Saturday, February 28, 2015
No time for exercise? Too busy to eat right? What kind of a toll is it all taking on your health? There's a simple test you can do just about anywhere that's been proven to predict how long you'll live. A doctor in Brazil invented the Sitting Rising Test or SRT, and he's proven it can predict your risk of dying in the next five years. When it comes to figuring out how healthy you are, and long you might live, a cardiac stress test is often considered the gold-standard for giving doctors very specific information. "What we're doing from a stress test standpoint is what we call risk stratifying somebody for their risk for a heart attack, and dying from a heart attack in the next one, three, or five years," says Dr. Michael Lim, director of the Division of Cardiology at Saint Louis University Hospital. But what if you could predict your longevity quickly, easily and without even leaving your home? Scientific studies over the past 15 years have proven if you have trouble getting down and getting back off the floor, it's nothing to laugh at. Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo, MD, PhD, a specialist in exercise and sports medicine, also works with cardiac patients at Clínica de Medicina do Exercício – Clinimex, in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and invented SRT to easily measure non-aerobic physical fitness. In an interview via Skype from his home in Rio, he said the idea for SRT came from observing his older, sedentary patients who could pass basic aerobic tests. "Many of them are able to bike or to run on a treadmill," said Dr. Araujo, "but if you asked them could you tie your shoes, it's pretty difficult to do that. We realized not only aerobic fitness is important. You also need other things for your life: strength, flexibility, balance." The goal is to get down and back up from a sitting position with minimal support. It can be used in all age groups, and results are based on a scale of one to 10. Score three or less and your risk of dying is five times greater over the next five years. It may look and sound easy, but here's how it's done. You cross your feet, and go into a seated position. That's five points. Coming back up is another 5. But you can lose points really fast. You lose a point for each hand, arm or knee you need for support. Take off a half-point when you lose your balance at any time, either on the way down or coming back up. Total them all for your final score. If you have bad knees or hips, don't try this alone. "Have a friend, have a spouse, have a friend with us when we do this," said Dr. Lim. Be sure to take your shoes off, and wear comfortable clothes. But for every point you get, there's a 21% decrease in mortality from all causes. Dr. Lim, says it makes sense. "The more active we are the better we can accommodate stressors the more likely we are to handle something bad that happens down the road," said Dr. Lim. Dr. Araujo's data has been published in American and European medical journals. By the way, he says if you're over 50 and score a perfect 10, you should be proud, because not many people in the age group can do it.
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Monday, February 23, 2015
Courtesy of USA Today: When Fraser Cunningham stepped outside of his Cincinnati home Friday morning, it was still dark.It was darn cold, too. His Garmin told him it was -10 degrees F. And, just like he's been doing every single morning at 5:30 for more than 18 months, the 56-year-old GE engineer hopped on his bicycle and rode to work. It was so cold, that his eyes literally froze open during the trek. "It's better than freezing shut," he said. Cunningham hasn't missed a day commuting by bicycle since July 22, 2013. Hoping to beat out his personal best continuous streak of one year, eight-and-a-half months, he's been counting every day.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015
According to the NY Post newspaper today, The Big Apple will be more like the Big Icebox this weekend. An arctic cold front packing dangerous winds of up to 60 mph (100 km/hr) could make it feel like it’s 20 below zero F by Sunday (about -25C) — the coldest wind-chill factor since 1993’s “Storm of the Century,” forecasters warned. This is a picture of the fountain in Bryant Park frozen over
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Sunday, February 8, 2015
So John Steinbeck wrote, or words to that effect. Thought today would be a good day to check out the High Line in the snow. Hadn't been there in a while as it's way over the other side of Manhattan and gets more & more popular/crowded all the time: in fact, i recall last time we said "Never again!". But today I guessed right, given we were heading for a max of 1 degree C, -5 in the wind, with a light fog. While all the roadways and sidewalks are cleared, several inches of snow have covered the rest of the ground since before Australia Day and it's hardly been above zero since then, so i presumed the High Line would still be snowy (but hopefully open) and I schlepped over there for a look.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
"LOOKING FOR HUGGIES WIPES TRAVEL CASES: Hey folks- Does anyone happen to have any of the hard plastic Huggies travel wipes cases lying around? I just found out they were discontinued months ago and I want to paint a couple more for baby gifts. I need plain white or a solid color, not the polka-dotted kind that used to come in the Costco packages. Thanks, Andi"
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Monday, February 2, 2015
Not exactly a Superbowl day "tradition", but like in 2012 I began the big day running in the NYRR Gridiron Run & Longest Football Throw, in the cold and the snow, before enjoying the game in the evening.
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