Category Archives: Exercise

Muscle-Making Helps

Source: USNews, Nov 2019

Middle-aged men who maintain their muscle mass may lower their risk of heart disease as they get older, a new study suggests.

Beginning in the mid-30s, muscle begins to decline by about 3% each decade. Previous studies found that muscle mass is associated with heart attack/stroke risk, but those studies focused on people with heart disease.

People with the most muscle were 81% less likely to develop heart disease than the least muscular. Those with the most muscle had the lowest rates of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, the investigators found.

Further analysis showed that muscle mass was significantly linked to lower heart disease risk among men, but not women.

Nunchuk Skills!

Stretch … toilet humour

Source: RocketNews, Apr 2014

A Huge Heap of Snow @ MIT

Source: MIT Alumni Association FB page, Feb 2015

This massive snow pile can be found on Albany Street not far from Simmons Hall. We don’t recommend climbing it, though a group of sophomores did so recently.

Walking After Lunch

Source: NYTimes, Jan 2015

A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.

On the afternoons after a lunchtime stroll, walkers said they felt considerably more enthusiastic, less tense, and generally more relaxed and able to cope than on afternoons when they hadn’t walked and even compared with their own moods from a morning before a walk.

Age is an Attitude

Source: NYTimes, Oct 2014

Even smart people fall prey to an “illusion of control” over chance events, Langer concluded. We aren’t really very rational creatures. Our cognitive biases routinely steer us wrong.

If people could learn to be mindful and always perceive the choices available to them, Langer says, they would fulfill their potential and improve their health.

Langer’s technique of achieving a state of mindfulness is different from the one often utilized in Eastern “mindfulness meditation” — nonjudgmental awareness of the thoughts and feelings drifting through your mind — that is everywhere today.

Her emphasis is on noticing moment-to-moment changes around you, from the differences in the face of your spouse across the breakfast table to the variability of your asthma symptoms.

When we are “actively making new distinctions, rather than relying on habitual” categorizations, we’re alive; and when we’re alive, we can improve. Indeed, “well-being and enhanced performance” were Langer’s goals from the beginning of her career.

 

2014 Standard Chartered KL Marathon Results

2014 Standard Chartered KL Marathon results - 6 hours 44 minutes