Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Smart phones may be bad for our mental health

I've learnt a new word English word though the web. The word I've just found is "phubber", which is a combination of "phone" and "snubber". People use the word "phubber" when they are talking about people who ignore real people around them, because they are concentrating on their mobile phones. They move their heads slowly downwards looking at their smart phone. 
It seems that when we are involved in our phone, we don't know time passing. If we were to check our smart phone compulsively, we wouldn't really control it, and we wold feel we have to do it again and again.
Most psychologists think that smart phone probably leads to an increasing mental problem for teenagers. This mean they have phisical and mental need to keep on mobile phone. In other words, they feel they are addicted to smart phone. There are people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and peple who can be addicted to other things, like mobile phones.
In addition, studies have shown that spending too much time on our smart phone is bad for our focus and mental health. 
Although smart phone is a useful way to keep in touch with people, we should incourage people to comunicate in person. 

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Marine animals killed by plastic

According to the Australian Marine Consevation Society, more than one Million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals are killed every year by plastic. When plastic breaks down into smaller pieces, marine animals suffer by eating them.
The two pictures below show a dolphin and a whale both made of plastic recycling. They have been made in the middle of a Rome's square.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The first days of March in London

Just a short post to show the weather conditions I saw in London last week.  Snow and rain since 1st to 5th of March.

In the aim to avoid cold weather, I spent about one hour visiting the Inner Temple Library. 😓 It's a private law library in London, serving barristers, judges, and students. In addition to legal materials, we can found there specialist Scottish and Commonweath collections.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed England. 😊 Although cancelled Tubes and trains is annoying, I think London's people felt this extreme weather so exciting. There were people taking pictures of the snow out of the windows, and boys throwing snowballs in the park for hours. I heard people's conversation about weather on the Tube, in shops.  With a sprinkle of snow the ugliest place of London looks nice.    

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Alternative to running

As I mentioned in my previous post, I gave up running last summer: I'm aware that running can sometimes be hard on our joints and can cause some injuries. On the contrary, cycling is one of the top five  alternatives to running.
It's great at burning calories, lowering our body fat percentage and improving the health of our cardiovascular system. 
Since August I have been cycling in the Hills ... Unfortunately, in fall the paths are flooded because of rainy weather.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Non-acidic fruits & vegetables

I've been cycling since I noticed  that osteoarthritis of my feet is strictly related to running. So during the second week of July I gave up running and began cycling in the Hills,  through tall oaks and olive trees.

Cycling is great exercise but hard work when it is windy and the path is up-hill. It gives me the same endorphin production as I experienced when I was a runner. 

Just a picture of  the Southern Italian Coast which I visited in August:

And with regard to August, people who live in the Northern Emisphere  can enjoy in Summer time a huge list of non-acidic  fruits & vegetables. As it is known, we always have to consume non-acidic food in the aim to maintain our body pH level normal.
Lemons, lime and kiwi are  categorized as highly alkaline fruits and are therefore non-acidic. Other non-acidic fruits include bananas, cantaloupe, coconot, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon and berries (exceptions are cranberries and blueberries which are classified as acidic).
Apple and orange are non-acidic fruits which we can find in Winter. In addition, in Winter there are a lot of non-acidic vegetables, such as cabbage, carrots, artichoke, pumpkin, lettuce and garlic.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Damaged cartilage of toes' joints

I haven't been running any race since 2nd June, and four days ago I ran the last training session. I thought it  was really my last running training, after my feet had been visited by the orthopedist in Rome on 12 July. Actually, the doctor said I can't run because of  the early stage of  the arthritis of  toes. The articulations of my both feet are damaged at 50%, and over time, if  I were to run again,  walking would be a problem because of damaged cartilage of toes' joints. In other words, If I continue to run, articular cartilage injury will increase.
That's why I can't run  any more.
The picture here shows the number of my last running race, which I did last month, on 2nd June.
I don't know whether I will go swimming or cycling. I may also go to the gym. I'm still astonished as I can't believe I have to give up running.