September 02, 2015

Quote of the Day

Sometimes it is easy to grow comfortable to our daily routine. Accepting ordinary and not challenging our comfort zone....maybe that is something that you believe. 

But I realize this, that there is only once of every single of our days. So try something new each day. Take a chance. Make that leap of faith.

I don't know if you will have a happier life or not, but for me, at least I've lived my life, trying.


If you want to try ice-skating, then go ahead. If you wanted to go for jungle trekking or maybe you just want to try a new drinks. 

Whatever it is, life keep moving and you waste it by not trying something new. The world is bigger than your daily routine, so switch off the remote and start living.

And when I asked this question: "WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME I DID SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?", I knew I have to change. Let's make that change.

August 31, 2015

Swansea 2 - 1 Manchester United

Swansea made a serious come back against Manchester United and while it was a pain in the ass for me as a fan to watch the game, there were such strong intent and motivation from the home team to win the game. It's sad to see how United wasted some of their chances especially with Rooney but Swansea players must be lauded for their performance. A game in which the Swansea players shown a lot of determination and taken full advantage of United's defensive errors.

Juan Mata had a close range strike just after half time to put Manchester United ahead in the game but Swansea turn the tide when Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Swansea a 2-1 victory, and to make sure Van Gaal's loss against them continues.

Statistics would have shown United dominated the game for 64% but ball possession without threat count for nothing. In fact, Swansea was just as dangerous as United if not better. Manchester United seriously need to consider switching to a 2 strikers options or to buy a player that is more suitable for a lone striker role. While Wayne Rooney is hardworking and might be lauded for his effort, his 4th games in the Premier League without a goal just show how far he is from the striker that Manchester United need.



Manchester United dominated the game against Swansea in ball possession
Louis Van Gaal's men once again dominated the ball possession but without a serious threat, Manchester United were never going to win against Swansea. Yes, we have seen a lot of brilliant passing in the midfield and Schweinsteiger played his full 90 minutes for the Red Devils. The German was calm, efficient and brilliant but United were lacking in front. They need a striker, who could push Swansea defense behind, who would run behind the ball more often. Rooney was trying to do that but he was not as effective than he should. So often, the balls were played just outside the penalty box but Rooney was in no position to score. It is sad to see how Van Gaal continue with his philosophy on passing without real solution to score. Rooney had 4 games of chances and I think it shows United needed something else.

2) Shots

I think if you look at the dominance in ball possession and shots, then you will see how effective Swansea has been.

Both Manchester United and Swansea City have 4 shots on target

With only 36% ball possession, Swansea City had managed 9 shots and 4 on target while Manchester United only managed 11 shots and 4 on target despite controlling the game. It seems that Van Gaal is content to just win ball possession than to create more chances. 

Here is the summary of the stats for the night:

Match Summary

Not going to comment so much on the game but Swansea definitely deserved it. Manchester United continued their brilliant passing game but it's not enough. They need another striker.

August 25, 2015

Fitness Project: Why Fitness should be a priority?

We've got 24 hours a day. Most of us spend 8 hours to rest and sleep. That leaves us with 16 more hours. Another 8 to 10 hours spent on work...leaving us with just another 6 hours. Assuming you spend about an hour through and fro from your work place. 

So, what are you going to do with the remaining 5 hours? Some of us would spent it watching movies, consuming media be it social media or other form while others might choose to socialize, chill out with friends. Some others might even have to study or other work commitments. If you have family, you might have to spend time with your kids or your wife, doing family activities. There goes your 24 hours.

What do you do with your 24 hours?

My question is where does this leave our health? 

For me, if this is the life that I'm gonna go through every day, then I have to make a change. 

I've read a lot about how people want to know bout express workout, the kind that can be done in 15 minutes. While I have nothing against it, I think the priority should change. 

A lot of people (myself included) wouldn't mind skipping a day's workout or run but they won't skip their TV session. When most of us make plans for the day, we have plans to go out with our friends, we have plans for drinks, we have plans for movies, but most often we don't have plans to exercise. 

While I might have been focusing a bit too much on exercise recently, I felt strange that people are asking me about why the obsession with exercise and workout. But most people don't feel it's an issue when they turn on their TV the moment they reached home from work. Apparently lying on the couch watching TV or surfing the net/Facebook is the norm in comparison to someone who want a healthier lifestyle.

If you are like many people (who put exercise as an option), I urged you to think again and here are 5 reasons that I hope can change your mind.

1) Better health

I think this reason alone should push you to go for it. It is impossible to ignore this and when you start exercise, your fitness level improves. Then you reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other illness.

2) Increase your strength and stamina

This is what I realized when I started to get back to exercise. I was feeling tired more easily when I started running again after not doing so for a long time. I also find it more difficult to hold the weights when I started but now I'm feeling so much better. I can run faster and longer. I can carry heavier weights as well. My strength and stamina has improved significantly.

3) Better mood

Every time you exercise, your body will release endorphins that make you feel good. Exercise give you a natural high. Who needs drug anymore?

4) Keep your independence in life later

One thing most people don't realize is that we grow old, whether we like it or not. And when we grow old, our body become weaker. And the sad part is: most of us don't see it until it's too late. So, by going to exercise consistently now while you still can, it helps to reduce the impact of certain health complications as you grow older. Keeping fit helps you to be more independent for a longer period and that is very important. I'm not sure bout you but each time I saw a diabetic patient, I feel for them. 

5) Sleep better

There are a lot of people who have difficulty sleeping. And it's natural to feel stressful. We all live in a stressful environment at this modern society but by going for exercise, it helps you to sleep better at night. When you exercise more you’ll start to find it easier to get a good night’s rest. This adds to the energy boost that you’ll get from exercise in the long term.

To be honest, there are really so many more reasons to start living a healthy lifestyle but if you refuse to change, even a thousand reasons will not be sufficient to move you to. I've got friends that tell me they feel good even without exercise and that they are eating healthy and in good physical condition. I wish them luck because as we grow old, that's when our body become weaker. And that's when exercise might be too late sometimes. Nevertheless, everyone are entitle to their opinion and I am only sharing what make sense in my point of view. 

30 minutes only take 2.08% of your daily life, and that's what it takes to keep in good shape
If you think sparing 30 minutes for exercise on a daily basis, then that's more than enough. By giving 2.08% of your daily time to exercise, your health will improve dramatically in the long run. I don't see any disadvantage at that. I hope the same goes for you.

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