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Fitbit Charge 2, One Year On:  Some Amazing Features Discovered

It was in 2016 when I had the chance to wear for the first time a smart watch called Fitbit Charge 2.  At the time, I had no idea to what extent this watch can monitor activities besides report metrics.  Below are some of its amazing features.

Basically, Fitbit tracks a range of stats:  (1) steps taken, which you can set to 10,000 steps as its default setting or by using the Fitbit app settings, change the step goal; (2) distance covered; (3) calories burned; (4) floors climbed; (5) all day heart rate and heart zones such as peak, cardio, fat burn, and out of zone; and, (6) active minutes with activities ranging from walking to elliptical workouts.

One of the best features of Fitbit Charge 2 is that it tracks sleep time in light, deep and REM modes plus it shows whether you have achieved your sleep goal for the week or not. We live in a world that is so fast-paced and most of the time we are so caught up to take shortcuts but time to sleep is the one commodity in life that we need to get more of nowadays.  Setting bedtime reminder is one great way to also maintain a consistent sleep schedule.

Having a problem waking up? The gentle vibration and silent alarm features can be managed using the Fitbit app to alert any time of the day.  Feeling stressed?  Take a deep breath.  The two-minute or five-minute guided breathing session of Fitbit Charge 2 can help you feel connected to your body and quiet the mind any time. I have done this when so stressed, freaking out, or can’t think straight.

The “Reminders to Move” feature of Fitbit Charge 2 helps you get moving every hour.  Researchers say a long period of sitting is as bad for your health as smoking.  Fitbit Charge 2 can also receive phone call, text message, and calendar alert notifications when near your phone.  You can personalize the Fitbit app settings to include this feature in your Charge 2.

Fitbit Charged 2 is a good companion when running or biking outdoors as it detects movement using the SmartTrack feature which recognizes at least a 15-minute movement for each exercise type. Been using Charge 2 in most of my run or bike workouts to monitor my heart rate as well.

The holiday rush last year congested roads and worsened traffic in Metro Manila as Christmas drew near.  It was too difficult to even get a ride.  My Charge 2 was a huge motivator to walk home and walking was way faster than by taking public transportation.  Since there was a bit effort put into walking, it allowed the Fitbit tracker to unlock badges.  In addition, a fellow blogger invited me to join two Fitbit challenges such as the Weekend Warrior (who can get the most steps on a weekend) and Workweek Hustle (who can get the most steps beginning Monday through Friday). Unlocking achievements in a form of badges add a fun element to my walks!  Below were some of the awards received or unlocked:

                Top Badges

                                Cowboy Boot (50,000 steps in a day)

                                Japan (3,007 lifetime kilometers)

                                Castle (200 floors in a day; earned 2 times)

                                747 (4,000) lifetime floors

                Daily Steps

                                Boat Shoe (5,000 steps in a day; earned 92 times)

                                Sneakers (10,000 steps in a day; earned 48 times)

                                Urban Boot (15,000 steps in a day-earned 11 times)

                                High Tops (20,000 steps in a day; earned 6 times)

                                Classics (25,000 steps in a day; earned 5 times)

                                Trail Shoe (30,000 steps in a day; earned 3 times)

                                Hiking Boot (35,000 steps in a day)

                                Cleats (40,000 steps in a day)

                                Snow Boot (45,000 steps in a  day)

                Daily Climb

                                Happy Hill (10 floors in a day; earned 54 times)

                                Redwood Forest (25 floors in a day; earned 13 times)

                                Ferris Wheel (75 floors in a day; earned 3 times)

                                Lighthouse (50 floors in a day; earned 4 times)

                                Skyscraper (100 floors in a day; earned 2 times)

                                Rollercoaster (125 floors in a day)

                                Stadium (150 floors in a day)

                                Bridge (175 floors in a day)

         

                Lifetime Climb

                                Helicopter (500 lifetime floors)

                                Skydiver (1,000 lifetime floors)

                                Hot Air Balloon (2,000 lifetime floors)

                Lifetime Distance

                                Marathon (26 lifetime miles)

                                Penguin March (70 lifetime miles)

                                Serengeti (500 lifetime miles)

                                Marathon (42 lifetime kilometers)

                                Penguin March (112 lifetime kilometers)

                                London Underground (402 lifetime kilometers)

                                Hawaii (563 lifetime kilometers)

                                Serengeti (804 lifetime kilometers)

                                Italy (1,184 lifetime kilometers)

                                New Zealand (1,593 lifetime kilometers)

                                Great Barrier Reef (2,574 lifetime kilometers)

                Weight Goal

                                London Underground (250 lifetime miles)

                Trophies

                                Workweek Hustle Challenge – 1st Place earned 2x                                              Goal Streak earned 1 time

                               Weekend Warrior Challenge – 1st Place earned 3x                                             Personal Best 46,049 steps                                                                                               Goal Streak earned 4x

In a nutshell, the use of fitness tracker has skyrocketed and with the many choices out there it’s easy to get lost in the hype.  Fitness tracker wants you to keep moving.  So wearing one everyday will only let you track a variety of stats, but it does not necessarily help you lose weight or get fit.  You still need to get out there and make time for fitness!

RELATED

The best fitness tracker : it doesn’t matter how many sensors you have—it’s how you use them.  (2017, December 1).  Retrieved from https://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/

http://www.runningdiva.ph/fitbit-holiday-gift-guide/

Performance Report of Team PH in the Recent Asia Masters Athletics Championships (18th : 2014 : Iwate, Japan)

A report prepared by the National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines about the participation of the 19 athletes to the Asia Masters Athletics Championships on September 2014  in Japan.  (Photo by Edward Kho)

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Team Highlights
  • Team Philippine Masters garnered 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 6 Bronzes for a total of 10 Medals
  • Margarito Baniqued, a Gintong Alay program recipient in the 80’s, opened the team’s campaign by winning the Bronze medal in the 5,000 M Walk (M50-54)
  • Erlinda Lavandia won a Bronze medal in Hammer Throw (W60-64) heaving 21.27 meters in the process.  On September 21, Ms. Lavandia captured Silver medals in both Shot Put and Discus Throw events. The following day, she outclassed Japan’s Matsuoka Kanako and Kobo Tomiko in Javelin Throw by winning Gold and retaining the Game’s Record she posted in 2012
  • John Lozada’s Bronze medal win in 800M race for M40-44,   a winning streak boost for Team Philippines
  • The golden performance courtesy of Emerson Obiena’s 4.00M finished in Pole Vault event for M45-49 capped the day’s event

To view the complete details of the team’s performance, please see AMAC Post Event Report.  

Avon Pink WAR (Walk and Run) Against Breast Cancer, 12 Oct. 2014

Avon Pink War, a walk and run against breast cancer, was launched on September 4 with Avon Philippines President and General Manager, Julie Tatarczuk, welcoming everyone and sharing the overwhelming response from their advocacy partners in fulfilling the mission to increase awareness of the disease and help save lives. Tatarczuk declared, “I am grateful for the opportunity to stand before all of you today and invite you on Avon’s important mission. This mission entails all of us to join a war. A war all of us need to be a part of because it can hurt the people we love. It is time that we fight back. It is time we provide people with the ammunition to survive the disease.”
Avon Pink WAR (Walk and Run) Against Breast Cancer Launch
Breast cancer remains women’s toughest enemy and Avon, the company for women, is determined to see an end to the disease with its Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) 2014 campaign. As the world’s leading champion against breast cancer, Avon is gearing up for its biggest fight yet, as it stages the Avon Pink Walk and Run (WAR) Against Breast Cancer for the cause’s 12th year here in the Philippines.
 
The WAR shirt
 
Avon Urges Everyone to Enlist and Run in the Pink Army to Fight the Disease 
  
On 12 Oct. 2014, the Mall of Asia Grounds will serve as the battlefield for those who will wage the ultimate fight against breast cancer through the Walk and Run events. Avon KGBC Ambassador Solenn Heussaff and GMA 7 stars Kris Bernal and Rocco Nacino will be on the frontlines to join those in battle.
 
KGBC Ambassador Solenn Heussaff with fellow Kapuso stars Kris Bernal and Rocco Nacino
 

The brave souls who will run for the cause can register now until October 6 in the Avon website and Chris Sports branches in Festival Mall, Glorietta 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall Building B, SM City North EDSA Main Mall, and Market Market.

Enlistment fee is P 550 for the five-kilometer run and P 700 for the 10-kilometer run. The fee is inclusive of the Avon WAR kit which includes a singlet, race number, and giveaway. Those joining the Walk can enlist for P 299, inclusive of a WAR shirt.

Uniting with Avon in combat are the Philippine Cancer Society, GMA Network, Inc., SM Mall of Asia, and SM Supermalls. Proceeds from the WAR will go to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Breast Care Center and selected provincial hospitals.

Walk for Women’s Rights, March 1

Last year, I posted something about the passage of laws as legal bases for the celebration of the National Women’s Day/Month.

This year, the 2010 National Women’s Month celebration with the theme, “Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan!” kicks off again with a Walk for Women’s Rights with no other than Ms. Akiko Thompson and around 5,000 women who’ll be walking Global City grounds on 1 Mar. 2010 at 6AM to raise public awareness on RA 9710 known as the Magna Carta of Women, the newly enacted comprehensive law on women’s human rights.

On top of this walk event, there’ll be booths and exhibits that showcase products on health & wellness, beauty & cosmetics, fashion & accessories, food & culinary and more!

Free seminars on women’s issues, livelihood skills demonstrations, makeover sessions, hair treatment, massage, bone screening, medical and legal consultations and counseling, plus freebies and giveaways.


And the best part of it, ADMISSION is FREE!

For more information, please call Philippine Commission on Women (02)735-8509; 7354767 loc. 122; Or, visit National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women site.

Team Nutrilite Walkatour 2010

The year 2010 ushers in a continuous call for healthy and active lifestyle, thus, Amway Philippines being a staunch advocate of better health and living would like to invite you in the Team Nutrilite Walkatour 2010 on 23 Jan. 2010, Saturday, at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.

Together with Nutrilite Philippines’ Ambassador, Mr. Paeng Nepomuceno, and an expected 500 Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) and their guests and friends, it will be an afternoon of healthy walking amidst the backdrop of culture and history. Plus, get the chance to win prizes in three pit stops, situated around Fort Santiago, where you’ll enjoy simple games that will test your energy, strength and immunity.

Entrance is absolutely free! We would appreciate it if you can send the names of your group members on or before 21 Jan. 2010, Thursday. You may contact Johanna Ong of Digicon Wizard Events Group at 0917-3251218.