A shift in movement; a look into the idea of exercise as a form of self-care, that movement can work as medicine not just a way to look fitter or work off calories.
There is a different approach to fitness of late; we aren’t just donning athletic outfits, grabbing a bottle of water and heading off to sweat it out to lose weight, there are many more reasons filtering in to the world of keeping fit. For one, the art of wellness is not just about how many cardio hours you put in per week, it is a delicate balance of diet, exercise, hydration, sleep and a good dose of mindfulness. Feelings are taking a stronger hold on society; approaching them, acknowledging that they are a strong part of us and handling them is paramount for living a harmonious existence. Meditation has become a key tool in the day to day for many to find that personal balance.
The shift I am speaking of comes in the form of individuals recognising themselves as just that; a single unique being coexisting with others within a societal framework. We are starting to take care of our whole selves, body, mind and spirit in order to function effectively and ultimately happily within such a structure. Each warranting as much attention and nurture as the other.
In this sense the act of exercising is no longer just a method by which to change something about ourselves, it is a fundamental factor contributing to our overall wellness and therefore can be looked at from a more medicinal approach. In order to be well, we need to achieve certain goals and routine exercise is one of them. Being well these days involves more inclusive conversations on how you are – looking internally and outlining your emotions and experiences, and who you are – being able to authentically represent a true form of self to your surrounding community and the world. Working out is more of a moment to take time out to encourage self care than just a fitness regime, this is a reflection on the way that culture is changing with regards to the reasons we move and work our bodies. Exercising is taking the form of necessary time for yourself away from a busy schedule, time to reflect and take care for yourself as part of a daily routine towards wellness. As a way of self-medicating, exercise can make us feel better; it is a known fact that we release endorphins during exercise and the literal pumping of the blood around the body increasing energy flow, the working of muscles, the stretching and usage of our incredible structure all promotes a healthy mind as well as a happy body. Let’s call it movement as medicine!
To continue this theory, prior to partaking in exercise we need to check on ourselves; how am I? How do I feel? And afterwards take another moment to reflect on the self; how am I now? How do I feel post-exercise? Have a look at the before and after responses and take note of the difference in your feelings. Keep a record of this and you’ll be able to register on what days you feel good, and vice versa, this can help you to work out contributing factors to those feelings; such as did you have a good or bad night’s sleep the night before? Did you have something pressing on your mind? Were you stressed out? What had you eaten? All your external experiences have an effect on your feelings and all will, in turn, affect your performance.
If you emerge from exercise with a more positive feeling than when you entered in, using words such as “better”, “happier”, “livelier”, “stronger”, then this reflects the benefits of the workout in itself; feeling better means literally that, you’re in a better position than you were before and this carries over into our day and life. Exercise as routine can serve as a positive feeling of empowerment to carry with you throughout the rest of your daily challenges and help you face them with an earned gumption. Being strong doesn’t necessarily relate to the power of your muscles, but more towards being well. Rather than just working out to become fitter we exercise as part of a daily routine to nurture the whole self.
The routines you choose to incorporate into your life in the form of exercise need to work for you personally. Find something that works for your body and that you are capable of. Pushing too hard and too fast doesn’t make us feel better, it can make things a lot worse, especially if you wind up injured and incapable of continuing any form of exercise! Choose your movements wisely by knowing yourself, your body’s story is unique and only you know it, so go with that knowledge when you enter into any form of physical exercise.
Meditation, as I mentioned, is also a key tool in finding that all important balance and personal harmony to live a peaceful, happy life. The combination of nurturing the body and mind through exercise, good diet, hydration, regular sleep, meditation, and healthy relationships will serve to also benefit the spirit and keep us balanced. This theory is backed up by the notion that we all need to spend more time getting to know ourselves; not just what we like or don’t like but what we need. You may be the type of person who needs more sleep than others to function well, listen to your body – it knows. Having been pregnant I realised that this was the first time in my life that I actually noticed the clear signals and language my body directed at me- I craved certain things because my body (and child) needed them to feel better or to achieve a balance of necessary vitamins or minerals. Once your start to hear your inner voice it becomes clearer and clearer as to what your body and mind need to be able to feel right. Each element being as important as the next as when combined it will deliver that homeostasis we are all reaching for.
So next time you head for the gym, or the yoga class or take a long walk or run ask yourself those all important questions…how am I? How do I feel? Tune in to your body’s voice and rhythm and s [...]
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StanChart says rate cut will extend economic cycle and warrant continued preference for risk assets on a 6to 12-month horizon
by SULHI KHALID / pic by TMR FILE
A RATE cut by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) would help the American economy and be a silver lining to emerging equity markets including Bursa Malaysia, according to Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd (StanChart).
StanChart head of managed investments and product investments Danny Chang said a rate cut by the Fed would benefit North-East Asia emerging markets (EMs) like China, Hong Kong and South Korea the most, as global investors will seek higher dividend yield portfolios and technology advancement in these countries.
“Historically, when there is a US Fed rate cut, it will not lead to a recession in the country and it will be good for emerging equity markets including Bursa Malaysia,” he said to reporters during Standard Chartered’s Global Market Outlook second half briefing last Friday.
The bank’s Global Investment Committee believes a potential interest-rate cut by the Fed will extend the economic cycle and warrant a continued preference for risk assets on a six-to 12-month horizon.
The Federal Open Market Committee is scheduled to meet on July 30, and Fed chairman Jerome Powell has signalled concerns over global growth and risk of a prolonged shortfall in inflation from the 2% target during recent congressional testimony, indicating dovish stance of the financial regulator.
Chang said weak corporate earnings and high valuations continue to drive Malaysian equities to underperform against its peers.
“The consensus estimates reported that Malaysia’s corporate earnings growth is below 10% (in 2019), lower compared to Asia peers which are growing at a rate of 11% to 12%,” he said.
StanChart has projected the ringgit to trade against the US dollar at RM4.15 level by year-end.
“As the US dollar weakens, we believe the pound sterling and the euro will be the biggest beneficiaries,” said StandChart’s senior investment strategist Manish Jaradi.
Last week, the International Monetary Fund in its External Sector Report highlighted the US dollar was overvalued by 6% to 12%, based on near-term economic fundamentals.
The ringgit was last traded at 4.112 against the greenback last Friday.
According to Manish, the weaker dollar outlook will also encourage flows into EM assets.
Bank Negara Malaysia’s decision to maintain the Overnight Policy Rate at 3% at its recent monetary policy meeting did not come as a surprise for StanChart due to low inflationary pressure in the economy.
“We expect the rate to be unchanged for the next six months. The economy is not slowing to a level where the central bank has to do another immediate rate cut after the 25-basis-points cut in May this year,” said Chang.
The international banking group believes gold is a good way to hedge downside risks, especially given its soft greenback outlook and potential equity market weakness in the coming one to three months.
On a separate note, StanChart has rolled out SmartGoals — the first-of-its-kind digital platform in the country to offer market insights and wealth advisory, affordable and available to all clients irrespective of their net worth.
StanChart MD and head of wealth management Sammeer Sharma said investors are now looking for high quality and diverse insights that will enable better decision-making.
“Our advisory process involves bringing together diverse market insights with our own research to come out with unbiased recommendations that are tailored solely to our clients’ needs” he said.
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The FaceApp is developed by a Russia company and it uses Artificial Intelligence to make yourself look younger or older. ― Picture courtesy of Soya Cincau
KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 ― You’ve probably seen your friends sharing pictures of themselves looking like 50 years older and this appears to be a continuation of the 10-year challenge. The viral face transformation software is called FaceApp and interestingly has gained popularity recently despite being released in 2017. Before you upload a picture of yourself, be warned that the app has some privacy concerns that you need to know.The FaceApp is developed by a Russia company and it uses Artificial Intelligence to make yourself look younger or older. Admittedly, this sounds pretty cool but several security researchers have discovered that your photos are actually sent to a cloud for AI processing instead of being processed locally on your device.FaceApp does not clearly inform its users that their photos are being uploaded and it doesn’t mention what do they do with it. Someone had claimed that the app may upload other photos from your photo library without your permission but eventually, the same person had retracted his statement and admitted that he was wrong.When 9to5Mac reached out to FaceApp for clarification, the app developers shared that the photos are stored in the cloud for performance and traffic purposes. This is to ensure that a user doesn’t upload the same photo repeatedly for every edit operation. They added that most images are deleted from their servers after 48 hours from the upload date.They also clarified that the app will only upload photos that you choose and they will never transfer any other images from your device. Although FaceApp R&D team is based in Russia, they mentioned that user data are not transferred to Russia. They also say that 99 per cent of users are currently using the app without logging in, so they don’t have access to any personal data that could identify a person.According to its terms of service, users agree to allow FaceApp the right to use your photos, your name and your likeness without compensation to you. By using their service, you also agree that your photos may be used for commercial purposes.In the end, the fact remains that your photos are being uploaded somewhere if you’re using the app. Although there’s no real threat of your entire photo gallery being uploaded without permission, it is important that you’re aware what’s going on behind the scenes and what they could do to your photos. ― SoyaCincau [...]
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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad together with Tourism Minister Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi during the unveiling of the new Visit Malaysia 2020 logo at KLIA, Sepang July 22,2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
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PETALING JAYA - A diesel pollutant detected in Sungai Selangor in the Malaysian state forced the shutdown of four water treatment plants on Sunday (July 21), affecting consumers in the Klang Valley, one of the country's most densely populated areas.
The shutdown of the water treatment plants by supply company Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) - which serves Selangor state as well as Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur - came just two days after an odour pollution forced more than a million consumers to face an abrupt water cut.
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Some people may live in denial but the fact is that we are all ageing at different paces everyday.
Since Malaysia will reach ageing nation status in 2030 when 15% of its population will be 60 years or older, why not prepare yourself by learning how to deal with some of the issues that might crop up?
The 9th Malaysian Conference on Healthy Ageing (9th MCHA) is set to take place at the PAUM Clubhouse, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, from July 24-26 and will feature a plethora of talks and workshops.
Organised by Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS), the biennial conference is aimed at promoting healthy ageing by educating healthcare professionals and the public on ageing-related issues.
“The state of a person’s physical (body), mental (mind) and emotional (spiritual) health are what determines a person’s overall health and well-being,” says MHAS president Dr Wong Teck Wee.
“But there are many areas that contribute to overall health and well-being such as a person’s relationship with others, ability to manage stress, financial health, living environment and other areas in a person’s daily life. Our conference programme covers a wide scope of topics – key areas that have an impact on ageing.
“While many healthcare and allied health professionals will be attending the conference, the programme will also be of interest to the insurance, finance and housing sectors as well as caregivers of older persons, care providers, government, municipal authorities and many other stakeholders.”
Among the highlights at the three-day conference are plenary sessions on What About Transition Adaptation and Well Being – The Live Experience by the Older Person by Kim Walder, Cancer: Prevention Is Better than Cure by Assoc Prof Ravindran Kanesvaran, Lessons Learnt: What Would You Do Differently If You Were Given A Second Chance by Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Interventions To Reduce Sarcopenia by Dr IGP Suka Aryana, Medicinal Plants In Strategy For Disease Prevention by Gerard Bodeker and Does An Older Person Need Vaccination by Prof Dr Tan Maw Pin.
The programme will also include special lectures on Cancer In Older Persons, Nutraceutical Modulation Of The Ageing Process And Age-Related Diseases, Isolation Of The Baby Boomers In Japan, Clinical Application Of Yoga In Oncology And Palliative Care, The Many Faces of Dementia, Silent Mentor, Blue Zones, The Role Of Positive Psychology In Ageing, The Ketogenic Diet, Gut and Microbiome, Helicobacter Pylori: All You Need To Know and a session on Intermittent Fasting.
To view the full programme or to register for the conference, visit www.healthyageing.org [...]