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Tried and tested: MyKronoz ZeFit 2 Pulse proves to be the perfect fitness companion when traveling 

Lately I’ve been obsessed with walking. I tried walking everywhere – I try to cover as much as 3 kilometers as much as I can when I walk early in the morning; when malling and even when I run errands. 

So when I finally managed to finalize my plans on the recently-concluded trip to Japan, I resolved to walk as much as I can going to places. One, it will save me my much valued yen, plus I get to see a lot of attractions that are often times not visible when you are always on the bus or the subway. 

That’s why it was a very nice surprise when Mark Embino, the affable and friendly marketing head of X-Mini and MyKronoz under Bridgecom Distribution offered me the MyKronoz ZeFit 2 Pulse to try out while in Japan. 

My perfect travel companions: journal, travel guide and my ZeFit Pulse 2

Of course, I was beyond excited. Recently fitness watches has become my thing – maybe it’s because of my constant walking that I needed to know continuously how much I’ve walked, my heart rate and the calories I managed to burn. Somehow, my only kick in life is to know that walking ALL THAT MUCH actually accounted for something. 

 Sleek yet packs a punch 


The ZeFit 2 Pulse came in a very compact packaging containing the smart watch in cobalt blue, instruction booklet and the charger which is composed of the charging cable and a magnetized head that easily latches on the back of the fitness watch. 


This is a great feature since the smart watch charges immediately as soon as a connected charger is latched on its back. A word of caution though for those, the magnetized charging head is small so make sure not to lose it or you risk spending a lot of time looking for a minuscule charger head (cos I did!) 

Let’s talk about the look and feel of the watch first. It’s very sleek and thin design doesn’t look too intrusive or too techie. The easily-adjustable snap-type band closes and open easily. The watch face has enoug space to display the time and heartbeats, while swiping left or right will display the number of steps, calories burned and hours of sleep. 

6:40PM – Manila Time | Needed to adjust it an hour ahead upon reaching Japan

ZeFit 2 Pulse pairs easily to my iPhone simply by downloading the ZeFit app and syncing it to the device. A word of caution tho, you need to update continuously whenever you fail to wear it. The app is available on iOS and on Google Play.

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I love how the design fits the clothes I packed for the trip. Since it’s just a simple watch band, it doesn’t look too obtrusive but can easily catch the eye with its bright blue color. 

Works like magic 

In the seven days that I’ve been on vacation (3 days in Nagoya, 4 in Osaka) – the ZeFit 2 Pulse became a trusted travel companion. As predicted, the hubby and I ended up walking A LOT especially in Nagoya where the side streets are not filled with people. In the course of the day, I managed to discover two shrines and even cool hole-in-the-walls just by walking. I also managed to reach more than 18,000 steps or almost twice the average recommended daily steps. Somehow, I managed to burn all the indulging I did with all that sumptuous food! 

Another cool thing with the ZeFit 2 Pulse is that it has staying power. I managed to charge it at least only twice on the course of the trip. Unlike my phone who acts up when it gets too cold, the freezing temperature did not do anything with the watch. Even when the weather reached up to 3 degrees, the ZeFit still managed to blaze through the cold. 

So if you’re on the look out for a great Starter smart watch, you might wanna consider this beauty. It’s has all the basics you need in one cool package.

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The Fitness Diaries: Day One of Boxing – where I hardly floated, but looked like a bee

The Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali once said, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee…”

In my case, “it was floated pathetically like a bee…” THIS. BEE. 

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The most famous bee in history – Photo not my property – credit to owner

Seriously speaking, I always knew that starting to get healthy is not a walk in the park. I have wasted a lot of years reveling in my sedentary lifestyle – too stressed, too busy and too broke to start a fitness regimen.

However, the bitter pill of being overweight is not something that can be ignored. Especially when I suffer from PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which was one of the off-shoots of being overweight. Other health issues are also mounting: Breathing became hard when doing physical activities, I easily get tired and my knees are killing me. I tended to dread Annual Physical Examinations because I always hear the same thing from my doctors – the blood sugar is elevated, there’s too many carbs in my body and yes, I need to lose weight if I wanted the PCOS to go away.

Further adding to misery is the hassle of buying clothes. My friends know that I can be really picky when it comes to the things I wear. I am all for style, but I also can’t resist a good bargain. Thing is, local brands tend to carry small sizes, you’re lucky if you can find an XL that fitted really well. Since my ass can rival that of the Kardashians’ – looking for jeans can be a hassle.

Let’s not even get started on the style. Even before, I noticed how local plus sized clothing can be frustrating for those who wanted a bit of style in their clothes. If it’s not the God-forsaken color-blocking pattern which can make anyone look like a glorified chess board, it’s a whole lot of animal patterns (cheetah, tiger, zebra, you name it!) I always end up buying from Marks & Spencer, Forever 21 and H&M who carries European sizes. For someone who doesn’t have a secret stash of unlimited cash somewhere, this is a big hassle and a pain in the pocket.

Lastly, being overweight, especially in the Philippines, is not exactly good to your self-esteem. People can be really cruel and insensitive. Classmates and colleagues from ten years back will not greet you hello, but the standard, “ay bakit ang taba mo na?! (why have you gotten fat?)”To some, to laugh about your expanding girth is not considered offensive but just “part of the joke,” a means to toy with you or simply part of the conversation.  If you’re heavier than the usual, you have to have guts of steel – not to digest the food you eat,  but basically to keep yourself sane from people who seemed to find offense in being heavy. You have to have a good comeback, a witty, sarcastic personality or be really funny to survive.

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At the end of the day, it wasn’t the off-center jokes, the usually shopping bill that got to me. It was the need to get healthy. I became tired of being lazy – heavily dependent on the laptop and the smart phone, while Chromecasting my way to early death. I knew that if I wanted to see positive change in myself, I needed to start on the physical.

So, I enrolled into a boxing gym, started eating healthy (eschewing cake and pastries which was like death to me)  and started guzzling massive amounts of water.

First day at the boxing gym was tough. While I never entertained notions of going all “Girlfight” on my first day, I also didn’t anticipate that I’ll be the lamest person in attendance. I go to Empire Boxing Gym in Makati where they have good trainers and coaches, and maintained a “no-bully, no-judgement environment” but being around people who box like a long-lost Pacquiao sparring partner can be jarring. Especially if you’re that someone who looks like a munchkin armed with a borrowed boxing gloves.

However, what I lack in physical strength, I more than make up for in determination. I might be taking a long time finishing my reps, but I tell you – I will finish it. I may take a long time doing burpees – but I will finish it. I may look like I was punching on nothing but air – but I will throw my best straights and lefts, so help me God. Given that I was on my first day, I went home with all parts of my body screaming for mercy. And you know what? I cannot wait to go back.

I am also thankful for people who had my best interest at heart. A good doctor friend reached out to me and – via Facebook messenger – gave me tips on how I can lead a healthier lifestyle and do physical activities even when I am not going to the gym:

  • Keep hydrated and drink 8 glasses of water
  • Always eat a good, sizable breakfast but stay away from carbs during dinner
  • Choose fruits and vegetables as much as you can
  • As much as possible, and if you can, walk. Aim for 10,000 steps everyday
  • Don’t sit the whole day. If you are working, try to designate times when you are standing. I recently started doing this. After lunch, I work standing — I propped my laptop on an old box so my posture won’t suffer. Fidget as much as you can.

I know it’s tempting to revert to the old lifestyle – and honestly, I allow myself to be lazy during weekends. But at the end of the day, my determination and my will to live a longer life, a healthier life so I could enjoy the fruits of my labor secedes any lingering pangs of “wanting to just be lazy.”

I will never have the body I had when I was 23, but I can always have the better version of me.

Wish me luck on my wellness journey 🙂 I really needed it.

 

711 Run for 2017 All Set

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As someone who is constantly stressed and famished due to work and my other side hustles, 711 has always been my happy place. Every day, after work, my hubs and I will hie to the nearest 711 and get our comfort food. Mine usually involves green tea and their famous hotdog-in-a-bun while my husband takes comfort in his favorite snack. While our nightly runs to 711 might need evolve into choosing the healthier options they offer (like the salad, boiled egg and yogurt prominently displayed on the fridge), I am happy to note that come February 05, 2017  (Sunday), my “run with 711” will be more than the usual.

That’s because the highly-successful and highly-anticipated 711 Run will happen on that day, with runners joining the 10KM, 16KM, 21KM, 42KM categories and 10KM Buddy Run will enjoy the course and the scenic view along along the Skyway. For those joining the 500M, 3KM and 5KM categories (like I do!), the race course is along Filinvest City.

The race is open for individuals aged 18 and above, while the Kids Run will accept runners as young as 3 years old, provided they are accompanied by a guardian on the day of the race. (For more information, go to the 711 Race Guidelines here)

Top 3 winners per category will receive cash prizes and medals, while the top 3 Filipino males and females in the 21KM and 42KM categories will be given a chance to represent the Philippines to join an international marathon in Asia, through a  sponsorship by 711.

Through 711’s unique system of SELF-SELECTED WAVE STARTS, participants can choose their wave start and run with people with the same skill or speed, or with their friends!

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To join, register online at http://www.run711.com/ and pay the fees at any 7-Eleven store within 48 hours. Race Kits can be claimed on the date indicated on the receipt, and from the same store where payment has been made.

711 has prepared a really cool finisher shirt and medal to those who will be able to complete the race:

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Online registration for 711 Run 2017 is until January 18, so hurry!

Hope to see you on race day!

 

Piolo leads call to “Go Well;” launches this year’s Sunpiology Sugar Wars

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Heartthrob Piolo Pascual is like a Pinoy Tony Stark – even without the “Crush Ng Bayan” tag which followed him all his life, Piolo is well-loved and known to his followers as a product endorser, as a savy businessman, a philanthropist and a budding athlete. This is aside from being a loving father, brother and son to his family. 

For a few years already, Piolo has added another title to his already long multi-hypenates. Following his long-term partnership with leading financial services company, Sunlife. From espousing the values of saving up for the future, Piolo is also now the face of Sun Fit & Well, Sunlife’s foray to wellness products and its Wellness Advocacy component, Go Well

“SUN Fit and Well provides coverage for 114 critical illnesses and can help replace funds used for diagnostic procedures and check-ups. But more than a usual health insurance, it provides benefits to keep customers healthy and well. It is available in limited pay and Advantage variants, which includes hospitalization and follow-up care with a specialist,” explains Mylene Lopa, Sunlife Chief Marketing Officer. 

It’s Wellness Advocacy Component, Go Well is a community with a website that provides nutrition tips, exercise ideas, and content about a more mindful life. But more than just an online community, Go Well members can enjoy discounts in partner establishments, as well as free access to regular community classes featuring the hottest fitness trends

The Go Well program introduced its various ambassadors, leading different aspects of wellness. These include Rovilson Fernandez for CrossFit, Bubbles Paraiso for Yoga, Tessa Prieto-Valdez for Yoga, Piolo Pascual for cycling/strength, Sunlife Health & Wellness Manager Jaymie Pizzaro for running and Inigo Pascual for the Youth. 

“GoWell marks Sun Life’s entry into the wellness space,” according to Health and Wellness Manager Jaymie Pizzaro. “GoWell is envisioned to be a wellness community offering credible and relevant health and wellness information and high impact fitness events to help Filipinos live healthier, brighter lives.”

Go Well is available for Sunlife members and non-members. Those interested to live the healthy life can go to www.gowell.com.ph. Varying benefits are available depending on the coverage. 

As someone who fiercely advocates wellness, Piolo is again lending his name to this year’s Sugar Wars Sunpiology Run happening on November 19, 3PM at Camp Aguinaldo, QC. 

Aside from his Go Well co-ambassadors, Star Magic artists will also join the yearly run mixed with fun activities, through the leadership of the Run Rio team. 

In spite the fact that there is a constant influx of new pretty boys, no one can deny that Piolo remains on top of the “hot guys meter” – add to this his acting mettle and his Well-loved personality and it’s common knowledge that he can still give any 20-something guy a run for their money. 

Piolo credits his youthful look and energy (take note: he is nearing his 40s) to his dedication to living a healthy life. Unlike younger guys who strictly watch what they eat, Piolo believes in “eating what he wants” as long as there’s proper moderation and that he works out after. 

He favors cycling now adays but during his early foray to fitness, he has trained with Well-known running guru Coach Rio. In fact, the two had an easy banter during the Q&A, with Piolo noting that it has been a long time winded their last run. 


More than his drop-dead features, its the many facts of Piolo Pascual, the man, that will forever endear him to the public. After all, dor almost two decades in the industry , he remains our one and only “Papa P.” 

Work out in style: Under Armor makes you look good while you sweat 

Press release 

CoolSwitch Capri Tights; UA CoolSwitch Run Short Sleeve T-shirt – specially created with Under Armour’s CoolSwitch technology to empower you to perform longer 

   

  

Looking good while you sweat provides good inspiration to ditch the extra poundage. Under Armour, on the forefront in innovation of high-performance sportswear apparel, brings sporting professionals and aspiring athletes its latest Under Armour CoolSwitch technology, unveiled as part of the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, hitting stores in mid-February.

With the tagline “You are the sum of all your training”, Under Armour’s Rule Yourself campaign represents athletes’ and fitness enthusiasts’ willpower to never give up, and the constant push to better themselves. 

Under Armour’s CoolSwitch technology cools your body and skin when you start to heat up and sweat. The technology blends three unique active cooling agents, integrated for the first time ever in an apparel application, with each of these ingredients delivering a specific benefit over the course of a workout to help athletes stay cool.

The first ingredient serves to pull heat energy away from the skin, providing an instant cooling sensation, while the second is activated by sweat – as an athlete begins to sweat, it kicks in to supercharge the body’s natural cooling mechanism. On top of aesthetics purposes, the ‘crystal’ print that characterises CoolSwitch apparel also plays a functional role. The final ingredient is the same technology of that used in NASA spacesuits. In the process of changing phases from solid to liquid, this special material absorbs and stores heat energy within the binding agents in the ‘crystal’ print.

 While each ingredient performs a specific function, it is the unique combination of these active ingredients that gives rise to Under Armour CoolSwitch’s unprecedented active cooling capability. As a result, during a workout, CoolSwitch wearers feel cooler, less physically taxed and their skin temperature stays lower, allowing them to exercise longer. With Under Armour’s CoolSwitch technology, it is a leap forward for athletes and fitness enthusiasts everywhere to maintain and further their fitness and wellness journey.

 

Clock That Last Lap

  

With a strong emphasis on running this season, Under Armour has updated its range of athletic footwear with new and improved designs for the popular UA SpeedForm® Apollo and UA SpeedForm Gemini styles. No matter your goals – to run fast, run long, or run strong, these new footwear designs will help you attain them.

The UA SpeedForm Apollo 2 features a perforated arch and tongue with ultrasonic seal for durable breathability, and utilises arch reinforcement construction on the medial side for a precise fit and foot guidance for a more efficient faster ride, making for swift and fast runs. The dual-layer midsole also combines Charged Cushioning and Micro G® for the ultimate blend of cushioned support and explosive responsiveness. Additionally, anatomically placed flex grooves aid the transition from heel to toe for the most efficient performance.

 The freshened UA SpeedForm Gemini 2 showcases a new ArchForm fit system for additional support and better fit and feel, and upgrades made to the mesh increases breathability. The full-length dual layer Charged Cushioning midsole also delivers superior impact protection, energy return and adaptive support, and is anatomically designed to deliver a superior heel to toe transition for runners looking to go the distance.

 Under Armour also offers the UA Streaker Tee which consists of a moisture-wicking blend of spun polyester and elasterell, and is lightweight, anti-microbatic and comfortable. This tee is designed with side seams to reduce cling and chafing, and allows full stretch and recovery without absorbing sweat.
Committed to their aim of making all athletes better, Under Armour has also released new designs to the brand’s key ArmourVent™ and HeatGear® technology to provide ultra smoothness, enhanced ventilation and extreme comfort, as well as new designs for the UA Armour Bra. Updated design lines and trims have been made to Under Armour’s signature compression gear, where the new performance flex panel maximises mobility and relieves chafing and abrasion.

 For super hero geeks, Under Armour’s Alter Ego line offers upcoming releases of the Batman vs. Superman Collection and Captain America: Civil War Alter Ego Collection definitely pleasing fans of DC and Marvel characters. 

 The Under Armour Spring/Summer 2016 Collection will be available at all Under Armour brand houses and shop-in-shops beginning February 2016. 

Lights, misery and fitness

One of the things that’s keeping me sane and healthy is my recent return to health and fitness. A recurring theme in this blog is my never ending woes about my health and weight issues, which usually led to a lot of respiratory and reproductive problems.

Following my office’s transfer to the Central Business District (CBD), I started a running schedule with my friends from my department. We all started gained weight after working for the kaisha and were all bemoaning our lack of exercise. Our current location is just right across the Ayala Triangle Park, which is actually a haven for fitness buffs. Every early evening, you would often see a pack of runners circling the park, or engrossed in their own work outs. We decided that the new location is the perfect antidote to our bulging bellies and ever-expanding waistlines.

Actually, I had a head start. My recent bout with depression has left me a few pounds lighter since I lost my appetite and basically, my will to live. Determined to finally let go of the past me and work on being a new person, I decided that I have to past the pit where I was stuck for the last 2 months and just work, no…fight in getting myself better.

So, I decided to invest in an pedometer which will help me track the calories I lost as well as the steps I took per day. Being tied down to a desk job contributed a lot to my weight gain and after consulting with a specialist, I know that I needed to be more active and has resolved to walking as much as I can.

According to health experts, we should at least reach 10,000 steps a day in order to be healthy and burn a significant number of calories. I started wearing the pedometer religiously and has become obsessed in keeping my running and work out schedule.

In my mind, not because my life is a mess right now doesn’t mean that I have to look like one, too.

I resolved to get better — and I know that step one to this journey is feeling better and looking a lot better physically.

So, I started to run, watched what I ate and even shy away from rice and any type of soda. I miss my ice, cold Sprite but my newly-found addiction to green tea was able to temper the loss. I drink water like a fish and my morning isn’t complete without a tall glass of ice cold non-fat milk.

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Running became my “Me Time” — an opportunity to decompress, relax and think about nothing but the road ahead and the kilometers I’ve reached (according to my trusty Nike Run app). While my running records are pathetic (averaging 3 kilometers for 1 hour run), running religiously began to show its effects on my body. My knees and thighs always hurt but I can also see changes in their size. Pants began to sag, my shirts began to feel bigger when I wear them, people now notice that I am starting to lose the flabs and the extra baggage around my middle. To date, I have lost about 10 kilos of my original weight — but still has a long way to go to be considered healthy and with correct BMI (30 kilos more, to be exact).

However, running around Ayala Triangle–especially during Christmas–has its downside, especially for a depressed person like me:

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This. The Christmas Lights and Sounds Show which has began to attract a lot of people due to the colorful and amazing light show synced to Christmas carols.

I was in the middle of my run, when the lights first came on — much to the oooh-ing and aaah-ing of the audience. It was so beautiful that I stopped running and just looked at all the lights and basked on the Christmas atmosphere, the chilly, November air and the carols playing on the PA system. That’s also when I noticed the couples kissing under the lights, the children shrieking in happiness, the families gathering under the trees, the group of friends posing for a “groufie” or recording the light show on their smart phones.

In short, that’s also when I noticed how alone I was.

In the midst of the happiness, of happy, dancing lights and uplifting Christmas carols — the feeling of sadness, of hopelessness and just being alone was starting to rear it’s ugly head again.

So, I opened the Nike Run app and pushed the “Resume Run” button, hooked my earphones and started to pick my pace.

To this day, I never stopped again to look at those wonderful dancing lights.

Confessions of a serial dieter

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It has come to my attention that all perceived weight and flabs that I have managed to lose due to exercising like a mad woman during the last quarter of 2013 has been slowly creeping up my flab-riddled body.

The warning signs were there: clothes that felt a bit too tight around the middle, difficulty in running as part of the office’s running club and the slowly expanding gut. Sometimes, I say no to invitations for drinks and get-together because I don’t want to see old acquaintances and hear them say the usual line, “what happened to you? you gained weight! you used to be so thin in college!” Yes, I can deflect it with my usual tough girl lines but it kinda eats me away inside–especially when I am already at home, looking at a pile of clothes that no longer fit me.

While I do my four minute work outs during weekend, I have also begun to collect flimsy routine just to get out of my exercise routine. This–and the lack of discipline–are some of the reasons why I managed to gain back the pounds I managed to shake off.

Now, I am in panic mode.

Like the serial crammer and dieter that I am–and faced with the thought of looking pudgier than I was before–I started looking at my options.

1. Replace coffee with green tea and stick with it – after reading somewhere that tea is a good anti-oxidant and that it helps you lose weight, I started impulsively buying various green tea variants in the market and leaving it anywhere: in my room, the office and a sachet in my bag. My reasoning is that I will replace my coffee intake with green tea. I managed to do this for about a week and then stress hits me and I am chugging coffee again like a fiend.

2. Salads, hard boiled eggs and eating healthy – When I was still doing the fitness boot camp, I was eating salads, vegetables and fruits, drinking milk everyday and staying away from sweets (aka “my weakness”). But after the boot camp and the stress of work reappeared, I was downing cup cakes and fudgee bars every chance I get. I blame this for the bloated feeling.

To address this, I started eating healthy again — but man, trying to lose weight is very expensive. I was spending almost a hundred bucks per meal for my salads! Fruits and veggies also don’t come cheap. But it really needed to tone down. So, I am temporarily breaking my frugal ways in order to sustain my “healthy lifestyle”. If you have suggestions on how I can eat healthy and on the cheap – let me know!

3. Get my chair off the butt and start running again – I wasn’t able to run as much as I like due to my very hectic work sched. However, deep inside, I know that I am using work as a reason to procrastinate on my running and exercise. I have to stop this. I already left my running gear at work, reasoning that it will allow me to run if I want to.

4. Explore gym membership – I noticed that there’s a small community gym a block from my house. If I don’t have the discipline to do the work outs on my own, maybe it’s time to hit the gym and hire a trainer to bully me into submission.

God knows how much I wanted to lose weight. I don’t want to acknowledge it but gaining weight is already affecting my self-esteem.

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