Sapul sa Singko Active Mornings: Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness®

Proud to be Curves Philippines Ambassadress.

Get ready for the new Curves® Circuit with Zumba Fitness®. The only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba® with the proven strength of training of Curves for a wildly effective workout. You’ll tone up, burn hundreds of calories, and have so much fun you won’t even realize you’re working out! Classes are filling up quickly!

Have you tried Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness? We took Lia Cruz of Sapul sa Singko Active Mornings to join us in the party!

Segment:  6:58 –  8:18 for the introduction

Let’s do the Salsa Travel!

Segment: 00:21 – 02:25

You may view the entire July 15,2011 Sapul sa Singko news feature HERE . Thanks Lia! See you again, Soon! 🙂

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Fort Bonifacio Global City

TOTAL FITNESS: Burn calories without working up a sweat

Published in this month’s issue of TOTAL FITNESS magazine. Grab a copy TODAY!

Total Fitness July 2011, page 24

If men can just cut out on beer and steak and lose five pounds instantly, women, on the other hand, may burn off the same number of calories (or more) as they would on an hour of aerobics class or intense 30-minute circuit training simply by changing their daily habits one at a time.

Possible? Yes.

Pay attention to these tips on how to make your body work as efficient as a burning machine without breaking a sweat.

Calorie Burning Tip #1 : Stand More

The average calories burned for a 190 lbs male weighing is 252 calories for an hour. meanwhile, a female weighing 140 lbs can burn 127 calories in an hour by just showering and toweling off. You may also burn as much as 76 calories in an hour just by attending a church ceremony, standing quietly. Imagine how much calories you can burn if you`re standing in line waiting for your license renewal or the next train at the station.

So, the next time you’re on the phone, stand up and walk around that tiny are of your cubicle.

Calorie Burning Tip #2 : Calories in, Calories out

What many of us don`t realize is that we`re constantly moving and that every movement helps. Tapping your feet when you’re in your cubicle, stretching,moving your hand in circles, and even the mundane filling of paperwork make a difference–specifically, 5 to 20 calories burned per hour. Every muscle fiber moved becomes energy, which increases your body`s temperature and metabolism.

Calorie Burning Tip #3: Use the Stairs

Use the stairs on your way to your apartment unit, on your way to your third office floor office, or even when you’re heading to the next floor at the mall. This is great not only for burning calories but also for shaping up those bums, hamstrings, and thighs.

Calorie Burning Tip #4: Eat small meals

Rather than cursing the genes you were born with, why not train your body to burn more calories by making your metabolism work in your favor? How? Don`t skip meals. Eat 6 to 7 small meals every 2 to 3 hours. These in-between snacks will curb your cravings and keep you from over-indulging.

Calorie Burning Tip#5: Stretch as soon as you wake up

Bend and touch your toes within the first 30 minutes upon waking up — when your metabolism is at its peak. Take advantage of the magical first 30 minutes. Extend your arm when reaching for your clothes, stretch while taking a shower, sway each leg when you’re brushing your teeth. Without noticing it, you’re actually done a simple workout.

Calorie Burning Tip #6: Breathe

Breath. Tuck in that belly. When properly performed, the rhythmic contraction of the abdominal blood vessels during inhaling and exhaling help circulate blood and enhance oxygen uptake and metabolic rate.

Deep breathing while seated, driving the car, or even just relaxing can fire up your metabolism and burn the fats in your belly.

Time is your friend – ‘Run’ it

WE all are busy. A 9-to-5 job, a school schedule to fit, kids to help assignments with, cooking for the family, feeding the dog, and then training to top it all off, can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

How do you get to squeeze training in a whirlwind schedule?

Sit down on it, and plan it. Extra short runs will keep you going. Come race day, you will appreciate all the training you managed to fit into your hectic schedule. If ultramarathoners and triathletes were able to train for hundred milers, what makes you different?

Here are some tips to help you find time to go for a run, a swim or a bike ride out for a route, even if it’s only 20 or 30 minutes.

Time management: Write out a schedule. When you have written out the plan, you are much more likely to follow it than just being a thought hanging on top of your head. Post the schedule everywhere. Broadcast it for the world to know through a blog, put a copy on your desk, another near your dresser, on your door, purse or gym bag – even in your car if you must. Constant reminders are effective – it’s just up to you on how you’ll reciprocate. Forgetting will be close to impossible – it’s now your turn to act on it.

Visibility: Keep your running shoes and clothes in your car at all times. You wouldn’t know when time suddenly permits for you to head out to a gym visit or get blessed to take a route out in the park. Every so often, you may get a short window of time during lunch, a sudden cancelled meeting or when you’re through with the day early. If you have your gears with you at all times, all you have to do is change to those outfits and get out there.

July 14, 2011

Essentials: Apart from your running shoes, keep handy baby wipes, extra clothing and your comfortable flip-flops. When your BlackBerry suddenly informs you of a meeting, no one else has to know about the sweat you just broke into. You’re ready for any battle.

Wake-up motivation: A cliché goes: wake up a little earlier than normal. The most difficult thing to do, especially for those who struggle to get up from their beds every single morning, is to run before work. It can be one of the most stress-relieving activities. It also helps elevate endorphins for more energy and focus. Once you’re done with the early morning route, you need not to worry all day if you’ll be able to squeeze in a run after work. What a way to tick-off an important engagement for yourself early in the morning.

Tag another one: If you’re the type who’s into a lifestyle change and needs a little motivational push, tagging along or being with another friend would work tons of wonders. Make plans to meet a friend for a run, treat it as an important meeting (canceling is not an option!). Make yourself accountable to someone other than just yourself.

Best of all, be sure to make running fun, too!

BROKEN SILENCE: About Growing Up


About growing up
July 29, 2005, 8:00am

Life used to be full of fantasy and wonders. Everything was thought of as a fairy tale; we used to foresee that falling in love and being in love is such a lovely Walt Disney movie or a book perfect to make you cry, pout and smile. For some time we used to think that fate and destiny come in a package but as we grew up and had all the gazillion crushes and heard all those problems life has become less spectacular yet more interesting.

We used to live in a world where partying, having crushes and relating with people were the highlights of our existence. We used to be happy-go-lucky in grade school and high school. College was one of the things most of us would love to be part of. Though it spoke of truths, somehow, we get to reminisce that those days were the turning point of our being.

Why do we exist? Where are we heading on to? Have we become idealistic or cynical? Where were we when this and that happened? Now, being in the middle of childhood and adulthood, we’ve traced our roots and sometimes wishing that the tick of the clock would pause for a while and let us do the things we wanted to do.

We were hasty and impulsive then; now, we see things differently and we live for what the future will hold. Fate and destiny now are not thought of as an encapsulated situation; now we vividly face everything that surrounds us. Responsibilities are more than just memorizing Chemistry, Physics, Statistics; they have become to be rationalized in our own state in a mathematics that now includes accounting and management.

Our life encounters are all made by choice. The chances are weighed. Priorities are evaluated. And now, life is a hierarchy of truth not just a structure of how we’re supposed to live and be known of.

Is this life deserving to be called and be compared to a Walt Disney movie now? Our genre has even changed to a more complicated and more intense level. Culture has been changed into a modernized forgotten past. Relationships has become bound to be more understood. How can we ever tell if Life is already perfect for us? Nobody said that Life is as simple as how we have memorized our alphabet or learned the numbers from 1 to 100.

I still couldn’t – but I have to – believe that this life really is a walking contradiction, that we are what we chose to do and what we wanted to be. It’s either we go to a battle without preparation and fight with fire or gather all the strength ask about all the information, then analyze before fighting over things that we wanted.

We do have our needs and desires. As we have grown up, these two words may have become synonymous, but in reality they havebecome antonyms of how we used to think they are. Our needs are the necessities and our wants are weighed to either what we crave for, what we just feel like having or a selfish act of being a brat or a stubborn human being.

Sometimes, even if we wanted things so bad, we just can’t have it all. Every action has an opposite or parallel reaction.

Every substance added to another substance either gives a positive or negative outcome. To think more than twice is what we do now; before, we just wanted to do things for the sake of being there, of doing it, or in an abusive way just to be where and what we want to be.

Growing up, getting old and moving forward will never be fair. We have to walk with our shoes and sometimes feel others’. Life is an irony of living and dying. In every situation, there’s always a relation – either we take it or leave it.

What is this life supposed to hold? Our existence gives the greater essence and yet, are we living the way we’re supposed to live?

SMILE Magazine: Travel Journal Feature

What a delightful surprise from Cebu Pacific in-flight Smile Magazine’s Travel Journal Section, June issue. You’ll be able to find few of my Legazpi, Bicol destination whereabouts and what to do’s.  Special Thanks to Nikka Sarthou for the feature.

June 2011

Thank you to Tonyo Cruz for sharing this image on twitter as soon as he read it on-board and also to those who messaged me over twitter and facebook.

On Bikram Yoga & Vegetarianism

Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India's visit in Manila back in February 2011

26 postures sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury in a 40 degrees hot room, it has been proved and experienced by millions that these asanas (postures) systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs and vains including all the muscles they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function.

In a 60-90 minutes class “ If you come here [Bikram Yoga] early in the morning, you burn 1500 calories in a class before you eat. Since the body has no source of fuel but fat, your body changes from sugar burning to fat burning and then you get to lose that fat you’re aiming to get rid of in a healthy way while helping your entire body harmonize its system” says Vegan instructor Omar of Bikram Yoga Alabang.

When food is cooked above 118 degrees for 3 minutes or longer, it’s protein has become coagulated. It’s natural sugar caramelize, it’s actual fibers have broken down, which means it will take longer for our intestines to tract. ” [The Philippines] There’s an abundance [of] whole foods, there’s a huge section of greens,red, and orange; everything is great and vibrant” shares Omar who’s been vegan for 15 years;  “Organics aren’t hard to find, they’re so colorful to miss.” as we exchanged views on our dietary preference.

Although many yoga practitioners are strict vegans, this does not require to those who want to practice Bikram Yoga. What’s good about being Vegan or Vegetarian? “ With the Vegan diet: we eat whole foods, we eat lots of raw foods, we eat lots of food. period.  With the Vegetarian per se,  that’s also a really great diet but they want to stir clear of dairy stuff before you come into this room because when come to think about it, we’re heating the body from inside-out, we’re going to raise your internal core temperature upwards to 40 degrees”

30% to 50% of our foods vitamins and minerals have been destroyed and 10% of what’s left on it’s enzymes have been decomposed. Cooked food deplete our body’s enzyme potential and drains the energy we need to maintain and repair from toxins. ” with all that available food, I also find that Philippine cuisine is [that it’s] been cooked, and cooked some more then [being] fried; and so those among whole foods are deteriorated into this substance that isn’t necessarily nutritious, and so when you want to start yoga, you may want to evaluate your diet”