Thursday, February 5, 2015

Running indoors during the chilly months


It is universally known that running is good for both the body and soul: it burns calories, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and can beat off feelings of anxiety. But even though the winter evenings and mornings are getting a little bit lighter and ever so slightly warmer – it’s still not ideal exercise weather out there.
Cue the trusty treadmill. Whether using one at home or in your local gym, treadmills can keep you going through the colder season, especially if you’re training for a race next year (go you!). Let’s take a look at how running machines should be used as part of a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re a newcomer to running or a 10K pro.

Beginners guide
Perhaps your New Year’s Resolution was to take up running and you just can’t seem to break into it. Starting off on a treadmill means that you can run in safety, with a TV or music to keep you motivated, at a constant pace on a steady terrain. Once you get the hang of it, it’s time to really push yourself: mix up slower paced, incline runs with faster, flat sprints. You can do this by selecting rolling hill and sprint interval settings. This type of training will build muscle and better your endurance, as well as burn off fat. However, it is essential to remember not to overdo it. If you find yourself hanging onto the side bars, the setting is probably too fast; listen to your body and slow it down.
Cross training
Some of you might have been running or working out for a few months or more and are now looking at how to carry on training indoors. Cross training is the best method to really keep your fitness levels up. This involves combining exercises from disciplines other than running. So you might spend one evening on the treadmill then another on the rowing machine, water running or even in a yoga classes. These will improve areas that aren't used very much in running, like upper bodies and flexibility. You’ll be raring to go once the sunshine makes an appearance.
Head outside
One thing a running machine can’t offer you is the unbeatable high of the icy, fresh air hitting your lungs in the great outdoors. If you are adamant on running throughout winter, be sure to wrap up warm with layers (but not too many!), wear wetness wicking socks and reflective gear, warm up properly and run in a safe area.
A study published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that 30 minutes walking on a treadmill can lift the mood of people suffering from depression. This proves the invaluable benefits a stroll, jog or run can do for you, both indoors and outdoors. Start at your own pace and you’ll soon be in the best shape ever. 

Image by Jennifer C, used under the Creative Commons license. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges: David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu


Asia's Got Talent

SINGAPORE (13 January 2015) – It’s a YES! Grammy-award winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu have been named as the celebrity judging panel for the season premiere of hit talent search show, “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” will light up screens across Asia in March on AXN and will feature some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title.

Hui KengAng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN."

Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”

From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia's most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances.  Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.

A powerful judging panel:
 
Anggun
Anggun
Anggun, Rock Icon
Anggun started singing at seven and by 12 released her first Indonesian studio album, ‘DuniaAkuPunya’, with hit single ‘Mimpi’ recognized as one of the ‘150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine.

A series of singles and albums followed to make Anggun the biggest Indonesian rock star of the 90s. Her international breakthrough came in 1997 with ‘Snow on the Sahara’ which was released in 33 countries worldwide, topped music charts in Italy and Indonesia, and made the top 20 in Finland, France, Japan, Spain, and the US. Following that, Anggun released five more studio albums, and released songs that featured in Danish movie “Open Hearts” and the Hollywood box office hit, “Transporter 2”. Anggun is a recipient of the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government. She is also a judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV series.
 
David Foster
David Foster
David Foster, Music Producer
David Foster discovered and launched some of the greatest music careers including Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. He has created hit songs and award-winning platinum and gold albums for Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, BozScaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled classical singers like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into mainstream popularity; as well as created soundtracks for hit films like “TheBodyguard”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “St. Elmo’s Fire”In 2008 and 2011, David performed and hosted his very own, star-studded “Foster & Friends” concerts in Las Vegas to celebrate the music from his career and toured Asia annually from 2010 – 2012. David has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is the chairman of Verve Music Group.
 
Mel C.
Mel C.
Melanie C., Pop Icon
Melanie was part of the iconic five-member Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed ‘Sporty Spice’. Following that, as a solo artist, Melanie sold more than 12 million records from six albums that she released. She has the second most No.1 singles in the United Kingdom and is also the only female to top the charts as part of a quintet, a quartet, a duo and solo. Melanie also performed the role of MrsJohnstone in the West End musical “Blood Brothers,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2012, Melanie co-starred in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and also judged the preceding talent search series “Superstar” to select the lead actor for the said musical.

 
Van Ness Wu
Van Ness Wu
Van Ness Wu, Actor/Singer
Van Ness Wu was born in California where he took classes in performing arts, acting and languages in Hollywood before moving to Taiwan at 21 to build his career. His breakthrough came with his lead role in the wildly popular hit idol drama “Meteor Garden” and its sequels. Van Ness and his co-actors of the series formed the pop idol group F4 – now known as JVKV – and released three studio albums.

Turning his attention to his solo career, Van Ness released his debut solo album in 2002 and followed that with six other solo studio albums up to 2013, as well as singles collaborating with musicians including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Wang Lee Hom, Kangta, and Coco Lee. He also acted in many other TV series including “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies such as “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.

“Asia's Got Talent” is the 63rd version of "Got Talent", which won the Guinness World Records title for being the world's "Most Successful Reality TV Format" in 2014. The hit format is co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.
The season premiere of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, BIG COLA, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstarand Tune Hotels.

Marina Bay Sands is the premier sponsor of “Asia's Got Talent.” As Asia's leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage.

BIG COLA is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG COLA, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think BIG’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams.

Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent.
Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia's Got Talent.” Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia's Got Talent,” Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.

Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.

Tune Hotels is an international select-service hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities.  Five star beds and power showers help “Asia’s Got Talent” contestants get a good night’s sleep and perform at their best.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the international Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic.”

Monday, January 26, 2015

Omelet Frozen Mixed Vegetable Recipe


frozen mixed vegetable recipe

Hi guys just wanted to share you my own recipe that has only a few ingredients with it. When I bought a pack of frozen mixed vegetable in SM I plan to simply boil it put some salt and mayo for taste and eat it. But I also find it boring and fear it will went on waste so I came up with idea to sautéed it and put egg for more protein nutrients with it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Garlic and onion
  • Half of the pack of frozen mixed vegetable
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes (optional)

Instruction:

  1. Heat the pan with a little vegetable oil or any cooking oil and sauté garlic and onion.
  2. Put half pack of frozen mixed vegetable when onion is slightly cook, stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. While stirring put a pinch of rock salt, chili flakes and black pepper.
  4. Put the beaten egg and continue to stir until egg is cook then serve and enjoy.


frozen mixed vegetable omelet

A pack of this cost less than Php 20.00 pesos only and can serve 2 persons per pack or 2 meals meant for my lunch and dinner. Preparing this meal took only 10 minutes including the mincing of onion and garlic. And according to MyFitnessPal app it has 236 calories only per serving including the eggs and other ingredients to it. The best part of this is it taste really good and enough to give the energy I need while maintaining my calorie intake.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

30 Day Shred Level 2: My Feedback and Review


Image from www.amazon.com

Hi guys I just finished the Level 1 of 30 Day Shred of Jillian Michaels and wow its hard and difficult at first but I got to used with it along the way. Right now I am in my Day 4 of Level 2 and I think I like it more than the Level 1.

Level 2 is less of cardio than the Level 1 and more of strength, legs and abs although jumping rope is still present but less of jumping jack. Believe me I hate jumping rope as I mentioned in my previous post but now it seems easy for me now as well as the jumping jack. I think that Level 1 is to build more strength and prepare your body as you level up with this workout video and I am glad that I completed the Level 1 first (I think sumobra pa ako ng 3 days), now I am stronger than before (I can do the military push up now yeay).

Although I said that I like Level 2 more than the Level 1 there are also combination here that I hate also like plank with jack, plank and jump towards abs though you can follow the beginner for lower impact. I also hated to do the military pressed which gives me pain on my knees and sore in my thigh, but overall I like the Level 2 better than the Level 1.


If you are looking for the Level 2 of 30 day shred, you can watch it and follow below:



By the way someone already notice that I am slimmer now than before (yesss) although I didn't expect much because I still haven't change my diet or watch what I eat (still no rice and maintain my 1200 calorie intake) but I added Tipco juice so I can have enough energy before the work out.

Read my 30 Day Shred journey in the link. And if you are also in this journey please contact me so we can support each other to finish this in 30 days (can't wait to see the result). 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Is Tipco Juice a Healthy Drink?


I have been learning juicing on my own using just a blender with my preferred fruits and vegetable. I know it’s good for my health but the downside is it’s kinda lazy to prepare everything from chopping it then cleaning all the mess after, not to mention it is expensive too.
tipco juice review
Tipco broccoli

So I find Tipco in department store and I am curious because the flavor that caught my eyes is broccoli which is a really crucifix to eat but very convenient if you just bought the carton and drink from it instead of blanching fresh broccoli that sometimes it’s hard to find in public market. So I did buy it for Php 114.00 per liter and to my surprise it doesn't taste veggie bitter from broccoli instead it is very fruity sweet. And I wonder is this really 100% pure juice from what its package is saying or mix with artificial sweetener to make the taste good?

According to its package:

Tipco is 100% juice for Del Monte Quality and I chose Broccoli and mixed fruit juice. It has naturally contains antioxidant made from 100% real vegetable and fruit juices. Serving size is 240 ml or 1 glass that has 91 calories only. It has also noted in the package to keep refrigerated after opening and consume within 3 days only.
  • No sugar added
  • No flavor added
  • No color added
  • No preservatives Added

Ingredients: broccoli juice, kiwi juice, tomato juice, grape juice, apple juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and green tea powder (the juice is color green)

tipco juice review
Tipco broccoli

I suspect that the other fruits include in this juice makes the broccoli so sweet that even children will  be pleasurable to drink it. I even search if there are legit reviews about this juice but only end up with sponsored post or gratitude post from Del Monte Company. I knew that Tipco originated in Thailand and I don’t know if Del Monte repackages it or import these juices from there but I saw a video on YT how they juice fruits from its factory which you can watch below.  I also think that it has no preservatives because the juice will be spoil after 3 days when you open the carton. 



Ask me if I buy it again, yes I will but not frequently as I am still skeptical with the sweet taste of it I'm afraid I end up having diabetes with this one. But I recommend this one if you are working out or having a circuit training like mine who is in 30 Day Shred of Jillian Michaels