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Confessions of a non-runner

What got me to start running

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The idea of being healthy and fit wasn’t something I always entertained. The closest I got to a healthier lifestyle was attending yoga classes religiously around four to five years ago. I had a lot of excuses for stopping though: My schedule didn’t allow it, my friends stopped going, it was too expensive, the studio moved, and there was nothing else nearby.

Finding other fitness activities to do since then has been a chore, mostly for the same excuses listed above. While everyone agrees running is one of the easiest and cheapest exercises you can do just about anywhere, it’s simply not something I enjoyed doing. The turning point for me eight months ago was seeing and feeling physical manifestations of being unfit.

Confession #1: My motivation is not abs, but my weaknesses

My recent attempt at a healthier lifestyle was not due to any desire to look good in a swimsuit, although getting there wouldn’t hurt because I admittedly cringe at old clips of me with a more prominent double chin.

There is no better motivation for me to exercise than my self-defined weaknesses. Whether that’s not being able to load your own carry-on into the overhead bin, running out of breath during an easy hike, getting too tired and sore from walking and carrying a tripod at a tour or the show floor, not being able to focus at the tasks at hand, and not being able to sleep and wake up at normal hours.

Confession #2: I enjoy working out with weights and machines

Through the last few months of experimenting with different exercises, I found that strength training is most enjoyable and important to me, especially in addressing my weaknesses.

My only problem is I’m unable to do most of my routine when traveling, which I do often, unless my hotel has its own gym. For those instances, I resort to exercises that don’t require weights or machines, like tricep dips, planking, and crunches.

Confession #3: I hate running as much as I hate counting calories

There’s no getting around it: I will most likely be one of the first casualties of the zombie apocalypse. I would rather skip my exercise for the day if running outdoors was my only option.

But I started running anyway — indoors that is — on a treadmill in high-intensity intervals. Telling myself to run for 10 to 20 minutes instead of covering two miles is much easier to commit to, what with the limited time I have in a day. There’s no better feeling than doing something out of my comfort zone and knowing I can survive a quick run tells me I can survive anything, eventually.

Confession #4: I don’t really believe in smartwatches, at least not yet

A shiny new thing on your wrist is like a new gym membership; it motivates you at the start, and gives you fake willpower to overcome laziness, mostly because you want to get the most out of the investment you just made. Sometimes you’d even throw in new shoes, a new sports bra, or a fresh pair of cute leggings, just so you’d feel good while working out.

Even for everyday use, I find myself turning off notifications and not using any other function my smartphone can also do on any wearable I get my hands on. I’ve avoided smartwatches ever since the first smartwatch I tried using because of how they look, bad battery life, and not-so-useful functions.

Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to monitoring your health, smartwatches and fitness trackers can be helpful and have improved a lot over the years. But knowing how many calories I’ve burned or steps I’ve taken on a certain day doesn’t mean anything if I didn’t change my habits for the long term. A new piece of tech or clothing can only do so much to motivate me.

Confession #5: I have a fast resting heart rate and that’s not good

From the overwhelming amount of data a smartwatch gives me, I realized that what matters the most is my heart rate. One’s resting heart rate says a lot about one’s overall well-being, and my average resting heart rate says a lot about the current state of my fitness. I live a very sedentary lifestyle — I sit all day, go in front of my computer, Uber to and from work. I rarely get to walk a lot.

For what it’s worth, using a fitness wearable like the Garmin Forerunner 35 to track how much my heart beats in real time has helped. Seeing how unfit I really am with one press of a button, through a number that isn’t my calorie count and seeing that number lower little by little, motivates me to reach new goals.

It’s only been four months since I started consistently adding 10-minute running intervals before any of my workout routines and I already feel better. I climbed the easternmost part of the Great Wall of China two months ago and I didn’t get as easily tired compared to when I went up the Geumnyeonsan Mountain in Busan, South Korea back in October.

Aside from surviving easy hikes and having stronger arms that can carry a bag full of camera gear overhead, one of my fitness goals now is to have a more normal heart rate — that whenever I press that button on any smartwatch, it should say anything between 60 to 80 instead of 100 and above. Even if I don’t enjoy it as much, I’ve learned that running is still one of the best ways for me to get there. Slowly building up my running time, running at a faster pace, and maybe eventually running outdoors will help me achieve a healthier heart.

In the last few months, it’s been reinforced to me that being fit isn’t so much about how you look — having a thigh gap or toned abs doesn’t necessarily equate to good health. A healthy heart, after all, is a happy one. Everything else (abs included) will eventually follow.

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8 fall-themed tech accessories to get you in that autumn mood

It’s pumpkin spice season!

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It’s that time of the year: The perfect weather, beautiful autumn leaves, pumpkin-spiced lattes…

In celebration of one of the most beloved seasons, I’ve rounded up a number of accessories that will get you in the mood for fall.

TeePublic laptop sleeves

Pretty and protective for your laptops, these cases will remind you of fall no matter what season it is.

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Lucrin cases

These beautiful cases in subtle hues will remind you of fall and make for the perfect phone accessory.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte cases

What is fall without this autumn drink? This season’s (in)famous drink adorns these phone cases to make sure you don’t ever forget it.

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Mighty purse wristlet

This great purse not only comes in beautiful fall colors, it has a powerbank built in, too!

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Autumn leather camera straps

What better way to carry your camera around during the fall than with this intricately adorned strap?

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Casetify watch straps

This double leather watch band in brown is looking pretty classy and perfect for this season’s subtle hues.

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Zazzle powerbanks

Perfect for the season, power up with these beautifully themed bricks.

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Michael Kors phone wallet

Not your normal wallet, this also holds your smartphone! This leather case in acorn is giving me all the autumn feels.

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GOAT launches augmented reality-powered Black Friday giveaway

It has already started!

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Sneakerheads rejoice!

GOAT, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers, is back with its much-awaited Black Friday Extravaganza. This year, thousands of dollars’ worth of rare sneakers are up for grabs with the event getting an augmented reality twist.

Participants start out with 100 tickets but can earn more by exploring more than a hundred points of interest around the world that highlight sneaker culture. You can earn even more points by physically visiting select locations where you’ll find 3D AR objects.

Michael Josh with a US$ 40,000 pair of self-lacing sneakers inside the world’s most expensive sneaker cabinet at Flight Club NYC.

One of those sites is Flight Club NY which we visited last week to see the tech first hand. The campaign was developed using Apple’s ARKit and features 3D interactive objects that superimpose a “Greatest Of All Time” graphic into the real world.

The campaign runs from November 9th to the 22nd. You can visit their website for all the details, and download the GOAT app from the iOS App Store.

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Tech for the strong, independent, and happily single woman

Because it’s Singles’ Day!

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November 11, or 11.11, has been dubbed as Singles’ Day. While some may believe this to be a reminder of persistent loneliness and that dreaded single status, I believe otherwise. Singlehood is and should be a celebration of your independence. Being single is not necessarily a bad thing.

That being said, I’ve rounded up a number devices for the strong, independent, and happily single woman.

Google Pixel 3 

In a sea of dual camera phones, the Pixel stands its ground with one shooter, proving that in a lot of instances, one is enough.

Sony H.ear On

To shut out the naysayers, and look good while doing so. Sony’s H.ear On headphones, aside from sounding amazing, are Bluetooth-enabled which means that you’re not tied to anything. If that isn’t symbolic, I don’t know what is.

GoPro Hero 7

To document your own adventures and tell your own story! With electronic image stabilization, your footage always comes out smooth AF. At least this camera is stable — more than I can say about those boys you dated.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

To remind you that it’s time to be your own woman and that you don’t and shouldn’t have time for other people’s crap. Consequently, it also looks cute and tells you the actual time.

Honda CR-V

So you can drive your own future! The CR-V is equipped with tech to make your drive a cinch. This thing will get you places.

Peak Design Everyday Tote

Because the only weight on your shoulders should be the weight of your stuff! Let go of excess/exes baggage. 😎

 

Joby Gorillapod 1K

Since you can stand on your own, like this tripod. Big plus for shooting your own IG photos with this — no need for IG boyfriends!

Happy 11.11, ladies! Always remember that the only person who can complete yourself is you. 💁🏽‍♀️✨

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