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National Steps Challenge™ Season 5 – 26 Oct 2019 to 30 Apr 2020

It just seem like a few months ago that the nation collected the tracker for National Steps Challenge and now it’s already in Season 5.

we want YOU to feel the amazing effects of moving more with new programme features and activities. So, start moving and see how easy it is to feel good with every move.

Yes, it is going to be filled with new programme features and activities and I really like how, Health Promotion Board (HPB) is doing so. Season 5 is going to take place on starting TODAY till 30 April 2020.

For those that have signed up for Season 5 and have not received an heart-rate monitoring fitness tracker during Season 4, you will be receiving a shiny new colored fitness tracker (Axtro Fit 2) or you can purchase from their physical retail store. Review of that tracker vs my Garmin FR25 coming up. Watch this space

AXTRO Sports (By JMD Pacific Pte Ltd) 3 Coleman Street, #02-22, Peninsular Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804 *only from 1st Oct 2019*

Just so you know there is a Pokemon themed feel good kiosk located at only specific locations and you will stand to walk away with an exclusive Feel-good kit that includes Pokémon-themed sticker set, $2 NTUC FairPrice e-Voucher and a motivational card! Available on a first come, first served, while stocks last basis Just so you know there is a Pokemon themed feel good kiosk located at only specific locations and you will stand to walk away with an exclusive Feel-good kit that includes. (so please check the locations below)

DATE / TIMEVENUE
20 — 22 Sep 
12.00pm to 8.00pm
Nex 
Basement Level 2, Plaza
24 — 26 Sep 
12.00pm to 8.00pm
Bedok Mall 
Basement Level 2, MRT Linkway
4 — 6 Oct 
12.00pm to 8.00pm
Lot One 
Level 1, Atrium
11 — 13. Oct 
12.00pm to 8.00pm
Ang Mo Kio Hub 
Level 3, Opp Foodfare

So if you are asking yourself if you are eligible to participate? yes you can if you a member of the public with a valid NRIC/FIN number aged at least 17 years old and above.

For enquiries, please contact us at stepschallenge@hpb.gov.sg or call us at 1800 567 2020.


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30 Minutes of Exercise is all you need.

Tribesports: 30 minutes of exercise - the key to a happier, healthier you


K-Swiss 50 Love Singapore

Last week, I had the pleasure of celebrating the 50th anniversary of American footwear brand K-Swiss, where a new heritage collection of all their classic, signature models was unveiled.

Founded in 1966 in California by two Swiss brothers, their aim was to bring their knowledge of ski boot technology to the emerging tennis shoe market, as both sports require footwear with a tight fit to support sudden and powerful side-to-side movements.

The collection will consist of seven classic styles that have been updated with modern footwear technology and high quality materials. The first shoe to be released will be the Classic 66, which is fitting as it was the first and only shoe to be produced in the first 20 years of the brand’s illustrious 50-year history. There will be a limited stock of 1,966 pairs as a nod to its humble beginnings in 1966 and will run alongside six other models; the Si-18 International OG, Surf ‘n’ Turf OG, Lozan III, The Classic VN, Irvine OG and Hoke.


5 myths that is sabotaging your fitness goals

#1 Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

This is one of the most oft-quoted health advice I hear and is probably the biggest culprit for the increase in insulin resistance and obesity.

Breakfast is actually the most important meal of the day because you are breaking fast, and if you get it wrong, you can throw off your energy balance for the entire day.

It should not, however, be the largest meal of the day. If you want to burn fat, then get up and move in the morning before refuelling. Force your body to use your fat stores for energy rather than switch them off by putting sugary breakfast products into your system. Even 20 minutes of moderate movement will boost your metabolism and circulation to the point where your endocrine system is balanced and ready for the day.

If you don’t have the time for 20 minutes, then fast for two to three hours upon waking to ensure you are still scavenging from your fat stores.

Having a spoonful of healthy fat like coconut oil or Udo’s 369 will help keep hunger at bay while giving you an energy boost.

That is why Bulletproof Coffee has become the breakfast of choice for so many athletes and health fans over the past few years.

#2 Don’t exercise on an empty stomach

Some experts believe that exercising on an empty stomach makes you weaker and can cause dizziness or fainting. This is true if you are hypoglycaemic or have a habit of snacking before movement.

However, I recommend you try to gradually move over to exercising on empty and train the body to burn its fat.

Exercise is a simulation of hunting and gathering. What motivates animals to move and hunt?

Hunger! In fact all animals perform better when they are moderately hungry, especially predators.

When the digestive process is dormant, more blood is available for the brain and muscles, enabling us to move faster and be more effective hunters.

#3 Fasting and low calorie diets will slow down your metabolism

The idea that regular eating will boost your metabolism is completely retarded and goes against both common sense and science.

Movement boosts your metabolism. If you work in an office, then you should not be eating the same food types or portions as a manual laborer.

I cannot stress enough the importance of daily exercise for office workers or people who sit all day.

Dr James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic in the United States, coined the phrase “sitting is the new smoking”. Sitting for extended periods kills the metabolic rate, and people who sit often and don’t moderate their food intake will rapidly gain weight and increase their likelihood of contracting diabetes, heart disease and complications of the gastrointestinal system.

So, exercise and move to build an appetite and earn your lunch.

If you are sitting for three to four hours and haven’t exercised that day, then stick to low-energy foods like a small portion of vegetables and lean meat.

Remember when you were at school and at the end of a lesson the bell goes and everyone jumps up and comes to life? Remember how much energy you had back then?

Set an alarm or get an activity tracker. Every 45 minutes, get up and move around like you did back then. Breathe deeply and get some air, boost your circulation with some simple exercises like climbing stairs or star jumps.

Not only will it improve your physical health, but this tip will also increase oxygenation to the brain, enabling you to function better and work more efficiently

#4 Running is the best way to burn fat

This myth is a little complex. Yes, running and low-intensity aerobic work uses body fat as fuel, while high-intensity anaerobic exercise uses sugars and glycogen.

The problem is that the body always replaces the fuel you use in anticipation of the next event. The best way to use up your fat stores and stay slim is to cut out all sugars from the diet and train at an intensity that burns sugars.

Then the body is forced to resort to using its fuel reserves from the fat cells.

At the next meal, the body will replace its glycogen stores as best it can, but not the fat reserves.

This is why low carb diets and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) work so well together and are the go-to formula for so many trainers and health professionals

#5 Counting calories in versus out is the best way to lose weight

Unfortunately, the systems of the body are so multidimensional that there is little benefit in using a calorie-counting approach to weight loss unless you are a highly trained professional.

The two master systems in the body that control weight and energy transfer are the endocrine and the nervous systems, and they have no idea what a calorie is. Weight and fat loss is determined by the type of foods we eat and how they are prepared, and not by how many calories they have.

For example, sugars (100 grams of white sugar has 388 calories) lead to an insulin response, and insulin is a fat storage hormone.

Coconut oil (100 grams has 862 calories) has more than double the calories, but stimulates satiety hormones like adiponectin, which make you feel full. The oil also contains medium chain triglycerides, which encourage a fat burning response in the body.

However, calorie awareness does work when comparing foods in the same group, such as the following examples for protein: 100 grams of lean beef has about 143; 100 grams of pork loin has about 242 calories.

Once you are aware of which foods are the best value calorie-wise, then you can ensure you stay away from the higher calorie-laden foods under each category of carbohydrates fats and proteins.

One of the best charts you can work with is the glycaemic load (GL) chart, which is excellent and not to be confused with the glycaemic index (GI), which, by comparison, is very misleading.

The advice here is an indication of how to build daily habits to make you leaner and healthier.

Build them into your programme slowly and see the positive changes in your energy levels, mental alertness and waistline. Habits take time to adapt to, so don’t rush into wholesale changes, especially if you are hypoglycaemic or have insulin resistance and other health issues.

Work with an expert nutritionist or health coach and gradually start rearranging your daily schedule of activities.

The first few weeks will be tough as your metabolism shifts to a new cycle, but stick with the programme and you will begin to feel the benefits of life as a hunter-gatherer!

Remember, no one else is an expert about your body. All we can do as health coaches is to help interpret the communications and symptoms you are experiencing, like pain, fatigue and weight gain, and make the recommendations for change to bring balance and healing back to your body.

Then together we can look at setting health goals and improving your quality of life.

 

Liam Harkness is a qualified sports therapist with certificates in Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening (AIS), visceral manipulation and holistic lifestyle coaching. His two current goals are to help Malaysian athletes beat Singapore and help combat the rise of non-communicable diseases in the country.

MIZUNO 1906 “GV87” Debut

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Featuring the Mizuno1906 GV87 in Olive green and black colorway, Mizuno is showcasing their identity not only in sports but their latest lifestyle shoes in their 1906 range.

Since Rihachi Mizuno in 1906 opened a small sports equipment store in Osaka , Mizuno has been meticulous in making things for the development of sport, in current time and fashion, they have revamp their style to cater to the contemporary taste.

The 1906 series fuses the technology of performance shoes with fashionable designs and this is where their 110-year history but yet still remaining faithful to the forms of Mizuno models from the 1980s.

Mizuno Slogan after is “Made for sport, Designed for life” Check out the shoe in real motion.


Mizuno Ekiden is Back

For those that have race in the past Ekiden event, They can surely bring their A game to retain reconnect the camaraderie to better themself as this year, Mizuno has just confirmed that they will be bringing back the Ekiden series for the 2nd time running.

Not only that they have understood and heard the runners feedback, the most important aspect which could be a big downfall was the start timing for the run, but they have heard us and Mizuno changed the starting time to 4pm, This is actually a better timing than the 9am we had last year, by the 3rd and 4th runner, we are ROAST

With a 4pm start time, everyone can enjoy the after Matsuri carnival with beer and food to chillax the night away, I hope they have after party cause the carnival was absolutely a blast. I only foresee a few problems  at the Matsuri village such as ..

  1. More chairs and table is needed
  2. Better queue management for stalls
  3. Let people use cash instead of coupon
  4. More stalls ??

To be honest, the carnival and race even was as perfect as any event could be, just that last year route Marshall and signs was hardly visible, so I hope this year much improvement would have done for it as well but we will just have to wait and see.

I want to say Thank you to Mr Kiyoshi Tatani,President of Mizuno Singapore for bringing this event back and I can’t wait to tell my previous team about this. See you guys there.

To find out more about the Mizuno Ekiden or Register your team, do head over to http://www.mizuno.asia/ekiden

 


Isaac’s Year End Surprise

This year has not been a smooth one nor was it a hard one as well, most of the up’s and down are actually our own self perspective in life. It is how you want to your day to start and how it end, I always start my day with this in my mind.

“Today is going to be your lucky day”

I got that from a Abercrombie & Fitch Tag, So this post is going to be a lot of my reflection on life and how everything went this year.

My down for the year was that my dad was hospitalized and I stayed with him in the hospital over the weekend and catching up on the years when I was not around, but I still would say it ended up as a plus for me cause we hanged out like we were buddies, shared with him some of my audiophile toys and he is more tech-savvy then ever, so you see it’s life perspective again.

Most of my UP for the year would be me having a “Good” ..wait .. a Great Leader as a boss and that is the best thing that can could ever happen to anyone and it really does changes the way we work as well as the work environment. That is why they are called leader and not boss. I am motivated and aspire to be in his footsteps but I still have far more to learn,

I have to say without his guidance and ideas I would not be where I am standing now and just today I received our company’s MERIT AWARD (I will take it as my Birthday Present to me from him,I guess) I will not go into details how I landed this award but MERIT award is a big thing in our company. So I am kinda proud of it. Thank you for your support Mr Y.

But even with a great boss, I have to say that your career progress mainly has to do with your personal attitude towards work itself. You may have the greatest tool or the greatest team in the world but if your attitude makes you think you are the “Ceaser to Rome:” then I am pretty sure you will not get far in life.

I have work with a few great colleagues that have gone far in life and I always encourages them to go onwards, I have been using this ever since because on the day of my graduation, one of my lecturer signed on my apron (I was a hotel management grad) “EVER ONWARDS” and this meant that what ever we do in life just keep moving and never stop. Life should never stop even if we do not have the best of things, it just means we need to do our best and make it the best.

I have not celebrated my birthday for many years now (it is my wish to celebrate on my own alone at home if possible), I don’t wish for cakes or presents and my family and friends knows me for the person who has little wants and needs, all I ask for on every of my birthday is to see all my family and friends happy, that is what I wish for to be honest. I don’t ask for much but I do thank my colleague for always making sure I have a cake to blow before I leave on my Birthday,  Thank you guys for making the work place awesome.

Well it is just a day away from the New Year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a great year ahead and wish that all your Blessing and Wishes will be answered sooner or later.  It has been a crazy 2015 for me and I know more will come, for those I have wronged, please do accept my apologies as I mean no harm.

And for this I end my year with this last post. Happy New Year


LANEIGE HOMME : Men Do Get it

Just another few days to Christmas and then its Happy New Year, I want to thank everyone whom have been following and reading my reviews and post on life rambling for all this years, also I want to take this opportunity to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all you readers out there. As for me, I am ending my new year by keeping much to myself and staying low. I have not posted or done much video as much as I would like to end the year with but I do want to kick it up a notch for the coming 2016

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I would like to thank LANEIGE Singapore for sending me the following products (hope they think I was good looking and not looking at my post and thinking YIKES this guy’s oily face sure need our product) I sure hope its the former. Thank you for the early Christmas surprise.

As you know they have  recently release their latest HOMME range which is a fuss-free skincare regime,it is a two-step skincare to help busy people or who travels often by not having to bring so many products on hand and I have to say the Oil Control Cleanser and Oil Control Water Lotion is amazing. Now I can’t wait to try all their other products. Do read on to see what my thoughts are on the two following product

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The box has a nice metallic color and it sure does have a masculine feel to it, just holding on to it makes me feel MANLY! never though the Korean to be innovative as well, If you look at the packaging there is a perforated line on the side and it actually opens up from there and instructions in Korean and English are well placed for your reading pleasure.

First off let me talk about the oil control cleanser, it is actually a scrubbing cleanser which is made to clarifies the skin surface by removing excessive sebum and dead skin, I am pairing this with my Clarisonic Mia2 which give it a double boosting action

Firstly when you squeeze out the cleanser you will see blue bits which is the beads of the cleanser and it acts as a scrub, you can instantly feel the minty smell it gives off once you splash it on your face, but it was the “AFTER” effect that I love most. It made my skin felt tight, fresh and had a new bounce to it, or maybe it is the jojoba oil moisturizer ingredient that is in this cleanser

Isaac’s 2 cents worth and Product Rating ( 4.75 out of 5 cleanser ) This is worth purchasing

Since this is a two step product which comes together in a pair, I have the liberty to try it both at once, when I opened this water lotion, there was a separation of lotion and water therefore the instruction clearly states SHAKE IT WELL.

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I am comparing this to the current product that I use which is the SKII men’s facial essence which is pretty similar in consistency, just that the other one has Pitera and also am using it cause my whole family is using that brand.

I will try my best to describe the fragrance of this product to you, it has this really luxurious silky smell to it, think of you in a luxurious soapy spa with freshness of the morning grass, well anyway it sure smells DARN GOOD.

All you need to do for this product is after the cleanser you splash a good amount maybe the size of 50cents worth and dab it all over your pretty face. LANEIGE claims this product contains the “Golden Ratio” of one part lotion to 11 parts toner.

The whole idea of this lotion is to control your facial oil and mine sure has it’s own oil collection station on every side of my face after lunch or so, using this product really helped me tone down my shine and darn that smell is so good. I would just buy it and pour all over my body just for that smell. Just want to say that this product works like it said it would.

Isaac 2cent’s Product rating ( 4 out of 5 oil cleaner) I would have given it higher if it was not for the price

LANEIGE Oil Contol cCeanser sells for SGD $28 and Oil Control Lotion sells for SGD $48

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Brands I have used: SKII, KIEHLS, LABS, L’Oreal, Shiseido