There are so many opportunities for keeping fit and healthy in Penang that you can be spoiled for choice. Favourites of Penangites and expats include hiking, walking, running, cycling, golf, swimming and military style boot camp. These are all excellent forms of exercise, but what about the more traditional forms of health and fitness that living in Asia has to offer? Continue reading
If you are suffering with migraine, frozen shoulder, back pain or gastric problems, you may want to consider craniosacral therapy. Ken Morgan gives an overview of what craniosacral therapy is, how it evolved and how it can help you.
What is cranioscral therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a form of light-touch body therapy. The goal of craniosacral Continue reading
Exercising out of doors has been shown to improve people’s mental health and what better exercise is there but running. Running not only helps lift the spirits, but is one of the best aerobic exercises to improve heart and lung health. Keen runner, Jo Bradnam, has written about one of her favourite places to run. Continue reading
If you love being outdoors and want a challenge, then hiking on Penang Hill with a group of fit and fantastic people might be for you. Read this article written by Claire Firth about the Penang Hill hiking group.
I can’t think of a better way to start the week than going for a hike. Every Monday morning at 8.30am, the Penang Hill hiking group meet in the car park, by the juice bar, on the road to the Botanical Gardens. Continue reading
Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is the Chinese art of cultivating life energy. The word is also sometimes written in English as “Chi kung” or Chi gung”. Read this article written by Ken Morgan to find out more.
Qi is the Chinese for life energy or vital energy. The idea of qi is a fundamental concept in Chinese Medicine. Qi is the vital force that activates every function and drives every process in the human body. Continue reading
Are you in pain? For most people who suffer with some sort of muscular or joint pain, a course of painkillers will usually do the trick. However, for others the pain continues and becomes chronic and difficult to manage. This is when thoughts may turn to trying complementary and alternative therapies.
Osteopathy and chiropractic are two therapies that successfully treat muscle and joint pain. How do osteopathy and chiropractic work and what is the difference? Continue reading
Feeling stressed or depressed? Get to Warrior Bootcamp Penang and feel on top of the world.
According to researchers at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, getting out of doors into a natural environment can reduce the risk of suffering from poor mental health. Exercising in green spaces like parks and forests seems to make people feel much better than in indoor environments such as gyms.
Exercising outdoors just once a week could be enough to see a positive benefit. Of course, more than once a week is even better. This is why you will find Suzanne Morgan at Straits Quay at 8.30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Warrior Bootcamp Penang. Continue reading
Looking for yoga classes in Penang?
Penang is not generally known for its yoga scene, but if you’re looking, you’ll be surprised to see that there are are number of yoga studios and teachers offering a variety of classes. Not only are there regular yoga classes, but you will find yoga and yoga related events, workshops and retreats as well as certified teacher training courses. Continue reading
With Malaysia being named the fattest country in South East Asia, it’s encouraging to see that Penang’s state government is promoting a healthier lifestyle.
State Environment, Health, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the state is considering setting up more facilities such as community centres as well as using existing centres to promote regular exercise.
Eating out in Penang is most people’s favourite pastime. Often it’s cheaper and more convenient to eat out than to cook at home. However, many of the local foods are cooked in a lot of oil which not only adds inches to the waistline but pushes up cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol can increase risk of heart disease.