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In the aftermath of a military coup in Myanmar in February 2021, news reports and social media posts claimed to show an extraordinary piece of footage a woman conducting her regular aerobics class outdoors in the capital city of Naypyidaw, while in the background a convoy of military and police vehicles advance up the road towards the countrys parliament.

On Feb. 1, Aditya Raj Kaul posted the clip, along with the following description:

A woman did her regular aerobics class out in open without realizing that a coup was taking place in #Myanmar. A Military convoy reaching the parliament can be seen behind the woman as she performs aerobics. Incredible!

That particular clip was originally posted to Twitter by ngel Marrades, whose Spanish-language description also garnered thousands of shares.

On the morning of Feb. 1 (the evening of Jan. 31 in the United States), generals supportive of the political opposition deposed and detained controversial leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with several of her allies, and installed a military regime they said would last for one year.

So the video footage, which was first posted to Facebook on Feb. 1, appeared to show vehicles heading towards the parliament and therefore the early moments of the coup.

Thats how it was reported by several news outlets including The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Post, among others.

Those descriptions contained a degree of accuracy. The video is authentic, and there is no compelling reason to think the footage does not show what it seems to show the early moments of a military coup inadvertently recorded. However, evidence is lacking in relation to certain key factual considerations, such as when the video was recorded and what exactly the convoy was doing when driving towards the parliament. Taking those factors into account, we are issuing a rating of Mixture.

The video is real. The woman shown in it, a physical education teacher named Khing Hnin Wai, posted it to her Facebook account at 3 p.m. local time on Feb. 1 (3:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time). It can be viewed in full here.

Her exact location is the Royal Lotus Roundabout, around 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) east of the buildings that house the Assembly of the Union, Myanmars national legislature, in the capital city of Naypyidaw.

The location can be found on Google Maps here. The following street view photographs, taken in August 2018, approximately replicate the angle from which the video in question was shot and the reverse angle, which shows the portion of the roundabout on which Khing Hnin Wai stood and danced:

At first glance, the video may have appeared to have been created using a green screen backdrop because of the way in which Khing Hnin Wais shadow cuts off abruptly, as shown below:

However, that apparent visual anomaly makes sense once the viewer understands that she was standing on a raised platform with several sets of steps behind her, leading down to the road itself.

Over the past several months, Khing Hnin Wai has posted multiple videos of herself dancing and exercising in the exact same location, further underscoring the authenticity of the footage posted on Feb. 1:

In November 2020, she posted an exercise video, this time recorded from the reverse angle, meaning it showed the distinctive lotus sculpture at the center of the Royal Lotus Roundabout, further demonstrating that this was the habitual location for her aerobics videos.

Khing Hnin Wai posted the video to Facebook on the day of the coup and wrote about it in a way that clearly indicates it was also recorded that day. According to a translation by Agence France Presse, she wrote on Facebook: Before I heard the news (of the coup) in the morning, the video I made for the aerobic dance competition has become an unforgettable memory.

Though there is no compelling reason to suggest otherwise, we have not yet been able to verify that the footage was recorded on Feb. 1. If it was, then its likely the activities shown in the background were indeed related in some way to the coup, which the U.K.s Channel 4 News reported began with pre-dawn raids.

However, on Facebook, Khing Hnin Wai herself noted that it isnt unusual for an official convoy to appear in Naypyidaw, which is the site of virtually all national governmental, military, and diplomatic headquarters of note in the country.

As a result, we cannot rule out the possibility that the footage although authentic was recorded before Feb. 1, and therefore showed activities that were not related to that days military coup.


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The video of a woman doing her aerobics routine unperturbed by the Myanmar military coup that was taking place in the background went viral this week. The video clip got everyone talking online, with some dubbing it as an example of a dystopian world.

Now, taking it to a whole new level, Twitter user Jorge Gomes (@jmgvostpt) from Portugal morphed the vibing cat meme on it, alongside Turkish street performer Bilal Gregen.

As if that wasnt enough, a dancing Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders mitten picture the 2021s biggest meme theme was also added.

As the mashup video created quite a buzz, Gomes shared a rough cut of his file to let other add more memes and characters if they wanted. Now, from Coffin Dance meme to Salt Bae, there are plenty of rendition of the meme leaving all in splits.

While the videos started a laughter riot online, a few users noted that this phenomenon will be hard for historians to explain.

Earlier this week, a physical education teacher from Naypyidaw, Myanmars official capital gained instant fame on the internet as she continued her elaborate fitness routine on camera outside the parliament building arena, oblivious to the events happening behind her.

The woman was identified as Khing Hnin Wai, a 26-year-old aerobics instructor, who claimed she has been exercising in the same location for the past couple of months.

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A woman whose workout video went viral after it accidentally captured Myanmar's military carrying out a coup says she was totally unaware what was going on behind her.

On Monday, civilian leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were detained along with hundreds of MPs as top generals overthrew the country's elected government.

Khing Hnin Wai, 26, was carrying out a colour morning routine in front of the road to parliament, oblivious to the serious political situation unfolding in the background.

In the video, a stream of military vehicles can be seen driving towards a tightened security checkpoint as the aerobics instructor dances and punches the air in a neon yellow and black outfit.

When the bizarre footage first emerged, many viewers questioned if it was real.

The PE teacher was totally focused on her routine and unable to get updates from the outside world due to a mobile signal blackout in the capital Naypyidaw, which lasted for nearly eight hours.

"I didn't know. I had no mobile signal and was not aware of what was happening behind me," Khing said.

An exercise enthusiast, she said she usually carries out her morning routine at the same location from 7am to 8:30am in order to compete in an aerobics competition organised by the education ministry.

The video she was filming was her entry, which she uploaded to social media.

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"I teach an aerobics class to my school children, and I am also joining the competition," Khing explained.

"During the pandemic, we can't go to an in-person class, so I am teaching them via online videos."

She wrote on her Facebook page (prior to the military government blocking access to the platform) that she knew those members of the security forces personally as she always exercises there.

"They even greeted me after the exercise on that day," she said.

Despite the popularity of the clip, Khing said she was worried people may wrongly believe that she was celebrating.

"That's why I wrote, please don't copy the video," she said.

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On Wednesday, police filed charges against de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who they claim illegally imported several walkie talkies.

If found guilty, she could face a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

She and President Win Myint, who faces charges relating to breaking COVID-19 rules, are currently due to be detained until 15 February.

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An aerobics instructor filming her exercise routine accidentally caught the beginning of a military coup in Myanmar earlier this week. The video shows a convoy of black military vehicles headed for the parliament complex in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmars capital city, as she goes about her workout.

The footage shows fitness instructor Khing Hnin Wai working through an aerobic routine as more than a dozen blacked-out SUVs and armored vehicles approach a roadblock behind her. Those vehicles reportedly carried troops who went on to capture Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected State Counsellor of Myanmar, as well as other members of the nations elected government.

In an ironic twist, the music playing in the background of Khings video includes lyrics that translate to,They are coming, one by one, to fight over the throne.

Initially, many online assumed this video was a fake, since the framing of the dance and the convoys appearance behind Khing seems more like an SNL skit than the serious military coup thats taking place. Khing has continued to post on social media about the video, and was contacted byThe BBCin order to confirm the validity of her video.

I wasnt dancing to mock or ridicule any organization or to be silly. I was dancing for a fitness dance competition, wrote Khing on her Facebook. As it isnt uncommon for Nay Pyi Taw to have an official convoy, I thought it was normal so I continued.

The military of Myanmar hastaken overthe country and declared a year-long state of emergency following an election that saw Suu Kyi win in a landslide. The military is demanding a repeat of the election, citing unconfirmed reports of widespread voter fraud.

Suu Kyi first garnered international attention in the 1980s as she campaigned for her nation to restore democratic rule. After organizing protests and rallies that called for free democratic elections, she was captured and held in detention from 1989 until her release in 2010. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, which she accepted while serving a portion of her sentence under house arrest.

In 2015, Suu Kyi helped her National League for Democracy party secure victory in the nations first open elections in a quarter-century, propelling the former captive into the role of State Counsellor, a role similar to that of Prime Minister in other nations. Not all of Suu Kyis media exposure has been positive, however, as many cite Myanmars policy of treating the nations Rohingya minority group as illegal immigrants when criticizing Suu Kyi. Allegations of a military-led genocide of the Rohingya people forced Suu Kyi to answer for her nations actions at the International Court of Justice in 2019, though she denied any wrongdoing.

While there are no hard figures on how many Rohingya people have been killed, an estimated 700,000 have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since the military crackdown began in 2017.

Now, according to Myanmars military, control of the nation has been handed over to Min Aung Hlaing, who serves as the commander and chief for the nations forces. The European Union, UK, and United Nations have all already condemned the military takeover of Myanmar, and President Joe Biden has already threatened to restore previously ended sanctions on the nation.

Protests have reportedly erupted around the nation, with many citizens honking their car horns or taking to the street to bang on pots and pans to voice their displeasure with the military take-over.

The curse of the coup is rooted in our country, and this is the reason why our country still remains poor. I feel sad and upset for our fellow citizens and for their future, Suu Kyitoldthe press.

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Today there are over 40,000 nonprofits that focus on military and veteran issues, according toCharity Watch.

Most of those registered as nonprofits are chapters of larger organizations, but some of them are single chapter projects that focus on specific needs within the veteran community.

Here at We Are the Mighty, we wanted to explore some of those advocacy groups you might not have heard ofin a bit more depth.

Community Solutions is a nonprofit devoted to ending homelessness, and one of itsprojects, Built for Zero, is committed to eradicating veteran homelessness.

A report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments HUD Exchangeestimates that there are slightly more than39,000 homeless veterans (both in shelters and without shelter). While still a significant number, that number has seen huge decreases in the last few years thanks in part to partnerships with programs like Built for Zero.

Built for Zero is an intense national program that helps communities develop and implement drastic plans to addressthe issue of veteran and chronic homelessness, and the conditions that create it. The motivation is two-fold: homelessness costs local economies more money by sustaining shelters and emergency medical care, andthat veterans whove defended this country shouldnt be homeless in it.

Homelessness is a manmade disaster, and it can be solved, Community Solutionspresident Rosanne Haggerty wrote in the nonprofits2015 Annual Report.

Built for Zero partners with communities and teaches them how to come up with ways to pool and managetheir resources, tapping into previously non-traditional homelessness-fighting resources, like businesses, churches, and even real estate companies in order to address some of the conditions that impact homeless veterans.

Employment, transportation and healthcare are just some of the issues that the project addresses when fighting homelessness.

Community Solutions works upstream and downstream of the problem by helping communities end homelessness where it happens and improve the conditions of inequality that make it more likely to happen in the future, Haggerty wrote in the report.

Rather than make homelessness just a crime-fighting task, Built for Zero makes it a community task.

The techniques Built for Zero utilize have been proven to work. Earlier this week, a community in Wisconsin announced that it had eliminated veteran homelessness. To date, Built for Zero has housed over 40,000 homeless veterans, and helped 5 communities to accomplish their goals of eradicating veteran homelessness.

In 2015 alone, Community Solutions raised over $9 million through donations and grants. That money assisted in housing over 20,000 homeless veterans in 75 communities- and it saved tax payers an estimated $150 million doing it.

Check outhow you can get involved with Built for Zero and impact veteran homelessness in your community.

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One thing thats great about being in the military is you get legitimate, professional license to practice sneaking up on people. Its the ten year olds dreamand no adult has ever, in the history of maturity, grown out of it.

Try this.

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Pictured above is Creeping With Intent To Scare Someone Crapless, a perennial favorite. Note that it isnt actually the raptor costume that makes this effective. This can be perpetrated to equal or greater effect eu naturale.

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And never underestimate the joys of the Tip-Toe-Tail-Tip-Tug, as demonstrated here. Be very, very careful who you do this to.

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And heres an example of the classic game, Whos Hunting Whom? Watch closely. Which dog do you most identify with? Your answer to this question will force irrevocable conclusions to be drawn about your personality.

For instance, Max is Dog #1, the hunter of the hunter of the hunted.

He makes it seem like hes working his core when in fact, hes lying in wait (Go90 Max Your Body screenshot)

Why is he Dog #1?

Because this is Max. Max doesnt sneak. Kids sneak. Max stalks. Stalks like a fox. His prey? Other jocks. And he doesnt wear socks. Max wears stalkings.

In this episode, Max gets down and dirty with the core-connected muscles that make it possible for you to low crawl toward your target and then lay down some suppressing fire from the prone position.

But admit it. You thought youd sneak out today without doing PT. Well, sorry, but Max has been hunting your ass since lunch break. Hes got you in his crosshairs and theres nowhere to run. Because he can take anything you cherished during childhood and turn it into a regimen for self-improvement (for example, rope swings).

Remember how you loved Spider-Man?

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Yeah, about that:

This is the crawliness thats about to be you. (Go90 Max Your Body screenshot)

Watch as Max ignores your pleas for mercy, in the video embedded at the top.

The U.S. Navy has suspended its search for nine missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain after looking in vain for more than 80 hours.

Despite help from other countries, the Navy was unable to find the nine sailors within a 2,100-square mile area. However, the Navy will continue to look for any sailors who may have been trapped inside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, which collided with a Liberian merchant vessel Aug. 21 east of the Malacca Strait.

In the aftermath of the collision, divers recovered the body of another one of the sailors, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, a 22-year-old from New Jersey.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

Here are the nine missing sailors,according to a release from the 7th Fleet(All photos courtesy of the U.S. Navy):

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The Navy is still investigating the collision, and following the crash, the commander of the 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoinwas dismissed Wednesday, a rare event.Notably, Aucoin was set to retire in just a few weeks.

Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer has subsequently assumed command.

An investigation is still underway into the incident, buta Navy official told CNNthat the USS John S. McCain was hit by a steering failure and the backup steering system was not activated.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson stated Monday that theresno indication that a cyber attack knocked out the USS John S. McCains steering capabilities, but nevertheless the possibility of an attack will be investigated.

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From working at McDonalds, to attending Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), to serving more than 18 years each in the U.S. Army Reserve identical twin master sergeants are mobilized together for the third time.

Master Sgt. Bryant Howard and his identical twin brother, Master Sgt. Joseph Howard, motor transport operators, 450th Movement Control Battalion (MCB), are currently deployed together to Kuwait marking the third time they have deployed together.

Bryant decided to join first.

I was in high school, (and) I was also working at McDonalds, and my mom called me lazy. he said. I figured I wasnt, so I was going to get her mad and join the Army.

For Joseph, the decision to join the Army was much easier after he found out that his brother was joining.

I tried joining the National Guard. The recruiter didnt take me seriously. Joseph said. I was going to back out, then I found out my brother was joining the Reserve, so I went ahead and joined too.

From left to right Master Sgt. Joseph Howard, S-3 (operations) noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC), 450th Movement Control Battalion (MCB), and Master Sgt. Bryant Howard, Trans-Arabian Network (TAN) NCOIC, 450th MCB, stand back to back at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 24, 2019.

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Once their decision to join was finalized, Bryant and Joseph needed to pass through Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) before leaving for basic training.

We were still in high school, just turned 18. We were trying to get on the battle buddy system, but something happened at MEPS and Bryant wasnt able to join the same time I did. Joseph said. He had to go back four months later. Because of that, they couldnt get us to Basic (Training) together, even though we went at the same time. I went to Fort Jackson; he went to Fort Sill.

Although the buddy system was not possible for Basic Training, the brothers were reunited at Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

We did go to AIT together at Fort Leonard Wood though. It took the drill sergeants a month to realize there was twins in the unit. They threw a fit because they thought we were just one super high-speed person Joseph said.

Confusion on the brothers identities, like at AIT, has allowed them to play pranks all of their life.

Our last day of high school, we switched classes. Bryant said. We had a different style uniforms in school I had a pullover, and he had a button up shirt. Josephs teacher could tell us apart, even though she didnt know me but my teacher didnt recognize him.

After high school, the military was not the only time that Bryant and Josephs paths have crossed.

We both worked at one time at Direct TV Joseph said. Also, we both had some sort of experience in law enforcement. I became a police officer, he worked in a jail he was a corrections officer. The weird part about that was if I dropped somebody off at jail, they might run into him and think he was me. We dont necessarily try to follow each other thats just the way things happen. It really is a small world.

Even today their civilian careers have brought them not only to the same state, but the same location.

Now were both mill-techs. Joseph works in the RPAC (Reserve Personnel Action Center) and I work for a unit Bryant said.

From left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Howard, Sgt. Michael Howard, motor transport operators, 498th Transportation Company, and Sgt. 1st Class Bryant Howard, motor transport operator, 850th Transportation Company, pose for a photo as Bryant prepares to redeploy back to the U.S. at Kandahar Airfield, April. 28, 2014.

We actually work in the same building two different units. I work for the 88th Readiness Division, he works for the 383rd Military Intelligence Battalion Joseph added.

When Bryant and Joseph heard about an opportunity to deploy together with the 450th MCB, they took full advantage.

We deployed together in 2003 and 2009 to Iraq Bryant said.

He deployed to Afghanistan at the end of 2013, and I deployed there in the beginning of 2014 so we were actually at the same place Joseph added. Our older brother actually deployed with me.

Currently, Bryant is the Trans Arabian Network Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC).

I am the NCOIC over all the movement within Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, and the surrounding locations. Bryant said.

While Joseph serves as the S-3 (operations) NCOIC by taking care of the personnel, administrative, and operational aspects.

Once this deployment is complete, the brothers may finally part ways. Joseph is considering retirement from the Reserve.

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As a woman was practicing her routine training and broadcasting it live to her followers outside in Naypidu, the capital of Myanmar, a group of military vehicles suddenly appeared behind her on their way to Parliament.

According to a Twitter user Embed a Tweet, Who identifies himself as Angel Marads, a political scientist graduated from the University of Salamanca, the video was posted on Burmese Facebook account.

Marad even shared the video with another user who is an expert in video editing concluded that it was real, although it couldnt be supported by additional sources.

Myanmars armed forces launched a coup on Monday and arrested prominent political figures, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, dealing a major blow to the countrys important and irregular progress toward democracy, which was achieved after five decades of military rule.

The military television channel, Mayawadi, announced that the Armed Forces will rule the country for a year. He stated that this measure was necessary because the government did not take any action on the fraud allegations raised after the November elections (in which Suu Kyis ruling party won a majority of parliamentary seats at stake) and because that government convened for that election despite the coronavirus epidemic.


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Apparently, the young woman was so focused on her work that she did not realize that there was a coup detat orchestrating behind her

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Myanmar.- In recent hours, a video emerged that quickly became viral, as a woman appears doing aerobics in Myanmar despite the fact that behind it, a strong military presence appears while the coup in that nation was taking place.

The protagonist of this video was identified as Khing Hnin Wai and posted the video on Facebook on Monday where she performs about three minutes of exercises in front of what appears to be an army truck convoy and a barricade.

The woman, who identifies herself as a physical education teacher and has a large following on Facebook, where she regularly posts exercise videos, doesnt skip a beat when military vehicles are seen buzzing behind her in the background.

Despite some questioning whether the video was legitimate, the woman previously posted several other clips of her top workouts from the same location, which she noted in a follow-up post after the original went viral.

Subsequently, fact-checkers verified the authenticity of this video and managed to position itself in the Twitter trends block, in several countries.

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The army of Myanmar announced on Monday that it had taken control of the democratically elected government and declared a state of emergency for one year.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Ky and other top leaders of her National League for Democracy party were detained in morning raids as part of the coup.

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Aerobic exercise is any type of cardiovascular conditioning. It can include activities like brisk walking, swimming, running, or cycling. You probably know it as cardio.

By definition, aerobic exercise means with oxygen. Your breathing and heart rate will increase during aerobic activities. Aerobic exercise helps keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy.

Aerobic exercise differs from anaerobic exercise. Anaerobic exercises, such as weightlifting or sprinting, involve quick bursts of energy. Theyre performed at maximum effort for a short time. This is unlike aerobic exercises. You perform aerobic exercises for a sustained period of time.

Read on to learn more about aerobic exercises you can try at home and at the gym. And remember, always talk to your doctor before beginning a new aerobic exercise routine.

Cardiovascular exercises can be done at home. There are many you can do with little to no equipment, too. Always warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before starting any exercise.

Equipment: gym shoes (sneakers), jump rope

Benefits: Jumping rope helps develop better body awareness, hand-foot coordination, and agility.

Safety: Your jump rope should be adjusted for your height. Stand with both feet on the middle of the rope and extend the handles to your armpits. Thats the height youre going for. If its too long, cut or tie it to avoid tripping on the rope.

Duration and frequency: 15 to 25 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week

Following a jump rope circuit is a great indoor or outdoor activity, though youll want to make sure you have plenty of space. Your circuit routine should take 15 to 25 minutes to complete.

If youre a beginner:

If youre an intermediate exerciser, you can perform the moves for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds between sets. The advanced circuit should be performed for 60 seconds at a time, followed by 60 seconds of rest.

Equipment: gym shoes (sneakers), sturdy chair or couch for dips

Benefits: This exercise increases heart and cardiovascular health, builds up strength, and tones major muscle groups.

Safety: Focus on proper form with each exercise to avoid injury. Keep your heart rate at a moderate level throughout. You should be able to carry on a brief conversation during this exercise.

Duration and frequency: 15 to 25 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week

This aerobic circuit is designed to get your heart rate up. Perform the following strength exercises for 1 minute:

Then jog or march in place for 1 minute for your active rest. This is one circuit. Repeat the circuit 2 to 3 times. You can rest for up to 5 minutes between circuits. Cool down afterward with some light stretching.

Equipment: running shoes

Benefits: Running is one of the most effective forms of aerobic exercise. It can improve heart health, burn fat and calories, and lift your mood, just to name a few.

Safety concerns: Choose well-lit, populated running routes. Let someone know where youll be.

Duration and frequency: 20 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times per week

If youre a beginner, run for 20 to 30 minutes twice a week. Your pace should be conversational during the run. You can alternate between 5 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking to start. To stay injury-free, always stretch after your run.

Equipment: gym shoes (sneakers)

Benefits: Walking daily can reduce your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.

Safety: Walk in well-lit and populated areas. Choose shoes that offer good ankle support to reduce your risk for injury.

Duration and frequency: 150 minutes per week, or 30 minutes 5 days a week

If walking is your main form of exercise, aim to get 150 minutes per week. This can be broken down into 30 minutes of walking 5 days a week. Or, walk briskly for 10 minutes at a time, 3 times each day.

You can also use a fitness tracker to keep tabs on how many steps you take each day. If your goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day, start with your base (current amount you walk) and slowly up your daily step count. You can do this by increasing your daily steps by an extra 500 to 1,000 steps a day every 1 to 2 weeks.

So, once youve identified your base, add an extra 500 to 1,000 steps. Then, 1 to 2 weeks later, increase your daily step count by an additional 500 to 1,000 steps.

Your local gym is a great place to get in some aerobic exercise. They probably have equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines. There may be a pool for you to swim laps in, too.

If you arent sure how to use a type of exercise equipment, always ask a professional or trainer for assistance.

Equipment: pool, swimsuit, goggles (optional)

Benefits: Swimming is a low-impact exercise, so its good for people prone to or recovering from an injury or living with limited mobility. It can help you tone your muscles and build strength and endurance.

Safety: Avoid swimming alone and, if possible, choose a pool with a lifeguard on duty. If youre new to swimming, begin by enrolling in swim lessons.

Duration and frequency: 10 to 30 minutes, 2 to 5 times a week. Add 5 minutes to your swim time each week to increase your duration.

If your gym has a pool, try swimming as aerobic exercise. Its a nonimpact workout, so its a good choice if youre prone to injury. Youre also increasing your heart rate, toning your muscles, and building strength and endurance all without adding additional strain to your body.

You can start by swimming laps using one stroke, such as freestyle. As you swim more, add additional strokes. For example, you could do 1 to 4 laps of freestyle followed by 1 to 4 laps of breaststroke or backstroke.

If you get tired, rest on the side of the pool between laps. Always follow the safety instructions and guidelines of the pool where you swim.

Equipment: stationary bike

Benefits: This low-impact exercise can help develop leg strength.

Safety: Ask a trainer at the gym for help adjusting the bike so that the seat is the correct height. This will help reduce your risk for injury or falling off the bike.

If youre biking at home, a general rule is to adjust the bike seat height to maintain a 5- to 10-degree bend in your knee before reaching full extension. Doing so reduces compression on your knee joint. Its not recommended to fully extend your knee while peddling on a stationary bike.

Duration and frequency: 35 to 45 minutes, 3 times per week

Riding a stationary bike is another option for low-impact cardio. Stationary bikes are a good cardiovascular workout, help you develop leg strength, and are easy to use. Many gyms and workout studios offer cycling classes, which use stationary bikes. But you can still benefit from a stationary bike workout without taking a class.

After stretching and warming up by cycling at an easy rhythm for 5 to 10 minutes, increase your pace to 15 miles per hour and aim for 20 to 30 minutes of steady cycling. Cool down for 5 minutes. Stretch to finish.

Equipment: elliptical machine

Benefits: Elliptical machines provide a good cardiovascular workout thats less stressful on the knees, hips, and back compared to the treadmill or running on the road or trails.

Safety: Look forward, not down. Use the handlebars if you feel unsteady or to help you get on and off the machine.

Duration and frequency: 20 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times per week

The elliptical machine may seem intimidating at first, but its easy to use once you get the hang of it. After warming up, keep your posture upright while you use your legs in a pedal motion to move the machine. Look forward the entire time, not down at your feet. Keep your shoulders back and abdominal muscles engaged. Cool down and exit the machine to stretch.

Increase the resistance on the machine for a more challenging workout.

If you dont like exercising on your own, a class can provide a supportive and encouraging environment. Ask the instructor to show you proper form if youre new. They can help you modify the exercises if youre a beginner, if necessary.

Attend group classes at your local fitness center 2 to 3 times per week to start. You can always go more frequently later on if you enjoy the workout.

Equipment: gym shoes (sneakers)

Benefits: Kickboxing is a high-impact exercise that builds strength and endurance. It may also reduce stress and improve your reflexes.

Safety: Drink plenty of water throughout the class. Take a break if you feel dizzy.

Duration and frequency: 60 minutes, 1 to 3 times per week

Cardio kickboxing is a mix of martial arts, boxing, and aerobics. Your class may start with a warmup of jogging, jumping jacks, or strengthening exercises, such as pushups. Then expect a series of punches, kicks, and hand strikes for the main workout.

There may be core or strengthening exercises at the end. Always finish your workout with a cooldown and stretch. Drink plenty of water throughout the class.

Equipment: gym shoes (sneakers)

Benefits: Zumba is beneficial for heart health, improves coordination, tones your entire body, and may help relieve stress.

Safety: Drink lots of water during the class. Take a break if you feel tired or dizzy. You may want to wear shoes that provide good ankle support if youre prone to ankle injuries.

Duration and frequency: 60 minutes, 1 to 3 times per week

If you like to dance, Zumba is a fun choice for an aerobic workout. After warming up, your instructor will instruct the class through easy-to-follow dance moves set to upbeat music. Youll finish with a cooldown and stretch.

Shoes are required. Drink plenty of water throughout the class. You can always take a break and rejoin if you get tired.

Equipment: stationary bike, cycling shoes (optional), padded bicycle shorts or pants (optional)

Benefits: Indoor cycling classes build strength and improve muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance.

Safety: If your new or need a refresher, ask the instructor to help you set up the stationary bike. Lower your resistance if you get tired, or take a break if you feel lightheaded.

Duration and frequency: 45 to 60 minutes, 1 to 3 times per week

Unlike a leisurely bike ride, a cycle class will get your heart rate up. It may include resistance and climb (incline) portions for maximum training benefits. This will help you build strength and tone your muscles. Some classes require cycle shoes that you clip into the bike. You can usually rent these at your facility.

Most classes are 45 to 60 minutes long and include a warmup, cooldown, and stretch. Bring water with you to the class. If youre new, you can reduce the resistance on the bike and peddle lightly for a break if you get tired.

The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes or more of aerobic exercise five or more days each week. That can be broken up, though. For example, you can take three, 10-minute walks throughout the day.

You should also add in two or more anaerobic strengthening sessions each week that focus on major muscle groups. If youre new to exercise, see your doctor. They can assess your health and recommend a fitness routine thats safe and effective for you.

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BOSSES at a gym are looking to expand and offer aerobics and yoga classes.

An application has been submitted for a new two-storey building with the studio on the first floor and ground floor parking.

The site is owned by Pro-Physique Fitness Gymnasium on the former Laund Mill, Great Harwood, which was in danger of being left derelict.

In the planning statement it said: The gymnasium is used by locals many of whom arrive on foot. Its membership is approximately 600, with many using the facility on a daily basis.

The owners offer bespoke training programmes and has a referral scheme with local GPs who prescribe exercise for their patients who have a number of medical conditions that exercise can help to remedy.

To address the growing need for aerobics and yoga and other types of class based exercise they need to provide additional space which cannot be accommodated within the current building. In order to do this it must grow.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the gym needs to provide more floor area to allow members to use the facility properly when it re-opens. To achieve this the first floor of the proposed building would be used as additional floor space for the activities that will be moved from the existing gym to this new space.

The ground floor space will be used as car parking.

The new aerobics and yoga studio will provide jobs for two full-time instructors and two part-time instructors along with cleaning staff and a maintenance role.

The upper floor level will be an open studio floor area with entrance from ground floor, having its own uni-sex disabled toilet.

The studio floor space is designed to accommodate classes of 10 people each with space to carry out the aerobic moves without impeding the pupil next to them.

There will be four classes per day between 8am and noon and five between 1.30pm and 5pm.

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What is a great brand?A great brand has these elements:

A great brand is exceedingly well-known.

A great brand has outstanding relevance and differentiation.

A great brand is markedly superior in character.

A great brand is remarkably skilled.

A great brand has undeniable leadership.

A great brand has high aspirations.

A great brand focuses on satisfying the needs of all stakeholders.

A great brand does not need to be a big brand in terms of size. But, it does need to be a big brand in terms of its power to engage peoples imagination. For example, Nike, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Apple, Beetle are great brands.

Unfortunately, Reebok, once a great brand of the 1970s and 1980s is about to be an orphan. Adidas, the second-largest sportswear maker in the world, bought Reebok in 2005. Today, Adidas wants to sell Reebok. Adidas was never able to replicate the extraordinary, out-sized success of Reebok. A look at the history of Reebok shows how the brand lost its way. Great brands and iconic brands can last forever. But, only if properly managed.

Reebok represented the beginnings of the gym-fitness scene, especially for women. Think Jane Fonda aerobic videos. Think John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis in Perfect, the 1985 film based on an article in Rolling Stone magazine about health clubs and singles. Reebok has one of those incredible stories. Its provenance is fascinating.

In an English workshop, a fourteen-year old named Joseph William Foster designed some of the earliest spiked running shoes. In 1900, he founded his business adding his sons soon after. The company J.W. Foster and Sons became famous across the British Empire for innovative athletic shoes. The Olympic runner, Harold Abrahams, wore a pair of Fosters running pumps in the Paris Summer Olympics in 1924. Mr. Abraham was commemorated in the film, Chariots of Fire.

Two of J. W. Foster's grandsons, Joe and Jeff Foster, created a new enterprise in 1958 called Reebok. Reebok shoes were popular internationally. But, it was not until 1979 that Reebok entered Americas consciousness.

At a trade show in Chicago, a young man named Paul Fireman saw Reeboks. Mr. Fireman worked in his familys outdoor and fishing gear business in Boston, MA. Looking for something else to do, Mr. Fireman asked one of Fosters grandsons for the rights to license and sell Reeboks in the U.S. In the space of two years, in 1981, Reeboks sales were $1.5 million.

Mr. Fireman saw the explosion of health clubs and aerobic classes. Most gyms focused on men and bodybuilding. Health clubs and aerobics had large female participants.Reebok gave women the Reebok Freestyle aerobics shoe in 1982. The Reebok Freestyle was the first athletic shoe designed for women.

If you lived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, it seemed as if every womans foot was wearing a Reebok Freestyle shoe. It was as if you were not serious about aerobics if you were not wearing the Reebok Freestyle. This particular, highly attractive athletic shoe captured the imagination of women. It was a physical entry to the world of fitness before fitness became fitness, as we know fitness today. Reebok owned aerobics. It was the brand that perfectly fit that junction of time, values, excitement, and personal health focus. The Reebok Freestyle was part of the liberating acceptance of women into non-professional physical fitness. The Reebok Freestyle was so successful that by 1983, Reebok's sales were $13 million.

Reeboks success led Mr. Fireman to buy the U.K.-based parent company in 1984. The Reebok brand went public in 1985. And, during the 1980s, with new shoe products, shoe innovations, clothing, and accessories, Reeboks sales soared to $1 billion. Reebok closed sponsorship deals and sports celebrity endorsements. Reebok was one of the most connected sports brands next to Nike. The brand was soon part of the Adidas family.

For whatever reasons, and there are multiple instances to point to, Adidas could not keep the energy going. Adidas replaced Paul Fireman. Adidas pushed Reebok into a wide array of partnerships. These diluted the image of Reebok. The logo was changed a few times, each time with a new rationale. What Reebok stood for was lost.

There were all sorts of turnaround plans and restructurings. There were write-downs and strategic plans. Adidas had hoped that Reebok would be a linchpin for competing with Nike. Cost cuts did yield profit on the bottom line. But as one analyst told The Wall Street Journal, Returning profit was a good step but driving the top line is something else.

Coronavirus has closed the door on many great brands. Neiman Marcus, J. C. Penney, Nordstrom are just a few. All of these had issues before coronavirus. It is the same with Reebok. There is no reason for great brands to disappear except for brand mismanagement. In Reeboks case, they lost the core promise of the brand. Reebok lost its core identity.

Some marketers talk about a brand lifecycle. They say that brands go through several stages from birth to growth, to plateau to decline to death. This is wrong. Brands do not have to follow a natural lifecycle. Brands can and do live forever. Brands do not have to die. Factories may close and turn to rust. Technology becomes outdated. Brands can live forever if properly managed.

The Reebok brand is not dead. It can be revitalized. Lets hope that whoever buys Reebok will focus on articulating Reeboks core promise in a relevant, differentiated, trustworthy way. Lets hope that the new owner will focus on delivering that promise consistently to every customer, every time, everywhere.

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By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | December 19, 2020 4:20:26 pm We all get lazy to workout during this season. (Photo: Pixabay)

When you think about winters even the best fitness enthusiasts find their workout routines taking a back seat. When it is cold. our body automatically goes into a dormant mode due to reduced circulation and spasms in the muscles.

This is because the cold weather makes the muscles lose more heat which makes them contract. In turn, stiff muscles cause more pressure on the nerves causing impingement, shares Dr Manoj Kutteri, wellness director at Atmantan Wellness Centre. Ahead, he shares a few exercises which can help you maintain the health of your joints and promote circulation in your body.


Stretching is an underrated activity but one which can set things right in winter because it helps in enhancing joint health and also helps lubricate them while correcting your posture.

Careful and well-coordinated stretches are important to improve the range of motion at the joints. If you are already suffering from any compromised functioning of the joints, then you must do mostly static stretches whereby you stretch and hold it for some time until the initial pain and stiffness ease-out, suggests Dr Kutteri.


Walking might seem like a low impact exercise but it has long-term health benefits. Joint movements while walking help increase the blood flow in turn making them more lubricated. He adds, Walking is also a good form of cardio that helps maintain the warmth of our body, making the muscles and ligaments attached to the joints much relaxed and supple.


Practising yoga during winters cannot be stressed enough. He suggests doing the Sookshma Vayama (loosening exercises) in yoga which specifically targets various joints in the body. Regular practice of yoga also helps to improve the cardiac efficiency and better the working of the nervous system. Intense practices in yoga such as suryanamaskar etc can also be practiced by someone who does not have any joint problems, adds Dr Kutteri.

Cycling/ Aerobics

Aerobics and cycling are a great way to not only start your day during winters but it is also the best way to get fit because not only does a 30-minute cycling or aerobic session warm your body but makes sure you are burning a good amount of calories too. Resistance training and moderate impact practices are a great way of preventing osteoporosis and also good for bone mineralisation, says Dr Kutteri.

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