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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ririn Ekawati (Foto: Radarcirebon)

ANAK-ANAK sering rewel di pesawat, baik akibat tekanan udara maupun turbulensi. Aktris cantik Ririn Ekawati punya cara biar anak tidak pernah rewel.

Fasilitas di pesawat ternyata membuat anak Ririn menjadi tenang dan tidak rewel seperti anak yang lain. Karena sang anak menikmati hiburan sehingga tidak berpikir tentang hal buruk di esawat.

“Anakku tidak rewel saat duduk di pesawat. Karena dia menikmati hiburan yang disediakan di pesawat, seperti nonton film,” kata Ririn kepada Okezone di Gedung Djakarta Theater XXI, Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat, Rabu 7 Januari 2015.

Hal tersebut membuat pemeran Salma dalam film ‘Di Balik 98’ ini merasa senang. Karena ia tidak repot mengatur dan meminta anaknya untuk tenang. Kepanikan anaknya masih dalam tahap wajar, sebab sang anak hanya minta Ririn memeganginya ketika pesawat mendarat.
“Paling di saat landing pesawatnya suka goyang-goyang, dia cuma minta pegangan tangan,” tutup Ririn.
The fork, spoon and knife were not designed to assist us in eating. Rather, these utensils were intended for use in battle.

At least, this is what I've been telling myself more and more as I struggle to make the choice between eating the orange that's in my hand versus quietly resisting the urge to run out to the store, buy that king size Snickers bar that I really really want and SHOVE the entire chocolatey peanutty bar of deliciousness in my mouth.

Ah, decisions. decisions.

Up, up and away!

Don't get me wrong; it's perfectly fine to indulge in something that's probably not-so-good-for-you every now and again. However, it seems as if too many of us find excuses for eating poorly, citing a lack of time, poor scheduling, etc. And the result that we end up with goes straight from whatever is on that fork directly to our stomach, hips, thighs or rear ends. Needless to say, we have become a nation of people who overwork ourselves at our desk jobs but probably don't put as much work into improving our physical and mental well-being.

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the prevalence of obesity has steadily increased in the United States since 1976 [source]. If you don't believe these guys, all you have to do is look around you, and you are almost guaranteed to see someone who is packing on the pounds. Why, just the other day, my boyfriend and I were at a store, waiting in line, when he decided to make a game of counting all of the overweight people who passed by the window.

He couldn't keep up.

Are we lazy?

Recently, I have been studying up on the effect(s) that various foods have on my own body. When I went to the supermarket, I decided to test myself to see how long it would take me to food shop if I stopped to read every label of what I was purchasing.

It took me 2 hours to purchase roughly fifteen items.

My conclusion? Stop buying packaged crap from the middle of the supermarket.
My dilemma? Shopping the perimeter of the supermarket (where all of the fresh, healthier choices are) is expen$ive.
My solution? Set aside a few minutes at the end of each week to tally up what food items I will need for the following week, and STICK TO THE PLAN. Also, figure out what fruits and veggies are in season & head to a local farmer's market.

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI),
Food labels play an important role in the battle against obesity and diet-related disease, which are responsible for hundreds of thousands of premature deaths in the United States each year. [source]
It's no wonder that so many of us don't really take the time to read the food labels while we're at the supermarket: it takes too much time. When most of us shop, it's usually in accordance with one of the following scenarios: we're usually starving; we are with someone else (i.e. kids, husband, etc.); or we are in transit to some other obligation (i.e. heading home from work, etc.). And if we run into someone we know while we're in there, or if the store is crowded...forget it.

No excuse.

Even if you claim you are pressed for time, the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day, only you can decide what was actually worth your time to fit into your busy schedule. Keep in mind that even if you don't have the time to go for a 10 mile run in the morning, you can still squeeze in a quick workout from the comfort of your own home. Jumping jacks, dancing to your favorite song while you put away the dishes or make your kids their lunches for all counts for something. That being said:
You control what food you put into your mouth.
You control how much or how frequently you want to exercise.
You control your mental capacity to get excited about getting in shape.

Now for goodness sake; put down that ungodly piece of junk food; pick up a pen and start charting out a better way to live your life!
There are days when we don't feel like working out, let alone get out of bed. Whether you typically try to work out in the early morning before heading off to work or later in the evening, the following are five quick ways to help you stay motivated to move.

5 Quick Ways to Get Pumped

Plan it out-We are champions at coming up with excuses for why we didn't work out. Avoid the guilt that is often associated with skipping workouts by planning your workouts in advance. For example, every day, people hire personal trainers; and these personal trainers then come up with schedules that tell their clients what to do. If you're unsure what sorts of workouts are best suited to your fitness goals, do a little legwork and research. Head to your local library or ask friends who are already in good shape what they do to maintain their physique. Use your own research to help tailor a plan that works for you, and then write it down and follow it! You'll end up saving yourself a ton of money.
Create a playlist-While I do not advocate running or exercising outdoors with music in your ears, it is perfectly acceptable to plug in your iPod at the gym. A great way to ensure that you stay pumped during your workouts at the gym is to spend a little time compiling a "workout playlist". Choose songs from your favorite artists (no matter how embarrassing) and crank up the volume to help you stay motivated while you're on the elliptical :)
Wind down the day-  by reading a book, watching television or doing some other sort of non-exercise-related activity. Adequate sleep is so incredibly important to your overall health, which is why you should set aside time to do things that will relax you and prepare you for sleep. Meditation is a great example of this.
Avoid the temptation- to work out too late at night. As a general rule of thumb, your last workout should be completed no longer than 3 hours prior to when you are ready to lay down to go to bed. Part of the reason for this is that when you engage in physical activity, you rev up the energy level in your body, which can make it incredibly difficult to settle down for sleep.
Mix it up- by doing some cross-training. So what if you don't feel like running one day. Skipping one or even two days won't kill you. But if you are really in a slump where the very thought of going for a run is the last thing you want to do, why not try something different. Many runners out there engage in some form of cross-training such as swimming, cycling, soccer or some other sporty activity. The point is to participate in some activity that challenges you physically. Not only will your running benefit from it, but so will your body as your muscles will be challenged in new, refreshing ways.
The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it. -John Maxwell
North Carolina is still trying (and failing) to figure out the benefits of having sidewalks that are:
located on both sides of the road
continue for more than 1000 feet at a stretch
People drive way too damned fast in a rush to get nowhere.
Around mile 7 out of 10.5, my stomach decided it was time to walk the rest of the way home.
Feeling somewhat defeated, I decided to test the theory which claims that smiling makes you feel better.
That lasted approximately 400 meters before I felt like a total idiot.
Cell phone wanderers, People with strollers, dogs, and those with small children are obnoxious and almost always hog the entire sidewalk, thus naturally leading me to contemplate my own horrific death as I am then forced to run on the roads with the other folks from #2.
The same used diaper has been laying in the same spot on the road for at least the last month or so. Every time I run by it, I wonder about its existence. The order is sometimes different, but the scenarios are always the same:
a) Passing motorist with baby gingerly tosses used diaper out of vehicle window due to stank.
b) Parent from #6 decides that the grass seems like a nice place for a poopy, it's biodegradable, right?
c) Garbage truck accidentally "dumps" odious diaper by the side of the road where it will live out its final days being circumnavigated by lawn maintenance crews who aren't being paid enough to pick up diapers; sniffed at by pets and other forms of wildlife; and habitually annoying the crap out of one fastidious runner who, with each passing day, is tempted to properly dispose of the damn thing if only she had a hazmat suit handy.
Perhaps it's time to find a different running route.
If we were faultless, we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate. -Francois Fenelon
Whenever I think back to all of the sports that I have watched, participated in or been subjected to, I can't help but think about all of the nasty, disgusting habits that some people have. For instance, when I was playing in a soccer game a few weeks ago, one of the other girls stopped in the middle of the field to blow her nose onto the ground....sans tissues. If the sight of it didn't distract those who were at the game, the sound certainly worked wonders. That being said, the following are some disgusting habits that I have been witness to (though never actually participated in myself):

5 Gross Habits That Runners Have:
Snot Rockets- Defined as: using one finger to press against one nostril, while with the other one, you blow out whatever debris is in your nose and vice versa. Solution: Carry a tissue.
Spitting-If you ever find yourself behind someone who likes to spit, STEER CLEAR because often times, whatever it is that they're spitting out of their mouth is coming back right at you. Solution: Move to the side to clear your mouth; Warn the runner(s) behind you so that they can move; Swallow; Don't do it!
Going to the Bathroom Outside- Understandably, sometimes you cannot help but have to go to the bathroom during a run due to the intensity or length of your workout. However, as the saying goes- prevention is better than cure! Solution: Use the bathroom prior to running; Don't eat or drink anything several hours before a long run or intense workout; Plot out your runs or workouts so that there is an actual bathroom nearby.
Sweating- In college, we used to run all the time no matter what the weather was. During the warmer months, when it was 80+ degrees, some of the girls would sweat so much that running behind them became a test of visual acuity to see where the sweat was heading off of them so that you could then avoid it. Solution: If you have long hair, opt to tie it back in a bun versus a ponytail, which will only whip the sweat around to your neighbors; Well-ventilated running hats are a nice way to help contain hair for those with shorter styles; If all else fails, bring a lightweight towel and give yourself a dab every now and then.
Body Odor- There are some people who I am convinced go through life never realizing that they stink. It is especially unpleasant to work out (let alone be in the same room) with someone who smells as if they rolled around in a bathtub of garbage and other unmentionables. Similarly, I can't stand it when I go to the gym and someone comes over to use the machine near me and all I can smell is their cologne/perfume. Solution:Ditch the perfumes prior to exercising; Beef up on the deodorant; Make sure that you take a quick (yet thorough) shower prior to exercising; Wear socks with your running shoes; Wear fresh clothes.
This is just a brief list of bad habits that I've picked up on with running. Can you think of any that I've missed or that other people engage in with different sports or fitness activities?
My lower back was aching, and the backs of my hamstrings felt like guitar strings that had been strung on too tight. I waited patiently for one of these "strings" to snap.

Luckily they didn't.

No, I wasn't running. I was sitting with my legs crossed, one over the other, on my yoga mat during a Pilates-Barre Xtend class. I tried to focus on the stretch, but I was too distracted because one of my legs was now completely numb and my back was really starting to kill me due to the fact that I was being verbally forced to sit up straight on my sits bones.

Ridiculous, I know.

I felt a rush of relief as the instructor had us come out of the seated position and make our way over to the ballet barre. Five minutes later, after doing some squats in first position, I began to break out in a small sweat over having to stand in one spot, with one leg firmly grounded on the floor while I lifted the other leg and flexed my foot outward from the knee-all the while keeping rhythm with the instructor who happily chirped....

Bend, Extend!
Bend, Extend!
Bend, Extend!

I never knew that the human leg could be so damned heavy...particularly my legs. And as the chant continued and I began to curse my parents for producing such a disproportionate child, I wondered how much longer we were going to have to work this one leg. Hadn't it been worked enough by now? I glanced anxiously over at the instructor in the mirror who, as it turned out, wasn't even using the ballet barre to hold on to as she effortlessly pointed and flexed her foot.

A bath of envy and extreme distaste washed over my already-flushed face. I was beginning to think that the instructor had some familial ties with Gumby or that perhaps her real name ended in "Armstrong".

Eventually, we switched sides and performed a deluge of other lower body exercises that left me wondering whether or not I would be able to walk out of the class. This wasn't the first time that I had taken the Barre-Xtend then why wasn't it getting any easier? Why was it that I could run a sub 7-minute-mile pace for 8 miles, putting one long, heavy leg in front of the other, but I couldn't stand still and lift my leg(s)up?

At least with running, you could sort of track your success. You could see the progression of becoming faster and stronger with every run. However, after months of taking Pilates and Yoga classes, I am STILL having trouble trying to figure out whether I've gained any more flexibility or strength. Yet still, I return time and again because I love the challenge....I think.

Frustration is the first step towards improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I'm content with what I can do and if I'm completely satisfied with my pace, distance and form as a runner. It's only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forwards. -John Bingham