‘Exercise helps me to reduce stress’: Pandemic sparks interest in home workouts

first_imgIf there had to be just one silver lining to the pandemic that has swept through most of the world, most people stuck at home would point to an increased awareness of their personal health.Eager to stay fit during these difficult times, millions of people have decided to exercise from the comfort of their own homes.Sports physician Andi Kurniawan said the COVID-19 outbreak had raised people’s awareness of health, as more and more people understand the importance of strengthening their immune system. “People are more aware that it is so important to maintain our immune system so we can’t be easily infected,” he said.For people like Ratna Puspitasari and Marco Puli Sandy, who have been using their spare time sheltering at home for the past two months to get into the habit of exercise, the quarantine has triggered a significant change in their pursuit of health.“Before the quarantine started, I always felt tired of making time to exercise during the weekday. So I just spend 15 to 20 minutes on the weekend to exercise,” said 26-year-old Ratna, who works for a start-up in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.“And now as I work from home, I can exercise every day.” Inspiration doesn’t even have to begin with the individual.After poring through Youtube, Ratna said she found a variety of workout channels that helped her set up a personal exercise regimen to do from the comfort of her rooming house.She even designed a detailed workout program for every day of the week, combining simple and short workouts during the weekdays with longer and more intense workouts on the weekends – all geared to help her stay fit throughout quarantine.“On the weekdays, I do exercises that aren’t too time-consuming, like a 15-minute full body stretch or morning yoga. Whereas on the weekends, I do a combination of practices from yoga to HIIT,” she said, referring to High Intensity Interval Training.“The motivation comes from within. In the beginning, it was more like I forced myself to exercise because I wasn’t feeling healthy,” she said.“Additionally, I started a clean eating program at the end of last year, so I needed to accompany it with exercise.”While Ratna takes pleasure in exercising in her own room, Marco said he likes to jog around his housing complex and play some basketball with his brother once in a while to add some variety into his exercise routine.On the weekdays, the private company employee said he liked to do a 7-minute cardio workout which he combines with strength exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups.“I almost have no social life nowadays because I cannot go anywhere [due to the pandemic]. It’s quite stressful actually. Before the pandemic, I used to go to the cinema or hang out with my friends to destress,” he said.“[Since I can’t do any of those things], I feel like exercising helps me to manage [that stress]. Now I’m used to exercising almost every day.”With millions of people worldwide going into quarantine for months, sheltering in place from COVID-19 has resulted in its own health crisis, as people are forced to stave off social engagement.The uncertainty still lingers for both Marco and Ratna, who admitted that they had been left with nothing to do about creeping anxiety other than to keep a positive mental attitude.“Now, if I feel stressed out I am willing to admit that I’m not in a good condition. But then I am able to focus on resolving [the issues] one at a time,” Marco said.“We do whatever it takes to stay sane.”Both Marco and Ratna have also promised themselves that they would maintain their exercise habits even when the pandemic ends.“I need and must maintain this habit. I used to wake up at 7 a.m. and immediately prepare for work, but now with regular exercise, I can adjust my sleeping time and wake up earlier,” Ratna said.“Without realizing it, exercise has become a habit, even if I just do it for 5 to 15 minutes during weekdays.”As for the current large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in place, they have limited the number of options to exercise at gyms and other sporting facilities are closed.But Andi suggested that people should not be tempted to just lie in bed or sit in isolation for long hours.“The thing with isolation is people are more likely to lie in bed. But we have to stay active. For instance, every one hour when we sit, we need to stretch for five minutes.“A little stretching or moving our body while in isolation is enough as calories continue to burn. Cleaning the house or following a Youtube tutorial on exercise are also good for beginners,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

‘Late bloomer’ lingerie thief jailed for breaching Singapore lockdown

first_imgA serial underwear thief was sentenced to nearly six months in jail Monday for breaching Singapore’s strict coronavirus lockdown to sneak into a backyard and steal women’s lingerie.    Lee Chee Kin was on bail on similar charges when he snuck out of home last month and climbed into a backyard on the hunt for more underwear.    The 39-year-old had stolen underwear from homes on at least 30 occasions since 2018, according to court documents, and police found more than 100 bras during a raid on his home last year. He admitted last month to breaking lockdown rules by leaving his residence without good reason, and failing to wear a mask outside.    He also pleaded guilty to theft and criminal trespass, and was sentenced to 23 weeks in jail.Lee’s lawyer told the court that the former part-time actor was a “late bloomer”.A prosecutor previously told the court that Lee “would select bras and panties to steal based on their appearance”, and that he used them “for his own sexual gratification.”   Singapore authorities imposed a partial lockdown in early April, with schools and most workplaces told to close, and people only allowed to leave home for essential purposes.    Topics :last_img read more

Italian prosecutors ‘to question PM’ over handling of virus

first_imgConte ‘not worried’ “The things I have to say to the prosecutor, I will say to the prosecutor — I don’t want to anticipate,” he said.”I will conscientiously set out all the facts of which I have knowledge. I am not at all worried.”All investigations are welcome. The citizens have the right to know and we have the right to reply.”The team, lead by chief prosecutor Maria Cristina Rota, has already questioned senior officials in Lombardy region, who say it was up to Rome to decide whether certain areas should be shut.The region’s health minister, Giulio Gallera, has said it was clear from February 23 that there were a lot of cases in the areas around Nembro and Alzano, towns in the Bergamo province.But the government failed to act, he said.Conte replied that “if Lombardy had wanted to, it could have made Alzano and Nembro red zones”.Codogno was closed on February 21. Lombardy and 14 provinces in the neighboring regions of Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna followed on March 8, and the whole of Italy shut down two days later.But a scientific committee advising the government and the national health institute had warned in early March 3 that the towns should be locked down, according to the Corriere della Sera. Prosecutors are to question Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the health and interior ministers over how the government handled the coronavirus pandemic, news agencies reported Wednesday.The prosecutors from Bergamo, the city in the northern Lombardy region worst hit by the virus, have launched an investigation into the crisis, which has killed over 34,000 people in Italy.They are looking in particular at why a red zone was not enforced in February around the towns of Nembro and Alzano. Regional officials and the government blame each other for the failure. Salvini denounces ‘lies’ Fifty relatives of coronavirus victims — members of the “Noi Denunceremo” (We Will Denounce) committee — filed complaints with the Bergamo prosecutors earlier Wednesday over the handling of the pandemic. It is the first such legal group action in Italy.”If it hadn’t been so disorganized, if [the province of] Bergamo had been made into a red zone earlier, perhaps the hospitals would not have been driven to collapse,” said Monica Plazzoli, whose husband Armando died of the virus.Far-right opposition leader Matteo Salvini, head of the League party which governs Lombardy, on Wednesday welcomed the investigation.”After so many lies and shameful attacks, justice has been done: those who have made mistakes must pay,” he said.Andrea Orlando of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), part of the government coalition, rebuked Salvini for using “a painful situation for propaganda”.It was normal procedure for prosecutors to speak with institutional representatives, he said. Italy was the first European country to be ravaged by the virus. The government imposed the country’s first red zone, around the town of Codogno, 24 hours after doctors discovered a patient positive for COVID-19.It went on to shut down 10 other towns, and then large areas of the north, before imposing a nationwide lockdown.Speaking to journalists on Wednesday evening, Conte said he would be interviewed by prosecutors on Friday. Topics :last_img read more

Anies criticized for paying respects to Saefullah at City Hall

first_imgTopics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is in hot water for holding a final tribute to Jakarta secretary Saefullah, who died after contracting COVID-19, by bringing his body in a hearse to City Hall before the burial on Wednesday.Public policy observer and Jakarta Residents Forum (Fakta) chairman Azas Tigor Nainggolan questioned Anies’ decision, saying that Saefullah’s body should have been taken directly to a public cemetery in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.“If Anies really wanted to pay his last respects, why did he not, as the governor, come see the body of the deceased at the hospital?” Azas said in a statement on Wednesday. He had received treatment at the MMC hospital in South Jakarta since Sept. 8, before being transferred to one of the city’s COVID-19 referral hospitals, Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, on Sunday.Prior to his burial at the Rorotan cemetery in North Jakarta on Wednesday, Anies welcomed the hearse in the City Hall yard to pay final respects. Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) chairman Prasetio Edi Marsudi and other working unit (SKPD) officials were present.The funeral prayer took place at Al-Khoiriyah Mosque, which is located right next to the late Saefullah’s house, and was attended by dozens of residents, tribunnews.com reported.Jakarta Personnel Agency (BKD) head Chaidir said the process for paying respects to Saefullah at City Hall had been carried out in accordance with COVID-19 health protocols.“Everyone followed health protocols. The body was in a coffin in a tightly closed ambulance. There was no problem,” Chaidir said on Thursday.Chaidir said paying final respects to officials who died before retiring was a common practice. Moreover, he said, Saefullah had died while helping the city fight against the pandemic.“We have a procedure for [paying tribute] to active officials [who die]. He was an authorized and active official, did not retire and was still took part in a plenary meeting when he got sick,” he said.“If you, as a leader, are let go offhand, how would you feel?” he added.Chaidir argued that those criticizing the event at City Hall did not understand bureaucratic ethics and eastern customs.center_img Azas argued that Anies had shown a superior attitude toward his subordinates, while also risking the lives of people gathering at City Hall on Wednesday.“Anies’ attitude showed that he did not care and had no commitment to protect the people of Jakarta. He only made the pandemic a stage of power and arrogance, as well as a stage for imaging,” he added.He asked the Health Ministry and the national COVID-19 task force to reprimand Anies for violating health protocols and order all attendees to get tested and undergo a two-week quarantine.Saefullah, who had worked as the Jakarta secretary since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s time as governor, died at noon on Wednesday after previously testing positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

Tornado Watch Monday Night Expires

first_imgUpdate (Tuesday 7:00 a.m.)Tornado watch has expired for the region.Showers and storms likely Tuesday with more rain in the forecast through Thursday.First Report ( Monday @ 7:19 p.m.)BATESVILLE, Ind. – A tornado watch has been issued for Decatur, Jennings and Rush counties until 1 a.m. Tuesday.Additional counties could see alerts as the evening progresses.Forecasters say a line of showers and storms are moving through the listening area. Rain is likely Tuesday with the high temperature reaching the upper 60’s.A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado.A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is either occurring or imminent based on radar.last_img read more

Sobriety checkpoint planned in Jennings County

first_imgJennings County, In. — Indiana State Police have announced a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Jennings County Thursday, September 21. Motorists are asked to have driver’s license and registration information available, the procedure will only take a few minutes if further investigation is not required.To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips:Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages; call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.Sobriety checkpoints are designed to remove drivers from the roadways that are impaired or posing danger to others.last_img read more

Hughes unhappy with referee Foy

first_img “Thankfully Diouf jumped out of the way, but the referee should have stopped the game there and then. It was a dangerous challenge. “He might argue he tried to play advantage – well, we didn’t gain one. We were at a disadvantage because they go up the other end and score their opening goal. “It is a poor decision from the referee and he needs to do better than that.” Asked whether he thought play would have been stopped if it had been a Stoke player making the challenge, Hughes said: “I can’t say that. But I can think it, maybe.” And then asked if he felt Song should have been red carded, Hughes added: “He didn’t catch him, but there was the potential because he was out of control. “Referees are told – for want of a better phrase – to stamp out those challenges, but he didn’t do anything about it. I don’t think he even talked to him after. “He is one of senior referees and he has to better than that.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce stressed Song’s tackle had happened some way back from where the goal was scored. Stoke boss Mark Hughes was critical of referee Chris Foy after the official did not punish a challenge from Alex Song in the build-up to West Ham’s first goal in their 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium. Play was allowed to continue in the 60th minute following Song’s rash-looking tackle on Mame Biram Diouf, and the Hammers were able to move the ball upfield with Stewart Downing, from whose cross Enner Valencia headed in to make it 2-1. Hughes said after the Barclays Premier League contest: “It was a poor challenge by Song – he dived in two-footed, with both feet off the ground. Press Association “I could see a lot of challenges that should have gone our way that went theirs, and vice-versa,” Allardyce said. “We had an awful long way to go to score, because that challenge, if I remember correctly, was only about 10 yards outside our box. It wasn’t as if it happened on the edge of theirs and we took it and shot into the net. “We played brilliantly from that ball retention, down the right hand side with a brilliant cross from Stewart Downing and a fantastic header from Enner Valencia.” West Ham subsequently equalised in the 73rd minute through the same combination, Valencia crossing and Downing firing in. Allardyce, whose side had won four of their previous five games and are fifth in the table, felt the Hammers showed great character to salvage a point, and had particular praise for Downing. “It was a point that was well-earned and maybe not deserved, but that’s the way the Premier League is,” Allardyce said. “We haven’t played as well as we want to, but we have got something out of the game, which speaks major volumes for the character of this team. “Downing was outstanding. He has flourished in the hole again. “We started with him out wide, but once we brought him back into the middle again he started getting into the areas much better and was much more dangerous.” Stoke had deservedly led 2-0 thanks to goals from Victor Moses – his first for the club – in the 33rd minute and Diouf in the 56th. Hughes was pleased with the performance in many ways, but ultimately rued his side’s missed chances as he was denied the perfect 51st birthday present. Asked if it counted as happy birthday, Hughes said: “Not particularly. I’m getting old and we didn’t win, so it’s not a good combination. “I thought we were excellent – it was arguably one of our most creative and dynamic performances this season. “But we need to convert more chances than we did, because we were by far the superior team.” Regarding Moses – recently at the centre of controversy when he was branded a diving ”cheat” by Swansea boss Garry Monk – Hughes said: “Victor has done really well ever since he came to the club (on loan for the season from Chelsea over the summer) and it is good for him to get his first goal for us.” Hughes was also happy with the contribution of Bojan Krkic, who was making his first Premier League start since September. “I think he benefitted from the game he had on Wednesday (a start in the Capital One Cup against Southampton),” said Hughes, whose team are 12th in the table. “I thought it was important I gave him confidence and trust today. “You could see the difference in his play from when he started the initial couple of games at the beginning of the season. “The more games he plays, the better he will be. He will be a success here.” last_img read more

“Game of Thrones” Finale Watch Parties Throughout South Florida

first_imgThe HBO drama series “Game of Thrones” ends its eight-year run on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. If you are a fan, several restaurants in our region are holding watch parties to help you drown your sorrows. 114 SW N. River Drive, Miami; (305) 906-4000 or TheWharfMiami.com 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; (561) 404-4101 or CopperBluesLive.com/West-Palm-Beach Enjoy a pint of Screamin’ Reels IPA or Sea Cow Milk Stout and take a sip every time a main character dies. Watch party begins at 8 p.m. 1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; (561) 865-5373 or SaltwaterBrewery.com The Wilder The Plymouth South Beach The finale will be shown on two massive projector screens with surround sound, with free Red Wedding punch and popcorn, as well as themed snacks and a special cocktail list, from 7 p.m. to midnight. 701J E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; (954) 683-9453 or IntotheWilder.com Beginning at 7 p.m., the Wharf will host a “Game of Thrones” costume contest along with White Walker cocktail specials. The finale will be shown on a 14-foot LED screen, and they will have seven food vendors on site. The Wharf will also screen episodes 2 through 4 with headphones provided for guests from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Miami-Dade:The Wharf Miami 336 21st St., Miami Beach; (305) 602-5000 or ThePlymouth.comEnjoy a poolside watch party from 8 p.m. to midnight with free wine and popcorn, and a menu of cocktails from which to choose.Wherever you choose to enjoy the show, 850 WFTL reminds you to party responsibly!center_img Copper Blues Saltwater Brewery 6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; (561) 931-2889 or CrazyUncleMikes.com “Game of Thrones” trivia from 7 to 11 p.m., along with free popcorn and themed cocktails. They will serve a “Game of Thrones”-inspired Red Lady, which is a red wine-infused smoothie, as well as a Night King white wine smoothie. They will also offer “Castle Pong” and “Game of Thrones” bingo. The party runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Palm Beach:Crazy Uncle Mike’s 100 N. Federal Highway, Unit C4-3, Fort Lauderdale; (754) 312-2988 or CollectiveVentures.org Watch the end on three projection screens and eight TVs. Live music at 9 p.m. by Sierra Lane, in addition to “Game of Thrones”-themed food, drinks and giveaways. Broward:Café Collective Here are just a few…last_img read more

Asher-Smith win SJA awards

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – England’s World Cup cricket hero Ben Stokes and world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Sports Journalists Association (SJA) British Sports Awards on Thursday.Asher-Smith took the top women’s prize for the second year in a row. The 23-year-old won three medals at the 2019 world championships in Doha, including 200m gold.Heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the award for outstanding performance.All-rounder Stokes beat six times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton into second place with England and Manchester City soccer player Raheem Sterling third. Hamilton, one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and by far his country’s most successful, has won the award once before — in his 2007 debut season when he failed to win the title — and has now been among the runners-up on five occasions.His Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said repeatedly that he feels the 34-year-old, third in last year’s SJA vote, is under-appreciated by his compatriots. Unsurprisingly in a World Cup year, cricket featured heavily with Stokes’ England team mate Jofra Archer awarded the trophy for international newcomer.The England men’s one-day cricket team beat Champions League winners Liverpool and the nation’s Rugby World Cup finalists to Team of the Year.last_img read more

Jill Biden to speak at University Park Campus

first_imgJill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is slated to speak about Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at supporting military families and veterans, on campus today.The Department of Defense Education Activity has funded a four-year $7.6-million project based at the USC School of Social Work to address military students’ special needs for financial support. Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools joined San Diego State University, several Navy and Marine school liaison officers and a consortium of eight school districts around San Diego.Kim Becker, a graduate student in social work involved with the program, will also speak at the event. Becker, a 20-year military spouse and parent, created a school-wide celebration at Jefferson Middle of the Marine Corps birthday School to raise awareness about the differences between military and civilian culture.“Military students bring strengths into their schools and have unique life experiences that often go unrecognized,” Becker said. “Military students need to be recognized because they are proud, honorable and an asset to our public schools.”About 1.2 million military children are enrolled in civilian public school districts, according to USC News. Building Capacity’s principal investigator Ron Astor, a professor of social work and education, and Victoria Downs, an eighth-grader whose father was deployed, will also speak.last_img read more