Growing up, I had been introduced to the many benefits of Coconut Oil. I remember our mom would cook coconut to extract the oil for personal use. While I munch on what’s left of the fried coconut, my mom would use the coconut oil for my sisters’ hairs and even skin. She said it makes them shiny, thick, strong and soft aside from treating the scalp for dandruff. I also encountered how a local tribe in Kalinga use it as antiseptic to treat wounds. Even the famous Whang-Od applied coconut oil to treat my fresh tattoo wounds. Coconut oil seems to be quite a wonder that’s why I was thrilled to receive a package from ProSource Philippines with a sample of their products, the Virgin Coconut Oil, the Calming Oil, and the Virgin Coconut Soap with aloe vera.
While it is the season of giving, it is also the season we’re constantly shuffling around from one place to another. Whether buying gifts, attending parties or catching up with friends and relatives. Our feet can get a beating especially when it’s smarter to walk at times in the metro to beat the rush hour traffic. How about pampering our feet once in a while during the holiday break? Step into Foot Zone and treat yourself to a Xiamen-style foot reflexology. What’s so special about the Xiamen-style foot massage? I, along with my friends recently experienced Foot Zone’s 1 hour and 20 minutes Foot Reflexology and Back Massage at its recently opened branch at Jupiter, Makati.
Ever since I started my yoga journey a year ago, I slowly realized I have become more aware of my eating habits. Not much on the choices of food first but on frequency and timing. Since yoga is best done on an empty stomach, I had to eat at least 2–3 hours before the session began. Eventually, I became more aware of what I eat, on how certain food and drinks can affect my practice. Like drinking coffee before practice makes me feel heavy. So it was very interesting to learn about the recent workshop from Life Yoga in BGC about “Eat to Live: Yoga of Eating” where the discussion focuses on mindful eating and yoga asanas to help on working on the internals. I was fortunate to have a chance to attend this workshop headed by French nutritionist Helene Dunlop and and yoga teacher Christina Dinkel Maningo. Hoping it would expand my knowledge on mindful eating and make simple adjustments in my lifestyle that could make a big impact beyond my yoga practice.
“No time to exercise. Fitness center too far. Pricey membership.” These are some of the excuse people who are trying to get started on their fitness regimen. Now there’s little excuse to get fit especially with the entry of KFit app in Manila. KFit is like the Uber app of fitness. Whether you are into yoga, crossfit, muay thai, bodybuilding or zumba, you can search for a fitness center or studio near you and reserve at least an hour before the session. Here’s my experience with the app for over a month’s use.
Runners these days have it easy. With a multitude of wearables lately, gone are the two-fingers-on-wrist pulse count for the heart rate method as these new wearables can instantly show information such as heart rate, distance, elevation, pace and calories burned at ease. Runtastic GPS Watch and Heart Rate Monitor is the offering from the famed Runtastic Apps brand. I reviewed their other wearable Runtastic Orbit which is a cheaper fitness tracker. The Runtastic GPS Watch has more features for people seriously starting or are already into running.
At first look, the Runtastic Orbit may sound like a glorified pedometer. Yes it does tracks steps, distance covered but it also displays time, tracks sleep, calories burned and syncs with Runtastic Apps to convert data into easily readable graphs. It’s an interesting wearable device for fitness enthusiast. I tried the Runtastic Orbit for at least a month to see if it does help me be more aware of my fitness goals and daily activity.