MONTHLY NEWS NO. 219 – 31 AUGUST 2016

HUGH COLEMAN – MECHANICAL MANAGER

CONSTRUCTION

Hello from the mechanical/maintenance department. With spring in the air and the most exquisite sun rises in the morning who cannot say we do not love South Africa. These photo’s were captured from my veranda last week at 6h00 in the morning.

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Well let’s get down to business; things have quietened down dramatically since just before the elections which is worrying not just for CREC but everyone you talk to seems to be battling along. Hopefully the tables will turn soon otherwise we are going to have to cut back.

My municipality work up in the midlands has come to a grinding halt due to the upgraded computer system that was installed; the IT guys can’t get it to work. Unfortunately this was bad planning on the management officials who had it installed, you would have thought that they would have gradually phased in the new system before just cancelling the system that was operational. This has led to us not being paid for three months and what’s even more worrying is they can’t order any new spares for breakdowns etc. a total unorganised chaos.


Well here is another city that is going to become a total failure with regards to service delivery.

I have had moved back into the maintenance department where I was about three years ago so let’s see what this challenge holds for me. At the moment there are a lot of generator installations and services happening. Our electrical maintenance teams are all over SA attending to various call outs.

My fleet of vehicles are behaving at the moment with some of them well over a 100 000 km but unfortunately at the rate that they are working they will have to be replaced soon. Hopefully we will see some light at the end of this recession tunnel which is taking its toll on everyone.

pic-3Below I have given a brief description what to do when you have had an accident.

What must a person do after a motor vehicle accident (“accident”)?

  • Call the police or report the accident at the nearest police station:
    • within 24 hours if a person is killed or injured; or
    • On the first working day after the accident if no person was killed or injured.
  • Write down the name of the police officer spoken to and the accident report’s reference number.
  • Co-operate with all emergency personnel and police who respond to the accident.
  • Get the details of all other motor vehicles involved in the accident, such as the drivers’ names, identity numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, description of the motor vehicles, the registration numbers, and any relevant details from the licence discs; the date, time and address of the accident; the weather and road conditions when the accident occurred; and any other information that may be relevant.
  • If an employee is driving a motor vehicle on behalf of his/her employer, then the details of the driver and the employer must be taken.
  • Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all potential witnesses of the accident.
  • Take photographs or a video of the following:
  • the scene of the accident, from all angles;
  • the surrounding area;
  • the injuries; and
  • any damage to property.
  • Draw a sketch plan of the scene of the accident and make sure that it contains a fixed point so that it can easily be traced. Also make a statement about how the accident happened. This sketch and statement will remind a person of all the details relating to the accident at a later stage.
  • If a person has been injured, a doctor must be consulted immediately, even if the injury is not serious.

  •  If the person is insured, that person has to notify his/her insurance or broker as soon as possible. Write down the name of the person spoken to at the insurance and the reference number of the claim.

What must a person NOT do after an accident?

  • Move his/her motor vehicle; unless it is necessary for safety or required by law.
  • Subject himself/herself to further injury by standing or waiting in an area near traffic or other safety hazards.
  • Leave the scene of an accident until the police tell him/her to do so.
  • Throw away any potential evidence, such as defective products, important documents, or torn or blood-stained clothing.
  • Engage in discussions of fault with anyone as that can be considered evidence in court – do not admit liability.
  • Agree to settlement terms without discussing the matter with an attorney.

Can a person claim damages to his/her motor vehicle from the Road Accident Fund (“RAF”)?

  • No, the RAF does not cover damages to a person’s property, such as:
  • damage to his/her motor vehicle;
  • damage to his/her other property, for example, clothes; or
  • damage to his/her fence or house when someone drives off the road and into the house.
  • If a person wants to claim for his/her damaged property, s/he will have to institute a claim in court against the driver of the motor vehicle and/or his/her employer if s/he was driving a company motor vehicle.
  • A person has a right to claim for damages caused by injury or death from the RAF if s/he is a victim of an accident as a result of the wrongful (negligent) driving of another. The RAF may compensate a victim of an accident for injury, and in the event of death it may compensate the dependents of that victim for their loss.

How does a person know if the other driver was negligent?
A person alleging negligence will have to show that the other driver did not act reasonable in the circumstances, that the driver should have been able to foresee the damages s/he caused and should have taken reasonable steps to prevent such damages. These are some examples of negligent driving:

  • driving at an excessive speed or in excess of the speed limit;
  • failing to keep a proper look-out;
  • failing to keep the motor vehicle under proper control; or
  • drinking and driving.

What happens if a person is not insured?

  • If a person is insured s/he will have to claim damages from his/her insurance. The insurance will then have to claim from the person who caused the damages to the insured person’s motor vehicle or property.
  • If a person is not insured, s/he will have to claim from the person who caused the damages to his/her motor vehicle or property.
  • If a person has a claim for less than R15 000, s/he may pursue his/her claim in the Small Claims Court
  • If a person wants to claim more than R15 000, s/he will have to pursue his/her claim in the Magistrate’s Court with the assistance of an attorney.

Until next month have a good one.


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 Greetings from Japan by Ghamiet

pic-5My trip to Japan was very informative and a really wonderful experience.

I delivered my presentation on the GEMS project at the Yokohama Conference and it was well received. There were many questions from the professors at the conference concerning my scientific findings. I believe I answered all their queries. What intrigued me the most was the Japanese culture which I would like to share with all my colleagues. The way of life in Japan is unique and there are valuable lessons which we all can learn from beginning with myself and I will highlight a few:

1.  Addressing Someone, Respect. Bowing is nothing less than an art form in Japan, respect pounded into children’s heads from the moment they enter school. For tourists, a simple inclination of the head or an attempt at a bow at the waist will usually suffice. The duration and inclination of the bow is proportionate to the elevation of the person you’re addressing. For example, a friend might get a lightning-fast 30-degree bow; an office superior might get a slow, extended, 70-degree bow. It’s all about position and circumstance.


2.  Table Manners. You will receive a small wet cloth at most Japanese restaurants. Use this to wash your hands before eating, then carefully fold it and set it aside on the table. Do not use it as a napkin, or to touch any part of your face. Slurping noodles or making loud noises while eating is OK! In fact, slurping hot food is polite, to show you are enjoying it. You may raise bowls to your mouth to make it easier to eat rather than with chopsticks, especially bowls of rice.

3.  No Tipping. There is no tipping in any situation in Japan – cabs, restaurants, personal care. To tip someone is actually a little insulting; the services you’ve    asked for are covered by the price given, so why pay more? If you are in a large area like Tokyo and can’t speak any Japanese, a waiter or waitress might take the extra money you happen to leave rather than force themselves to deal with the awkward situation of explaining the concept of no tipping in broken English. Just remind yourself: a price is a price.

4.  Depending on the restaurant you decide upon for that evening, you may be required to use chopsticks. If for some reason you aren’t too adept with chopsticks, try to learn. It’s really not that hard. I battled.

5.  Take off your shoes at the entrance to all homes, and most businesses and some hotels. Where I stayed we could walk in with our shoes. Usually a rack will be provided to store your shoes, and pair of guest slippers will be sitting nearby; many Japanese bring a pair of indoor slippers just in case.

6.  Sterilized masks, like the ones you’d see in the emergency room, are commonly used to protect other people from their germs. Rather sensible when you think about it, as masks do not protect the wearer so much as the ones around him. The reason could be anything from a slight cold to simply being worried about exposing other people; don’t let it concern you on your Japanese vacation.

7.  Japanese society is focused on the group. Western cultures are focused on the individual. Does this mean that the Japanese are nothing more that worker bees in a vast hive of steel and concrete? Drawing attention to yourself as an individual is a huge no-no: don’t blow your nose in public, try to avoid eating while on the go, and don’t speak on your cell phone in crowded public areas like trains or buses. The main problem with this is that foreigners simply can’t avoid standing out; we stick out like sore thumbs no matter how long we’ve been there, or how much we know about Japanese culture and society.

8.  Unlike in western cultures, the Japanese bath is used after you have washed and showered and feel like soaking in extra-hot water for 10, 20, 30 minutes. It’s an acquired taste to be sure, but can be very relaxing. If you happen to be invited into a Japanese household, you will be given the honor of using the bath first, usually before dinner.


1.  Speaking English. Japanese will generally assume you are a native English speaker until you prove otherwise. Even during a short visit, you’ll see. Many Japanese will insist on using their own English language ability, however limited, to converse with foreigners, in spite of the fact that the person on the opposing end may have more knowledge of the local tongue.

2.Every Japanese person I have met warns me to be safe in my travels, to take care of my belongings. Every foreigner tells me not to worry, nothing can go wrong and nothing will be stolen. Japan’s low crime rate is evident when you see businessmen who have missed the last train sleeping outside on a park bench etc.

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DENISE VERMAAK – SAFETY OFFICER

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Hearing is one of our most important senses — it allows us to communicate, to learn, and to enjoy things like music and conversation. However, many people don’t realize that they may be exposing their ears to a huge amount of potentially damaging noise (and other factors) on a daily basis. It’s important to protect your hearing from noise and other damaging factors.

Understanding Hearing Loss

pic-11  Understand noise-related hearing loss. Frequent or prolonged exposure to loud noises is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, despite the fact that this type of hearing loss is completely preventable

  • Our brain registers sound thanks to a spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear called the cochlea. The cochlea is covered in thousands of tiny hairs which register sound vibrations and turn them into electrical impulses to be processed by the brain.
  • When your ears are exposed to loud noises, these tiny hairs can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss. Although short, intense noises (like fireworks or a gunshot) are sometimes the cause, the most common cause is regular exposure to excessive noise (listening to music too loudly, working in a noisy environment).
  • It’s important to realize that once this type of hearing damage occurs, it cannot be reversed. Therefore it is very important to take measures to protect your hearing before it’s too late.

Learn to recognize potentially dangerous noise levels. A large part of protecting your hearing is learning to recognize potentially dangerous noise levels. Then you will have a better idea of what to avoid.

  • Prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels is considered to be damaging to your hearing. To give you an idea of where 85 decibels lies on the scale:

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  • Motorcycle or lawnmower: 85 to 95 dB
  • Music at a nightclub: 110 dB
  • MP3 player at maximum volume: 112 dB
  • Ambulance siren: 120 dB
  •  Taking measures to reduce noise levels by just a few decibels can be hugely beneficial for your ears. This is due to the fact that every 3 dB increase in the  noise level effectively doubles the amount of sound energy being released.
  • As a result, the amount of time you can safely spend listening to a certain sound rapidly decreases the louder the sound is. For example, you can safely spend up to eight hours listening to an 85 dB sound, but you should only spend 15 minutes exposed to noise levels above 100 dB.
  • If you can’t hold a conversation with someone who is standing two meters away from you without shouting, the noise level is damaging to your ears.

pic-13  See a specialist if you suspect hearing damage. If you are having any trouble with your hearing or are     experiencing ear pain, it’s a good idea to consult a specialist.

  • Depending on the issue, you may need to see an ear, nose and throat doctor (an Otolaryngologist), or a licensed audiologist.
  • Each of these will perform a series of tests to determine whether your hearing has been damaged.
  • While there is no cure for hearing damage, hearing aids can ease the problem by magnifying sounds as they enter your ear. Of course, they are expensive and may not always work, so it’s important to protect your hearing.

Preventing Noise-Related Hearing Loss

Turn down the music. Listening to loud music through earphones has been identified as one of the major causes of hearing loss in young people.

  • The volume on your MP3 player is too high if it completely drowns out all background noise, or if it feels uncomfortable to listen to. Switch to headphones instead of earphones, as these provide better sound quality at a lower volume.
  • Try to follow the 60/60 rule when listening to music on an MP3 player. This means you should listen to music at no more than 60% of your music player’s maximum volume, for no more than 60 minutes at a time.
  • You also need to be careful when listening to music in enclosed spaces, such as in a car. Turning the volume dial down just a couple of notches can make a huge difference to your hearing.
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pic-15Protect your hearing at work. Some workplaces can be described as “hazardous sound environments,” where workers are exposed to loud noises for prolonged periods of time. This includes work environments such as factories with noisy machinery and construction sites.

Nowadays, most workplaces have to follow strict regulations to protect their employees’ hearing. Workers are required to wear noise canceling ear muffs or earplugs if the average daily noise level is above 85 decibels.

 

  • However, people who are self-employed are responsible for their own hearing, so don’t forget to wear hearing protection if you’re doing activities like mowing the lawn or doing home improvements.
  • If you are concerned about the noise levels in your workplace, speak to an occupational health and safety officer or to someone in the human resources department.
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Be careful at live concerts and shows. Attending concerts or shows where you’re exposed to loud, live music can be damaging to your hearing. For example, many people experience a ringing sound in their ears after leaving a concert, which should be taken as a warning sign.

  • To protect your ears while listening to live music, strategically position yourself away from any amplifiers, speakers or stage monitors. The further away you are from the source of the sound, the better.

pic-17 Take “quiet breaks.” If you’re spending the night at a music bar or club, try to go outside for five minutes every   hour. Just giving your ears a break from the constant noise exposure will do them some good.

  • Another alternative is to wear earplugs while you listen to live music. This can reduce the sound levels by 15 to 35 decibels, but shouldn’t muffle your hearing or affect your enjoyment of the concert.
  • If you are a musician yourself, try to avoid practicing at full performance volume and wear earplugs while playing, if possible.

Protect your baby or child’s hearing. If you are pregnant, it’s important to avoid loud noises because a fetus’s hearing can be damaged in utero. Similarly, young babies and children have thin skulls and developing ears, and are very sensitive to loud noises.

  • If you are pregnant, avoid loud concerts or workplace noise that exceeds 85 dB (about the level of a motorcycle engine), which has been linked to hearing loss in children. Loud noises during pregnancy has also been linked to a low birth weight and preterm delivery.
  • Newborns should never be exposed to sudden loud noises. Noise above 80 dB has been linked to hearing loss and infant anxiety.
  • Young children have more sensitive hearing than adults, so if an environment seems loud to you, it is even louder to your child. Buy protective headphones or earplugs or avoid loud environments like rock concerts or front row seats at the fireworks display.

Avoiding Other Causes of Hearing Damage

pic-18  Be careful with ototoxic drugs and chemicals. Ototoxic drugs and chemicals are those which have the  potential to damage your hearing.

  • The most common ototoxic drugs include salicylates (such as aspirin) and anti-malarial drugs. Industrial strength chemical solvents have also been linked with hearing loss.
  • To avoid hearing damage caused by drugs and chemicals, take all medications as directed and report any unusual side effects to your doctor.
  • If you work with chemical solvents, talk to your occupational health and safety officer about the preventative measures you can take.
  • Protect yourself from diseases which can lead to hearing loss. There are quite a number of illnesses and diseases which can lead to hearing loss. The most common of these are: measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, meningitis and syphilis.
  • The best way to avoid hearing loss caused by these diseases is to avoid contracting these diseases in the first place.
  • Get babies and children vaccinated and see a doctor immediately when you fall ill, as prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent the development of more serious complications like hearing loss.
  • Avoid head injuries. Damage to the middle and inner ear due to head injury or trauma can result in hearing loss. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself from head trauma in any way possible.

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  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike or playing any kind of contact sports, as even a concussion can negatively affect your hearing, and always wear a seatbelt when travelling by car
  • Protect your ears from otitis barotrauma (damage caused by changing air pressure) by taking all necessary precautions when scuba diving.
  • Prevent yourself from falling by being aware of safety at all times. For example, do not stand on the top rung of a ladder.

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Don’t try to clean out your ears. Many people attempt to clean out their ears using cotton buds. However, cotton buds simply pack earwax deeper into the ear, potentially damaging the thin, sensitive skin and negatively affecting your hearing.

  • Most people don’t need to clean out their ears, as your ears need a certain amount of wax for protection and any excess will naturally be expelled.
  • But if you feel you have excess wax in your ears, you can get rid of it using an earwax removal kit. To use, place a couple of drops of earwax solution into your ears before bedtime, over the course of a couple of nights. The solution will soften the earwax, causing it to flow out naturally.

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Lead a healthy lifestyle. Making certain healthy lifestyle choices can help to protect your hearing and ward off hearing loss for years to come.

  • Get plenty of exercise. Cardio exercise like walking, running or cycling helps to improve blood flow to your ears, which is good for your hearing. It’s even better if you can do your exercise somewhere nice and quiet, like the woods or a secluded beach, as this also gives your ears a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

pic-22Quit smoking. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who smoke (or are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke) are much more likely to experience age-related hearing loss.

  • Decrease your caffeine and sodium intake. Both caffeine and sodium can have a negative effect on your hearing — caffeine decreases blood flow to the ears, while sodium increases fluid retention which can lead to swelling in the inner ear. Try switching to decaf coffee and tea and lowering your salt intake.
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  • If your eardrum is broken, you will feel very intense pain and you won’t be able to hear anything on the side with the broken eardrum.
  • Foam earplugs are available at any drugstore. You squeeze the plug to compress it, then stick it in your ear. It will expand to fill your ear canal, muffling some sound. You will still be able to hear what’s going on, just not as clearly. Earplugs only lower noise about 29 decibels. This is not enough to make you completely immune to really loud sounds.
  • You can protect your ears from infection by drying them after bathing. You should also avoid swimming in dirty water.
  • To avoid loud noise, try wearing “noise isolating” earphones; they are cheaper than noise canceling earphones. There’s a difference –– noise canceling headphones or earphones create electronic sound waves to muffle the sound, whereas noise isolating earphones achieves it with a tighter fit, which muffles the sound naturally
  • Use earmuffs along with a combination of cotton or earphones for more noise reduction
  • The noise of a gun firing is much louder than it seems on television. Wear hearing protection if you are planning to shoot a gun.

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Pub & Diner

FRIDAY SPECIALS

02nd September – Italian Breaded Pork Chops

09th September – Cajun Chicken Pilaf

16th September – Roast Lamb with Herb Couscous

23rd September – Eisbein

30th September – Chocolate Éclair Cake

 Coming up events

Annual ARB Rugby Day –

Saturday 17th September 2016

Please diarise this one:

The G Spot will open at 08h30 on Saturday 17th September in time for everyone to settle in for a light bacon and egg roll breakfast before the match between South Africa and New Zealand at 09h35. This is an annual event at the G Spot and is usually held on the Saturday that South Africa plays their first game against New Zealand (on NZ’s turf) during the Four Nations Rugby Tournament.


Breakfast: Bacon and egg rolls will be on sale for only R25 each and lunch will be the annual complimentary lamb on the spit with rolls, courtesy of ARB and the G Spot.

Bucket Specials: (6 beers per bucket)

Hansa, Black Label and Castle – R70

Castle Light – R80

Drinks Specials:

Double Klipdrift and coke – R25

Three Ships – R12

Bonus: Jägermeister Promotion Girls will arrive at 10am

There will also be hampers and prizes to give away as well as a rugby score sheet @ R20 per score prediction.

POTATO AND BACON SALAD

Serves 8

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Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 stalks celery, minced
  • 2 pounds small potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to tast

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, and place in a bowl of cold water to cool.
  3. Peel the eggs, and place 3 of them into a large bowl. Reserve the rest for later. Mash the eggs in the bowl with a fork. Stir in the mustard, mayonnaise, celery, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Cook bacon slices in the microwave for about 4 minutes, until crisp, or fry in a skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble 2 of the bacon slices into the mayonnaise mixture. Reserve the rest for garnish.
  5. Peel and chop the potatoes, and stir into the bowl until evenly coated. Slice the 2 remaining eggs, and place on top of the salad. Crumble the remaining bacon over the eggs, then sprinkle parsley over the top.

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com


 

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Arnfred Nursery

 PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN

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With many people reverting back to eco-friendly gardens, I have decided to re-issue a list of plants that attract wildlife/butterflies to your garden.  A couple of years ago I visited a “Butterfly Dome” and was astounded by the variety of butterflies present in this dome.   What fascinated me the most was a plant that was growing in the dome that seemed to put the butterflies on some sort of “high”.  The butterfly “cannabis” is called Justica betonica or commonly known as a “Shrimp Plant”.

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Unfortunately, it is not indigenous to South Africa but is found natively from India to tropical East Africa and the Americas.  They take sun and shade, not fussy about conditions.  It is a shrub that grows to about 1-1.2m tall, so a bit of space is needed.  I have made some enquiries on availability of the plant and was only successful in sourcing it from Driefontein Nursery at Salt Rock.  If anyone is interested in acquiring one, I am happy to order it on your behalf.

Other exotic (non-indigenous) plants that also attract butterflies are:

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  • Michaelmas daisies
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cornflowers
  • Violas
  • Sunflowers
  • Hibiscus

Should you prefer planting indigenous plants then make a selection from:

  • Plumbago
  • Freylinia ->
  • Gazanias

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  •  Tecomaria (Honeysuckle)
  • Acacia Robusta (Ankle Thorn Tree)
  • Dombeya burgessiae (Wild Pear)
  • Polygala
  • Plectranthus

Hope this give you some inspiration.

Happy gardening!

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The Arnfred Team


 

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In Other News

 Birthdays September – Happy

 Birthday to the following people in September

 8th – Kim Petersen & Prudence Mkhize

 12th – Tim Taylor

 16th – Billy Batten

 26th – Freddie Dazela

  28th – Chantel Jordaan


 Word of the Month

Ambrose Williams

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Health

6 Ways Running Improves Your Health

Running is not only great for the soul but good for your well-being.

pic-27You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)—and running in particular—has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here’s how:

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Running makes you happier.

If you’ve been working out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”—that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. In a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order.

And even on those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression, studies have shown. Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they’re done working out. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.


Ever heard someone call running their “drug?” Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological & Behaviour showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs

2.  Running helps you get fit

You know that exercises burns calories while you’re working out. The bonus is that when you exercise, the burn continues after you stop. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts “afterburn”—that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption.) That’s kind of like getting a paycheck even after you retire.

pic-29 And you don’t have to be sprinting at the speed of sound to get this benefit. This happens when you’re exercising at an intensity that’s about 70 percent of VO2 max. (That’s a little faster than your easy pace, and a little slower than marathon pace.)

 

 

 

3.  Running strengthens your knees (and other joints and bones, too).

pic-30  It’s long been known that running increases bone mass, and even helps stem age-related bone loss. But chances  are, you’ve had family, friends, and strangers warn you that “running is bad for your knees.” Well, science has proven that it’s not. In fact, studies show that running improves knee health, according to Boston University researcher David Felson in an interview with National Public Radio.

“We know from many long-term studies that running doesn’t appear to cause much damage to the knees,” Felson said. “When we look at people with knee arthritis, we don’t find much of a previous history of running, and when we look at runners and follow them over time, we don’t find that their risk of developing osteoarthritis is any more than expected.”

 


  4.  Running will keep you sharper, even as your age

Worried about “losing it” as you get older? Working out regularly will help you stay “with it.” A December 2012 study published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review concluded that the evidence is insurmountable that regular exercise helps defeat age-related mental decline, particularly functions like task switching, selective attention, and working memory.  pic-31 Studies consistently found that fitter older adults scored better in mental tests than their unfit peers. What’s more, in stroke patients, regular exercise improves memory, language, thinking, and judgment problems by almost 50 percent. The research team found “significant improvements” in overall brain function at the conclusion of the program, with the most improvement in attention, concentration, planning, and organizing


 

5.  Running can reduce your risk of cancer.

Maybe running doesn’t cure cancer, but there’s plenty of proof that it helps prevent it. A vast review of 170 epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers. What’s more, if you already have cancer, running can improve your quality of life while you’re undergoing chemotherapy. (Want to know more about this? Read first-hand accounts of this and see our full cancer issue here.)

pic-326.  Running adds years to your life.

Even if you meet just the minimum of amount of physical activity—(30 minutes, five times per week), you’ll live longer. A giant study in the journal PLOS Medicine shows that when different types of people started exercising, they lived longer. Smokers added 4.1 years to their lives; nonsmokers gained three years. Even if you’re still smoking, you’ll get 2.6 more years. Cancer survivors extended their lives by 5.3 years. Those with heart disease gained 4.3 years.

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The next edition of our news will be published on Friday 30th September 2016


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