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5 fitness resolutions and tech to help you achieve them

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As we gear up for New Year’s and the many exercise resolutions you will eventually break, I offer a better solution to your fitness woes: Start moving now.

Yes, you heard me. No need to wait until after the holiday festivities to get that booty in shape! Admittedly, this is easier said than done. So, I’ve compiled a few easy things you can do to jump start your healthier lifestyle.


These activities require no gym fees, equipment, or specialized instructors; all you need is a lot of motivation! But, since it’s 2017, I snuck in other devices and an app every now and then to make this switch in lifestyle easier and more enjoyable. Here we go:

Make it a habit to jog

Going out for a run is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to exercise. It’s literally as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.

If you’re just starting out like me, apps like Nike+ Run Club help map out and record your runs. Fitness trackers are also great if you don’t want to lug your phone around — they help track runtime, heart rate, and distance.

Bluetooth earphones are also a big help; this means no cords to your smartphone or music player, and more freedom to move.

Do some outdoor HIIT

The great outdoors is open to many workout possibilities. A quick high intensity interval training (HIIT) session is easily doable and will only take 20 to 30 minutes.

HIIT entails alternating between bursts of high-intensity exercises and intervals of low-intensity activities. You can start with basics like squats, crunches, and lunges for high intervals, and a light jog or a complete rest period for the low intervals.

Numerous interval timer apps are available on both iOS and Android for free. You can customize these timers to your HIIT exercise preference.

If you’re not so keen on doing HIIT, you can also download apps like Sworkit (iOS, Android), Nike+ Training Club (iOS, Android), or J&J Official 7 Minute Workout (iOS, Android) for different exercise routines. Some wearables, like the Samsung Gear Sport, offer a number of built-in exercises and automatically tracks movement.

Use the stairs when you can

This is one small habit that can make a big difference. Instead of taking elevators or escalators, get physical! Before you know it, these flights will accumulate and make a dent in your daily active minutes.

Most flagships like the Huawei Mate 10, Samsung S and Note series, and even iPhones, have trackers built in. They take note of everyday activities, including how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed. For those who aren’t so attached to their phones, most fitness trackers also have the same features.

Keep swimming

If you have access to a pool, swimming is also a great way to exercise and keep cool.

Apps like MySwimPro (iOS, Android) and Speedo On (iOS, Android) are useful tools for this wet workout.

There are also numerous waterproof fitness wearables, like the Fitbit Ionic, Garmin Vivoactive 3, or the Samsung Gear Sport (pictured above) in the market.

Make healthier food choices

You can exercise as much as you want, but you can’t exercise a bad diet away. Getting fit also means having healthy food intake.

Calorie counting can help — not to cut down on food, but to monitor what you eat. MyFitnessPal (iOS, Android) is a great app to track meals. They also have a standing partnership with Samsung that allows app integration with Samsung fitness devices.

SEE ALSO: Nike+ Training Club app review

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Rock Space formally launches in the Philippines, brings plenty of accessories

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There’s a new brand that just entered the Philippine market and it’s Rock Space. You might have seen Rock Space as a freebie for OPPO phones, but the company has already expanded to be a full-fledged digital life brand that’ll cater to the ever-growing fast-paced lifestyle of modern and trendy Filipinos.

Rock Space has been around since 2009, so they’re not a new entry to the competitive accessories market. With a decade of presence in the market, the company already has a number of accessories that’ll suit almost anyone. Not only that, but Rock Space is also backed up by recognition from international product design awards.


One of the main products Rock Space is offering in the Philippines is the new EB 70 True Wireless Stereo Earphones. It’s a pair of Bluetooth 5.0-equipped wireless earphones with Hi-Fi speakers and a Digital Signal Processor for clearer sound transmission.

It has a promised continuous battery life of 4 hours, and up to 17 hours using the carrying case that also doubles as a battery pack and a charger. It has a retail price of PhP 3,999.

Rock Space also has power banks in different sizes and capacities. Take the Rock Space P66 for example. It’s a compact 10000mAh power bank with an LED display. It’s priced at PhP 1,299.

Additionally, Rock Space sells phone cables for both iPhone and Android devices, wireless chargers, fast-charging bricks, earphones, and even accessories for your car that can wirelessly charge your phone while you drive.

Also, they cut and apply their own screen protectors for various phone models. They use a special cutting machine that accurately cut the screen protector and they’ll install it for you.

Rock Space is now available in kiosks and partner stores nationwide. Those who prefer to shop online, they are also selling on Lazada and Shopee. Moreover, you can check out Rock Space products at OPPO concept stores.

SEE ALSO: Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

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These noise-cancelling headphones are Filipino-designed

Three stars and a sun!

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Three stars and a sun. That’s a quick way to describe the Philippine flag and those exact elements are present on the PH3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones.

Of course there’s the red and blue colors as well. Those have been carefully integrated as highlights along the earcups of the headphones making for one of the more minimalist approaches to adapting the Philippine flag.


The PH3 is more than just it’s looks. These headphones made by H-Audio Technologies promises to mask out background noise of up to 15-20 dB between 50-500 Hz. Can’t confirm as of publishing how good exactly that is but we’ll let you know when we get a review unit. It has a 20-meter range and has 20-hour maximum battery life.

The PH3 headphones is now available at select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches for PhP 7,480 (US$ 144).

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Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

No, it’s not UNIQLO

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Yet another designer brand has entered the Philippine market. Originally from Singapore, UNIQ has launched in the Philippines, introducing its product lineup as well as its plans for expansion.

UNIQ produces elegantly designed cases for iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, AirPods, and even MacBooks. Non-iPhone users don’t have to worry as the brand has Android cases for Samsung, and cases for Huawei is in the works.


Aside from dressing up your gadgets, UNIQ has something for those who want to stay connected and organized. For instance, they have a sleek, smart cable organizer for Lightning and USB-C cables. Additionally, they offer wireless charging pads, power banks, and charging stations equipped with USB-C which supports quick charging, as well.

Furthermore, UNIQ has power adapters and travel chargers compatible with over 150 countries. They also have beautifully crafted pouches, sleeves, and bags to protect your devices while you travel.

Officially distributed by Macpower, a distributor for Globe, Power Mac Centers, and Lazada, the products will become available when they open their first kiosk on June 22 at 4F Cyberzone, The Annex Building, SM City North EDSA. Suggested retail prices range from PhP 1,000 to PhP 5,000.

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