Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This new infographic shows how the body heals itself after smoking, and it really is quite incredible to see just how fast the damage done to your health can be reversed.

Everyone knows that smoking is one of the primary causes of cancer (particularly lung cancer), but it is also responsible for a wide range of other serious diseases and illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes.

The good news for smokers is that this damage can be healed within 15 years of quitting, reducing the smokers risk of even the most serious illnesses to close to those of someone who had never smoked.

Shorter term there will be a wide range of health benefits such as improved senses (smell and taste) and clearing up of any breathing difficulties or smoking related coughs. These smaller benefits will start to be felt within days of a smoker quitting and in fact there are some benefits that will be felt within the first day.

Certainly good news for smokers and motivation for anyone thinking about quitting.
The quit smoking timeline was originally published at nicotino.

How your body heals after stopping smoking

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

We all know the drill. Drink plenty of water when you go to the gym to avoid dehydration. In fact, it may be annoying, but it is actually very important. It is rare that we drink enough water in our normal everyday lives (8-10 glasses is recommended) but it can be much worse if you don’t drink whilst you’re working out.

Hidden Germs

While it may seem the perfect solution to install a water fountain in a gym for everyone to get their water, if you dig a little deeper, we begin to see some cracks appearing. And the problem is germs. Having tested a whole range of public areas (including public toilets) the National Sanitation Foundation found that the number one place for bacteria is a public water fountain.

Not only is it the spout that beautifully nurtures those nasty little germs, but also the button that you press.

Some people put their whole mouth over the spout, some people spit into the sink, some people put the part of their bottle that they drink from on the spout of a fountain or pushing mechanism of a water cooler.

And that’s not counting the button. Sweaty hands which have been touching the same gym equipment as thousands of others pressed that button just before you. Think about how many of these people didn’t wash their hands after using the toilet or using public transport. And all of these germs can be transferred into your drinking water!

“Ah, but I only fill up my bottle from the fountain”, I hear you cry. Unfortunately this doesn’t make you safe from potentially harmful bacteria. The germs can be in the spout of the fountain and therefore transferred into the water which you are about to guzzle.

What to do?

Well, the answer is simple, bring your own water. It may seem like a waste of money to buy a new bottle every time that you go to the gym, but in terms of sanitation and your health, it is worth it. You can always refill it at home, but remember not to re-fill it from the water cooler or fountain at the gym!

If you are going to refill your bottle from home, remember to give it a good wash each day, preferably when you get home from the gym. A water bottle can easily become contaminated just because it hasn’t been cleaned properly.

It is also important that if you bring your own bottle of water, that you don’t share it with others. That defeats the point. Some gyms do now get their water from water cooler suppliers that provide hygenic solutions.

A gym typically is a paradise for germs and bacteria as it is generally warm and sweaty. It is important to make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after a workout, take a shower, regularly wash your gym bag and equipment and use something on your feet in the shower.
Going to the gym should be an experience to make you healthier, not to pick up germs and infections and get ill. So get that water bottle clean, avoid the fountain and go and get healthy!
Mike Baily Griffiths is the National Accounts Manager of the UK’s leading water cooler supplier, CoolerAid, and has over 20 years’ experience in the water cooler market.

Stay Hydrated And Healthy In The Gym

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Living with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, can become overwhelming and depressing. There is no known cure or definitive cause; however, there have been many contributing factors linked to it. Some of these factors include: hereditary genes, environmental elements and contact allergen responses. Below are some common household allergens and tips on how to clean your home to get rid of them!

Allergen #1- Dust 

Dust can aggravate eczema flares. It is important to keep your home dust free. This means removing it from: shelving, ceiling fans, fireplaces mantles and all the knick knacks throughout your home. Dust the door frames and ceilings too. Always wear a disposable, protective mask when completing this chore. Avoid feather dusters. Instead, use a cloth or disposable pad when wiping surfaces free of this pesky allergen.

Allergen #2- Dust Mites 

Dust mites are little bugs that feed off of your dead skin. This means they are particularly fond of areas in the home including: your mattress, pillows, bedding, carpets and other upholstered furniture. Wash your bedding once a week. It is important for you to invest in dust mite protection covers for your mattress. Vacuum your sofa and other upholstered furnishings with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.

Allergen #3- Mold 

Mold is a fungus that creates spores in the air we breathe. This can irritate asthma and in turn, atopic dermatitis. It can be found in the home in areas such as the bathroom or windowsills. A solution of one cup of bleach per gallon of water can help you to clean your home from it. When working with chemicals, be sure to wear gloves and a disposable, protective mask. Latex is a common allergen and skin irritant, so choose latex free gloves to avoid that irritation.

Allergen #4- Cigarette Smoke 

Smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. I am sure this is not the first time you have been told this. Not only is damaging to your heart and lungs, but it can cause cancer, asthma and exacerbate eczema rashes. If you are looking for help to quit smoking, visit for resources on how to accomplish this.

Allergen #5- Cockroaches 

The feces and saliva of cockroaches has been linked to triggering asthmatic reactions. Asmathic people are more susceptible to developing eczema and those who already have it will likely experience a worsening of their condition, if cockroaches are around. These pesky, critters love garbage and crumbs. To avoid an infestation be sure to take garbage out immediately and keep dishes from piling up in the sink. Sweep the kitchen floor daily, to prevent spills or crumbs from attracting them.

Allergen #6- Pet Dander 

As much as we love our furry little bundles of joy, pets create a known allergen and eczema trigger called dander. There has been false information out there, suggesting short haired animals don't produce this allergen, but it is not accurate. There are a few things you can do to ensure you don't experience flare ups due to pets. Obviously, you can opt to not own any, however for many pet lovers that is too much to ask. If you fall into that category, then be sure to vacuum your home a few times a week (vacuum with HEPA filter). In addition, brush your pets outdoors and wash them at least once a week.  This will help you to keep pet dander from your home.

Always be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and soaps. Avoid antibacterial soaps, sulfates, formaldehyde, harsh laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting blogs regularly about skin problems, treatment and after care at

Cleaning Your Home For Eczema

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How many proper pull-ups can you do?  What ever that number may be, this guy can probably beat that using just two pinkies.

Maibam Itomba Meitei performs the most consecutive pull-ups...using only his two pinkies! He managed to pull himself up all the way 16 times in 30 seconds.

It's amazing how his pinkies just snap off even tough he only weights 51 kg.

Most Pinky Pull-ups in the World

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The fastest 100 m running on all fours is 15.86 seconds and was achieved by Katsumi Tamakoshi (Japan) at Komazawa Olympic Park Athletic Field, in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan, on 13 November 2014 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2014.

Welcome to the official Guinness World Records YouTube channel!
If you're looking for videos featuring the world's tallest, shortest, fastest, longest, oldest and most incredible things on the planet, you're in the right place.

The Fastest Man in the World on All Fours

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The sports of tennis is not something you often hear being associated with Guinness World Record.  A tennis coach named Jérôme Lacorte in Hong Kong managed to book his name in the book of world record this week.

So how did he achieve it? He single-handedly took on 33 opponents over 32 hours and 21 minutes period consecutively.  The 40-year-old professional coach broke the record at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, previously held by Dutch Erik van der Laan with 32 consecutive singles match.

“I am exhausted,” Lacorte, a French citizen, said with a smile after completing the challenge that began at 7am on Saturday. But fatigue didn’t stop him from participating in an additional short exhibition match against former world number 9 Paradorn Srichaphan right after setting the new world record.

The Thai star made a special appearance to support Lacorte’s effort to raise awareness for the Sports for Hope Foundation.

Marie-Christine Lee, the Sports for Hope Foundation’s founder, said she was touched by Lacorte’s effort to help a good cause. “Jerome showed his superb determination,” said Lee, who was Lacorte’s second-to-last opponent in the challenge.

Lee said the Foundation almost achieved raising HK$10 million in its campaign.

John Garland, an adjudicator for Guinness World Records, said he was impressed by Lacorte’s achievement.

“He has been playing tennis for more than 32 hours, that’s an amazing feet of endurance,” said Garland. “I wasn’t 100 per cent certain that he would make it. His body and mind have got to keep going for that amount of time. That’s difficult.”

Jérôme Lacorte Sets New World Record in Tennis

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Fitness Band That Moves at the Pace of Your Life

  • Learns your activity level and assigns a personalized daily goal
  • Displays steps, calories, distance; monitors sleep
  • Pairs with heart rate monitor¹ for fitness activities
  • 1+ year battery life; water-resistant²
  • Save, plan and share progress at Garmin Connect™

You already know the active steps you take now can improve your overall wellness today, tomorrow and well into your future. And while it seems simple to get out of that chair more often and move, making it stick is another matter. That’s where vívofit can turn good intentions into lifelong habits. It’s the only fitness band that greets you with a personalized daily goal, tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move.

Personalized Daily Goals

vívofit learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, vívofit will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. At Garmin Connect™, our free online fitness community, you can earn virtual badges and view your progress.

Tells Time and "Time to Move"

Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity such as sitting at a desk decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. You can reverse that effect by taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout your day. And while you might lose track of time and forget to move, vívofit knows. A red move bar appears on the display after 1 hour of inactivity and builds when you’ve been sitting too long. Just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the move bar.

Keep Moving

When you’re ready to take the next steps toward better health, vívofit has additional features to keep you motivated. Use a heart rate monitor¹ with vívofit to record your heart rate and zone data and get more accurate calorie burn information for any fitness activity, such as a run or a cardio class at the gym. At Garmin Connect, you can join online challenges with other vívofit users or start your own competition with friends to compete for virtual badges and bragging rights.

Always On

vívofit follows your progress 24/7, and it can stay on for more than a year without a battery change. Set the sleep mode when you go to bed and vívofit will monitor your rest. At Garmin Connect, you can see your total sleep hours as well as periods of movement and restful sleep. The vívofit band is water-resistant², so you can shower or get caught in the rain, worry-free.

Get Connected

With the touch of one button, you can wirelessly sync vívofit with Garmin Connect to see a complete picture of your progress, join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. You can access our free online community from your computer or on your compatible mobile device³ with the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.

You can buy it now for $79 at - Available in 7 Colors

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Holiday Special Deal

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Perfect Ab-Carver Pro will carve your core and help you get ripped abs and sculpted arms. The kinetic "engine" uses a carbon steel spring to turbocharge your abdominal and arm workouts. It provides resistance as you roll out and assistance when you roll back. The ultra-wide tread provides maximum stability when carving left, right, and center. Ergonomic hand grips are angled to help activate arm and core muscles. Download the digital workout to get a 21-day plan to a stronger core and sculpted arms. The workout is designed for all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced.

3 Rules of Carving

  1. Quality Not Quantity - Proper form is critical for best results. Stay focused. Keep your core tight.
  2. Learn Your Limits - Carving is an intense exercise, especially the first time you try it. It is not unusual to feel sore after your first carving workout. This is a tough exercise and it will take time to build your core.
  3. Take It Slow - Carving is not about speed, it's about slow and controlled muscle contractions. Pace yourself. Moving slowly lets you focus on maintaining proper form and getting results.


  • KINETIC ENGINE Carbon Steel Spring turbo-charges abdominal and arm workouts
  • ULTRA-WIDE WHEEL Stabilizes movement to carve left, right and center
  • PERFORMANCE GRIPS Rubberized, non-slip ergonomic grips for stability control
  • FOAM KNEEPAD High-density foam for superior comfort

Build a Six Pack with Ab Carver Pro

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