China-US Trade War

Trade War

The trade war between China and the USA is having an impact on the health of global trade and since the economy of Singapore depends to a great extend on global trading; it is expected to get affected too.

Trade War
Trade War – Economic health of Singapore

As per Analysts, though this trade friction had limited impact on the Singapore’s economy till date, but its negative impact could become more noticeable in the latter part of this year and beyond.

The government has already announced that Singapore’s exports have fallen by 2.6% in last November as a result of fall of demand in China. Though many of the tariffs directly do not affect Singapore, but still they have a spill over effect on the country as Singapore plays a big role in global supply chains.

As per the Central Bank, The backbone of Singapore’s manufacturing sector i.e. the electronics segment is expected to suffer because of its links with China in the global supply chain.

Singapore’s largest export is Oil. Naturally, Oil Industry is also expected to suffer as a result of this trade conflict.

Also it is worthy of mention, that Singapore has one of the world’s busiest ports and hence transportation industry which connects the west with Asia is bound to feel the negative impacts too.

Singapore’s property market is also most likely to slow down in 2019. Since the property price is already high in Singapore, foreign investors are taking a back seat. To deal with this current situation, our Government is taking measures to keep the property prices down as well. Moreover, the resale value of HDB flats is expected to decline in 2019 too. The market trend shows that buyers are less interested in the HDB flats at the moment and hence resale of property has been slowing down.

Singapore's property market
Singapore’s property market – most likely to slow down in 2019.

Saying all these, there are also some silver linings to this ongoing Trade war.

  • Singapore Government has already tightened its monetary policy in accordance with this war so that the losses are negligible as far as it can be.
  • As an outcome of this Trade war, even if the factories of the corresponding companies relocates to nearby countries, Singapore still would benefit indirectly if the companies’ head offices are set up here in Singapore too.
  • Ministry of Manpower highlighted, that the labour market is still doing well under this trade war pressure. Total employment is expected to improve further this year and Wages are also rising.
  • Economists have pointed out that, since Singapore trades in diversified sectors and have a strong trading network, it will help the companies to acquire new opportunities, alternative suppliers and demand markets.

Hence, saying all this, It is quite obvious that a prolonged Trade War will surely have a severe impact on Global Economy. At this point we can only hope that this Trade war will come to an end with the best economic decisions between China and US and global economic interests will be safeguarded.

Trade War.
Economists hope that this Trade war will come to an end with the best economic decisions between China and US.

Benefits we get from a Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Many of us, even though we want to work out and loose those extra kilos , often we find ourselves laid back and move it to the next day. However, when we have a personal trainer, he motivates us and we find ourselves to hit the gym more often. Working out with a personal trainer has numerous benefits!  We definitely see better and faster results. They help us to change our overall lifestyle and thus lead a much healthier life.

  • Personal trainer brings in the right balance needed through the right exercises and helps us to lose weight and also build muscles at the same time. This is often not possible without proper guidance and training.
  • Personal trainers, have proper regime in mind for their clients which means there is no wasting of time. This indirectly leads us to achieve faster and maximum results.
  • Personal trainers train us the proper form and techniques of each exercise. They demonstrate the correct posture and technique. In this way, he helps us to reduce our chances of getting injured.
  • Personal trainers ensure that we spend the required time on the exact type of exercises as per our goals. Thus he ensures that we get faster and better results.
  • A good personal trainer not only takes care of our workout but also provides the right nutritional advice or proper diet, so that we can achieve our goals faster.
Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer giving nutritional advice to his client.
  • Personal trainers help us to set realistic goals. He exactly knows how much we can take and accordingly sets a target that is achievable. In this way we also can see results and get more motivated.
  • When we think of working hours, personal training is one of the most versatile professions. Personal trainers always consider our availability and accordingly fit into our schedule. This enables us to workout as per our convenience.
  • Having a personal trainer means we have prior appointments with our trainer for a session. This makes us more committed to go to the gym. Thus, our personal trainers make us more accountable.

The above mentioned, are just some of the benefits we get from our personal trainers. They really understand our goals, our body type and accordingly plan the correct workout routine for us. So, let’s not delay anymore, but hire a personal trainer and take a step ahead to better and healthier life!

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Personal trainers help us with the correct forms and postures of each exercise.
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Pilates Reformer

Pilates Reformer Trainer

What is Pilates Reformer? 

The equipment Pilates Reformer was developed by creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates. This workout equipment looks like a bed with a flat carriage. It moves on wheels within its frame. It is attached to a set of springs which differs the levels of resistance while the carriage is pulled or pushed along this frame. This equipment helps to enhance our flexibility, build strong muscles, better our balance, make us stronger, increase our coordination, build strong core, better our overall posture, focuses on injury prevention etc.

Today, personal trainers are also strong advocates of exercises on Pilates Reformer.

Difference between Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates –

The traditional way of doing Pilates being the mats, many newcomers often wonder which one is the better way of doing Pilates i.e. on a mat or a Reformer.

  • In case of a mat, our own body weight creates resistance while on a reformer, its pulleys and springs create the resistance.
  • In case of a reformer, the resistance created helps to do more challenging workouts than mat classes.
  • In case of a reformer, usually the results are visible sooner than when we do on mats.
  • The amount of resistance in case of a mat varies but in case of a reformer it can be regulated.

Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises –

  • These exercises, helps to improve overall posture of our body. It improves our body composition.
  • The pushing and pulling with legs and arms against the resistance of the reformer, helps to build strength.
  • Pilates Reformer Exercises also helps to strengthen our core muscles.
  • Pilates Reformer accommodates full-range motion. Doing exercises on this equipment, guarantees that we will move our body through a full range of motion.
  • It helps to increase our flexibility, coordination and balance.
  • Reformers are very user friendly. We can adjust it’s parts as per our body size and our level of skill.
  • The best thing about Pilates Reformer is its versatility! We can exercise on it by sitting, standing, lying down, pulling the straps etc. We can also workout on it with additional equipment.
  • Pilates Reformer is adequately designed for eccentric contraction. This helps to build strong muscles without bulking.
  • Doing Pilates on Pilates Reformer, helps to relieve joint pains and muscle pulls.
  • We get faster results from Pilates Reformer.

Some of the Pilates Reformer Exercises are as follows – 

Pilates Reformer Exercises has a vast variety or range. It is suitable for beginners and also for  advanced practitioners.

  • Running on the Pilates Reformer.
  • Stomach Massage (Rounded).
  • Stomach Massage (Arms Back).
  • The Reformer Footwork.
  • Elephant on Pilates Reformer.
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Elephant on Pilates Reformer – a straightforward and symmetrical exercise.
  • Leg Circles on the Pilates Reformer.
  • Short Box (Round Back).
  • Short Box (Flat Back).
  • Knee Stretch on Pilates Reformer.

Saying all these, there is no denying the fact that, Pilates reformer exercises works wonders and help us to lose weight quickly without feeling like we are exercising at all! Moreover, this interesting equipment keeps us motivated throughout our workout. We tend to attend these fun filled workout sessions more regularly thereby helping ourselves to achieve our targets faster! This equipment also has a lot of mental health benefits. However, the forms and postures are very important for our own wellbeing and for that the best idea is to hire a personal trainer who will train us the correct ways to use this amazing workout equipment as per our goals.

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Train with a personal trainer on Pilates Reformer to see faster results.
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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.

Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer – To help us achieve out fitness goal.

So let’s not delay but  get our own personal trainer or guide so that we can help ourselves to achieve what we want.

 

Handyman or a Contractor – whom to hire ?

Handyman Services

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.