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Shoulder Workout (6) – Seated Bent Over Rear Delt Raise

posted on December 18th, 2010 ·


If you are looking for a workout for your upper back and rear deltoids of your shoulder, you can try seated bent over rear delt raise which is also known as reverse fly or rear delt raises.  In fact, many people focus much on the front and side deltoids and neglecting the rear deltoids.  The rear delt of your shoulder is a small muscle group.  You can train with light weight. (more…)

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What Is Functional Fitness and Why Is It Important?

posted on December 14th, 2010 ·

Have a chat with a fellow gym member. He is a father of two kids. Just found out that he has been attending Yoga classes since two months ago. He once said that Yoga was only for women. So, it made me really curious why this big man with muscular body, once a critic of Yoga, became a fan of Yoga.

This is what he said, “See my biceps?”

I replied (without looking), “Yeah, bigger than tennis balls.”

“But, they are useless.”  He said. (more…)

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Food Prices Are Getting Skyrocketting and It Is Time To Eat Less!

posted on December 10th, 2010 ·


Not only the gasoline price is getting higher these days, the food price has increased too, as much as more than 100% for the past 1 year. Staples like wheat and rice, which millions of people, be them poor or rich, depend on them daily, become more expensive and made lives tougher. If you often do grocery shopping yourself, you realize that eggs and bread have become expensive too for the past 12 months. From Yemen to Haiti or Bangladesh, high food prices have sparked protests in many countries around the world.

Here are some of the food prices in the US in May 2007 and 2008 for comparison: (more…)

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Just Do It – Take Action For Your Fitness Goals

posted on December 6th, 2010 ·


It is close to year end and my friends are making new year resolution. Too often I heard, “I will start losing weight after new year”. After new year, they may say, “Let’s wait after Chinese New Year in February.” When the time comes, the plan is changed again. Probably Christmas this time. So, tomorrow has come and gone. New year is coming.

People may have read many weight loss articles and they are getting confused with the jargon used by the fitness professional. They read about 5 ways to be on diet, 10 ways to lift weights, 15 ways to do the cardiovascular exercises, but they have not started doing anything. (more…)

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The Truth Behind Detox Diet

posted on December 2nd, 2010 ·


Detox diet fans believe that detox will help them to lose weight, get rid of cellulite and make their skin glow. They believe that our bodies are overloaded with toxins and therefore may cause problems like weight gain, energy loss and dull skin in long term. These toxins come from air pollution, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods. While the result is still lack of any concrete evidence, the diet is gaining ground, partly due to the marketing campaign initiated by the manufacturers in this multi-million dollar industry. Let’s look at whether detox is a marketing myth or a nutritional reality. (more…)

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How To Monitor Your Calories Expenditure Throughout the Day with Body Bugg

posted on November 28th, 2010 ·

Mun’s Note: This is a guest post by Janet, one of the frequent readers of  For the past 12 months, Janet has shed 50 pounds (about 22 kilograms).  She has been exercising frequently and watching out what she eats.


If you have watched the Biggest Loser season 6, you may have noticed some of the participants wearing some weird devices on their upper arm.  Those gadgets are called “Body Bugg”.  I bought it after my friends recommended me.  I have been using it for more than a year.  So far no regret.

I use Body Bugg to track my weight loss progress.  It estimates my burnt calories using “sensor fusion” by collecting range of body data.  Unlike pedometer and heart rate monitor which rely on single sensor, Body Bugg track activity level, whether you are walking, jogging or even sleeping.  This approach make Body Bugg a more reliable device with more accurate estimation.  I have been using many other gadgets, but so far, Body Bugg is the only one that have met my requirements. (more…)

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