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Hands Off: The Dirtiest Equipment on the Gym

Attending the gym has its perks without a doubt but sometimes we have to be careful because there are some dangers lurking around. These dangers are sometimes unnoticeable which makes it more threatening when we think about it. You should know that gyms are sort of gross. Yes, you read it right.

Gyms here in Singapore are clean especially for exclusive clubs but what about ordinary gyms? Ordinary gyms are overcrowded, hot and smell sweat. You go to gym not for the ambiance but for working out. However, you have to be particular of what you hold because lots of equipment hoards harmful bacteria.

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FitRated conducted a research recently and discovered some things worth your attention. FitRated is a review site for gym equipment. It visited myriad of gyms and swabbed bacteria samples from twenty seven different gym facilities. The study revealed disturbing facts that is why it is crucial that you read it and share it to your fellow.

The swapped samples contain negative rods, positive rods, positive cocci and bacillus. The quantifier is Colony-forming Unit (CFU). CFU is used to estimate the bacteria or fungal cells for example. According to the study, here are some of the dirtiest gym equipment:

  • Exercise bike: An exercise bike contains about 1,333,418 CFU. When loosely translated it has thirty nine times more bacteria that your usual plastic reusable tray in the cafeteria. The tray by the way has 33,800 CFU.

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  • Free weights: The next dirtiest equipment is free weights. It has about 1,158,381 CFU. When loosely translated it has three hundred sixty two times more bacteria than your toilet seat. Toilet seat by the way has 3,200 CFU.

 

  • Treadmill: Treadmill is also dirty equipment with 1,333,432 CFU. When loosely translated it has seventy four times more bacteria than your ordinary faucet. Your ordinary faucet by the way has 18,000 CFU.

Now that you have a clear picture of equipment with the most bacteria, it is time to do something. Do not just ignore this equipment because these are also important. The best that you can do is to always remember sanitizing. After hitting the gym, never touch anything unless your hands are clean.

So, the next time you hit the gym, do not forget to bring your sanitizer and share the information to your friends. This is alarming and disturbing thinking that you cannot see it but it can cause serious illness at the end of the day.

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Be Fit for Free

With the rising number of different illnesses and conditions, more and more people are becoming health conscious. One aspect of health and wellness is fitness. Regular exercise is important in order to keep ourselves healthy and to ensure that our body is in tiptop shape.

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The most common problem with regard to fitness is the big chunk of money it diminishes from our monthly budget in order for us to pay our gym membership. Now, a lot of people are looking for ways to stay in shape without spending too much money or, if possible, not spending money at all.

Health in the Long Run

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One way to maintain health and fitness is running. It’s very practical and won’t cost you anything. Running is a form of exercise that most people can do. If you are inexperienced, you can run in a comfortable pace on an easy terrain. If you are a hardcore runner, you can change the speed and do it in a more challenging environment, like a rocky terrain. The idea of running can be a very difficult task to complete but when you think about all the money you can save from gym memberships if you switch to running regularly, then you might end up feeling more motivated.

The Great Outdoors

Exercising inside the gym can become dull and boring. What better way to make exercising more fun than doing it outdoors where you can enjoy nature and fresh air? You can walk or run with your dogs or even do yoga outdoors.

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Ways for Singaporeans to Lose Weight

There are a lot of ways that a person can lose weight in a healthy way, one is through exercise and the other is through diets. Avoiding these activities will surely give you much weight. On the other hand, many people are rushing to burn fats and calories which is not recommended because there is a possibility that severe injuries may happen. Usually, putting yourself into a fast test will have minimal effect or most probably, no effect.

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This is also the same with diets, instantly cutting your meal plan can put you in danger. Now, if you want to lose weight instantly, you don’t have to abruptly trim down the food you eat rather stick to your meal plan and slowly limit the food you eat. Most importantly, do not skip breakfast.

If you really want to lose weight, you need to remind yourself that you have to eliminate those stored fats in your body. These are some ways that many Singaporeans do to weight gain:

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  • Undergoing therapy: Most of the time, having a hypnotherapy for weight loss can help.
  • Having more physical activities: If walking is only your exercise, try to discover new exercises. Why not go swimming or play simple sports like badminton
  • Cutting down your calorie intake: Eating too many food will lead to weight gain. So, better trim down your meals.

Now, that you have the idea on how you will lose weight, you have to do it permanently and stick to that lifestyle. The first week is the hardest part of the process but if you overcome it, say hello to your dream body.

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Singapore

The number of cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease in Singapore in Week 45 (November 3 to 9, 2013) surged to 1,003 from just 237 cases recorded in the same period last year, latest data from the Ministry of Health (MOH) showed.

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Cause

Caused by the intestinal viruses of the picornaviridae family, hand, foot, and mouth disease is a highly contagious and viral infection that usually leads to rashes involving the hands, feet, and oral cavity.

Some of the common strains that can infect a person with hand, foot, and mouth disease include coxsackie A virus A16 and enterovirus 71 (EV-71). However, it can also be due to various strains of enterovirus and coxsackievirus. The disease is very common among babies and children and very rarely among adults.

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Spread

The virus which causes hand, foot, and mouth disease spreads through direct contact with the infected person’s mucus, saliva, or feces. The disease is very common in nursery or kindergarten schools during summer and autumn. Incubation period for the disease usually takes three to six days.

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Diagnosis

Symptoms of the disease include fever, sore throat, malaise, painful intraoral, perioral, nasal, or facial, fatigue, diarrhea, irritability, sores or blisters, rashes, and loss of appetite. The disease can only be diagnosed through visiting a physician. To date, there is still no specific treatment for the disease so disease management focuses on attaining symptomatic relief through using analgesic medications.

Infection from hand, foot, and mouth disease typically lasts within a week or so but it can also go on for a very long time. Physicians have advised that fever reducers and lukewarm baths can make the body temperature of the infected person decline.


Dengue Fever Cases in Singapore Surge

The number of cases of dengue fever in Singapore in Week 45 (November 3 to 9, 2013) surged to 401 from 99 cases recorded in the same period last year, latest data from the Ministry of Health (MOH) showed. Otherwise known as breakbone fever, dengue fever is an infectious disease brought by dengue virus transmitted by various mosquito species that is within the genus Aedes, particularly the Aedes egypti.

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Symptoms

Some of dengue’s symptoms are fever, muscle and joint pains, skin rashes, and headache but in some cases, when it develops into a life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, the disease leads to bleeding, low blood platelet count, and leakage of blood plasma. It can also develop into a dengue shock syndrome. People with this syndrome end up with a low blood pressure.

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Culprits

Other species of Aedes that can transmit the disease are Aedes polynesiensis, Aedes albopictus, and Aedes sctellaris. A person can acquire the disease even with a single bite from the mosquito but it can also be transmitted through infected blood products and organ donation. In Singapore where dengue is endemic, the risk is at approximately 1.6 to 6 in every 10,000 transfusions. The disease may be severe among babies, children, women, viral load, and those with higher body mass index.

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Transmission

When a mosquito carrying the virus bites a person, the virus with the mosquito’s saliva goes in to the skin, then comes in to white blood cells, and multiplies and moves throughout different body parts. Diagnosis of dengue is usually done clinically especially when the patient possesses the symptoms listed and has underwent physical examination. It has been advised that one may be suspected with the dengue virus if he or she has already developed fever for two weeks or so.


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