The Scientific 7-Minute Workout – The New York Times

Personal Training at a Gym - Pushups Category:...

Personal Training at a Gym – Pushups Category:Fitness_training Category:Personal_training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having returned from a three month trip to Southeast Asia where I didn’t have too much regular exercise, I’m keen to get back into an exercise regime. I’ve found an excellent app for my smartphone called 7 Minute Workout. {Incidentally, I purchased a Viva Y31 smartphone in Bangkok and absolutely delighted – it’s a poor man’s IPhone at a small fraction of the price}.

Here’s the link to the original NYT article that made the workout famous.

Source: The Scientific 7-Minute Workout – The New York Times

In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

I’ll publish my views on this workout in due course, especially whether it’s suitable for greybeards!


UN chief says Diabetes causes 1.5-M deaths a year | | Philippine News

Logo for the World Diabetes Day

Logo for the World Diabetes Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year...

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Diabetes mellitus by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Philippine News reports UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying that diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year and called for healthier lifestyles on this year.

Source: UN chief says Diabetes causes 1.5-M deaths a year | | Philippine News

Surely, we need much more than World Diabetes Day?

I am increasingly disillusioned by the effectiveness of the whole UN bureaucracy. It’s perhaps time to do a comprehensive cost benefit analysis and look to reforms? There are too many lobbies promoting vested interests and big decisions are blocked in the Security Council. It’s a very expensive debating chamber.

Let’s face it, a large part of the Diabetes crisis crisis is caused by Western food and drinks companies aggressively marketing addictive junk food and sugar products. See the Times of India article reporting on the introduction of a sugar tax.

Perhaps it’s time for Ban Ki-moon to step down and make way for a more robust leader?