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Mizuno Wave Rider 19 Shoe Review

Two months ago, Mizuno Philippines unveiled their latest upgrade to the Mizuno Wave Rider and Wave Inspire series running shoe and together with other colleagues from the running-blogger community, we were privileged to try-out one for ourselves. I for one, got the new Mizuno Wave Rider 19 (pictured below) to test and review.

This is my first time wearing a stability running shoe from Mizuno so trying out the shoe for a light 1-mile run around BGC during the launch, the first thing I noticed was the shoe's soft yet firm feeling that I think it could merit a mid-distance run without the need for a progressive transition and a lot of breaking-in.

To prove this point, more than two-weeks after that initial 1-mile break-in test, I took the shoe for a 10K interval speed runs to Quezon Memorial Circle, and another 10K tempo run to UP Diliman three-weeks after. Yes there were long gaps in between these training runs but the shoe did not cause any pain whatsoever in my feet and legs. In short, the transition from my good old shoe to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 wasn't hard and the shoe felt just like I have been accustomed to it already.

Most of us, admit it or not, also uses the same shoes from running to the gym sessions. Although like most of the running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 isn't also specifically made as a gym training shoes but because I'm curious of its wave plate technology, I decided to try its stability features during my leg workout sessions where I can better feel this feature at work.

The leg workouts that the shoe's wave plate proved usable with its stability were the single-leg squats and jumping lunges which both requires balanced and stable legs. I had a long break from these leg workouts but I was still able to properly perform and finish the sets. I particularly liked how it helped me stabilize in both of these workouts. The soft cushioning also did not disappoint on every impact of the jumping lunges.

I have also used the Wave Rider 19 on a race during the 2016 Run United Philippine Marathon last October 2. Although I did not actually race it to its full potential, being a Pacer requires us to run a constant pace all throughout the distance. That one is especially hard to maintain so running gears like the shoes must be fully fitted, functional, and one less thing to think about for you to properly focus on the race itself.

2016 RU3 co-Pacers with our Mizuno running shoes at the backdrop of the inflatable Mizuno Synchro MX (photo by: Mizuno Phils.)
During the run, the shoe's overall design and construction did not cause any concern to me. Like what I've mentioned earlier, it seemed that I am already accustomed to using it. In fact, I wasn't able to pre-train my pace with this shoe.

But throughout the duration of our 10K pacer-duty, what I noticed most is that despite the cushioning and thicker heel-to-toe ratio, I don't feel like heel-striking at all. When I'm consciously noticing my foot strike, it only feels like I'm just landing on the mid-foot area. I have actually also experienced this on the trial run during the launch, and during my initial 10K trainings mentioned above and I waited up to this actual race to confirm it.

Towards the finish line with co-Pacers. (Photo by: FlatIronman)
If you've noticed, I've been mentioning about the "wave plate" of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. That is the patented Wave Technology of Mizuno -- the same technology embedded in almost of the Mizuno running shoes.

The Wave plate technology works as a much better stabilizer and shock-absorber, it dissipates the impact forces evenly as your feet lands on the ground. You can see this wave plate on the heel area to the midsole, and aside from the stability it provides, this also makes the shoe rigid yet smoothly responsive and comfortable.

Mizuno wave plate tester
Despite the cushioning, the shoe is also lightweight at just 9.6 ounces or 272.155 grams. It is actually 5.655 grams heavier than the Saucony Ride 7 cushioning shoe which has no stability plate, but the small difference is outweighed with the performance you can get from the responsive ride and stability from the wave plate.

Seen in profile is the wave plate on the heel to midsole
The thicker 12-mm heel-to-toe drop design, you would think that this shoe encourages a heel strike. In my experience so far, I've been on mid-foot and fore-foot stance all throughout my runs.

But if you are somewhat naturally a heel-striker, the Wave Rider 19 is still a great option for you. If you want to transition from being a heel-striker to mid-foot or fore-foot strike, this shoe may also give you that edge without being too conscious with your foot strikes every time you run. In contrast, over-pronators might need to find other shoes (motion control) since the Wave Rider 19 is on the neutral side.

In blue colorway and breathable mesh upper design.
On the other hand, the upper materials is composed of high-quality breathable mesh that allows air to flow inside. Wearing thick socks won't even feel hot, while when wearing a thin one, you would still feel the air coming through from your shoes to your toes.

Wearing the shoes without socks, it fits snugly, feels soft on the foot, securely grips your heel and arch area in place, while the toe area have just enough room to wiggle. It has no sharp edges and even the logo stitching did not cause any rough protrusions. So far, my feet did not have blistering, rubbing, or frictions of any kind unlike the previous one I'm using which I need to re-break-in everytime so that my callous would form before an actual race.

Two more things that I liked are the construction of the tongue as it stays in place and does not move sideways despite the sprightly movements in the gym. The shoelace is also perfect both in length and softness, it can easily be tighten with just a simple knot and you don't even need to replace it with special shoelaces to keep it in place.

I have only logged more than 50-km running mileage as of writing on my Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but it was an effortless transition, and effortless ride training and running with this shoe.

The staffs of Mizuno Philippines does not recommend taking this shoe to a longer-distance run as it would feel heavier as the distance goes farther. For me though, with the cushioning available plus the assistance of the wave plate, it is an advantage to go further as it would keep your feet comfortable for much longer.

If you're a heavy strider or a high-mileage runner, this shoe is a great option. If you're on the faster side, just better heed on the advice from Mizuno and opt for lightweight racer such as the Mizuno Sayonara 4.

Treadmill test run of Mizuno Wave Rider 19 at varying speeds

The Wave Rider 19 colorways to choose from for Male and Female

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5 Skin Care Tips During the Cold Season

by: Jeric Danao

The best moisturizer review in the Philippines or anywhere else in the world would include not only the details about the ingredients used in the making of the products but also the kind of weather or season they are best suited for.

These details are important to add and discuss in a review of a certain beauty product because they would be the telling factors whether customers should purchase them in the first place. Furthermore, there are certain guidelines that should be followed when it comes to taking care of your skin during the hot or cold months.

Here is how you take care of your skin during the cold season.

1. Use Lukewarm Water

Using hot water when showering or bathing is always nice to do especially during the cold season however doing so may actually strip the natural oils in your skin that should keep it moisturized.

Dr. Frank Lipman, along with other skin experts everywhere, recommends using lukewarm water when you are just washing your hands or face to make sure they do not become completely dried up.

2. Moisturize Carefully and Properly

There are several moisturizers in the market that you can buy but not all of them would be good for your skin when you use them during the colder months, so make sure that you carefully sort them out and purchase the one that is good for your skin type at this time of the year.

After purchasing the right moisturizer for you, always be sure to immediately use them after you take a bath or a shower. Remember that you have to apply it while your skin is still slightly damp so that it can absorb the moisture in your body.

3. Drink Lots of Water

Hydrating your skin from the inside is just as important as using moisturizers on your skin from the outside, which is why it is important for you to keep drinking water even when you feel like you do not need a drink because you are not sweating a lot.

Instead of drinking hot chocolates and hot teas, you may want to consider replacing them with a warm lemon water that will surely sooth your throat, warm your body’s temperature, as well as hydrate your skin properly.

4. Exfoliate!

Dead skin cells have a tendency to block off your pores, making it impossible for moisture to come in, so be sure to exfoliate at least once or twice every week to get rid of this pesky stuff on your body.

You can use an exfoliating mask specifically for your face. There are also many body washes that will help you exfoliate during the cold season.

5. DIY Masks

Get busy and create your own homemade masks that will surely add moisture to your skin during the cold months. You can use ingredients like aloe, bananas, almond oil, jojoba and olive oils, yogurt, avocado, and honey to make the masks. Combine them all together and apply it on your skin for about 30 minutes so you can get lasting hydration.

Follow these tips and you won’t have to worry about having dry skin during the cold season!

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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4 Tips to Stay Healthy Under the Sun

by: Jeric Danao

Earth relies heavily on the power of the sun. Historical accounts would tell you that most cultures in the world had formed deities to thank it for providing them with warmth and food (without its rays, plants would not grow after all).

Today, science has found a way to utilize the energy coming from the sun even more by converting it into electricity. This innovation is now being used in different countries around the globe and that includes the Philippines. Solar systems or also known as solar panels have been invented to allow this to happen.

It seems that the sun’s power is truly limitless however it would also appear that there are some ill effects when it comes to staying under the sun for too long; one of which is skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to learn the following tips to make sure you can stay healthy under its bright glow.

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1. Learn All About the UV Index

Various countries in different continents have all released their own UV index. It is a tool you can use to determine the level of UV radiation on the Earth’s surface. It is a great instrument that you can use to decide how much skin protection you are going to need if you plan to spend the day outdoors.

You can check out the UV Index that has been provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). The group has collaborated with other international agencies including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop the Global Solar UV Index.

2. Apply Sunscreen

The most important tip on this list is to apply sunscreen on your skin. Most people think that they should only apply sunblock when they are going for a swim; however this is a misconception. You should always put it on before you head outside and be expose to the heat of the sun. There are several sunscreen lotions out in the market that features different kinds of sun protection factor (SPF). According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people should opt to use a sunblock which has at least SPF 15.

3. Be Wary of Reflective Surfaces

Reflective surfaces such as snow, sand, and even water can increase your chance of getting sunburnt. This is because there are fewer atmospheres that could absorb the UV radiation coming from the sun’s rays, which means that you are getting more UV exposure at a higher altitude. So the next time you go swimming, don’t just stay in the water merely because it feels cool. Think about how unhealthy it is to do so.

4. Dress Appropriately

Wearing appropriate clothing like pants and long-sleeved shirts is essential when you know you will be spending some time under the sun. Aside from wearing clothing, you can also put on hats and sunglasses to cover your face and head aptly.

Always choose to wear sunglasses that can block 99% to 100% of the UV rays so you can avoid getting cell damage. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pterygium, macular generation, cataracts, and other sun-related vision problems are caused by harmful UV rays.

Do yourself a favor and be sure to follow these tips so you can stay under the sun all day long.
About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.
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Running Through the City: Inspiration in Motion

by: Jeric Danao

Running is definitely one of the best sports any Filipino can engage into. It is inexpensive and people will be able to see the results of architectural design services in the Philippines. Running has a lot of health benefits: it helps you lose weight, strengthens the muscles and joints and relieves stress at the same time. However, you cannot deny that running in the same area over and over again can be tiresome. Here are 5 places that are perfect for running based on their walkability and accessibility:

1. Circuit Makati
Location: Hippodromo Street and A.P. Reyes Avenue, Barangay Carmona, Makati City (formerly the Sta. Ana Race Track)

This budding entertainment and leisure village has already hosted sold-out concerts and music festivals, including Wanderland, which is the Philippine version of Coachella. If the place is unused, people are free to do a long run in this 21-hectare property, which is right by the Pasig River. The best time to jog here is during the late afternoon when the cool breeze is present and the sunset emphasizes the view of the Makati Business District skyline.

2. Quezon Memorial Circle
Located: Elliptical Rod, Diliman, Quezon City

The heart of Quezon City is considered as a runner’s haven. Joggers can start by the monument of then-President Manuel L. Quezon. The outer perimeter, which is about 1.8 kilometers, will treat the runner to longer runs towards UP Diliman, Commonwealth, and Katipunan. Park-goers also flock this area for various sports like badminton and aerobics. It is perfect for solo exercises or quality exercise time with family and friends.

3. Greenhills Shopping Compound
Location: Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Before the mall opens and shoppers flock the area, go jog at the Greenhills Shopping Compound. The entire block is not too busy during the early hours of morning. After running or jogging, people are welcome to join the aerobics class that happens in the open parking lot. Since it is also a mall, people can stop for a light breakfast after their exercise before going home.

4. Filinvest City
Location: Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

If going through the concrete jungle known as Metro Manila is not your thing, head over to Alabang and go jogging at Filinvest City. Feel free to take in the fresh air and let the large trees provide you with shade as you cool down from your run. The path is mostly made up of dirt and soft grass so you will be able to sit without worrying of hurting your skin. The place is also great for biking and, if you are up for it, you can bring a buddy or even your dog along for a better exercise experience!

5. Ayala Triangle Gardens
Location: Ayala Avenue and Paseo De Roxas Streets, Makati City

Right in the middle of the Makati business district is the urban haven called Ayala Triangle Gardens. For people who are working within the area, this place is perfect for a quick jog before or after office hours. The loop is only 1.2 kilometers but the landscape, trees, public art, and friendly people will make your run visually appealing.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.
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Health Remedies: Pest Control and Prevention of Rodents

Keeping our mind and body healthy does not only mean watching out for the food that we eat and religiously following our daily workout regimen, but also keeping our surroundings clean both in the office and in our own dwelling. Our bedroom is the area in our house where we fall into deeper recovery from the day's physical and mental stresses so keeping our beds clean and tidy ensures that we get to sleep well and comfortably. But our body's natural recovery process gets disturbed when we always wake up in the middle of the night just to scratch our itching arms and back. These itches may be caused by bugs lurking underneath our blanket, pillow, or bed sheets.

When someone mentions pest control, it usually means that either someone's home or garden is infested with unwanted insects or animals that needs to be eliminated. Nobody likes pests or what they do to our homes or gardens, but they’re actually very common. If you think your home has an infestation, here are some tips you can do to drive them out, get rid of them, and prevent your home from being infested again.

Common Pests

Some of the more common pests that invade someone’s home are ants, fleas, bed bugs, cockroaches, and termites. It’s not difficult to know if you’ve got a pest infestation in your home. There are signs that can tell you if you have any unwanted "guests". These are:
  • Hearing any scratching noises in the walls, floors, and ceiling;
  • Seeing holes on the walls and the floor, and gnawed on sheets, boxes, paper, and wiring;
  • Holes can also be seen on wooden furniture and floors;
  • And insect wings that have been shed.

What to do?

If you think you have an infestation, call your local pest control service to assess the condition of your home. You must also remember that you should also take some steps to make sure that these pests won’t come back. Here is what you should do.

For bed bugs and fleas

You should wash all of your bed sheets, blankets, comforters, pillow cases, towels, curtains, carpets, or any cloth and furniture that you think they can nest in. Vacuum clean everything, and continue to vacuum after the infestation has been treated at least once every few days or weeks. If your pets have fleas, take them to the veterinarian or the groomers at once and have them treated. To avoid catching them again, use anti-flea shampoos when bathing your pets and comb them and drop the fleas into a cup of soapy water.

For rats and mice

More often than not, you’ll hear the rats and mice first before you see them. They come out during the night and hide during the day. You’ll know you have them when you see their droppings and when you see your belongings gnawed on. The best way to get rid of them is to call an expert or a local pest control service. You can also plug up holes where you think they’re going through or set up rat traps. Fly traps can also catch smaller mice.

For termites

Termites have a nest, so it’s important that you locate it. The best way to get rid of them is to call a pest control service. Usually their nests are underground and the experts will have to use chemicals to drive them out and kill them.

The best way to prevent any kind of infestation from invading your home is to clean. Clean your house out thoroughly on the weekends and vacuum regularly. Taking your trash out makes all the difference too, since nothing will live in it. Your pets should also be always groomed. Your bedding and curtains should be washed and replaced every month, and clean your carpets. And of course, seal off any cracks and holes in your house since this can serve as entry points for pests.

Just follow these tips and you’ll be able to prevent any future problems and infestations.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.
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Three Mobile Apps To Motivate You While Running

by: Jeric Danao

While running through your regular routes, for example, Los Angeles iPhone repair centers are one of the things that you’ll run past. Running may not come so easy for others, but there are some mobile apps that you can use to motivate yourself.

Some people like running without any gadget with them, while others loves it when they have music to listen to. Good thing that because of the popularity of smartphones, applications that motivate and help people get healthy are getting popular, too.

Running is a good way to lose weight while sticking to your training regimen. Some of the other everyday things that you can do if you don’t have time to run or jog is to park in the farthest corner of the parking lot at work then walking and taking the stairs up to your floor. Have a workout in the morning before work or in the evening. You have to do all of these consistently if you want to keep all that weight off.

The apps that are becoming more popular because of being geared towards fitness don’t just measure how long you’ve exercised, but also how many calories you’ve burned, how long you walked, ran, or biked. They also help you keep track of your burned calories or calorie intake and the routes you’ve gone to and the average time for every kilometer. Because of these calculations, you can see how much you’ve improved over time.

The best thing about these apps is that they can get you started on what you’ve been wanting to start for ages and you can always just slow down and go at a pace you’re comfortable with.

Zombies, Run!
The best way to get everyone running is a zombie apocalypse, so this developer took that idea and turned into a fitness app. This app lets you listen to a story, and the more you run, the farther you’ll get in the story. Running will help you gather your supplies to stay alive during the apocalypse. Running is also what will enable you to complete missions which moves the story along.

Spotify Running
While Spotify doesn’t measure your average running time, it does feature playlist that will get you into the running mood. Several playlists are available for you to choose from, with themes from epic movie scores, expertly put together mixes by DJs, and there’s even a playlist that’ll let you pretend you’re in a movie chase scene. However, this is only available to users who’ve availed the Spotify Premium.

Noom Coach
This app will help you stay on your diet. This will watch what you eat and let you see what food you can and can’t eat by labeling them with colors, and of course count your calorie intake. The labels are color coded that make you look again if you’re supposed to eat them or not. Green for good and healthy food, and red for bad. This app also has been gamified, which means that you can see how others are doing with their diet.

Which app helped you lose weight?

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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How Personal Fitness Can Improve Your Chances on Employment

by: Jeric Danao

Working in a company that specializes in manpower agency in the Philippines involves countless efforts to accomplish the work required from them, which may be similar with other kinds of work as well. Being employed means that you have to exert 60-70% of your body and mind to the work you do. This can definitely be tiring, sitting all day if you’re doing a desk job, walking all around a certain location, or going from one place to another are how people do their jobs every day. This means that we have to be physically active and become energetic to do our tasks well. Get to know how personal fitness can improve your chances on your employment life.

Increases your energy

With continuous exercise, rest assured that your energy will increase positively. You will become more vibrant and joyous with the mundane things you do in life. Soon enough you’ll notice how your interpersonal relationship with your loved ones and workmates will improve.

Lessens weight

One of the initial things anyone ever notices is how your weight decreases during exercise. Losing weight enables you to move more and become more mobile with ease to go around in doing certain tasks.

Prevent disease or illness

Having a healthy body will prevent the chances of acquiring diseases or sickness to one’s body. This will lessen cardiovascular diseases, meaning that your heart will become healthier and happier. As you train yourself to have a stronger body, your body will also be immune to certain body illnesses as well.

Peaceful sleep

Exerting huge amounts of effort to workout means you’ll be exhausted already. This will help you have a sound sleep once you fix yourself on your bed. Rest assured that you will be still once you sleep. However, if you exercised too much on that day, expect that your body will be sore the next day! Remember, no pain no gain.

Develops Character

Once you start routinely doing exercises, your overall personality changes. It is believed and proven that the person who frequently exercises becomes more positive in life, more enthusiastic, and contradicts chances of depression and anxiety as well. Overall, the self-image of the person drastically improves.

Physically Attractive

Last but not least is how your physical attributes will definitely change in a positive manner. You will notice how your body will become toned, leading you to have a sexier and stronger body! Employers will notice your dedication in improving your body image so they will think that you are a dedicated and hardworking employee.

Now that you know the benefits of personal fitness, do your part by aiming and maintaining a healthy mind and body. Engage in physical activities to make your body be prepared for all the possible effort you exert in your workplace which involves you to move or not to move at all. With this, your body will become stronger and healthier. This will guarantee that you would not experience many illnesses compared to when you don’t work out.

About the Author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks.

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