fairytale. It is tiring, gruesome and painful." So true! We are very grateful that all has healed well. 

The positives that have come out of this experience are many. Firstly, Gino is back riding his bike.
Secondly, we have become lots more aware of what we eat as a family and how nutrient dense food is like medicine to the body. Thirdly, we saw how our families and friends rallied around us. Lastly, we learnt tremendously as physios in the rehab of an individual with spine and skull fractures.

Oh yes! And our precious gift of a second son early this year.

We are grateful everyday for our lives, our health and each other.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coffee Good For The Heart ST 040315 -You Saw It Here First

In case you're wondering about the coffee article in today's Straits Times on page A6 under "Top of the news", we've written about the benefits a few days earlier. You definitely saw it here first.

Here's our post

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Moderate Exercise It Shall Be

Me and the little one
During my pregnancy, riding on the stationary bike was my regular exercise after a minor fall while running. Riding on the bike in a forward leaning position also helped to get my baby into a good position for birthing. I used that time to visualize the birth that I wanted as I was planning for a home birth.

I last exercised a week before I delivered my son. Fast forward 6 weeks and here I am back on it now with my son in tow, this time in a stroller. Way more convenient when he was in my belly!
He started crying once we were in the clinic and Gino had to bring him for a walk to pacify him while I got started on the bike.

It sure felt good to be exercising again, doing something just for myself. I'm now 5 kg heavier than pre pregnancy, sleep deprived and my fitness has deteriorated. That's how quickly you can lose your conditioning. I am determined to be fit at 40 with 2 young ones!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Drink More Coffee?

Picture by LWYang from Flickr
If you're like me and need your daily brew, look no further. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines AdvisoryCommittee (DGAC) stated that there is strong evidence that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day (or up to 400 mg of coffee) is not associated with any long term risks among healthy individuals. 

There may even be some benefits. There is consistent evidence that coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of getting type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease in healthy adults.

There is also moderate evidence that coffee/ caffeine intake can reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.

The report also suggested that moderate coffee drinking can be incorporated into your diet along with other healthy behaviours.

There are also other performance enhancing benefits for athletes like improving reaction time and rebuilding your glycogen stores, but that's another post.

What you should be careful with is the sugar and cream that goes along with your coffee actually. The report notes that the cream and added sugar many people consume with their coffee should be minimized.

There is however limited evidence about the safety of high caffeine sports and energy drinks. The report actually suggest that children and adolescents avoid or minimize consumption of high caffeine drinks and other products.

Now you know.

Here's the report from DGAC.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Spinning Babies Workshop

We've been seeing quite a few pregnant women with pubic and low back pain in our clinics, so Gino decided to attend the Spinning Babies workshop yesterday taught by Gail Tully at Camden Medical Centre.

Doulas, childbirth educators, body and alternative therapists, and a chiropractor also attended the course. Gino was the only rose among the thorns.

Organized by doula Ginny Phang from Four Trimesters, it was good to see what we can do to help.

Here are some pictures from the course.

All ears 
The "3 sisters"
Learning to use the Rebozo
Of course we have "hands on" techniques too
Belly mapping done
Great, now Gino can help relieve my pubis symphysis pain.