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ClearSky Launches PushUps


ClearSky Launches PushUps, Another Goodie For Your Digital Fitness Bag

BY Casey Tschida


ClearSky Launches PushUps, Another Goodie For Your Digital Fitness Bag

ClearSky Apps, formerly Heavy Duty Apps, has already assisted others in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by publishing Sleep Pillow and their “Runner” apps. And now, they’re continuing the effort with the release of another fitness app, PushUps 0 to 100.

Just like the Runner apps, PushUps contains outlined workouts that start out easy and slowly progress until you reach the ultimate goal, in this case, five sets of 20 consecutive full-body push-ups. The program is broken down in three ways: difficulty, weeks, and days. Designed to be performed three times a week, the complete training lasts 30 weeks, 10 per difficulty level.

In order to create the most convenient and effective workout possible, PushUps features audio instructions and step-by-step visual status, another similarity to Runner. In addition, ClearSky offers a help section that includes exercise demonstration videos and pre-workout tips. As a final bonus, stay motivated with reinforcing milestone achievement rewards.

So, does this sound like a fitness routine you can handle? We’d like to think so, but you can always give it a no financial risk try by downloading PushUps 0 to 100 Lite. Otherwise, jump into the full experience for only a couple bucks.

PushUps 0 to 100 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 32GB and 64GB third generation iPod touch, fourth generation iPod touch and newer running iOS 5.0 or later, and available in the App Store for $1.99.

PushUps 0 to 100 - Workout  PushUps 0 to 100 - Difficulty   PushUps 0 to 100 - Help


Ministry battles obesity problem

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (second from left) and organising chairman of the 9th Allied Health Scientific conference, Dr Tee E Siong (left), talking to participants at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Pic by Nurul Syazana Rose Razman

ALARMING: Malaysians’ unhealthy eating habits causing a spike in non-communicable diseases

KUALA LUMPUR:  The Health Ministry yesterday expressed concern over a host of non-communicable diseases (NCD) adopting a communicable trend in the country.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the tide of NCD was serious especially obesity, which was passed down from parents to children.

“The ministry will work on strengthening preventive care and create awareness to help the public understand their responsibility on health,” he said in his speech before launching the 9th Allied Health Scientific conference here.

The other NCDs are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular ailments, cancers, chronic lung diseases, emerging and re-emerging infections such as tuberculosis, dengue, and the growing number of psychiatric problems.

Liow said the ministry would work with dieticians, nutritionists, doctors and specialised therapists to provide the public with the needed assistance to care for their health.

“All non-communicable diseases are preventable.”

The Malaysian Council for Obesity Prevention (MCOM) president Jong Koi Chong blamed Malaysians’ unhealthy eating habits which caused a spike in NCDs.

“Late dinners and suppers are not encouraged as the metabolic rate is low during this period, making it easy for fat to accumulate,” he said, adding more youth were frequenting 24-hour food joints which served high caloric food.

National Heart Institute chief dietitian Mary Easaw-John said most Malaysians saw obesity as “body size” and not a disease.

“Those who are obese or overweight do not see it as a medical condition, so they don’t consult a doctor. The general attitude is to let it be.”

Easaw John said food outlets should consider offering healthy food options. For example, she said if they served fish curry with coconut milk, there should also be steamed fish.

She added the government should come up with a programme that provided incentives to food outlets which offered such options.

The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011 showed NCD cases were on the rise and data from government hospitals also showed between 38 per cent and 40 per cent of total deaths were due to NCD.

Statistics also showed 2.6 million adults were obese and an estimated 477,000 children below the age of 18 years were overweight.

On the Allied Health Professions Bill, which would be ready for public viewing for three weeks from Oct 1, Liow said the bill was also available on the ministry’s website, adding feedback was welcome.

There are about 40,000 public and private allied health professionals in the country, who work with doctors and nurses to help patient recovery by conducting rehabilitation.

Read more: NST

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