Importance of Stretching

Stretching under the guidance of a personal trainer.

In fitness world, all fitness trainers are big advocates of stretching. It is important when we look at being fit. Stretching helps us in lot many ways. It makes our muscles stronger, flexible, improves our range of motion, improves our posture and also helps to calm our mind. Stretching loosens up the tightness of our muscles which in turn reduces our joint pains too!

Following are some of the types of Stretching : 

  • Active stretching – Active Stretching is also called as static-active stretching. It helps to increase flexibility and strengthens our muscles. Here, we use our agonist muscles. We assume a position and then hold it there using the strength of our agonist muscles only. Thus in this type of stretching, our muscles are under the load of body weight in gravity.
Active Stretching-helps to increase flexibility and strengthens our muscles.
Active Stretching for Legs and Hips.
  • Ballistic stretching – This type of stretching involves uncontrolled movements that involve momentum and bouncing.
  • Dynamic stretching – Dynamic stretching warms up the muscles and increases the blood flow and thus prepares them for a workout. Unlike ballistic stretching, dynamic stretching involves controlled movement with a defined range of motion.
  • Passive stretching – In this form of stretching, our muscles are at rest while it is being stretched. This is also referred to as relaxed stretching.
  • Static stretching – It is a very common form of stretching. In this form of stretching, we hold on to a challenging but comfortable position for some time. Static stretching helps to improve our flexibility.
Static Stretching - helps to improve our flexibility.
In Static Stretching, it is important to be as relaxed as possible so that, we can get maximal stretching of the muscle and tissues.

 

Some of the Benefits of Stretching are as follows : 

  • Helps us to do other physical activities at ease – It is often seen that doing some basic stretching before any type of physical activities like for example, any type of sports helps to perform well. This is why even personal trainers do stretching on their clients before and after their workout sessions.
  • Can calm our mind – Stretching helps to calm our mind. This further helps us to complete many other activities which need focus and calmness.
  • Helps to increase our flexibility – Stretching means becoming more Flexible! Being flexible is the key to be able to perform many daily activities with ease.
  • Helps to heal back pain – Stretching helps to strengthen our back muscles and this in turn helps to cure muscle strains and any existing back injuries too.
  • Stretching gives us relieve from headaches – We often get headaches from stress or tension in life. Stretching helps to relax our mind and this in turn helps to reduce our headaches from tension.

However, it is very important to stretch correctly. It is the best idea to train under professionals like a personal trainer or a certified trainer, who can help us to get the most out of it. It is true, that sometimes we get into the dilemma as to whom to hire as our own trainer; what if he is not good or it doesn’t work for us.

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Stretching under the guidance of a personal trainer.
A personal trainer can help us with the correct forms and postures of Stretching.
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Low Reps VS High Reps

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When it comes to work out and fitness, often it is found that people are in a dilemma as to whether to go for lower reps or higher reps. High reps help us to lose fat and make our muscle more “toned”. On the other hand, low reps help us to build muscle and increase our body strength. Moreover, researchers have found out that, low repetitions with heavy weights increases strength, whereas high repetitions with light weight increases endurance. The best idea is to take proper guidance and training from a personal trainer as they have the best knowledge and can train as per our goal and body type.

However, the number of reps varies as per what our goal is i.e. for strength, fat loss, muscle building etc the type and number of reps does varies.

  • High Reps vs Low Reps – When our goal is to increase our Strength:  

It is mostly seen that for optimal results it is advised to lift heavier weights for low reps. By this way, we can get stronger either as a result of increase in muscle size or because of increase in neuromuscular adaptation.

Strength training with low reps.
Lifting heavier weights for low reps helps to increase our strength.
  • High Reps vs Low Reps – When our goal is to build Muscle: 

There is always a debate on whether high or low reps are best when it comes to muscle building. As per some studies 15 reps are good for muscle building and some studies point out using light weight and high reps we can achieve more toned up muscles. If our goal is to build bigger muscle like bodybuilders, then usually it is seen that working out with high reps helps. This is often called as “structural hypertrophy”.

For toned muscles- Lighter weights for higher reps works well.
Lighter weights for higher reps is good to get toned up muscles.
  • High Reps vs Low Reps – When our goal is to lose Fat:  

There is a long-standing debate as to which is better for fat loss. People argue on two ideas i.e. Should we workout with heavy weights and low reps or with Lighter weights and higher reps. It is believed, that, high reps are the key to get rid of fat. However, recent studies shows that more than the amount of weight or the number of repetitions , it is the intensity of the workout that helps to burn more fat. It is worthy of mention here that right nutrition has much greater impact when we want to lose fat.

It is interesting to note that while high reps adds strength, promotes hypertrophy, build muscle low reps on the other hand, build neuromuscular and CNS efficiency. Hence the best idea is to religiously do both high-rep and low-rep ranges to optimise our development and reach our target in a more effective manner.

Having said all these, it is important to note that the correct postures and forms, correct exercises as per our goals, proper diet etc all together helps us to achieve our desired body. This is often not possible when we workout on our own without any professional help and guidance from personal trainers. Personal trainers are certified and knowledgeable and they can exactly understand what we are looking at and accordingly train and motivate us.

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Personal Trainer – To help us achieve out fitness goal.

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Handyman or a Contractor – whom to hire ?

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We are often in a dilemma when it comes to hiring a handyman or a contractor for our household or office work. Both have their own positive sides to look at. However, today, many prefer a handyman over a contractor.

Following are some of the benefits to hire a Handyman –

  • It is often found that Handymen charges daily or hourly basis. Hence, many times they are cheaper than a contractor.
  • The size of the project does not really matter to a handyman but a contractor does consider the size of the project being offered. On the contrary, handymen are always willing to undertake even the smallest project or tasks which a contractor, might not take up.
  • We can very easily find a handyman through word of mouth, advertisements, phone books, fliers etc.
  • Most of the times, Handymen have all the required tools for the project. So hiring a handyman means we do not have to worry about arranging for the right tools for the particular work.
Handyman services.
Handyman with his tools.
  • A handyman does variety of work. So we can get one man to do multiple tasks.
  • When we hire a handyman, we can save money on different types of home improvement projects. It is so because, hiring a handyman means multiple suppliers and contractors are no longer required.
  • All we want is stress-free completion of any project. Handyman provides a competent service and we can stay relaxed about the accurate completion of the project.
Handyman services
Handyman provides competent services
  • When it comes to small tasks, Handymen are very well-versed. This is so as they don’t differentiate between tasks and as a result, they gain lot of experience in a variety of jobs – be it small or big. Since they are exposed to many different minor challenges while working on different tasks, they also learn to handle such challenging situations in the process.
  • Hiring a Handyman means we are also eliminating the overhead costs. These men do almost all task all by themselves and hence, they do not need to pay to extra employees. This in turn enables them to give us discounts too!

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Handyman Services
Handyman – skilled person with expertise in various household repair and maintenance work.

 

Should we invest on a Condominium or an HDB?

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When it comes to buying a property, Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Nevertheless, everyone desires to be the owner of a property. In this regard, there is another concern of the residents of Singapore. People here are always in the dilemma between buying an HDB (Public Housing Apartments) and a Condominium.

Various factors controls our decision whether to choose an HDB or a Condo. These factors include our eligibility, our lifestyle, legal matters etc.

The following are some of the reasons to choose a Condominium over an HDB.

  • Better facilities – A condo is well planned for its resident’s comfort. It comes not only with comfortable latest design interiors but pool, gym, barbeque, play stations for children, badminton courts, community halls etc. All these facilities help us to decide on taking a condo. The convenience of having all these facilities at our doorstep is a big advantage for sure.
Condominium
A Condominium with facilities for comfortable living.
  • Condominiums are open to all types of buyers including the foreigners –There are no restrictions on foreign ownership when it comes to buying a condominium.
  • No restrictions on ownership of other properties – When we own a condominium, we can still go ahead and purchase other properties at the same time.
  • Condominiums give us privacy – Singapore is a high-density city. If you are a person who prefers privacy then living in a condo is all what you would want. Privacy that comes along with a condo is something you do not get in an HDB.
  • If we go for a condominium, then we can opt for a progressive payment scheme as well.
  • Condominiums are more pet-friendly- In HDBs, usually certain breeds of dogs and cats are restricted from ownership. However, this is not the case in a condo.

The following are some of the reasons to choose an HDB (Public Housing Apartments) over a Condominium.  

  • It’s safe – Though HDBs are public housings, but it is quite safe for the residents even at late night. People do not encounter any problems.
  • Prices of HDBs are made affordable for the public – Keeping commoners in mind, prices of HDBs have been made quite affordable and decent which helps us to decide to buy HDBs.
HDB in Singapore
Affordable HDBs for all.
  • HDBs have good resale value – When we think of re sale, HDBs have good re-sale value.
  • HDB conservancy fees are lesser than even condo maintenance fees. 

However whether it is a Condominium or an HDB, we always need a property agent to help us find the perfect house. In this context it is also worthy of mention that sometimes it gets a bit difficult and tiring to get a good agent.

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Get more fit with a personal trainer

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Exercising alone itself is quite demotivating. After a tiring day, it gets quite challenging to find the motivation to stay physically active and fit. This is why a certified or qualified personal trainer can help us achieve our goals while keeping us motivated too.

  • Having a personal trainer means we have someone for long-term guidance and motivation.
  • Personal trainer provides structure to our workout as needed and does the thinking for us so that we can focus more on ‘the doing rather than the planning’.
  • A sincere trainer usually does not only help us to workout but also helps us with proper nutritional diet keeping in mind our body type and our goal. 
Personal Trainer helping her client with the required diet.
Fitness trainer guiding her client with proper nutritional diet.
  • We become more accountable when we have our own Personal trainer. We soon stop finding lame excuses for not to go to the gym as we realise that somebody is waiting for our session.
  • Most trainers charges around $60-$80 for each session. Sometimes we even get discounts when we purchase multiple numbers of sessions from them. Considering on what we are spending i.e. our own health, this amount is not much indeed!
  • It is very common that we get bored with our gym routines very easily. Certified Personal trainers with their vast knowledge of exercises, trains us to do wide variety of creative exercises which keeps us going.
  • Personal trainer teaches us it’s all about doing what is more effective for us. Spending many hours at the gym but doing inefficient workouts would not help us to achieve the body we desire. Our trainer trains us how to maximize our efforts and our results.
  • Hiring a qualified personal trainer, means we are investing for a healthier and functionally active future!

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Certified Personal trainer during a session with his client.
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Landlord vs. Tenant Responsibilities and Maintenance

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In case of house renting, both the parties the Landlord and the Tenant are always in question that who is responsible for what work. That is why, a well done rental agreement with the help of a property agent is very important so that there can be proper understanding of each one’s contractual obligation to maintain the property.

Landlord and Tenant facing issues regarding maintenance of the property.
Landlord and Tenant arguing over contractual obligations

The following are some of the Tenant’s Maintenance Responsibilities – 

  • Tenants in general are expected to keep the property clean and avoid any damages to the property deliberately.
  • As per contract, the Tenants might need to replace batteries of smoke detectors and fire alarms in order to make sure they are working properly.
  • Disposing the trash is a very important daily work of the Tenants.
  • When it comes to Pest control, it is tenant’s responsibility to properly maintain the sanitation of the house so that there are no insecticides or infestation. If the tenant does not keep a clean home, the landlord may deduct some amount from the tenant’s security deposit as per the lease.
  • Waste management is a very important matter for good hygiene. It definitely falls under tenant’s responsibility to properly dispose of any garbage which otherwise could contribute to pest infestations and diseases.
  • When it comes to plumbing or air conditioning, it is Tenant’s responsibility to use these fixtures properly. He should keep the pipes clear and replace the air filters too. He should report any issues to the landlord quickly to prevent further damages without any delay so that the landlord can take care of the issue accordingly.
  • At the time of the signing of contract, if Landscaping maintenance is already mentioned as a clause, then the tenant has to take care of it accordingly as otherwise, he can be fined for violating the contract.
  • Tenant should return the property in the same condition as it was at the time of the lease term. If there are any damages then the tenant needs to fix it before the handover or the landlord has the right to deduct the expenses from the tenant’s security deposit.
Rental Agreement
Rental agreement between the Landlord and the Tenant – for proper understanding of each one’s contractual obligation to maintain the property.

The following are some of the Landlord’s Maintenance Responsibilities – 

  • When it comes to plumbing or air conditioning, it is the landlord’s responsibility to keep these systems in working condition and fixing any kind of problems with regards to these.
  • It is owner’s responsibility to do the pest control if there is an infestation.
  • The common areas like the elevators and other common-use areas also fall under landlord’s responsibility to keep them properly safe and clean.
  • It is the landlord’s responsibility to keep the premises of the house in a reasonable state and in compliance with the safety laws.
  • All the mentioned appliances, in the contract should be kept in working order by the landlord.
  • The landlord is responsible for most of the repairs of the home like the interior and exterior of the house, doors and windows, stairs, roof, electrical wiring, chimneys, pipes and drains, gas appliances etc

Intervention of the Property Agents – 

Throughout the period of the tenancy, either parties of the contract, i.e. the landlord and tenant might face some issues that are difficult to resolve alone all by themselves. In such cases, both the parties look for a third party to mediate and resolve the problem. Here comes in the role of one of the property agents who handled the rental transaction. In many cases the respective agent steps into the matter and tries to bring a solution to the problem.

However, it is true that it is not a mandatory responsibility of the Agent to resolve such issues but some agents does step in to help and solve landlord-tenant problems simply out of goodwill. Again in some cases, the parties formally engage their agent to manage their property.

Property Agents are professionals with adequate knowledge in their field and hence can easily resolve difficult issues. Hence it is always better to bring in our Agents so that the solution can be surfaced at ease.

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