The study, which involved almost 200,000 men and women in South Africa, found coronavirus vaccination effectively prevented severe illness in most of them. But it worked best in people who exercised regularly. They wound up about 25 percent less likely to be hospitalized with covid than sedentary people, although everyone received the same vaccine.
“I think this study adds to the growing evidence that, along with vaccination, daily physical activity is the single most important thing you can do to prevent severe COVID-19 outcomes,” said Robert Sallis, a family and sports medicine doctor at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in California and former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has researched covid and exercise but was not involved with the new study.
A wealth of research in the past year has shown that being active and fit substantially lowers your risk of becoming seriously ill if you develop covid. Sallis led a study, for instance, of almost 50,000 Californians who tested positive for the coronavirus before vaccines were available. Those who had regularly walked or otherwise worked out before falling ill were about half as likely to need hospitalization as sedentary people.
So, for the new study, which was just published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers in Johannesburg gathered anonymized records of almost 200,000 men and women from the nation’s largest health insurer.
The records included information about people’s vaccinations, covid outcomes and exercise habits, gleaned from activity trackers and gym visits. Because the health insurer gave people points and prizes for being active, the study subjects tended to scrupulously record each workout.
The researchers first broadly compared the vaccinated and unvaccinated. (The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was the only available option then.) As expected, the unvaccinated developed covid and became seriously ill in much larger numbers than the vaccinated.
This study was associational, though, meaning it shows links between activity and covid outcomes. While it does not prove that being active causes vaccines to be more effective, the links were consistent and the effects large, Patricios said.
Perhaps most encouraging, “I do not think it is ever too late” to start exercising, he said. Been inactive? A stroll today should begin prepping your immune system to respond with greater fervor to your next vaccination or covid exposure. “Plus,” he pointed out, “you don’t need a prescription, and it’s free.”
It is that time of the year when there is a nip in the air. While nature is still adapting to this change, within many houses all sorts of renovation, home cleaning and Diwali pooja decoration is happening. After all, the festival of lights is just around the corner.
However, the yearly wholesome house cleaning is sometimes not possible for some of us. When both husband and wife are working, the house cleaning tends to happen at a snail’s pace mostly on weekends. Even in the case of one partner staying in the house like stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) or in present times, even a working-from-home husband is not able to start the home cleaning on time because of some or other preoccupations.
Now, if you are a mom whose child has just finished his mid-term exams and you haven’t started home cleaning then that’s alright. Similarly, if your boss wanted some very ‘urgent’ work to be finished just before the Diwali holidays then it’s fine too. Relax guys, I can feel you! Cause most of us are sailing in the same boat. Delay in house cleaning is very common and finally, most of us land up with few bare minimum days in hand to do all Diwali preparations. If you ask me, I always land up doing last minute Diwali home cleaning.
So here are some of the step-by-step pro-Tips from my so many years of doing last minute Diwali ki safai. You too can try them for cleaning the home quickly and making it festive-ready. Having done the same multiple times, I am confident that these are going to work and not let your guests know that these Diwali pooja decorations & preparations were done in a short time.
Start from the Ceiling Side
As the great physicist, Newton has taught us, what goes up comes down so start the last minute home cleaning for Diwali from there. Remove the spider webs if any & dust thoroughly over the ceiling and walls. Research shows that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. This is why dusting walls and ceilings become important as dust gets deposited in due course of time. It will hardly take 1-2 hours for the same.
Clean those Fans, Switches & Gadgets in the Front Room
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of your guests at home while you are busy serving them Diwali sweets and more? Well, they simply wait and look up or around the house. Imagine spotting a dirty fan, dirty gadgets or a dirty switchboard in an elaborately decorated house. It seems odd and gives a talking point to the guests. So cleaning fans, switchboards of all rooms & gadgets of at least front room should be done. Generally, I use sanitiser for cleaning fans and switches. However, if the stains are tough or for grease stain removal I apply a diluted solution of Cif cream and wipe after a minute. While for gadgets like T.V., music system etc., I spray a little light soap solution and wipe it off with a clean soft cloth.
How To Clean Gas Stove, Kitchen Sink, Wall Tiles, & Chimney
During festival time, the busiest room in the home is the kitchen. There is a lot of delightful cooking and serving that happens. So for a lasting impression on family and friends, kitchen cleaning should be taken up next. Start with cleaning the kitchen sink, wall tiles, chimney and gas stove.
How to clean gas stove is one often asked question. I clean this and tiles etc. very quickly and effectively using Cif cream. Same as mentioned before, I make a dilute solution using some Cif surface cleanser cream and then apply it over the kitchen sink, wall tiles, and chimney & gas stoves. Leave it for 5-10 minutes depending on how much grease and dirt is there. It is super effective against yellow stains & for grease stain removal. The best part of using this Cif cream is that it has a pleasant fragrance in contrast to the obnoxious chemical odour. Outer portions of kitchen appliances like the microwave & refrigerator too, I clean using this diluted solution. However, do not let it stay for more time on these surfaces and quickly wipe it off.
Clean & Maintain a Bathroom
No matter how much one decorates home during the festive season, a bathroom’s condition can spill the beans about the level of home hygiene maintained. Often bathroom floor & wall tiles are prone to tough yellow stains and taps get water stains. Here, too the multi-purpose Cif surface cleanser cream is remarkably effective. Pour a little amount of the diluted solution of Cif cream & water over the floor, wall tiles, taps and sinks or apply on the surface to be cleaned using a damp cloth and wipe it off. Getting a clean and shining bathroom is that simple and quick!
Dust-off Iron Doors, Windows and Grills
While some people wash iron doors, windows and grills but I prefer dusting away the accumulated dust using a micro-fibre cloth or brush. This way one doesn’t contribute to rust formation in the doors, windows and grills.
Wash The Artificial Flowers & Re-Arrange
As you reach this step, cleaning the house will almost be done. One can start to see a visible difference in the look and feel of the house after this last minute Diwali home cleaning. If you have artificial flowers in the house then it is best to wash them manually with a soap solution and rinse them under running water. This way the shape and colour of artificial flowers remain intact while the dust is washed away. For adding a dash of newness to the home, post-drying of the flowers, rearrange them in a new style!
Change Furnishings like Dining Table Cloth, Sofa Cover
Lastly, finish the Diwali home cleaning by changing the dining tablecloth & sofa covers if any. Curtains can also be changed along with adding Diwali decoration items to a more ‘luxurious looking one’ as we Indians tend to put our best foot forward in front of our guests. Isn’t it? ?
The above-mentioned, last minute Diwali home cleaning which also involves tough grease stain removal may seem to be too much work. However, if you don’t just clean it but simply Cif it, cleaning becomes super easy and effective. At least, I practice #DontJustCleanItCIfIt.
Further, it is hardly a day’s work in totality if all family members actively contribute to one or the other home cleaning activities. Diwali home cleaning this way becomes a time to bond, chit-chat, joke around and have a good laugh. Do try these tips and thank me later for a shining festival-ready home.
It’s the Cold & Flu Season once again! Welcome to the world of sniffles, coughs, sore throat, and chills spreading at lightning speed through schools, homes, and offices. It’s getting harder to remember what it was like a couple of years ago – today, every sneeze is regarded with suspicion, thanks to Covid-19. What we tend to forget in the overwhelming response to the pandemic is that those pesky cold viruses and allergens are still around. They haven’t gone anywhere. They’re still lurking in your carpets and rugs, ready to strike if you haven’t washed your hands when you get home after school or work. Here are 5 home cleaning tips to keep the colds away as much as possible!
Before you attack it, it’s good to know all about the enemy – the common cold. If you have symptoms such as a running or stuffy nose, chest congestion, slightly raised body temperature, headache and body ache, and a general feeling of not being well, it could be an attack of any one of the 200+ types of viruses that cause the common cold.
Infants and young children, those having a weak immune system, senior citizens, smokers, and those exposed to crowds are vulnerable to attacks, while the general population is at risk at certain times of the year, such as fall and winter. Summer colds, spring allergies, and hay fever can spread at other times of year. Colds may sometimes lead to secondary infections such as sinusitis, ear infection, or pharyngitis.
There is no “cure” for the cold, and as the medical joke goes, “It’s curable in seven days with medication. And in one week without!” Antibiotics don’t work, and you’re creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs. There are several myths about colds, the most common being that you catch them by exposure to cold drinks, food, or weather. The reality is that you can only make the patient comfortable and wait it out with the following:
Relieve body pain, headaches, and sore throat
Try home remedies such as sipping hot lemon juice with honey, warm chicken soup, herbal teas, warm fruit juices
OTC cough and cold medication but not for young children
Vitamin C, zinc supplements, and echinacea have mixed results, but talk to your doctor before taking them.
If you’re indicate a cold or an allergy, here are some pointers:
Viruses cause colds; allergies are immune responses to certain allergens. Allergies never give you a fever, or general aches and pains. Instead, you may have itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, coughing, which are all similar symptoms. However, you can treat allergies with antihistamines, nasal sprays and avoid.
5 Home Cleaning Tips To Keep The Colds Away
It goes without saying that a clean, hygienic home can prevent you and your family from catching a cold. Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning to avoid catching an infection while you work. There’s no alternative to . It lowers your daily workload and ensures that there are no breeding or resting places for germs.
Toys: If your kids have caught a cold, you’ll have to wash them thoroughly in warm soapy water with a cupful of bleach. Check if soft toys can go in the washing machine. Dry the toys out thoroughly and ration them out a few at a time so that kids don’t touch all of them at the same time. Keep books and other stationery in a sunny window when they’re not being used.
Clean Your Cleaning Equipment:Don’t forget your cleaning equipment when you’re done cleaning! By now, it’s probably contaminated and bristling with bacteria, just waiting to be transferred to a welcoming place. Use disposable materials as much as possible, but ensure they are disposed of carefully. Sanitize all rags, towels, and cleaning cloths. Remove stains with a stain remover or bleach. Wash them on high heat setting in the washing machine and dry them outside in the sunlight. Store them in individual air-tight bags for the next round of cleaning.
Take a shower or wash your hands before you touch anything after cleaning.
These 5 tips can help to keep your living space germ-free. You will have to develop a cleaning routine that you can stick to throughout the flu season. If you’re too busy or unable to cope, call in a reliable, professional cleaner for the best results.
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Starting October 24, Apple Fitness+, the award-winning fitness and wellness service designed to be welcoming to all, will be available for iPhone users to subscribe to and enjoy, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch.
With iOS 16.1, Fitness+ will be fully integrated with the Fitness app and located in the middle tab, available in all 21 countries where the service is offered.
The same day, music by Taylor Swift will be available in the service for the first time ever, beginning with a dedicated solo Artist Spotlight series featuring newly released songs from her album “Midnights,” out October 21. Fitness+ will also introduce a new workout program, Yoga for Every Runner, featuring one of the world’s top ultramarathon athletes, Scott Jurek, and led by Fitness+ Yoga trainer Jessica Skye. Time to Walk will also add new guests, including Emmy-winning actor Hannah Waddingham, globally renowned singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, and former astronaut and colonel Eileen M. Collins. Fitness+ will also introduce three new Collections: Totally ’80s Cycling, Best Mindful Cooldowns for Athletes, and 14-Day HIIT and Strength Challenge.
This year, there are even more ways to get started with Fitness+ with new special offers from SilverSneakers, Target, UnitedHealthcare, and Mobile Health, and for the first time ever, customers can now receive three free months of Fitness+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
“We built Fitness+ to be the most inclusive and welcoming fitness service in the world, and the response from our users has been overwhelmingly positive. We wanted the amazing impact of Fitness+ to reach iPhone users, and with special offers from partners like SilverSneakers, Target, and UnitedHealthcare, it’s easier than ever to get started on your health and fitness journey,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s vice president of Fitness Technologies. “Whether users want to get outside and go for a walk with Time to Walk, improve their running with ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, or get moving to one of their favorite artists, like Taylor Swift, there really is something for everyone to stay motivated.”
Fitness+ Available for iPhone Users
Starting October 24, for the first time ever, Fitness+ will be available for iPhone users to subscribe to and enjoy in the 21 countries it is offered in, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch. iPhone users will have access to the entire service featuring over 3,000 studio-style workouts and meditations, all led by a diverse and inclusive team of trainers. Users will also see onscreen trainer guidance and interval timing, and estimated calories burned will be used to make progress on their Move ring.
With iOS 16.1, Fitness+ will be fully integrated with the Fitness app and located in the middle tab, where users can already stay motivated to close their Move ring through coaching, awards, activity sharing, and more. Users only need an iPhone to sign up, and can then experience Fitness+ on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Fitness+ subscribers without Apple TV can use AirPlay to stream workouts or meditations on compatible third-party devices, and all AirPlay-enabled Roku devices will see onscreen metrics for additional motivation next month.
Fitness+ users with an Apple Watch can continue to take their motivation to the next level with personalized real-time metrics that display on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as the ability to experience Time to Walk, Time to Run, and meditations with just their Apple Watch paired with Bluetooth-enabled headphones.
Artist Spotlight with Taylor Swift
Starting October 24, music by Taylor Swift will be available in the service for the first time ever, beginning with a dedicated solo Artist Spotlight series featuring newly released songs from her album “Midnights,” out October 21. The series dedicates an entire workout playlist to a single artist, and every Monday for three weeks, new workouts featuring music by Taylor Swift will appear across workout types including Core, Cycling, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Rowing, Strength, Treadmill, and Yoga.
To celebrate the theme of “Midnights,” the first three workouts will feature special themed lighting, and the Fitness+ trainers will highlight the artist in fun and creative ways. In a Treadmill workout, the first letter of each coaching tip by Fitness+ trainer Scott Carvin will combine to spell “SWIFTIE.” In a HIIT workout, Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia will coach users through 13-second intervals to lean into Swift’s affinity for the number 13.
Yoga for Every Runner with Scott Jurek
Cross-training is essential to runners of all levels, as it may help improve speed and strength, and help prevent injury. Fitness+ will introduce a new workout program, Yoga for Every Runner, featuring and designed with Scott Jurek, one of the world’s top ultramarathon athletes and an author, and led by Fitness+ Yoga trainer Jessica Skye. Inspired by Scott’s approach and integration of yoga, this program is designed to improve running posture, balance, and mobility. Users can do each 10-minute Yoga flow as a warmup, a recovery stretch, or mixed with other workouts from the Fitness+ library. As with all Fitness+ studio workouts, modifications are shown so users can enjoy the workouts at their own level.
“Throughout my running career, I have pushed my body and mind to new limits by running longer distances and exploring trails and roads around the world. Having optimal strength, flexibility, stability, and balance is crucial to running efficiently, and yoga is one of the many ways I get the most out of my body and become a more holistic runner,” said Jurek. “Whether people are new to running or seasoned veterans, I hope these 10-minute workouts in this program on Fitness+ will help users feel more confident and comfortable incorporating yoga into their training and recovery.”
Workout programs on Fitness+ — such as Workouts for Beginners, Workouts for Older Adults, Stay Active During Pregnancy, and Get Ready for Snow Season — feature custom content designed to support users through a season of life or help them prepare for important moments.
Time to Walk
Starting on October 24, Fitness+ will also introduce new episodes of Time to Walk, beginning with Hannah Waddingham. Time to Walk is an inspiring audio experience on iPhone and Apple Watch, designed to help people walk more often, featuring some of the world’s most interesting and influential people who share stories, photos, and music with Fitness+ users. Waddingham is known for her performances on the West End, garnering three Olivier Award nominations, and more recently, she rose to mainstream fame for her Emmy-winning role as Rebecca Welton on Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso.” On this walk, Waddingham shares how being championed by a legendary director at just the right moment in her career renewed her faith in her own abilities, and how playing Rebecca brought healing after her own difficulties in life. Additional guests throughout the season will include globally renowned singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor and former astronaut and colonel Eileen M. Collins.
Additionally, Fitness+ will introduce three new Collections, curated content from the Fitness+ library to help users go after their goals or find inspiration, including:
• Totally ’80s Cycling, featuring eight spirited workouts that can boost cardio fitness. Every workout has the energy of a party and is set to a playlist full of songs from the 1980s.
• Best Mindful Cooldowns for Athletes, offering a series of total-body stretches and short visualizations that are curated to help athletes mentally prepare for their sport and recover more easily after any athletic endeavor.
• 14-Day HIIT and Strength Challenge, featuring 30-minute Strength and HIIT workouts that help motivate users to take their fitness routines to the next level.
This year, Fitness+ will offer new ways to sign up for the service at no additional cost through offers with SilverSneakers, Target, UnitedHealthcare, and Mobile Health.
• SilverSneakers, the nation’s leading fitness program for older adults, will now offer members a Fitness+ subscription at no additional cost starting in January 2023 through select Medicare Advantage plans. Members will also have access to the Workouts for Older Adults program on Fitness+, which helps users stay active at any age with a focus on strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and mobility. They can activate their Fitness+ subscription through the SilverSneakers GO app on the App Store or through their SilverSneakers member account on silversneakers.com.
• Target will now offer a four-month free trial of Fitness+ for members of Target Circle, the retailer’s free-to-join loyalty program. Members of Target Circle also have free access to three months of Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud+, Apple Arcade, and News+, with no purchase required.
• UnitedHealthcare continues to offer Fitness+ as an annual subscription at no additional cost to millions of members as part of their fully insured employer-sponsored health benefit. Employers with self-funded health plans can make a similar offer available to their employees.
• Mobile Health, a fast-growing digital health and well-being technology company, will offer its employer customers the opportunity to add Fitness+ as a wellness benefit for their employees and allow them to earn an Apple Watch by staying active.
Pricing and Availability
• Apple Fitness+ is available as a subscription service for $9.99 (US) per month or $79.99 (US) per year, and can be shared with up to five other family members.
Fitness+ is included in the Apple One Premier plan, which, where available, also gives customers access to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and iCloud+ with 2TB of storage, and can be shared with up to five other family members.
• Fitness+ is available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the UK, and the US.
• Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 4 or later, iPhone 11 or later, iPad (9th generation) or later, iPad Air (5th generation) or later, iPad mini (6th generation) or later, iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) or later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) or later, Apple TV HD, or Apple TV 4K (2nd generation). One month of Fitness+ is included for existing users.
• Fitness+ can be shared with up to five other family members for the same price, making it easy for users in the same household to enjoy the service.
• Apple Fitness+ requires an iPhone 8 or later with iOS 16.1, or Apple Watch Series 3 or later paired with iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14.3 or later.
• To get the newest features, make sure your devices are running the latest software version.
• All Time to Walk and Time to Run episodes are available in the Fitness app on iPhone with a Fitness+ subscription. Users can also enjoy the episodes with just their Apple Watch paired with AirPods or other Bluetooth-enabled headphones.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watch is still the best way to fully partake in Apple Fitness+, so making it optional will bring more into the Fitness+ fold, where they will rather quickly want to buy their first Apple Watch – a win-win for Apple!
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Change is the only constant in life. This holds even for one of our most basic and fundamental behaviors – eating. While our need to consume calories and nutrients has not varied (much) over time, our approach to food, how we prepare food, which foods we eat and how we think about all of these varies a lot across cultures and time. Our attitudes towards fat from the 80’s to now, and the so-called French Paradox are good examples of these differences. How should we navigate the sea of dietary trends, new foods and conflicting information?
The most important thing to remember is that no single way of eating is right for everyone. What and how much we eat and how we prepare food is a choose-your-own-adventure plan. There are many ways we can adjust and improve for better health and enjoyment. Yes, enjoyment – because food is or can be a pleasure as much as it is fuel and nutrition.
Along that line, it is also important not to make food an all-or-nothing proposition. Identifying some foods as “bad” or enforcing intense dietary restrictions may become problematic. This may trigger a restricting and binging cycle or other forms of disordered eating. Intense judgments about food can also damage social relationships. We always make choices about what we eat, but what might it feel like to start with the perspective that all foods are allowed, that no foods are off limits? What might it feel like to eat what you are craving and enjoy it without guilt?
This is controversial, but the argument that if we followed our cravings, we would eat nothing but cupcakes is overstated. Most adults wouldn’t. And part of navigating a healthy diet is to balance honoring our cravings with our other needs and external health values. If you have a reliable hunger signal, that’s a great signal to listen to. But hunger may not be reliable. And there may be reasons to eat despite not being very hungry. Some days you may wake up feeling like breakfast, and other days you don’t, and that’s okay. Food is also social and emotional – those needs are important too. If you have a tradition with friends or a special family recipe, that’s just as valid a reason to enjoy food.
To achieve balance with your other needs and health, tune into how you feel – both mentally and physically – after eating. Consider how your choices affect your metabolic health (as measured by labs, for example) and any specific goals you are working towards (increased athletic performance, stable blood sugar or stopping weight gain, for example). Every meal is an opportunity to nourish yourself by honoring your cravings and making healthful choices.
I hope this perspective is useful for you as we move into the holiday season.