Fitness Apps for My BlackBerry Z10

When I inadvertently reset my BlackBerry Z10 to factory settings, I lost most of the stuff on phone that wasn’t saved to the memory card. Thankfully, I could re-download my apps from BlackBerry World.

BlackBerry World on Z10

For BlackBerry users, the BlackBerry World is the central repository of apps and games for our devices. The My World section helps us keep track of the apps we’ve installed and music and videos we’ve downloaded.

Once I had gotten my apps back, I started exploring what other apps to download. BlackBerry World on the BlackBerry Z10 makes Search easy to access, and Categories are easy to browse (there’s a specific section for Health & Fitness!) Continue reading “Fitness Apps for My BlackBerry Z10”

SwitchEasy Smartphone Cases Promo (Last 7 Days!)

In all the rush I was in for Cebu, I almost forgot to blog about a great promo for the BlackBerry Z10! I’ve been using my Z10 without a protective shell case for a while now, which prompted one of the Malditas at the Berghaus fashion show to say, “Living dangerously, huh?”

Thing is I couldn’t find a nice case for it; all the others on the market I’d seen were quite bulky, or I couldn’t trust that they’d leave my phone undamaged in case I needed to remove the case to do a battery pull, hot swap the flash card, or switch SIMs.

Then I saw the SwitchEasy cases. Drool.

SwitchEasy cases for BlackBerry Z10
SwitchEasy BlackBerry Z10 cases

My BlackBerry Z10, protected by the SwitchEasy on my travels

I chose the clear case to showcase my Z10’s white colorway. My Z10’s slim shape remains the same because the SwitchEasy case isn’t bulky. It snaps on and off securely but doesn’t leave any marks on the phone. It also protects my phone from shallow drops and bumps, and keeps the phone clean whenever I handle it with greasy or dusty hands. Because of the SwitchEasy case, on my trip to Cebu I didn’t have to worry about my Z10 so much!

The SwitchEasy cases are 50% off from July 19 to August 18. To avail the discount, you can:

  1. In Store Swap – trade-in an old case;
  2. Flyer – Use the flyer given at the stores as a discount voucher; or
  3. Online Voucher – Print an online voucher found below.

SwitchEasy discount voucher

It’s the last 7 days of this 50% off promo, so check out SwitchEasy cases at Abenson, Ambassador, Astrovision Glorietta, Automatic Center, Beyond the Box, CellShoppe, Complink, Digihub, Digital Arena, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, E-Central, EDS, Electroworld, Games and Gadgets, Globotel, Graphic-All-In, GUI, iCenter, iCon, iGig, Islands and More, Landmark, Memo Express, Microstation, Mobile 1, Octagon, PC Market, Planet Gadget, Powerhub, Samsung Stores, Senco Link, Sidrah, Silicon Valley, Technoholics, Techsavvy, The A Shop, The Inbox Store, Vertex, and Virtual Station.

SwitchEasy covers for iPad Mini are also available.

SwitchEasy covers for iPad Mini

Globe BlackBerry Q10

Back when I first got my BlackBerry Z10, I said the only thing I missed about my old Curve was the physical keyboard. Well, I spotted the BlackBerry Q10 at a Globe store last week! Didn’t take a photo though because the guard was looking at me funny, but here’s a stock photo of the phone:

BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry Q10

It’s got that physical keyboard BB fanatics know and love, plus a touch screen to take advantage of the BlackBerry 10 operating system that the Z10 also shares. So you can flick one-handed to the BlackBerry Hub to read your messages all in one place, then reply to them by tapping away merrily at the crunchy keyboard. It’s also got a pretty long battery life — reviews say it can last a full day with push email and frequent use without a midday recharge. It’s also quite compact, so if you like smaller smartphones the Q10 is perfect. I do think it’s a phone I can fearlessly take out on my runs.

Globe is the first telco in the Philippines to offer the Q10 under its MySuperPlan postpaid plan. It’s been available for pre-order since May 29, and units have been in store since June 7 and will be exclusively available from Globe until July 7.

The Q10 is available with plan 1799, which comes with unlimited surfing! You can get the phone free with plan 1799 and a 3k cash out with a lock up for 24 months. You can also purchase the phone and use it with PowerSurf, Globe’s consumable mobile internet plan that allows you to stay online as long as you want, and stay in complete control of your megabytes. PowerSurf comes in different denominations to suit multiple needs. PS99 – 50 MB, PS299 – 300 MB, and PS 499 – 1GB of data. Register now by dialing *143# or text POWERSURF 499 to 8888.

Noelle De Guzman is a Globe mobile data services ambassador for the BlackBerry Z10.

An Afternoon with My BlackBerry Z10

It’s 5:30pm on a Wednesday afternoon and I’m about to meet my cousin JJ for a quick run in BGC. I pull my BlackBerry Z10 out of my bag, flick the lock screen out of the way, and swipe over to the Hub where all the messaging magic happens. And all of that I do with one hand while with the other I dig into my bag for my hydration belt.

An Afternoon with BB Z10

I type, “Where are you?” His reply comes almost immediately that he’s stuck in traffic. I know I’m in for a long wait, so I flick to my Whatsapp active window, where a lively conversation is taking place among my Endure teammates. Continue reading “An Afternoon with My BlackBerry Z10”

Staying Connected with My BlackBerry Z10

Everyday, I’m on the go; my active lifestyle keeps me on my feet, from training sessions to teaching group exercise classes. That’s why I’ve been a BlackBerry devotee since I started using smartphones. I don’t need to sit in front of a laptop to pull up information; I can just browse for it straight from my BlackBerry’s browser. I love how I can manage my emails, social media (Twitter, Facebook) and calls and texts from one device. So even though I’m mostly moving around the city by myself, I’m always just a text, call, email, tweet, or PM away from other runners.

However, all phones have a lifespan; my much-used and well-loved Curve 9360 was on its last legs earlier this month when I received my new BlackBerry Z10 from Globe.

Blackberry Z10
Z10 vs. Curve 9360

The Z10 is the flagship phone from BlackBerry Continue reading “Staying Connected with My BlackBerry Z10”

Beating Your PR: It’s You vs. Yourself

“Know your weaknesses and learn how to train to overcome them as best you can.” — Chris McCormack, 2010 Ironman World Champion

What I love about running and triathlon is that they’re individual sports. I hated team sports in high school (I was forced to play volleyball) because I didn’t like the feeling of letting other people down. Now, it’s all on me. There are no time-outs, no substitutes, and even if you’ve got a coach, it’s about the work you put in.

Training: Bike
Even in a tri team, it’s individual training that matters.

With all the time spent on swimming, biking, and running, I need to have a solid basis for knowing if I’m improving or not. Sure, I can look at my race results against women in my age group. I can even challenge my training buddies to an informal race. But the most consistent parameter which even coaches use to judge improvement is one’s own personal record, or PR. It’s really about You vs. Yourself. Continue reading “Beating Your PR: It’s You vs. Yourself”

Health Boosters

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much exercise is healthy. For health maintenance, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week (source: LiveStrong). Most runners getting serious about the sport run for far longer than that, thinking more is always better.

However, research suggests that the body’s immune system is depressed for hours up to days after long and strenuous physical efforts (check out this New York Times blog article about the amount of exercise that boosts immunity). A study conducted on Stockholm Marathon participants suggests that most runners who fell sick three weeks before the race were more prone to getting sick again in the three weeks after the race. This is what we refer to as a relapse, or binat.

But we can’t really avoid long training hours when we’re into endurance sports such as long-distance running or triathlons. Personally, it’s no longer the health benefits I’m after, although getting healthier is definitely a perk. I love the satisfaction of overcoming challenges. Still, I won’t exercise when I’m really sick, and when I recover after an illness I always make it a point to take it easy coming back to working out.

There are other ways of taking care of ourselves to avoid getting sick and to keep our immune system up so we don’t get hit with the full severity of symptoms when we do.

Sleep. Some hormones the body uses to repair itself are only produced when we sleep. In fact, repeated lack of sleep can reduce immunity by up to 50%. So, sleep early if you need to get up early, and if you’ve had a string of late nights, take it easy on the workouts the next few days until you’ve had a chance to catch up. (Reference: Runner’s World)

Manage stress. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone because the body produces it during stressful situations. This can be beneficial short-term because it helps prepare the body for a “fight-or-flight” response if you’re in actual danger. Chronic stress however keeps the body in that mode, even if the situation isn’t life-or-death. Prolonged exposure to cortisol puts you at risk for health problems such as heart disease, sleep problems, digestive problems, depression, and obesity. Yikes! So learn how to reduce and manage stress. (Reference: Mayo Clinic)

Eat better. I try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables because they contain vitamins and minerals that my body needs to rebuild itself. They also contain antioxidants which reverse the cellular damage done by free radicals. This supports the immune system and keeps it strong.

I also take multivitamin and calcium supplements. Recently, Health Express sent me a bottle of spirulina, which is a kind of algae that is used both as a whole food and as a health supplement in pill form. It’s rich in Vitamin C, a known antioxidant, and also has 18 of the 22 amino acids the body uses in normal growth and development. It’s a great source of iron, which is used to produce hemoglobin (helps transport oxygen in the blood).

Health Express Spirulina

Spirulina is also claimed to be an immune booster, due to small-scale studies that showed increased presence of enzymes involved in immune response after dosing with spirulina. (Reference: Cellular and Molecular Immunology)

Spirulina, like a multivitamin, doesn’t claim to cure anything. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have health benefits, just like a multivitamin. Although this is just anecdotal evidence, I recovered overnight from a cold that came from my dad, who was down with it for a week. I can’t say it’s completely because of the spirulina because age and health is also a factor in recovery. But it’s quite possible that my spirulina intake helped.

You can get spirulina supplements from Health Express at P569 for 90 tablets, or about a month’s supply (one tablet 30 minutes before every meal). Health Express has 13 stores nationwide in Metro Manila (Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Robinsons Ermita, Eastwood City Walk, Gateway Mall, Shopwise Commonwealth, Shoppesville Greenhills, and Glorietta 3), Cebu (Ayala Cebu, SM Cebu), Bacolod (Robinsons Bacolod), Davao (Gaisano Mall), and CDO (Robinsons BigR Supercenter). You can also call the Health Express customer service hotlines: (02)892-7978 / (02)846-9364. Like Health Express on Facebook and follow Health Express on Twitter for more up-to-date information on their dietary supplements.

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Health Express Platinum Card

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