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Because of our positive experience with our last month challenge, we decided to pick up on a new activity and try to learn a language during lockdown so we spend our time on something productive.

Abbie Chang decided to pick up Dutch and has been on an (insane) 30 Day streak.

Absolutely impossible to keep up with, good thing we didn’t turn it into a competition as I would have been hopeless.

I’m on a 24 day streak and I’m really enjoying it!

The app is really engaging and classes are short (1-5 minutes). So it’s really easy to just get a little class in here and there.

The gamification parts are very effective too (in my case at least). getting points, having the ability to get “double points”, and receiving notifications of your friends’ achievements, does really help motivate you. And to be honest, it doesn’t feel like work at all. In terms of effectiveness, we’re both starting to recognize words when we’re on the phone with our families back home. It’s really nice getting the surprised reactions to what we’ve learned and even cooler is that it inspired my mom to give it a try too. the only downside is the constant reminders these last days saying “Karin has passed you, what are you going to do about it?”

But I’m sure that causes a smile on her face at least 😉

More updates including screenshots and hopefully a tiny monologue

Pacer App lets you explore some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes in the world from the comfort of your own home, gym or local area. You even get a cool medal for completing your hike!

In my previous post I highlighted the Purpose and Goals, in this follow up I’ll talk more about the following.

  • User friendliness
  • Repeat value (Yes/No)
  • What to know before you start

User Friendliness

The Pacer app itself is really easy to use , simply download and go. Once you’re in the app’s main screen you can navigate to your current or new challenge in the “explore” tab. If you have purchased a Virtual challenge like I did through the website you will receive a code to enter (see middle picture) but it’s also possible to simply browse through the app and chose your adventure there.

once you’re set up, you are good to go! Any steps you’re taking along the day will add up to your score and every time you have walked enough to reach a check point, you’ll receive a notification with photo’s and some cool information about the area you’ve now “discovered”.

I MADE IT!

After completing all checkpoints within the time-limit (7 days for this challenge) you will receive both an certificate AND a medal!

These are both included in the price of the challenge (29.99$) and shipping is also included. I just received notice that my medal is on the way so let’s see how long it takes.

I made it!!

Repeat Value Yes/NO

Yes. Both the challenge and the App itself are good value for money and I have already seen some other walks that I find interesting enough to try. It will be more fun to do it with a group so I’ll try to gather some friends for a my next virtual hike!

What I would have liked to know before hand is that the app tracks ALL steps, and allows manual input for anything it doesn’t register.

On a treadmill, for example, the app will not pick up your steps so you’ll have to put them in manually.

Along with my usual steps each day, this amount was far too easy. Time for a longer walk next time!!

Come to Move,
Come to relieve stress,
Come to lose weight,
Come to connect,
Come to get strong.

It doesn’t really what your goals are. We’re all in a a bit of a pickle and we’re all creatures that benefit from Movement. Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist Mark Chen (or Jaclyn Kaye) will host a short and sweet session guaranteed to make you feel better after.
No equipment needed, suitable for any level of Fitness.

Zero pressure.

Free for all clients, and PM for details, to receive the link and on how to bring along a friend to share the fun.

See you 3pm on Zoom.

More information and updates on the event here

Acupuncture has a somewhat mysterious image and as a result I’m very used to the questions surrounding it.

In the video you’ll find an answer to the following questions:

  • What is acupuncture and how does Eastern (Asian) style compared to Western style (dry needling)
  • Is the treatment painful?
  • Is the treatment effective?
  • What should I consider and expect from treatment?
  • What kind of problems are best treated with acupuncture?

If you have any more questions about this powerful treatment method, feel free to send me a message or make an appointment for a trial session

See our new group class schedule for March 2021

All our group classes are done in a private, air-conditioned and modern personal training studio with a Qualified coach.

We pride ourselves in providing a personal touch and are have the experience to help anyone, no matter what level of fitness you’re at.

Feel free to ask us any question or concern you may have at

-017 223105

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A friend of mine, a very good golfer, has a lot of lower back pain (facet joints) as a result of playing and training a lot.

Manual therapy increases the symptoms. Is treatment on a traction table a possible solution?

Mark Chen, Physiotherapist:

Thank you for your question.
I personally do not consider a traction table as a ‘solution’. It can, however, provide a good relief of the discomfort and can therefore help as a way to start the recovery.
Traction works by relieving pressure on the facet joints. It ‘pulls’ the vertebrae ‘apart’ and gives space, so to say.
This can certainly provide some relief, once it has been determined that pressure, or ‘compression’, plays a significant role in causing the symptoms.

So it’s mainly a matter of trying. If there is no clear change in symptoms after 3-4 times, I would consider another method. It’s also worth noting, that it is fairly easy to create traction on the lower back yourself. For example, you can hang on a horizontal bar or use a Gym ball and lie down on it face down.

With both methods it is important that you fully relax the muscles.

Finally, I would advise him to have a good look at the mobility of the spine. Golf is, after all, a fairly one-sided sport that therefore loads the body (and especially the hips and spine) in an unbalanced way. With a view to the long duration, it is certainly advisable to follow an exercise program that keeps and maintains a muscular balance on the spinal system through flexibility and stability training.

I can help with that via online guidance, but there are of course plenty of Physiotherapists / Personal trainers who can help with that!

Hopefully this will help your friend!