Just enjoying each moment, experiencing each moment, because our life is the sum total of all moments:
Driving one day, a friend and I encountered a group of boys crossing the road. All of them were walking slowly, totally unaware of their surroundings, their noses buried in their hand-held devices. We could have bulldozed over them and none of them would have been the wiser.
How many times do we sit down for dinner and found families individually involved in their separate devices, phones and tablets? How many times have we driven to find a slowpoke or erratic driver talking on their mobile phone? How many times have we talked to somebody and found their minds elsewhere? And how many times have we done that to somebody else, even our own loved ones?
Modern living has made it such that our minds and body are out of sync. We are living in the past or in the future or somewhere else while our bodies occupy the present moment. We don’t focus on the now but some other time, some other place.
This comes very clear to me when I am training my clients. Their mind is elsewhere. A text message comes and everything has to stop. A call comes in and everything else is on pause. People put aside time to do something – in my case, physical training – but they do not honour it. Read the rest of this entry »
So you’ve decided to get fit, and the last piece gave you a rough idea on how to begin, but you’re looking for more. So you decide to look for a personal trainer to help you further your journey. Good for you!
But it’s tough! You have the floor trainers in the commercial gyms, and their ‘master’ or ‘platinum’ trainers’ who do purely personal training. Then you have personal training studios, offering higher quality trainers with purely personalised programmes. You also have a variety of ‘other’ trainers, such as outdoor-only trainers, or crossfit trainers, or Muay Thai trainers. How do you choose?
This is a two-pronged criterion. Your trainer should have credentials and / or experience. In fact, experience sometimes counts for more. Most commercial gyms will offer you their floor trainers and most commercial gyms have their own in-house certification. Both could be okay provided your trainer is reasonably experienced. The Catch .22 situation for new trainers is that if no one gives them a chance, they will never get experience. So if you’re easy going, maybe a new trainer is alright… Read the rest of this entry »
Courtesy of the Star newspaper:
Sometimes I can be mean, a little piece I wrote about the anti-obesity legislation proposed in recent times.
Malaysians like to be number one in everything. We have the tallest pencil, longest Jalur Gemilang on the Great Wall of China, biggest pewter tankard, largest bean art, longest coin line and longest abbreviation. A new regional record – we are the most obese nation in Southeast Asia. We’re also gaining in the top five for the Asia Pacific, ranking at number six.
Of course, anyone keeping tabs on the nation’s health would know this, what with the constant reminders, especially after the Third National Health and Morbidity Survey, conducted in 2006. Since then, constant reminders that we’re a not a particularly healthy nation appear in the media.
Perhaps in anticipation of our regional obesity record, the Health Ministry announced in early October that anti-obesity legislation would be implemented by around 2020. Read the rest of this entry »