Anytime Workout

Curtsy Lunge

  1. Stand facing forward.
  2. Step your left leg diagonally backward behind your right leg. It should look like you are doing a fairly wide curtsy.
  3. Bend both knees so that your back one moves toward the ground. Use the bum muscle of your leg to push yourself back to standing. Do this anytime of the day, alternating the leg that steps backward.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Character Bento

Ham Taro Charaben

The Character – Ham Taro (ハム太郎)

Sleep Condition Linked to Sudden Heart Problems

Sleep apnoea, an illness that causes breathing problems while sleeping, may increase the chances of sudden heart problems. But the overall risk of dying from sudden heart problems is still low.

What do we know already?

Sleep apnoea is when a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer, at least five times an hour, while asleep. It’s thought that 1 or 2 in every 100 men aged over 35 in the UK have this condition. Symptoms can include loud snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep, and feeling sleepy during the day, because your sleep has been disturbed.

As well as these symptoms, some studies have shown that sleep apnoea may increase the chances of heart problems. In this new study researchers wanted to see if there was a link between sleep apnoea and sudden death from heart problems, called ‘sudden cardiac death’. Doctors describe this as an unexpected natural death from heart problems, usually within an hour of a person having symptoms, and which happens to someone without any known heart problems.

The researchers looked at more than 10,000 people who all had a test, called a polysomnogram, to diagnose sleep apnoea between 1987 and 2003. Over an average of five years the researchers recorded how many people in the study died of sudden heart problems.

What does the new study say?

During the study, between 2 and 3 in 1000 people died every year of sudden heart problems. This compares with between 1 and 2 in 1000 in the general population who have sudden cardiac death each year.

When the researchers looked at the people in the study who had sudden heart problems, they found that those most likely to be affected were people who, at the time of their test to diagnose sleep apnoea:

  • Were older than 60 years of age
  • Had moderate sleep apnoea or worse (had pauses in their breathing at least 20 times an hour while they were asleep)
  • Had lower levels of oxygen in their blood (a sign that their breathing problems were stopping air from getting into their lungs when they were sleeping).

How reliable is the research?

While a study like this can suggest a strong link between things, there is a limit to what we can read into it. For example, the study suggests that people with sleep apnoea are more likely to have sudden heart problems. It’s possible, though, that those heart problems may be linked to some things that cause sleep apnoea, rather than to the condition itself. We know that the people in this study were more likely than the general population to have high blood pressure and other problems that might affect their heart, and this could have affected the results. In this study, information about the participants was only recorded once, at the beginning of the study. Any changes that happened afterwards to their health, or any treatments they had for sleep apnoea, weren’t measured, and so we don’t know how they may have affected the results.

What does this mean for me?

These results suggest that some people with sleep apnoea have a higher chance of dying from sudden heart problems. But the overall risk is still low, even for people with other health problems. Sleep apnoea is often linked to other health problems, like being overweight and smoking. Changing these things can improve the symptoms of sleep apnoea, which may help reduce the chances of having heart problems, as well as other common health problems.

Source: BestHealth

Chinese Casserole of Spicy Beef


100 g beef, cut into slices
1 tbsp satay sauce
2 oz mung bean vermicelli
2 oz suey choy
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp minced ginger


1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp water
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil
1/4/ tsp sesame oil
dash ground white pepper


3/4 cup water
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp cooking wine
1 tsp oyster sauce


  1. Soak vermicelli in cold water until soft. Cut into shorter sections. Drain and set aside.
  2. Add marinade to beef. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok, sauté beef until nearly done. Remove.
  4. Add garlic, ginger and satay sauce to wok. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Return beef and mix in vermicelli, suey choy and seasoning ingredients. Bring to a boil. Remove to a pot and serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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