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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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This is an official Pokédex iPhone case

For your iPhone X or iPhone XS

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Your dreams of carrying an actual Pokédex is still just a dream. This iPhone case by Premium Bandai is the next best thing.

It’s officially called the Pokédex Smartphone Case, but it’s only really made for the iPhone X and iPhone XS. You should be able to fit the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 in here but it will cover mic and the flashlight. Unfortunately, this won’t fit the iPhone 11 at all.


The case costs US$ 69.99 and will launch on March 2020 in Japan. It’s open for international pre-orders. Check here to secure one.

SEE MORE: The average American needs 5.8 days to save up for an iPhone 11 Pro

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LG Tone+ Free wireless earbuds launched in South Korea

LG joins the wireless earbuds party

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Most companies today are throwing their weight behind wireless earbuds. They are compact and versatile for everyday listening needs of the average user. Not to be left behind, LG has launched a new pair of wireless earbuds: the LG Tone+ Free.

LG opted for a compact design that resembles the Samsung Galaxy Earbuds instead of the Apple Airpods. The design also ensures a secure fit so users can wear it for hours.


What differentiates it from the current crop of wireless earbuds is its charging case. It’s equipped with UVNano function that uses ultraviolet rays to kill harmful components, keeping the earbuds clean and sanitized after every use.

LG Tone+ Free

LG partnered with Meridian Audio to provide the earbuds with rich bass, clear mid and high sounds, and three-dimensional sound to its wireless earbuds. The earbuds’ signal processing technology also reduces digital noise, minimizing distortion while listening.

LG also equipped the earbuds with voice and noise-cancelling microphones that works in tandem to ensure clearer call quality. Both earbuds have touchpads that enable various functions such as call, play, or pause music. Holding the touchpad summons the Assistant app.

Sweat and rain is not an issue with the earbuds since it has IPX4 waterproofing certification.

Fully charging the earbuds lets users listen to music for six hours. Since it supports fast charging, users can listen to music for up to one hour with just five minutes of charging.

Pricing and availability

LG Tone+ Free is available in two colors, black and white. They will be available in South Korea this October for KRW 259,999 (US$ 215). Global availability is yet to be announced.

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The instax mini Link lets you print photos from your smartphone

Time to print your Instagram photos!

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Earlier, Fujifilm has just launched a worldwide campaign with the catchphrase “Don’t just take, give.” The aim of the campaign is to encourage users to share their prints with loved ones.

 

Following up on the campaign, the Japanese company announces the launch of instax mini Link, a portable, compact printer of Instax photos.


The instax mini Link lets you transfer photos from your smartphone through a dedicated app via Bluetooth connection. The app lets you do basic editing such as rotating, adjusting brightness, and the application of a filter. The printer prints quickly, with an average speed of about 12 seconds.

Additionally, it supports continuous printing up to 100 pictures on a single charge. If you’re feeling creative, the dedicated app has a variety of frame designs and collage layouts for your prints.

Lots of fun features for you to enjoy

It has fun features such as “Video Print” function which lets you scroll through video frames, allowing you to choose the best moment to print. There’s also “Match Test” which examines your compatibility with a friend or someone special. The results are shown after the picture is printed.

To see the results, you must perform a “Quick Diagnosis” or use the “Precision Diagnosis” function, which involves a question and answer portion.

On the other hand, the instax mini Link isn’t just for one person to enjoy. Through “Party Print,” the device can connect up to five smartphones to the app.

The printer can receive pictures from each device to combine into one instax print. There’s also a “Surprise Mode” where no one knows the photos that were sent and what the final print would look like.

More than just a smartphone printer

The instax mini Link has a built-in sensor, too. You can use it as a remote control for your smartphone’s camera, and print multiple copies through the printer’s button at the center.

On the flip side, it’s not just smartphones that can connect with the printer. Through the Fujifilm Camera Remote app, the printer can receive pictures directly from Fujifilm’s digital cameras.

The Fujifilm instax mini Link is priced at PhP 6,999 (US$ 135). It will be available in three colors: Ash White, Dusky Pink, and Dark Denim.

SEE ALSO: 4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

 

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