New Year celebrations have come and gone, my dear millennials, and with that comes fitness resolutions which (historically) don’t even last as long as Kim Kardashian’s social media hiatus (Yes, Kim K. is back on Instagram and maybe it’s time you up your selfie game, too).
Make this year different. Drop that phone and go outside to exercise; lose those unwanted pounds and finally work on those dream abs. In 2017, the only thing you should be gaining are likes on your latest #Fitspiration IG posts!
So, how do millennials, self-proclaimed digital natives in this social media jungle, begin a journey to a healthier lifestyle? With a fitness smartwatch, of course!
Working out and working it!
I spent most of December trying out the Huawei Band, a budget-friendly fitness smartwatch. I figured that at the very least, it will serve as a constant reminder (on my own wrist) of a healthier lifestyle I’m supposed to be living.
As it turns out, the Huawei Band was very good at reminding me about my lifestyle. It vibrates every time a fitness goal is reached (with virtual fireworks!), or even as a reminder to stand up and stretch after sitting for too long. The smartwatch connects to your phone via Bluetooth and may be operated through the Huawei Wear app. The app automatically calculates the number of steps needed per day according to the user’s height and weight. It also measures the distance walked, steps taken, and calories burned.
The Huawei Band is water resistant, so neither snow nor rain nor heat nor sweaty workout activities will be a problem. The watch goes on automatic sleep mode after a few seconds; it comes alive at a tap — or several, as the watch isn’t that sensitive, which may be a good thing considering the many random movements of an exercise routine. Battery life lasts a good three to four days without needing a charge.
Naturally, the fitness band should be on you at all times to track your every movement, including your time in bed (sleep is also monitored). Though unnatural at first, having a watch on all the time is something I got used to after a while. Pretty soon, it became convenient, as it left my hands free while still allowing me to get my phone notifications. But, although it’s great that the watch syncs with your phone and receives alerts, the Huawei Band does not allow you to answer calls or read full messages.
The Huawei Band retails in the Philippines for only PhP 2,990 or $80 for the rest of the world, a very affordable price tag compared to other fitness smartwatches. The small, simple gadget has a straightforward purpose and it stays true to that. The Huawei Band packs a punch when it comes to basic fitness functions, but as can be expected for the price, it has limited extra features.
GadgetMatches and matching outfits
When one thinks of fitness bands, one thinks of those rectangular plastic things that go around your wrist and come in bright colors. While I find those cute, I also find glitter glow-stick bracelets cute. Both, however, are not proper accessories to cocktail dresses or half of the things found in every girl’s wardrobe. The usual problem with these fitness trackers is that most of them are targeted towards men; they usually do not have the aesthetic we women need.
For something that’s supposed to be on your wrist 24/7, I couldn’t understand why most of these fitness bands looked, well, way too much like fitness bands.
In this aspect, the Huawei Band won out. The huge circular face is reminiscent of analogue watches, and the white plastic band looks clean and simple — easy to match with any outfit, no matter what the occasion.
After a month of usage, I now have a better gauge of my fitness activities and the calories I’ve burned along the way. I still don’t have abs (it’s coming!), but I am proud to say that not once did my outfits look unmatched.
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8 festive makeup looks to up your holiday game
December is the time for gifts, Christmas cheer, and, of course, holiday parties. Looking to add some pizzaz to celebrate? Fret not, I gotchu.
Dazzle everyone with festive looks that are as fun and bright as the holidays themselves. This season’s looks involve some merry cheer in the form of bright colors and a lot of sparkles. Wow at your next Christmas get-together with makeup that jingle bell rocks. Here are a few looks you can try:
Get in the mood with this glitter red eye
This red-themed look is one that’s sure to turn heads. Pair your shimmering lids with a glossy red lip and you’ll be looking oh so merry this season.
This festive green makes for an elegant Christmas look
A subtle look with a great color pop to keep you in thay holiday spirit, this Christmas-y greed lid works well worn with some holiday cheer.
A great glitter cut crease is a popping detail everyone will love
It’s all about the subtle detail! This sparkly cut crease makes a big impact and turns up the holiday notch in any basic look.
Ice queen with a flair with this cool frosted lavender look
There’s a Rihanna style for every season! This cool lavender look is a great way to add some color to an icy snow queen look that’s perfect for this Ber-month.
Another sparkly cut crease that definitely dazzles
Another take on the glitter cut crease — this whole look is looking festive AF. This fresh face topped off with that eye-catching lid looks simply amazing.
Go all out glam with a glorious glitter lid
For a more classic approach, a bold red lip with shimmering platinum lids do the job well. This holiday twist to the dramatic look does wonders.
A simple look with a tiny touch of twinkle
Those who need a more conservative holiday look for everyday December wear need not look further. A touch of sparkle on your lid will make all the difference.
This amazing glitter lip because glitter works with everything
Dazzle everyone with this look! Taking things up a notch with the glitters, this bold holiday lip will give everyone something to look at.
Merry Christmas and great-looking makeup holidays, ya’ll! 🤩
LG’s HomeBrew machine will make homemade craft beer for you
The best kitchen appliance in the history of time
This is not your typical kitchen appliance — it’s even better.
LG has just announced a capsule-based craft beer brewing machine and they plan to unveil it in January during CES 2019.
Yes, you read that right. The LG HomeBrew will make you your own beer right at the comfort of your own home. You know those Nespresso machines that make coffee using those cute capsules? Imagine something with similar capsules, only this device will make beer. Let that reality sink in.
According to LG, the single-use capsules will contain everything you need for your brew: malt, yeast, hop oil, and flavoring. An “optimized beer fermentation algorithm” ensures optimum settings to make sure you come up with good beer. With the touch of a button, the LG HomeBrew will do everything for you, including cleaning the machine after every brew which means no messes, ever.
It makes five types of brew: American IPA, American Pale Ale, English Stout, Belgian-style Witbier, and Czech Pilsner. You can make around five liters of beer, depending on type, in two weeks time. The device also connects to your phone so you can check on your beer maker wherever you are, whenever you want.
Oh LG, thanks for making life so, so good, one homemade craft beer at a time. My kitchen is so ready for this.
Exercising with the Fitbit Charge 3: Workouts you can do while traveling
Just how good is this new Fitbit?
I’ve always had a soft spot for Fitbit — after all, I started health tracking because of a Fitbit. But, as we enter the age of better-looking smartwatches and more advanced wearables, how do Fitbits fare?
In this article, I work out … and test Fitbit’s latest wearable, the Charge 3.
Before anything else, it has to be said: The Charge 3 is a health tracker and not a smartwatch. This means that its main function is tracking your health stats. But, because it’s 2018, it, of course, does more than that. Paired to your phone via the Fitbit App, it also gives your smartphone notifications for calls, messages, and some apps — but that’s about it.
On Android devices, you get the luxury of quick replies from the watch but nothing fancy like voice typing or replies other than what you’ve pre-set on the app. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; this thing is for fitness purposes and is not to be used as another shiny thing to distract you from the ultimate goal which is exercising.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The best wearable is one you enjoy wearing so much that you keep it on your wrist, which means it can actually do its job and track the fudge out of those calories you’ve burned and steps you’ve taken. To do that, it has to look good enough, or in some cases, discreet enough so that it stays on you.
The Charge 3 looks like your typical fitness wearable and it’s pretty thick to be unnoticeable on your wrist but different strap options help with that. The special edition that I tested came with a black strap that’s great for casual looks and a fresh white band that looks sporty but oh so good.
Of course, there are many other strap options available; you can literally mix and match to suit your mood. And speaking of trackers that stay on your wrist, you’ll rarely have to take it off for charging, as the battery lasted me almost a week with heavy use. Now, on to the actual exercising!
The Charge 3 boasts a wider screen than its predecessor’s and no physical buttons. It’s responsive enough and the wider surface area gives a better feel when swiping through. The default screen shows you the time, your steps, and your heart rate. Though you can pick different themes, most of them are pretty basic and give you the same info. You navigate through the menu with swipes on the screen and an inductive button on the screen’s left side. Swipe down for notifications, swipe up for stats, and swipe right to get to exercising!
This wearable will automatically record any activity you do. Ideally, you keep it on all the time so you get a complete picture of your fitness progress with all the information at hand. You can also start your exercises depending on a number of pre-set activities like running, treadmill, weights, workout, or even yoga.
Picking a particular exercise session means the wearable will guide you through your chosen exercise with updated stats like time, calories burned, and your heart rate. For science, I worked out. If you’re a frequent traveler, feel free to save this routine for your next trip. 👍🏽
1. HIIT exercise
I did a 10-minute HIIT routine with jumping jacks and high knees. For this type of exercise, it’s especially great to have timer notifications on your wrist instead of having to stop and use a timer on your phone — a gentle vibration just lets me know when it’s time to move on to the next set. This quick and easy routine is a great way to get your heart pumping.
2. Basic exercises with exercise bands
When I travel, I work out with fitness bands: They’re so portable and weigh next to nothing so you can bring them anywhere. It’s a great way to stay fit while on the go. On the Charge 3, I tapped “Workout” under “Exercises” and just allowed it to alert me every time I burned 100 calories. (It’s a great motivator. 😂)
3. Beginner Yoga
Trust me, this exercise is not only good for the body; it’s also great for your mind. Yoga is included on the list of pre-set exercises you can track. This time around, I set my goal on the Fitbit at the 20-minute mark. Now let me warn you: I’m no pro at this but I sometimes do Yoga workouts as a way to meditate and stretch. I’ve found these sessions to be therapeutic.
Because it’s a basic wearable, you don’t see actual workout tutorials on the band as you go (something the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa offered). And, though useful, that’s a feature that I’ve only ever used once because if you want to follow along to exercises, you will, most definitely, just end up watching on your phone.
Findings were: Fitbit, as always, does a great job of tracking activities. It even lets you decide how to track your exercise — either via calories burned or time elapsed; it also gives these updates in real-time. There are exercise summaries after each activity that help give you a picture of how many calories were burned and real-time heart rate checking throughout to make sure you’re not literally dying during exercise. This activity told me that I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was — multiple exercise takes to shoot this video killed me. 😅
No doubt about it: The Fitbit Charge 3 is a great fitness tracker and awesome workout motivator. For those who want a basic wearable that you can trust, this is a great option.
I also love how easy the Fitbit interface is. Even beginners will be able to figure this out. Trust me, I didn’t know crap when I tested my very first Fitbit. Another great function, which not a lot of wearables have, is the built-in female health tracking: a period tracker that’s finally integrated into all your health data.
All in all, the Fitbit Charge 3 is a great way to make sure you’re on track to meet your fitness goals. Just remember that wearables can only do so much. It will give you all the data you need but without you getting off your butt to do the heavy lifting, your nice fitness tracker simply becomes a high-tech bracelet.
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