Where the jobs are

I’ve recently learned that a number of friends have recently given serious thought to migrating. Most of their concerns, like mine when I was at that stage, revolves around the type of jobs available in their destinations. If this article featured in Money magazine’s website is to be believed, the following are the hottest job out there right now.

Australia World
1 Sales representatives Sales representatives
2 Engineers Engineers
3 Welders, boilermakers, plumbers and other skilled trades Production and operations technicians
4 Accountants Production operators
5 Production, engineering and maintenance technicians Carpenters, plumbers, welders and other skilled manual trades
6 Drivers IT programmers and developers
7 Mechanics Administrative assistants and personal assistants
8 Receptionists Drivers
9 Administrative and personal assistants Accountants
10 IT programmers and developers Managers and executives

It’s good to see that IT developers still made to the list both world-wide and in Australia (barely!) but I couldn’t help taking this list with a grain of salt. The slideshow for the hottest jobs worldwide was actually titled “Worldwide, the top 10 staff shortages”.

For example, the Australian list puts receptionists in the 8th spot of most wanted personnel. Yet, a friend who used to work as one recently resigned from her company because of stress. She said that she has become the “all-around girl” of the company who gets no respect and zero prospect of advancement within the company. She was paid a measly salary and got no gratification from the job so she left even after being offered a better salary and benefits package. Another friend tells of his company’s never-ending search for a receptionist that would stay longer than a couple of months.

It’s also best to remember that this is a very general list. There are several specialties within a field that not all IT developers would be highly in demand everywhere. For example, an ASP/VB/SQL developer would find that jobs for this skill set is starting to dwindle and would soon disappear altogether. It seems that if you’re a Microsoft developer, it’s all about .NET now, baby!

But then again, this list may still give comfort and reassurance to those who are interested in these fields or are already in them. Just remember that just because it’s listed as one of the hottest that you are entitled to be snapped up by hiring companies. It’d still take a bit of hard work, skills and a good helping of luck!

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Published in: on April 12, 2006 at 5:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Red chair

Hubby and I are frequent visitors of the City Library along Flinders Lane and if you are too, you could have seen and sat at one of these red oversized armchairs. And if you’re like most patrons of the library, you could have sat comfortably there for hours with a book, magazine or a newspaper. Or, you could have sat there after having your lunch and dozed off, dreaming your stresses away.

I considered getting these chairs for our rumpus room at home so I filled out the enquiry form in the library’s site and asked about where they could be purchased. Now, the form is a general feedback one and I didn’t really expect an answer as I thought they may think that the email may have been sent by a practical joker.

A few days later, I was pleasantly surprised to get a reply back from a librarian who works at the City Library. She said that they’ve had plenty of enquiries about those red chairs. So, if other enquiring minds out there want to know, they were bought from Anibou, which has shops here in Melbourne and Sydney.

Published in: on March 23, 2006 at 10:19 pm  Comments (3)  

Badminton Again

A while back, our friend Arnold started weekend badminton game sessions at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) for our Filipino group. I went to the first ever session but haven’t gone again since even though they now play at a regular weekend basis.

I really wanted to play again but Raquel and I have just been very busy with fixing up the house and catching up on other priority stuff. I kept telling Arn that I’ll probably show up next weekend and then the next and so on.

Last weekend, the MSAC became unavailable to casual badminton players because of the upcoming Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. So, as an alternate venue, Arn booked a couple of courts for 2 to 4pm at the Altona Badminton Centre located at Paisley Park, Mason Street, Altona North (Melway 55 D3), instead. With the venue being a lot closer to where I live (about 20 minutes’ drive away), it certainly made it an easy decision to play badminton that weekend.

I almost didn’t make it though. I had scheduled earlier to have a package picked up from our house in Werribee the same day but I wasn’t exactly sure when it was actually going to be picked up. So I just told Arn that I would text him if I would be playing or not. Fortunately, I got the package sent on its way before 1pm so I was still able to go.

I was out of practice and they were now following a new set of game rules so I felt like a total newbie. But it was okay. Everybody there was very friendly (it helped that I already knew most of them there). I also met new people there which is always a bonus.

As usual, I gave it my all, even to the point of looking ridiculous on the court. That’s how I usually play any game. I always like a good challenge. Unfortunately, in all the games I played in that day, I never won even once.

That’s okay though. I just deluded myself into thinking that the people I played against had all these weeks of practice playing and that I hadn’t played in a long time. If only I really believe it.

I know that the only way I’ll improve my game is to keep on going to these weekly game sessions. They tell me that they’ll be at it again next week. I’d love to go and play again. It’s fun and I get a good workout by the end of it. What’s not to like?

If you are a least bit interested in joining Arn’s weekly badminton games for Pinoys (mostly), you can let him know at the Philippines.com.au forum.

Published in: on February 13, 2006 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Padala from Melbourne

It’s my Dad’s birthday in a few days. Being in another country makes it difficult to buy gifts for friends and family on special occasions. I could probably buy a gift from a Philippine online shop and have the item sent to my Dad’s home address but somehow that feels a little impersonal.

Also, I think it would also make the gift I buy extra special and maybe even unique if it was bought from here in Australia. Even if the same item is available in the Philippines.

So I settled on the idea of sending a Padala — usually a box, also called a Balikbayan Box (translates as Homecomer’s Box), sent by a person from one country to his or her family in the Philippines. We could do it buy sending it via post but I don’t trust our postal service in the Philippines. I’m afraid it’ll just get lost or taken. Another (safer) option is sending the box through one of the major courier services but that would just be an expensive way to go.

Or just go with the third option.

From experience, in every foreign place I’ve been to where there is a sizable Filipino diaspora, there is always that enterprising Filipino who offers money remittance and parcel courier services. Usually, their fees are cheaper and delivery door-to-door is very fast and reliable.

So, I asked our friend Mike if he could recommend a Filipino packager (or should I say, packer?). He said he used Atzarah Air Cargo run by Nelson and Pearly in the past.

Here are their details if you happen to be a Filipino living in Melbourne thinking of sending something to the Philippines:

Atzarah Air Cargo
Contact: Nelson or Pearly
Phone: (03) 9306 1996
Mobile: 0409 706 331

Air Freight Rates:
Metro Manila: $3.70/kg (minimum of 15kg)
Handling Fee: $8

Weekly pickup. Delivery in 5 to 8 days. For more info or other rates, just call them up.

And if you are in Canberra, call Mang Cesar instead on his land line at (02) 6290 1090 or his mobile at 0408 487 379.

Anyway, I called up Nelson on Friday and arranged for my package to be picked up the next day (yesterday). They happen to do weekly pickups around the Western Melbourne suburbs on Saturdays. He told me that I could expect the package to get delivered at my Mom’s place by Thursday or Friday. It’ll be a little late for my Dad’s birthday but it’s still better late than never.

Published in: on February 12, 2006 at 1:15 pm  Comments (4)  

Bills, bills, bills

A slew of bills arrived at our postbox the other day. There was a bill for the electricity, one for each credit card, a phone bill and for the first time, a water bill. In all the years we’ve been living here in Australia, we’ve never had to pay for a single water bill before. Living in various apartment units in previous years with no water bills arriving, we have surmised that the water costs must already be included in the rent. Which was fine by us, that’s one less bill to worry about. On the other hand, I used to wonder if tenants who don’t pay for their own water are actually heeding the call to save water. After all, it’s easy to leave the tap on while brushing or shampooing your hair when you don’t have to think about having to pay for every single drop.

Scrutinising our quarterly water bill, we were curious how customers are charged. Itemised in the bill were water and sewarage service charges. Hmmm… both are necessities and aren’t something we can’t control so on to the next. There were 2 separate charges for the actual amount of water we’ve consumed and curious as to their pricing, we went to the retailer’s website. We found out that there are 3 pricing tiers they use to charge consumers. The higher your usage is, the more you pay. Good to know as there is now an incentive to save more water and perhaps even start thinking about recycling.

Failing to see any other way to save more from our water bill, we turned our attention to the electricity bill. According to the bill, we are currently subscribed to the TRU Energy’s At Home plan. The line item describing the amount we’re being charged read “At Home Peak”. Which led us to think, does that mean they have a special rate for “At Home Off Peak”? And if so, when does it kick in and how do avail ourselves of it?

A call to their customer service line and about a half-an-hour wait later, we found out that although they do have an off peak rate, we’ll would need to have a special meter fitted. Since we made the call after hours, the consultant couldn’t transfer our call to the department which handles enquiries regarding these meters. Ok, on to the next question. As we’ve recently received a letter from the company asking us if we’d be interested in their Dual Fuel plan, we asked what it is all about. This plan is being offered to customers who get both their electricity and gas supplies from TRU Energy. Instead of having to pay one huge bill every quarter, they would estimate the household’s usage and charge you monthly instead. This would mean better budgeting because of fixed and smaller amounts to pay every month. Meter readings would still be done and if the amount of usage changes, the monthly payments would also adjust. It does have its advantages but we prefer to pay for our actual usage (as opposed to estimates that may be changed later anyway) so we haven’t really decided yet if we’d like to sign up for this plan.

With the electricity and water bills sorted out, the only bright spot in the mail seemed to be with the telephone bill since it shows a $13.87 credit. I’ve taken advantage of a package deal from our ISP and have switched our fixed phone line when I signed up for their broadband more than a month ago. Thinking that the line has now been transferred to the ISP, I called up Telstra to arrange a refund for the amount mentioned. Simple enough you say? After reciting my phone number several times, answering “Yes/No” to their automated service system with the high-tech, low usability voice recognition and being transferred to five consultants, I was beginning to wonder if the amount was even worth all this trouble. One man I talked to informed me that my account with them is still active despite the transfer being completed since mid-December last year. He also added that I may even receive more bills from them as there is no indication in their system that the phone line has been inactivated. After this spiel, he asked if I still want to have get the refund now or wait till the final bill. Stuff it, I’ll get the refund now. He transferred me to a lady who finally arranged to get the cheque sent to me (in 5-7 days was what she said). The conversation with her took about 30 seconds after about 20 minutes of explaining, waiting between transfers and listening to the hold music. Don’t you just love calling customer service these days?

Not.

Published in: on January 19, 2006 at 3:26 pm  Comments (1)  

Precious copper wires

Called up Telstra today to organise a new phone connection in our new house. The lady I first talked to said she was having some problems with her computer system so she transferred me back in the queue. My call was picked up by a man named Kingsley who then asked me the usual questions like my name, Gj’s name, birthdays, address, alternative contact number (mobile numbers) and if there’s an existing phone line in the house. I should have suspected something fishy might be going on when he asked for an alternative contact number but thought that maybe there’s a valid reason for it. What if they have problems connecting the home phone and need to let me know?

Alarm bells didn’t start to ring until we got to the part where he asked if I have a credit card. Hmmm… why, oh why, would the phone company care if I have a credit card? I asked him why he need to know this bit of information and he said that he doesn’t need to know the number. Fine, yes. Mastercard or Visa? I answered, all this time thinking that maybe I should have said no, that I’ve lived all my life on top of a mountain and have no need for a rectangular piece of plastic as a mode of payment. Next, he asked how many people would be living in the house and what sort of work I do. Again, I gave my answer. I have a nasty feeling that I was being profiled for those telemarketers who’d be calling this new phone line soon.

After several more questions, he started asking about my calling habits. What sort of calls do I make? Uh, local calls. But truth be told, I don’t make many phone calls at all. I only need the blasted phone to connect to the internet and I need Telstra’s copper lines to do it. But of course I didn’t say that. He was pushing one of two phone plans, HomeLine Plus, which has the most expensive monthly phone rental but has cheaper call rates and HomeLine Complete, which has a slightly cheaper monthly rental but pricier call rates. What the guy didn’t know is that I’ve already checked out the phone plans at their website and know of one more phone plan that he never mentioned, the HomeLine Budget. It has the cheapest monthly rental by far but the most expensive call rates. For someone like me who doesn’t make much calls, this is the ideal plan to subscribe to. I asked for it and he said he’ll organise it.

He then proceeded to say that there would be a $59 connection fee (ouch), to which I agreed (no choice). Next, I was asked if I’d like the number to be unlisted in the phonebook and the number to not show up in caller IDs. Hmmm… nifty feature, I’ll get me one of those. Okay, that would be another $2.93 tacked on to my monthly bill. By now, I’m beginning to understand why some people love to hate Telstra, every single thing has a dollar value and if my experience is any indication, customer service equates to targeted tele-marketing with some “service” thrown in.

After talking to him for about 20 minutes for a call that should have taken half the time, the man finally said that the phone line would be activated on Monday, gave me the new phone number and then asked one more question. Do you have an internet connection? I thought the question laughable since the only way I could get my internet connection is by getting a phone line through them (unless I get a cable or wireless connection). Is this a trick question? Out loud I said no, not yet. Big mistake, as this caused him to launch into a sales pitch for BigPond broadband (which is also owned by Telstra). I said I’ll think about it. Needless to say, I was much relieved after we hanged up. Maybe I should have given the man a fictional phone number as my alternative contact number after all.

Published in: on December 2, 2005 at 2:36 pm  Comments (1)  

Bargain shopping

The newly opened Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) complex near Essendon airport has caused quite a stir a fortnight ago and not because of the bargains that are supposed to be found there. Confusion on which exit to take from the freeway has caused traffic jams and parking problems, with reports of about 21,000 shoppers flocking to the site on opening day. Gj and I wanted to check out the new complex and went there last Saturday, or rather, almost got there. Since we weren’t familiar with the roads in the area and the exits weren’t signposted until you are almost there, we missed the exit altogether and never got there. The closest thing we got to it is looking up at its flapping banners from the top of the hill it was perched on as we zip through the freeway. We went home tired and felt that perhaps they could have found a better location for the complex, well away from the freeway and a Citylink exit (we don’t want to pay the toll if we take the wrong exit and end up in a Citylink road).

The incident made me think about the lengths people would go through just to grab a bargain, and why not? If you’re buying in bulk or had to purchase a lot of items, the savings quickly adds up. So where else could you find a bargain in Melbourne? If you’re after clothing, bags, shoes, bedding and homeware, there are a lot of other factory outlets around the city. You could go to the Brand smart complex in Nunawading (although parking may be difficult to find), Bridge Road in Richmond, Sydney Road in Brunswick or Smith Street in Collingwood. For other factory outlet locations, grab a copy of Pamms guide to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. This guide is actually a directory of bargain outlets around the city listed by suburb with each store’s contact information and payment options.

As for our shopping misadventure last weekend, we went home empty-handed from our Essendon trip and went to the DFO Cheltenham the next day instead.

Published in: on October 28, 2005 at 3:45 pm  Comments (3)  

Furnishing a New Home

Mel, a would-be migrant, left the following question on my recent post, Errands:

About home furniture and appliances, Fantastic Furniture was recommended to me. Any other recommendations for new migrants on where to purchase the necessities in furnishing a home that would be budget friendly? Preferably in Werribee or nearby areas.

I already gave my short answer to this question on the comments area of the same post but let me elaborate on that now.

When I arrived in Australia, I was lucky enough to be housed by the company that hired me in an apartment that was already fully furnished. However, when I eventually moved to my own place, I had to furnish my apartment myself.

It’s a good thing I didn’t have to buy absolutely everything. Even with an unfurnished apartment, it would most likely come with a stove and oven. Sometimes, a clothes dryer or dishwasher or both are also included with the rental property.

So, in the end you’ll only probably only need the following: a bed, lounge furniture, dining furniture, microwave, refrigerator, TV and stereo. Okay, so you probably don’t need a stereo or a lounge (aka sofa), but I think the rest on my list are necessary.

For the furniture, I agree with your friend’s recommendation. From my experience, Fantastic Furniture seems to offer the cheapest decent furniture you can buy out here. You can also maybe get cheap furniture at places like The Warehouse. Alternatively, of course, you can go with used furniture. I’m just not comfortable with the idea of sitting on somebody else’s old lounge.

As for white goods and home electronics, you will probably want to go to The Good Guys where the prices seem to be cheap to begin with. But if you pay with cash, you get to pay less. You can also try Big W or Kmart. I bought my Sanyo TV from Big W at a real bargain.

For other bargain shopping needs, you can take a look at the Bargain Shoppers: Guide to Sydney & Melbourne website for a list of shops.

Apart from buying at brick-and-mortar shops, you can also buy furniture and appliances from eBay, too. Before moving to Melbourne from Canberra, Raquel and I sold most of our old furniture through eBay. The winners of the bidding had to pick up the items from the house though as it would’ve been expensive to have to deliver the items to them.

You can also buy the Trading Post newspaper (which is similar to the Buy & Sell Free Ads Paper we have in the Philippines) at your local newsagency.

I’d still prefer to buy brand new furniture and appliances though as those usually have guarantees from the shop that sold them. But, if you are looking to save, buying used stuff may be the way to go.

Published in: on October 25, 2005 at 5:23 pm  Comments (4)  

Melbourne housing ‘most affordable’

Citing a June quarter report from the Real Estate Institute of Australia, Victorian treasurer John Brumby said yesterday that Melbourne’s housing prices are the most affordable compared to the two other big cities, Sydney and Brisbane. Median house prices, loan repayments and weekly family income were among the factors measured in determining affordability.

I don’t know about Melbourne being the most affordable city to buy in because there are cheaper suburbs as well as expensive ones in every city. In fact, free newspaper MX ran a poll yesterday posing the question to readers if they believe that Melbourne’s housing is affordable, 80% of the respondents said no.

However, if you’re thinking of buying your own home, now might still be a good time to do so since the government’s First Home Owner’s Bonus of $5000 would only be effective for contracts entered into until the 31st of December this year. Starting next year till the 30 June 2007, the bonus would be decreased to $3000. Add to that the non-income tested grant of $7000 for first home owners and that’s $12,000 that could go towards paying your stamp duty and other fees.

Which made me think about what we went through these past few weeks in our own search for our first home. Here are the things “we learned which wished we knew then” and hope it would help you in your own search.

  1. Get your loan pre-approval first since this would give you a budget to work with. Finding a property you like, going through the negotiation process and then later finding out that you can’t find financing is a big waste of time and effort for everyone involved. Not to mention the disappointment and regret you’d feel to let the opportunity to own the place slip through your hands.
  2. Make a list of must-haves and good-to-haves. If you’re co-owning the property with a partner or a spouse, talk about what you both want and make a list. In our case, we both want a 3-bedroom free-standing brick house (or 2 bedrooms plus a study) with a low-maintenance yard in a quiet street. My only must-have is that the property should be near public transport and my want-to-have is that the interior of the house be well-lighted, making the best possible use of any natural light coming in. Gj’s must-haves are that the house be a modern one (no Edwardians, thank you very much) and that the bathroom is clean and well-maintained. He also prefer that the house be a low-maintenance one (meaning no floating floorboards), comes with appliances like air-conditioning and dishwasher and that the property be situated in a neighbourhood with other modern houses (possibly a new estate).
  3. Browse through real property sites such as RealEstate.com.au and Domain.com.au to look for properties and neighbourhoods that suit your needs. Go to open inspections and if you plan on bidding at auctions, go to auctions as an observer as well.
  4. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few good neighbourhoods, sign up for email alerts in RealEstate.com.au and Domain.com.au to be instantly alerted when new properties go on the market.
  5. Buy the weekend newspapers to have a good idea of how much similar properties are worth in the suburb you’re interested in. RealEstate.com.au’s Sold properties section is also a good place to go. Note that prices listed may not be entirely accurate but a price range or a near enough listed price would be better than having no idea at all. Alternatively, you could buy home price guides for a fee.
  6. If you know someone who lives in the neighbourhood you like, ask if you could have their copies of the weekly community paper. These community papers usually have a real estate section listing the properties on the market and developments in new estates. These papers are also a good source of news articles about the area, the people who live there and their concerns/problems.
  7. You may also talk to real estate agents and tell them what your requirements are. You could request them to contact you once a property that may match your needs goes into the market.
  8. Shortlist the properties that you’d want to inspect. Most properties are open to inspection at the same time (for us it was on Saturdays between 11:00 to 3:00) and you may have to decide which ones are worth visiting and which ones you could afford to skip.
  9. After inspecting a property, create a sketch of the house’s layout to help you remember how it looks like. Make notes of what you like and don’t like about the property. These notes would be a quick way to eliminate the properties that doesn’t suit your needs and the ones that may need some work but could possibly be in your shortlist. Agents usually contacts you several days after the inspection and ask you what you think of the property, your notes would be a handy reference in this instance as well.
  10. Visit the property more than once. Real estate agents worth their salt know this and expect you to do so. The real estate agent of the house we bought asked us our first impressions the first time we visited the property and gave us his contact details, saying we could arrange for additional inspections anytime. Overall, we inspected the property twice, did several drive-bys on different times of the day, once at night when we parked near the house and strolled around the neighbourhood.
  11. Know when to compromise when buying an existing house. Unless you build your own house, the properties you see on the market would always have one or two points against it. Even if you build from scratch, there are no guarantees that what you build would be the perfect house you picture in your mind. For us, the property we eventually ended up with met all the items in our must-have list but came short in the good-to-have department. We made a second inspection and studied the floor plan of the house, figured that the good-to-haves could easily be added in later and made sure we’re happy with the property as it is in the meantime.
  12. Recognise a hard sell and know when to walk away. Give yourself time to think about the purchase and if the agent is pressuring you to sign before you are sure, it may be better for you to walk away. The agent of the first house we made an offer on was quite pushy and would like us to sign immediately. We’ve inspected that house once that afternoon and he told us that there was this other couple who have already put in an offer and that we should put in an offer before the day ends if we liked the property. We liked the property but wasn’t sure about the suburb since it’s still fairly underdeveloped. We called him later that day and he said that we should sign a contract note immediately, we asked if we could do the signing the next day since it’s already quite late but he kept on insisting that he could go over to our place to have the papers signed. In the end, we said no (maybe to his great shock and disappointment). Thinking about it now, we’re better off with the property we ended up with compared to that first house and saying no then paid off.
  13. There would always be ‘another couple’. Gj was telling some office colleagues about his experience with the pushy real estate agent mentioned above when a colleague who has recently bought a property for his daughter said that there would always be that other couple. He said that he had made several offers and every single time, the agent would make mention of this other couple who is also interested on the property and may be willing to pay more than he was offering. True or not, his advice is that we should only make an offer of what we think is a fair price for the property.
  14. Have a backup plan, or what I call ‘the other property we like’. In our case, we’ve narrowed down the list to two properties in the same neighbourhood with the first property having a better street location and being the nearer match to our must-haves and good-to-haves list. If the sale of this property fell through, we thought that we’d make an offer for the second property and be happy with it too. We were lucky that both properties were for sale at the same time. If you can’t find another property that closely match your needs, you could always opt to wait for another property to come up. Your first choice may be bought by someone else in the intervening time though so make sure that you’d be okay with missing out on that purchase.
  15. It may be better to consult with a conveyancer or solicitor first before signing rather than after. It is not uncommon for prospective buyers to sign a contract note and be given 3 cooling-off days to get out of the contract after consulting a conveyancer or solicitor (in private sales only, no cooling off period applies for auctions). The cooling off period comes with a small price though, if you back out within the cooling-off period, the seller can withhold $100 of your deposit or 0.2% of the purchase price, whichever is more according to the Law4u site. In our case, we had a conveyancer read the section 32 before signing (which means there won’t be a cooling-off period for us anymore since we’ve consulted with the conveyancer already prior to signing) but at least we don’t lose anything between the time that the conveyancer receives the documentation and the time we signed.
  16. As with most everything else, any research you do will pay off in the end. We’ve read several books, browsed through numerous websites, watched videos and talked to some very helpful people. Aside from the list I’ve posted before, here are a few other references we found useful:
    • Your home: buying, selling, renovating, building (99 Q&As from the experts) by Dominic Ogburn & Harvey Grennan
    • Finding and managing your mortgage for dummies by Maureen Jordan (Australian edition)
    • House hunting : a consumer’s guide to buying a home in Australia by Jerry Tyrrell
    • The Australian home buyer’s guide 2005 by Nicholas Humphrey
    • Fast-track your mortgage : save thousands and live the life you want by Lorraine Graham

Well, we’re only halfway through the buying process and I’m sure there would be other things we would be learning along the way. Any other good tips? Care to share them?

Published in: on September 29, 2005 at 12:07 pm  Comments (3)  

The Six Minute a Week Workout

Or, the Two Minute Workout. Sounds hokey, I know, but while in a train on the way home from work last Monday (June 6), I’ve read in the free daily Melbourne-based newspaper MX a short article titled Get fit in two minutes. It immediately got my attention.

Here is a quote from the MX newspaper article:

Only two minutes of intense exercise a day does as much to improve fitness levels as two hours of moderate training, according to research.

The article suggests that the workout is aimed at average healthy men and women between the ages of 25 and 35. Given that, here is the workout, also called the “Sprint Interval Training”: You need a stationary bike and you must cycle as fast and as hard as you can for 30 seconds. This is followed by four minutes of rest. Then repeat the process three more times so that in the end, you would’ve cycled a total of two minutes for a total session time of 14 minutes (by my calculations).

This is certainly welcome news for me as I definitely need to exercise but don’t want to spare a lot of time to do so. Right now, I have a 45-minute workout riding our stationary bike while playing a game on the PS2. I play a game at the same time to take my mind of the fact that I’m exercising.

I looked up the workout on the web to get more details about it before I get myself into it. Here are some links that turned up the same story:

If you intend to do this workout though, be sure to read the WebMD article at least so that you will get a better idea of its intricacies first.

And be warned, according to the same article, “If you’re going to try this technique, remember that it’s important to consult your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise.”

Published in: on June 10, 2005 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment