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The Star Online: Lifestyle: Health

Workouts on a wall


New techy gym in California offers a workout on a wall.

Quantified workouts are hailed as the future of fitness, and one startup fitness studio in California is taking the concept even further. The branded Fitwall workout incorporates heart-rate monitors and iPads to ensure you break a serious sweat – that is if you don't mind working out on something that looks like a server rack.

The new quantified gym opened recently in San Diego, with plans to open locations in California's Bay Area, Colorado, and New York next year. Over the next few years, the company plans to open some 100 fitness studios around the United States.

In San Diego, the studio doesn't feature a traditional gym registration desk, but a lounge area with an iPad where members check themselves in. Also, you won't find any treadmills or weights of any kind, just an array of 16 or so Fitwalls, or "vertical training modalities," which tower more than 2m tall with four moving rungs for your feet, four permanent tiers to grip, and an attached iPad to monitor your workouts.

The Fitwall can accommodate 900 different exercises, and each 40-minute class covers strength, cardio, and flexibility, all led by a certified Fitwall instructor.

However, the price for joining Fitwall doesn't come cheap, starting at US$120 (RM372) a month, but the studio hopes to draw affluent fitness buffs who might otherwise shell out cash for CrossFit or yoga. Members purchase their sessions online or from their smartphones – the studio is a cashless environment. — AFP Relaxnews

Tips to minimise the risk of stroke


1. Become more physically active. Exercising helps to lower blood pressure, controls weight, helps create a healthy balance of blood fats, and improves your body's ability to handle insulin. Aim to do some kind of moderate physical activity for 30 minutes at least five days a week.

2. Eat a healthy diet. Fresh fruit and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, which research has found to reduce the risk of stroke. A high consumption of salt has been linked to high blood pressure, while too much saturated fat can lead to artherosclerosis.

3. Stay a healthy weight. Being overweight is a risk of a stroke.

4. Don't smoke. Smoking increases your risk of stroke because it causes atherosclerosis and makes the blood more likely to clot.

5. Drink sensibly. Watching your alcohol intake can help you avoid stroke. Avoid heavy drinking, especially drinking large amounts of alcohol at one go, as this can cause blood pressure to soar.

6. Get your blood pressure checked. All adults should have their blood pressure checked at least once every five years (more often if they have high blood pressure), are taking medication or have other underlying conditions.

7. Seek advice from your doctor before taking the contraceptive pill or going for hormone replacement therapy.

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