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5 home workouts to crush your fitness goals

Tracy your activity with the Lenovo Smart Watch S2

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Hopping on the fitness New Year’s Resolution bandwagon may seem cliche especially if you try to do it every year and you end up munching on pizza and chips while on your couch come March. The pandemic is even an added struggle since you can’t do your usual morning jog and frequent your gym.

But you can stay motivated and don’t let these hurdles stop you from your goal of staying healthy and fit throughout the year. Even without your usual equipment, you can do these home workouts to stay in tiptop shape and stick to your resolution.

Circuit

You’ve probably done circuit training at the gym, a cycle of different exercises that target different muscle groups without resting in between stations and are usually assigned by a trainer. Good news is you can also do it on your own at home and sweat through a total-body, strength-boosting and calorie-torching workout!

Personally, I like to customize and mix up my circuit training sessions to make sure I get to have fun as much as I get to effectively work out. I usually exercise between 20 to 30 minutes while moving at a quick pace. I measure my time for each workout station using my Lenovo Smart Watch S2 to make sure that I get to exert the same effort for all my targeted muscle groups.

Whether you have 15 minutes or a full hour to sweat, circuit training can help you burn fat, build muscle and beat the boredom of the same-old workout routines.

Home Yoga

Going to yoga class has been one of my favorite things to do before the pandemic that I even subscribed to a 3-month package. But as we are all asked to stay home for our safety, I thought it would be disadvantageous but it turned out to be a blessing that I get to do yoga sessions at the comfort of my home.

Using just a yoga mat, wearing the right workout outfit and watching YouTube videos that can walk me through different sessions, I was able to improve my flexibility, muscle strength and balance.

You don’t even have to rush to attend your class and with home Yoga and you also don’t have to spend a single cent. You can practice at your own preferred time, place and pace, helping you deepen self-awareness and even relieve anxiety, tension and stress.

HIIT Workout

The name of this workout alone suggests how this can pump you up. High Interval Intensity Training (HIIT) involves bursts of intense and explosive exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods that can really make you sweat and push you to your limit.

This workout has been my favorite during this pandemic since like circuit, I can work on different routines while using different alternative equipment I can find at home like a juice bottle or a chair.

HIIT also spikes up my heart rate, which I conveniently get to monitor with my Lenovo Smart Watch S2, stimulating my metabolism and helping me burn more calories and lose more weight.

Resistance band workout

One of my best purchases during this pandemic was a resistance band — that big rubber band that you usually see on the gym floor or tied up on a pull up bar when were still able to go after work.

It probably looks nothing compared to a dumbbell or a kettlebell but believe me when I say that you can definitely do so many workouts just with a resistance band.

Through its versatility and portability, it is actually a very handy training tool that can strengthen all major muscle groups. You can do squats, bicep curls, lunges and more, eliminating your need for big and heavy gym equipment.

Skipping rope

You’ve probably been playing with a jump rope since you were a kid and I’m making you realize just now that it’s actually a super convenient, easy and effective home cardio exercise.

Skipping rope actually improves your coordination by requiring several body parts to function in order to complete one movement. It also strengthens your bones and increases your flexibility and stamina.

Also, one major benefit of skipping rope is that it quickly reduces your belly fat and burns calories. In just 15 minutes of doing it, you get to lose 200 to 300 calories, which is why some even prefer to do it than running or brisk walking.

I include skipping rope as my daily cardio and even assign “jump rope days” when my muscles are too sore from working out. I find it rewarding whenever I check through my Lenovo Smart Watch S2’s counter how much calories I’ve actually burnt, making me feel like I’ve really done something good for my health.

With all these kinds of workout, you surely don’t have any excuse that you can’t stick to your New Year’s resolution and continue to stay fit and healthy. Do yourself a favor and try to exercise even just thrice a week so you can take good care of your heart, mind and body during this pandemic.

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The We-Vibe Bond takes your stimulation to greater heights

Bring that foreplay to another level

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Sex toys aren’t just toys anymore. They’re infused with technology — aiming to help people in the art of self-pleasure, improve their relationship with themselves and their partners, and in some cases, aid in medical reasons.

The topic of sex, sex toys, and owning your sexuality is still a taboo in several countries — mine included — but it’s slowly turning around. This year, we’ve seen sex tech dominating the consumer technology scene. While most of them are apt for women, recently, some toys meant for men are evolving into connected wearables.

Such is the case for the We-Vibe Bond — a connected, vibrating stimulation ring (also known as cock ring), designed by We-Vibe, a brand specializing in all kinds of sex toys.

Cock ring, but make it connected

Connected cock rings like We-Vibe’s Bond can be worn discreetly and be operated and controlled remotely using an app. What sets Bond apart is a dedicated remote control that you can use when you and your partner are together.

The stimulation ring is designed in ultra-soft silicone material and comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating. Meaning, you can play with it in the shower or in your tub.

It has ten levels of intensity and ten modes of vibration, with an autonomy of up to two hours. Further customization of the intensity and vibration can be adjusted using the We-Connect app or via the remote control.

Price and availability

The We-Vibe Bond retails for US$ 129. Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.

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Fitbit decks out Charge 5, partnership with Will Smith

Strengthen up and join Will Smith in his journey

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Fitness company Fitbit has just announced the Fitbit Charge 5 — its most advanced health and fitness tracker yet. The fifth iteration of the Charge lineup comes with new features and a thinner, sleek design built to empower you to focus on your health.

What do we have here?

First and foremost, the new Charge 5 comes with a brighter, colored touchscreen. It’s designed aerodynamically, and optimized for performance. It’s now equipped with a new AMOLED display, allowing the tracker to have an Always-On display option. Plus, it has better sunlight legibility — two-times brighter than its predecessor.

You can easily view your statistics, receive and send notifications from and to your smartphone, and choose from colorful clock faces — all with a swipe of a finger.

Like other Fitbit wearables, the Charge 5 tracks your heart rate 24/7 and constantly update you on your personal ranges. It also provides a holistic view of other wellness metrics through its Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app. This includes breathing rate, skin temperature variation, and blood oxygen level (SpO2).

Furthermore, Fitbit’s industry-leading sleep tools such as Sleep Score, Sleep Stages, and SmartWake alarms are present in the new Charge 5.

So, what’s new?

Interestingly, the Fitbit Charge 5 comes with Daily Readiness Score. The new features helps you understand if your body is ready for a workout or if you need to rest. Its data is based on your fitness fatigue, heart rate variability, and recent sleep.

It also has a built-in GPS, with 20 exercise modes, and automatic exercise recognition for when you forgot to track your workout. And it has an estimate of your VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during your exercises.

Another noteworthy feature is its EDA sensor, which was first launched in the Fitbit sense. The sensor measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers. And the Fitbit Charge 5 is the first tracker to include the sensor.

What else?

Of course, the battery still lasts up to seven days. And you can choose different bands to personalize your tracker. From lightweight silicone infinity bands, to breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook and loop bands, and even hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands.

The Charge 5 also allows you to experience in-depth analysis, guides, tips, and tricks using its features when you subscribe to Fitbit Premium.

Fitbit Premium with Will Smith

Speaking of Fitbit Premium, Fitbit recently partnered with actor, producer, and musician Will Smith. Smith is joining the Fitbit family as its newest ambassador. Premium members can join along his journey through his video sessions together with Smith’s training team.

The sessions will showcase mindfulness sessions and a wide range of workouts — from HIIT, strength, to yoga, and even meditation. The first session is launching on September 27.

Price and availability

The Fitbit Charge 5 is available online at Fitbit.com for US$ 180 (PhP 11,990), which includes a six-month Premium membership for both new and returning customers. It will also come to major retailers such as Digital Walker and Fitbit’s Official Store on Lazada and Shopee, with worldwide availability this September.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit Charge 4 review: An extra ingredient to becoming fit and healthy

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LG PuriCare VoiceOn: Price and availability in Singapore

It’s called the LG PuriCare VoiceOn

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LG PuriCare VoiceOn

LG’s futuristic face mask got an upgrade adding a built-in mic and speaker. Officially called the LG Puricare VoiceOn, the pandemic-necessary accessory is currently available in Singapore.

Wearing a face mask is mandataory but it presents a few problems. If you’re speaking to someone else, hearing their voice can prove difficult if you’re both behind masks.

LG is solving this by giving LG PuriCare VoiceOn users  access to a speaker and a built-in mic. With a voice amplifier, the mask can detect whenever the wearer is speaking and amplify it for them.

This upgraded version has a larger battery at 1000mAh compared to the first generation’s 820mAh. Charging time, LG says, will be around two hours. It also has a smaller motor that should make it easier to wear.

From filtering out the nasties in the air you breathe, reducing waste by allowing you to skip disposable face masks, and down to keeping your skin clear of maskne, it’s definitely tech’s answer to one of the biggest needs during this pandemic. Watch the video below:

Price and availability

The LG PuriCare VoiceOn comes in Creamy White and and Ocean Black and retails for SG$ 249. It’s available through official LG LazadaLG Shopee, LG KrisShop and across all authorized retailers — Best Denki and COURTS.

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