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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


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Feeling so warm! This is although I have taken a shower just now. 

Alamak! Why like that? Flu? Cold? Fever?

Aiyoh, none of the above lah.

I climbed some stairs again.

Usually, I would have to shower twice after my stair climbing exercise. Once after a twenty minutes cooling down time and again half an hour before I go to bed.


Sweaty!

I have been eating a bit too much comfort food lately and this being my birthday month doesn't help. 

Friends and family are showing their love in the usual way, if you know what I mean. Burp.

With more buffets on the way for the rest of the month, I must really step it up. Pardon the pun.

Anyway, it isn't the first time I have blogged about the benefits and convenience of stair climbing as an exercise in Singapore.

With 80% of us living in HDB flats, we have easy access to stairs. We are also very lucky that HDB flats have stairs which are well ventilated and not closed in like some I have seen in private housing here.

Go climb some stairs!

If you have not been exercising for a while, stair climbing could be demanding. I have been there. I know. So, don't be too ambitious.

Take a step at a time and see how many floors you could climb before you start huffing and puffing. That's a sign to slow down and, maybe, stop. 

Do this regularly and you will be able to climb many more floors without feeling winded in time to come.

Frequency? 
3 times per week is good.

Number of floors? 
Depends on your fitness level but you should be able to climb many more floors by the end of the 3rd or 4th week.

Advanced technique?
When it becomes easier, try taking two steps at a time. This creates a bigger mechanical disadvantage and is more demanding. It will help to strengthen the legs and butts faster.


With stair climbing, the excuse that we don't have time to go to the gym is a less convincing one because for, most of us, the stairs are there outside our home. 


Seen stuff like this before?

Unlike some trading gurus who tell us how we can become richer trading just 30 minutes a day, we don't even have to climb stairs daily to become stronger. 

3 times a week, 20 minutes to 30 minutes each time. That is all it takes to climb stairs and to become stronger.

Finally, we don't have to worry about Mr. Market's health. We should take care of ours.

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7 comments:

Matthew Seah said...

25 floors for me

Matthew Seah said...

25 floors for me

AK71 said...

Hi Matthew,

Try to increase this by 5 floors each week. 50 floors per session should be a good target. Gambatte!

AK71 said...

Dear AK,

Your post today on stairs climbing certainly did give me a boost.
Since leaving my full time job in 2015, I have been at home full time.
Since then, It was eating and sleeping and recently I realised that I
put on so much weight. My husband advised me to go jogging but I dont
like the sport. Now, your post has inspired me to do stairs climbing.
I am quite unfit. I think I will start with 20 minutes and increase
from there on depending on my health. Thank you, AK, this post has
certainly inspired me:-)

Regards


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Hi,

Jogging is actually bad for the knees especially if we have put on a lot of weight. The impact will damage or even destroy our knees. Climbing stairs is a safer exercise. Do it slowly. Don't run. Running up stairs is high impact and almost as bad as jogging.

Finally, remember that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Cut down on your intake of sugar and carbohydrates.

Gambatte!

Best wishes,
AK

Regretful C said...

Hi AK

I used to be very careless with money, don't care about saving & insurance. But your blog has changed me. Thank you!
So I decided to "clear a lot of backlogs' eg buy H&S insurance for my mum who is 68 this year.

However, due to some pre-existing conditions, I was told no insurance company would accept her application. My insurance adviser asked me to consider NTUC Income's Silver Protect plan, a term life insurance (till 84) which covers mainly early & advanced stage cancers.
The premium is $2308 pa for a sum assured of $50k.

More details about the plan: https://www.income.com.sg/insurance/life-insurance/term-life-insurance/silver-protect

I am not sure whether to buy this plan. Really appreciate your advice...

Lesson learnt: Buy H&S insurance for your parents early & while they are healthy. Don't end up like me!!

Thank you

Regretful C

AK71 said...

Hi C,

Well, I said this to another reader:

"If your mom is OK with class B2 or C wards in government hospitals, all you need is Medishield Life."
Source: http://singaporeanstocksinvestor.blogspot.sg/2015/06/do-you-know-if-your-parents-have-enough.html

All is not lost. :)

Frankly, your mom doesn't need term life insurance anymore unless she has dependents. Anyway, at her age, it is simply too expensive. Imagine paying $2,300 a year for 20 years. That is $46,000! For a $50K coverage? It sounds ridiculous to me.

Unknown said...

hi, it is definitely a good form of exercise. I have been climbing the stairs since the day BREXIT happened, twice to three times a week, but not just climbing alone but using a method that some may be familiar with, call High intensive training.(HIT)

this method will reap more health benefits. 30 seconds of climbing with all effort to bring your heartbeat to 85-90% of your max heart rate (max heart rate = 220 minus your age. eg. if you are 40 yrs old, max heart rate would be 180), after which 90 sec, climb leisurely, repeat this 8 times.

Just 2-3 times a week max and Total time taken 20 mins (including 4 mins of warm up and cool down) will make you stronger and healthier.

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