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Want to be healthier? Let’s Dance!

In Activity, Health, Teplok Good News on October 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

If you secretly sashay across your living room when you’re home alone or long to cha-cha with your significant other, you’re in luck. Not only is dancing an exceptional way to let loose and have fun, but it also provides some terrific benefits for your health.

In fact, Mayo Clinic researchers reported that social dancing helps to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Increase energy
  • Improve strength
  • Increase muscle tone and coordination

And whether you like to kick up your heals to hip hop, classical or country, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says that dancing can:

  • Lower your risk of coronary heart disease
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Help you manage your weight
  • Strengthen the bones of your legs and hips

Dancing is a unique form of exercise because it provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in a social activity. This is especially stimulating to the mind, and one 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine even found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.

In the study, participants over the age of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not. Those who engaged in these activities at least 11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk!

Interestingly, dancing was the only physical activity out of 11 in the study that was associated with a lower risk of dementia. Said Joe Verghese, a neurologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a lead researcher of the study, “This is perhaps because dance music engages the dancer’s mind.”

Verghese says dancing may be a triple benefit for the brain. Not only does the physical aspect of dancing increase blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect of the activity leads to less stress, depression and loneliness. Further, dancing requires memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial for brain health.

How Good of a Workout is Dancing, Really?

The amount of benefit you get from dancing depends on, like most exercises, the type of dancing you’re doing, how strenuous it is, the duration and your skill level.

Says exercise physiologist Catherine Cram, MS, of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting in Middleton, Wisconsin, “Once someone gets to the point where they’re getting their heart rate up, they’re actually getting a terrific workout. Dance is a weight-bearing activity, which builds bones. It’s also “wonderful” for your upper body and strength.”

“If you’re dancing the foxtrot, you’re taking long, sweeping steps backwards. That’s very different than walking forward on a treadmill or taking a jog around the neighborhood … Ballroom dancing works the backs of the thighs and buttock muscles differently from many other types of exercise,” says Ken Richards, professional dancer and spokesman for USA Dance, the national governing body of DanceSport (competitive ballroom dancing).

Specific Benefits of Different Dances

If you’re looking for specific health results, here’s a breakdown of the benefits of some popular dances. Just remember that any type of dancing is better than no dancing at all!

Belly Dancing

  • Improved posture and muscle toning
  • Maintains flexibility
  • Helps prevent lower back problems
  • Tones and firms arms and shoulders
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Helps prepare women for childbirth
  • Reduces stress

Ballroom Dancing

  • Conditions the body
  • Helps keep the heart in shape
  • Builds and increases stamina
  • Develops the circulatory system
  • Strengthens and tones legs and body
  • Increases flexibility and balance
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Relieves stress

Salsa Dancing

  • Builds endurance and stamina
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Relieves stress
  • Helps you release toxins via sweating
  • May help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
  • Can lead to a reduced heart rate over time

Square Dancing

  • Provides cardiovascular conditioning
  • May lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and an improved cholesterol profile
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps you develop strong social ties
  • Loosens and tones muscles

Physical benefits aside, dancing has a way of brightening up a person’s day, says ballroom owner and operator Karen Tebeau.

“A lot of times, when people come into the studio, it’s because there’s been a change in their life: a divorce or they’ve been through a period of depression. They (continue) coming in, and you see a big change. After a while, they’re walking in with a sunny expression. You know it’s the dancing that’s doing that,” she says.

Source: http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/11/02/the-health-benefits-of-dancing—-including-specific-benefits-of-different-dances.htm


Notice: Teplok Can Be Translated over 52 Languages

In Notice on October 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hi readers, How are you today? I hope you’re fine as well. I just want to inform you today that Teplok is available in over 52 languages by using the latest Google Translator. I’m posting this notice because there are so many readers who comments to Teplok said that they don’t understand in english. And this is the way out!

Above is the appearance of Google Translator that is located at top right of the blog.

Just click on it and you can find the options of the languages, try Indonesian as example.

This feature will not jump you into a new tab, it’s processed in the same tab and done just in a minute. So, you shouldn’t complain that you don’t understand the contents. Google translator is the best translator ever which will translate to the nearest meaning though it can’t perfectly set the words as well. But so far, it’s so helpful!

Try it!

What You can learn from Poverty

In Life, Teplok Good News on October 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Who likes poverty to come to us? No one I think. But being in a poverty doesn’t look bad at all. There are so many lessons of life you can take from it. This is how we see poverty in different perspective that gives a lot of lessons to our lives.

I’ve been trying to find its benefits, and I found many things. Here they are:

  1. Guidance from one’s Higher Self is most appreciated.
  2. Addictive behaviors become evident and reveal energy blocks.
  3. Humility and Reverence can be frequently experienced.
  4. Meal planning can become personalized and more healthful.
  5. Innovation and creativity can provide unique solutions.
  6. Assertiveness is easier to learn and practice for fear of loss and coerciveness of power have little to threaten against.
  7. Meditation can be a low cost anxiety relief with no adverse side effects.
  8. Self-sufficiency adds to one’s self-esteem and provides independence, security; and freedom.
  9. Challenges provide opportunities to improve one’s coping skills.
  10. Time management skills can be more easily developed with less distraction.
  11. Experience facilitates empathy with the many with similar incomes.
  12. Healthful exercise (walking) often goes with low cost forms of transportation.
  13. Mass media is less available and less distracting — TV, radio, movies, papers ….
  14. Friends who are sincere are recognized apart from friends-of-convenience.
  15. Planning and organization skills help one conserve and better utilize space.
  16. Foods are less costly if freshly prepared, not overprocessed, nor requiring toxic chemicals for preservation and artificial flavoring and color.
  17. Persons who manipulate and deceive in order to personally gain, avoid you.
  18. Freedom from debt, and credit, reduces your obligations to others.
  19. One can choose to spend more time with family members and friends.
  20. Changes in career, educational level, skill expertise and choice of relationships become less resisted by relatives, friends and associates — and often receive encouragement.

Yes You Need to Know The Benefits of Smoking

In Health, Life, Psychology, Teplok Good News on October 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

This may seem very strange, but we feel that smoking is actually good for you. There has to be a good side to smoking, otherwise nobody would be doing it. Here is a list of some of the benefits of smoking:

  • Enjoyable
  • Cope with stressful situations
  • Relaxing
  • Combats boredom
  • Keeps weight down
  • Helps focus
  • Fights loneliness and depression

Smoking is one of the main ways people handle stressful situations. Just the simple act of smoking allows you to go outside to smoke. Think about it. Going outside:

  • Allows you leave the stress
  • Puts you in a different environment
  • Allows you to clear your head

Also, the way you smoke can be relaxing. Taking a deep puff and holding it in for a few seconds is very similar to what’s called relaxation breathing. In relaxation breathing, you take a deep breath, hold it in for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly.

Another benefit of smoking is that is lessens feeling of depression or anxiety. It’s the nicotine in your cigarettes that is responsible for making these feelings go away. Think of the nicotine as a medication, and your cigarette as a medication delivery device.

After taking a puff, the nicotine in the smoke travels to your brain where is causes a chemical reaction. This reaction is what picks up your mood or lessens anxiety.

The nicotine travels to your brain in less than seven seconds. That’s faster than if you were to inject it into your veins, and it’s one of the reasons why nicotine is such an addictive drug.

The anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties of nicotine explain why so many people who smoke suffer from depression and anxiety. The cigarettes are treating those conditions with every puff!

If you smoke as a way of dealing with depression, then quitting may make you feel depressed. The quit smoking medication Zyban helps in two ways:

  1. Wards off withdrawal symptoms
  2. Fights depression

Another beneficial aspect of smoking is that it keeps the weight down. Cigarettes do this by:

  • Keeping food in your stomach longer
  • Suppressing your appetite
  • Artificially speeding up your metabolism

Not everyone gains weight. The typical amount gained is 5 pounds, but some people gain more. There are many effective weight control methods designed to keeps the pounds off when you quit.

Focusing on the benefits of smoking is a good first step because:

  • better prepares you to quit
  • allows you replace the good side of smoking with things that are safer and healthier for you, while achieving similar results

Free and Healthy, it’s Sunlight!

In Environtmental, Health, Teplok Good News on October 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm

What about to feel the warmth of the sunlight in the morning? Is it good for us? It’s absolutely yes. This easy activity has so many benefits to us, not only it provides vitamin D, but it really can cure insomnia and many more.

Here are the lists:

  • Sunlight can be useful for certain kinds of depression, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • Exposure to early morning sun can help properly set the body’s biological clock, and help with certain kinds of insomnia. Early morning sunlight can help naturally awaken your body.
  • Solar UVB radiation (290-315nm) is needed by the body to make Vitamin D. Vitamin D must be made by the body because dietary sources are inadequate, and supplements must be used carefully.
  • Mid-day summer sun is the best source of UVB. 10-15 minutes of exposut without sunscreen is enough to generate the daily requirement of Vitamin D.

Teplok is Coming Back!

In Teplok Good News on October 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

It’s been 2 weeks Teplok was off from blogging activity. It’s because the only one of Teplok’s administrator was suffering from some illness. So automatically Teplok wasn’t managed for those 2 weeks.

Now we’re coming back to you and serve you as well. We’ll give you daily good news again and hope everything’s gonna be fine and fun! 🙂

It’s Better to Drink Warm Water

In Food and Drink, Health, Teplok Good News on October 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Healthy drinking water is a vital commodity in life. It is needed daily, and is needed in sufficient quantity to replenish our bodies and keep us healthy.

Usually, we drink our water cold, but some believe there are benefits to drinking hot water. True, it does not cool us on hot summer days, but there may be other benefits.


Some believe that drinking hot water is much like going to a sauna. It purifies the body. How? Their reasoning goes like this.

* As you are drinking hot water, your body temperature rises slightly.
* To maintain its average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, your body begins to perspire. Perspiration is its method of cooling itself.
* Perspiration induced by drinking hot water flushes toxins from your body, helping to purify your bloodstream.
* Additionally, drinking hot water helps remove deposits in the nervous system. These deposits are believed to have a negative effect on thoughts and emotional responses.
* By drinking hot water, you can thus purify mind and body.

To purify yourself, try drinking hot water once or twice a week. The water should be very warm so you will begin to perspire, but it should not burn your mouth. You should begin to sweat as your body tries to lower its temperature. When you stop sweating, try drinking hot water again to balance your temperature.

Nasal Cavity Clearance

Drinking hot water can also be effective in clearing nasal cavities. If you are ill, drinking hot water can make you feel less congested. The water vapor causes the buildup in nasal cavities to loosen.

Why not coffee or tea? Drinking hot water gives you the warmth without dehydrating you as a caffeine drink will.

If drinking hot water plain is unappetizing to you, add a slice of lemon.

Good News: Teplok Ebook is Ready To Download! Yaaayyy!

In Download, Teplok Good News on October 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Who has not dream to make a blog to be a book? and we do.We try to serve you more and more and now we launch our newest feature.

Once again we innovate ourselves by making Teplok pdf ebook. This Ebook is different than the newspaper form we made several days ago, this is designed to be real ebook with whole contents in Teplok Blog.

Completed with pictures it seems to be so interesting to read. All 138 pages in this ebook contains so many good news and some music tracklist (this is because we serve on music download we posted months ago, some is followed by download link). It will let you read more previous good news with 138 total pages than the Teplok good newspaper that will let you read only for about 12 pages.

Up is the appearance you’ll look in the ebook, is it so nice, isn’t it? We made it for you, so download it and have fun!

Good News: Why Don’t We Write Handwritten Letters to our Friends! It’s Great!

In Activity, Teplok Good News on October 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm

When the last time you make handwritten letters to your family, friends, or business partner? For me it was about 4 years ago. This art is being vanished slowly by rapid increase of email using and greater cell phone technology. But it still has superiority and so meaningful.

On an handwritten letter, you have not only the forms of the letters used, but the texture, the color, the size, the smell, the noise from the paper, you have also the envelop you need to open, you have the stamps, in fact, many many small details who can’t be compared to a perfect screen of a computer.

No handwriting font or font technology could replace the warmth and human quality of handwriting. It’s the direct, physical act of writing that makes it so unique, so human.

Nonetheless, nothing expresses respect for another like a handwritten letter, and no love e-mail, text message or cell phone call will ever be carefully bundled into a memory box and savored for years to come. In a world that thrives on acceleration, the handwritten letter calls us to a time more deliberate, elegant, and gracious.

So, Why don’t we write handwritten letters to our friends. It’s great!

Written By: Buyung Al amin

Good News: Why don’t you use your spare time to do some crossword?

In Activity, Teplok Good News on October 6, 2009 at 11:12 am

What do you do usually in spending your spare time? some people usually use it to read newspaper, listening to the music, or even just stare alone on the desk. But how about to do crossword? Is it a good activity to spend your leisure, isn’t it?

There are more benefits we get by doing crossword than others activities, and here they are:

1. Great for vocabulary

Whether you are learning a new language or trying to improve your own, crosswords are a great source of new words. The clues tell you much about how the word is to be used, too.

2. Great for spelling

Particularly for children but for adults as well, crosswords force you to get the spelling right. If it isn’t, the word won’t fit into the squares or won’t let the connecting words make sense.

3. Reduces tension

There is nothing like time out to do a crossword to let you totally relax. Do a crossword and feel the peace descend.

4. Eases anxiety

Focusing your attention on a crossword puzzle can help you to keep anxiety at bay or at least to take the edge off it. Concentrating on fact and data will help keep your emotional side under control.

5. Pure fun

What else do I need to say? Do them alone or do them in groups. Run competitions. Have crossword clubs. Just enjoy yourself.

6. Wards off dementia

Doing crosswords and other puzzles on a regular basis is known to have an effect on warding off dementia. An active brain is much healthier and less likely to be affected by the disease.

7. Improves perfomance at work

A brain that is active and stimulated by puzzles is a brain that will function well at work. The better your brain works in one area the more likely it is to spill over into different areas of your life. Your thinking will be more clear and much faster than it was.

8. Uses different forms of thinking for different types of crossword

There are different types of crossword and they each require you to think differently. A standard crossword makes you think of a word and how it is spelt. Cryptic crosswords require you to use your logical thinking skills to decrypt the clue before you can think about how to spell it!

9. Gives you a success experience

Doesn’t it feel fantastic when you complete a crossword? It gives me a good feeling for the whole day. I am ready to challenge myself again in the next puzzle. Puzzlers who can see that they are getting better with each attempt will be more likely to keep at it until they complete the whole puzzle.

10. Lets you monitor your brain function.

Regular puzzlers will tell you that they can see how their brain is working over a period of time. They can see improvements by looking at the level of crossword they are doing, the rate of success they are having and the speed at which they can work. They can see the patterns of their progress in a way that they couldn’t in day to day life.

So, Why don’t you use your spare time o do crossword?