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.
Herbalife kicks off new app, Nutrition Virtual Run 2022
More seamless tracking and interactive running challenges!
The Herbalife Nutrition Virtual Run 2022 is back!
In case you didn’t know, it’s an annual initiative to help consumers from the Asia-Pacific region adopt healthy active living habits. It aims to foster communities that support each other to achieve their health and wellness goals.
It’s a highlight event of the company’s “Get Moving with Good Nutrition” campaign.
“To inspire people in Asia Pacific to make positive lifestyle changes, we are introducing region-wide initiatives with a focus on helping them cultivate healthy nutrition and workout habits, while nurturing community support for achieving their goals. For instance, we recently held the Healthy Recipe Challenge to encourage building good eating habits. And this month, we will hold our annual Virtual Run in 13 markets across the Asia Pacific, to help people get moving with a healthy active lifestyle,” said Stephen Conchie, Regional President, Asia Pacific and China, Herbalife Nutrition.
For its third year, the Virtual Run 2022 takes place in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. It’s available through a brand-new mobile app, making the running challenge interactive with more seamless tracking.
The virtual run is held from November 1 to 31, 2022 — featuring Individual and Team categories with a wide range of distance options to register from.
For individuals, runners can choose 5KM, 20KM, 50KM, or 100KM. Those who have a team can choose 20KM, 50KM, 100KM, 200KM, and 500KM.
The Virtual Run will contribute to raising funds to support the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation by providing good nutrition to needy children in the Asia Pacific through its flagship Casa Herbalife Nutrition program.
Apple Fitness+ adds Taylor Swift as Artist Spotlight
With new workout program: Yoga for Every Runner
Apple’s award-winning fitness and wellness service, Apple Fitness+ adds Taylor Swift as its artist spotlight. It will also be available to iPhone users in 21 countries starting October 24 without the need for an Apple Watch.
With iOS 16.1, Fitness+ will be fully integrated with the Fitness app and located in the middle tab, available in all 21 countries where the service is offered.
This will allow iPhone users to browse over 3,000 guided workouts and meditations from the service, led by a special group of trainers. Users will also see onscreen guidance and interval timing, and estimated calories burned.
Artist spotlight: Taylor Swift
Starting October 24, music by Taylor Swift will also be available in the service for the first time.
This will include a dedicated solo Artist Spotlight series featuring newly released songs from Swift’s album “Midnights”.
New workouts featuring music by Taylor Swift will appear across workout types including Core, Cycling, Dance, HIIT, Pilates, Rowing, Strength, Treadmill, and Yoga.
New workout program: Yoga for Every Runner
Fitness+ will also introduce a new workout program: Yoga for Every Runner.
Led by one of the world’s top ultramarathon athletes, Scott Jurek, and Fitness+ Yoga trainer Jessica Skye, the program is designed to improve running posture, balance, and mobility.
Users can do each 10-minute Yoga flow as a warmup, a recovery stretch, or mixed with other workouts from the Fitness+ library.
Aside from the new features above, Fitness+ will introduce three new collections:
- Totally ‘80s Cycling, which will include eight workouts to boost cardio fitness
- Best Mindful Cooldowns for Athletes, a series of total-body stretches and short visualizations for both recovery or warmup
- 14-Day HIIT and Strength Challenge, featuring 30-minute workouts to take one’s fitness to the next level
Pricing and availability
Apple Fitness+ will be available in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
It will be offered as a subscription service in Malaysia starting at MYR 19.90 per month and in Indonesia starting at IDR 69,000 per month.
Annual plans will also be made available.
LOOK: MindNation’s app might be what you need for your mental healthcare
Along with features that boost your wellbeing!
MindNation, serving over 200,000 individuals with 24/7/365 online therapy sessions since 2019, has unveiled the MindNation app. It’s a one-stop shop for your holistic well-being needs, and hopefully addresses the issues surrounding accessible mental healthcare.
The app allows you to buy, book, and conduct teletherapy sessions within the app itself. Sessions are available 24/7 and are guaranteed to be safe and secure.
It comes with a Daily Mood Tracker and WellBeing Quiz so you can regularly track your emotions, and understand your state of well-being. MindNation uses clinically-based and data-backed results, providing recommendations to attain better states of well-being.
The app also allows access to MindED, an on-demand learning program that lets you master mental health skills, develop good well-being practices, and support your journey toward healing. It uses audio and visual exercises, toolkits, and worksheets.
Price and availability
The MindNation app is free to download via the App Store and Google Play Store. It also comes with a premium subscription offering, providing 24/7 chat with a WellBeing coach and the 21-day micro steps programs.
The premium package costs PhP 249 per month or PhP 2,490 per year. Until October 31, 2022, availing of the annual subscription package offers three 1:1 sessions with a WellBeing coach for free.
Those who avail of the MindNation CareNow Plan — MindNation’s comprehensive and measurement-based mental health program for organizations — are automatically Premium app members.
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