Hop In The Pool And Get Fit With Aqua Aerobics

This i guest post from Kaitlin Gardner. :) She contacted me because she wanted to share her knowledge about aqua aerobics and this is something that you might want to try out this year! :) Thanks, Kaitlin for this! :)


Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.


My friend Marjorie was complaining the other day about how her workout routines had gotten stale. She asked me about aqua aerobics, because she’s heard me rave about it so much. I told her about water workouts, and why I find them so enjoyable. I came up with lots of reasons to use the pool for getting fit.

The basics. Water workouts don’t have to be exotic and complicated – that’s one reason I find them so much fun. If I’m in the pool, doing an exercise that gets my heart rate elevated, giving me a cardiovascular benefit – that qualifies as aqua aerobics. Something as simple as treading water can provide a great workout option. I took Marjorie to the pool and we tried it together. It didn’t take long for her breathing to escalate, and she could feel the burn in her arms and legs. Here are some great resources I found with more information about pool workouts:

The variety. Marjorie had gotten into a rut at the gym. She did a short spell on the treadmill, and sometimes added a few weight repetitions. I mentioned to her that one reason I loved water workouts was the variety. I can do a group class and get a well rounded workout that works arms and legs. If I’m stressed, I go to an aqua yoga or tai chi class. If I want vigorous, I will take an aqua kickboxing class. Recently I have gotten the courage to try an aqua Zumba class. Marjorie was a little hesitant about the sexy hip swinging moves, until I mentioned that most of her body is underwater. Now she wants to try Zumba.

The health bonus. There’s an advantage you get from being in the water that land exercise doesn’t offer – a lower heart rate. In the water, your heart has to work less. The heart rate will typically be around 13 percent lower – around 17 beats per second. This is thought to be due to the lowered impact of gravity, and the cooler water temperatures. I can work out just as hard in the water as I would in the gym, and put less stress on my heart. I like that advantage.

Easy on the body. I told Marjorie that the water is less stressful because of the buoyancy. My body will only have to support a fraction of its own weight being in the water, and that provides a lightness that makes exercise a lot easier on me. I usually feel the pounding from the treadmill or while running, but in the water, everything is easier. I used to hate doing lunges in the gym, but in the water, they are completely different. My foot lands with a nice gentle feel, and that means less stress on my knee joints.

The effect of resistance. Some people ask if a water workout can really provide a solid cardiovascular workout. I suggest they try a session of aqua jogging to see how it feels. One person actually tried it, and said that they were really surprised at how much effort it took to push themselves through the water. That was the element of resistance. Water is a dense medium, so running through it takes extra work. That’s why my favorite water workout is aqua jogging. I just go to the pool when the lap lanes are open, and begin moving up and down one with my best running posture. I get all the workout I need, in the pleasant atmosphere of the water.

I was not at all surprised to see Marjorie in the lap lane next to me when I went aqua jogging yesterday, and the smile on her face told me how much she enjoys aqua aerobics.

Top 10 Longchamp Loves: Time to Spring Ahead

It’s spring/summer 2015 already! And I’m soo excited. This is my favorite time of the year because all of the collections of most brands are really colorful which is soo my style. So starting of with Longchamp. My favorite bag of all time! Why? Beccause it’s lightweight and roomy and I just can stuff everything inside. Yes, I’m an addict, a hoarder. But hey, all of my bags are used up. :P

#1 – Longchamp Cross Body Bag Deep Night


(Approximately around PHP 25,000)

I have developed an affinity for cross body bags recently. I just noticed that it’s easier to lug them around. The only downside is that you can’t stuff a lot of things inside as opposed to the Le Pliage.

#2 – Longchmp Handbag Le Pliage Cuir


(approximately around PHP 19,000)

This is the leather version of the Le Pliage. Before, I didn’t like leather but right now, I think I should have a black leather bag. And if given a choice (and a chance), I would definitely get this.

#3 – Longchamp Handbag Le Pliage Heritage


(approximately around PHp 38,000)

Yes, this is more expensive than the Le Pliage Cuir for a good reason though. Look at it, it looks soo structured and formal. And very classic and chic. This is definitely for the career woman. Yes, I’d love to have this too. :P

#4 – Longchamp Handbag Le Pliage Neo


(approximately around PHP 6,000)

I have a confession to make. I already have this in blue. But this color is soooo nice and classy and it fits day dresses. I really, really fell in love with this style.

#5 – Longchamp Handbag Le Pliage Neo Fantasie


(approximately around PHP 7,000)

Of course, you have to have the special kind! ME wants this!

#6 – Longchamp Handbag Le Pliage Sarah Morris Limited Edition


(approximately around PHP 109,000)

WHOA! Too much for a bag. Will definitely NOT buy this. But it looks really good, right?

#7 – Longchamp Handbag Mariniere


(approximately around PHP 7,000)

This looks soo good for the beach. And I have the perfect beach dress that goes well with it. :P

#8 – Longchamp Handbag Surf the City


(approximately around PHP 7,000)

I love blue. I actually noticed that most of my bags are blue because I consider it a neutral color. :P

#9 – Longchamp Medium Tote Bag Nautique


(approximately around PHP 12,000)

Just to break the Le Pliage craze. :P

#10 – Longchamp Tote Bag Le Pliage Cage Aux Oiseaux


(approximately around PHP 5,000)

Because this makes me happy. Ang Longchamp makes me happy. :P

What about you? What are your picks for this season? :)

Top 10 2015 Moves I’m Looking Forward to :)

1.) Love Rosie

Cause we all have that friend whom we’ve always wanted to end up with. :)

2.) Disney’s Cinderella

Because maybe when we ask for a day off, that will lead us to Prince Charming. :)

3.) Avengers: Age of Ultron

Just because there’s somewhat still a boyish part of me. Yes, this is as boyish as it can get. :)

4.) Inside Out

Because it seems really funny! :)

5.) Fifty Shades of Grey

Because everyone wants their own Christian Grey. <3

6.) Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Because if the guys from HIMYM love Star Wars, then I should definitely love it too. #babaw

7.) Playing It Cool

Haha. Because honestly, there are a LOT of guys who “play it cool” and then BOOM. #youknowwhatimean

8.) The Last Five Years

Because I wanted to watch the play, and I didn’t get to :(

9.) Pitch Perfect 2

Because I just love music. <3

10.) The DUFF

Because somehow, in my life, I thing I was a DUFF. :P

What about you? What are you looking forward to. :)

MS Finds: Top 10 Cool Money Banks!

One of the goals that we should have this year is to save money. And honestly, every single penny that we have can amount to millions for as long as we keep on saving them. Here are some of the cute money banks that I’ve found that would inspire us to save even those coins that make our wallets really bulky! :P

1.) Emergency Money Bank

From Suck UK. PHP 495 at Ava.ph.

Emergency Money Bank

And this should only be broken when there is an emergency! :P

2.) London Red Telephone Booth Novelty Coin bank

From Sifra Interiors and Objects. PHP 1,495 at Ava.ph.

2 - London Red Telephone Booth Novelty Coin Bank

This is pretty cool especially for those people who love to travel.

3.) Baby Piggy Bank

From 4M2U. PHP 220 at Quirks.

3 - Baby Piggy Bank

I’m biased about pigs. I really like pigs because I was born in the year of the Boar.

4.) Doodle a Coin Bank (Bear)

From 4M2U. PHP 295 at Quirks.

4 - Doodle a Coin Bank (Bear)

I am pretty sure the artistic folks out there would love this!

5.) Greedy Pig Money Bank

From SuckUK. PHP 450 at Quirks.

5 - Greedy Pig Money Bank

Cool think about this is that you can actually use any kind of container. Just use any mug or container that you have.

6.) My Next Trip Coin Bank.

From Balvi. PHP 450 at Quirks.

6 - My Next Trip Coin Bank

A wanderer? Then this is the one for you.

7.) The Currency Money Bank

From the Luckies of London. PHP 1195 from Quirks.

7 - The Currency Money Bank

For those people who have a lot of loose change from all of their travels!

8.) Tin Banks (Savin’ to Quit My Job)

From Blue Q. PHP 420 from Quirks.

8 - Tin Banks (Savin to Quit My Job)

For the simple person. :P

9.) Stealing Itazura Coin Cat Money Box Piggy Bang with Meow (Strawberries)

From Generic. PHP 595 at Lazada.com.ph.

Kids will love this!!

10.) DIY Self-Sorting Coin Bank

If you have all of the time in the world, you can actually do this. Check out the tutorial here.

What about you? Have you found any super cute or cool money banks? Please do share them with me in the comment below! :)

19 Juice Cleanse in the Philippines

Yes, January is DETOX month. After all of the eating that we have done in the past month or so, we should definitely pay attention to our bodies. I was fortunate enough to be able to buy a deal at Deal Grocer for a 1-day detox at Detoxify Bar.

Fortunately for you, when I checked, there were still some available.  :)

But just in case you want something else, and for my future reference as well, I’m listing everything down here so that I have something to go to once I decide to do a cleans again! :)

1.) Juju Cleanse

1 - Juju Cleans

1-Day Cleanse is PHP 2500. There are also Juju Coldpress Solos that are available priced at PHP 200 each. But for delivery, you have to order 6 bottles or more. As for the Juju Booster kits, are available at PHP 1350 each (with Juju cooler bag and icepack) or PHP 1200 (without the add ons).

Website: http://www.jujucleanse.com

2.) Juice Jab

2 - Juice Jab

Mild Jab – PHP 1700 which contains 2 bottles/day for 3 days. Moderate Jab is – PHP 3,200 for 4 bottles for 3 days.

Jab Meals for Mild Jabs – PHP 2600 per day for 2 bottles/day for 3 days and 2 meals/day for 3 days. On the other hand, the Moderate Jab Meals is for PHP 3650 which includes 4 bottles/day for 3 days and I meal/day for 3 days.

They also have Jolts which is a 2-day or a 5-day enhancement program that will have you taking juices as supplement to your meals. The 2-day Jolt is priced at PHP 1,100 for 3 bottles/day and the 5-day Jolt is for PHP 2,450 for a 3 bottles/day kit.

There are also Jolt Meals that can supplement your Jolt Drinks. 2-days is PHP 2000 which includes 3 bottles/day and 3 meals/day. While a 5-day is priced at PHP 4700 which includes 3 bottles per day and 3 meals/day.

Website: http://www.juicejab.com

Check out my juice jab experience before.

3.) Detoxify Bar

3 - Detoxify Bar

1-day detox is PHP 1350.

Website: http://detoxifybar.com

4.) Spruce Cold Pressed Juices

4 - Spruce Cold Pressed Juices

For delivery, you have to order 2 days in advance with a minimum of 6 bottles at PHP 1,500. The SRP is PHP 250/350 ml bottle except for Kale drinks which costs PHP 300/bottle. For cleanses/detox, they don’t have a suggested set but you can also customize.

Facebook Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/drinkspruce

5.) In the Pink

5 - In the Pink

1-day Cleanse is PHP 800.

Facebook Fan Page: Https://www.facebook.com/inthepinkjuicehousemanila

6.) Detox in a Bottle

6 - Detox in a Bottle

Weightloss Formula is PHp 2,500.day and the Cleanse Formula is PHp 2,000/day.

Website: http://www.detoxinabottle.com

7.) Sly Diet

7 - Sly Diet

Juice Beginner with is a 1-Day Plan is PHP 2,225.00. This includes 6 juices, 1 vegan/glutton Free Meal, 1 Power Bar, 1 Lemon Fruit and 1 –Thermal Bag.

Website: http://www.slydiet.com

8.) Squice

8 - Squice

No information about their pricing over at their Fan Page but looks promising as well. :)

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/squiceph

9.) Coco Green

9 - COco Green

PHP 250/350 ml bottle. So around, PHP 1500 per day.

Website: http://www.cocogreen.ph/

10.) Sweet Earth Extracts

10 - Sweet Earth Extracts

PHP 150/bottle. But I still need to get a price list of this. :)

Instagram: http://instagram.com/sweetearthextracts/

11.) Juice Bomb Philippines

11 - Juice Bomb PH

Not sure if they are still into this business because the last post was in 2014. Anyway, it’s still worth a try. :)

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/juicebombph

12.) The Health Potion

12 - The Health Potion

PHP 180 per bottle. Not sure if they are also still in the business because their last post was in 2014.

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/thehealthpotion

13.) Detoxiholic

13 - Detoxiholic

Not sure how much because there’s not price information. Also, not sure if they’re still into this business. We shall see. :)

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/detoxiholic

14.) Jus Bar

15 - Jus Bar

It’s PHP 1500 for a 1-day cleanse which contains 8 bottles, 1 small bag and 1 tea.

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/iamjusbar

15.) Juice Hut


15 - Juice Hut

1-day cleanse is PHP 1,100 which includes 1 bottle of Lemon Detox (250 ml), 5 bottles of Pure Blends (250 ml), 1 bottle of Almond Milk (250 ml), 1 pc Organic Tea, Thermal Bag and Cleanse Guide.

Website: http://www.juicehutmanila.com

16.) The Skinny Juicery

16 - The Skinny Juicery

Nurture Skinny is for 1 day which costs PHP 1700. This includes 6 bottles of juice and 2 bags of yogi tea.

Website: http://www.theskinnyjuicery.com/

17.) Rawlicious

17 - Rawlicious

PHP 150/500 ml and PHP 220.

Website: http://rawliciouswellness.com/

18.) Sexy Detox

18 - Sexy Detox

1-Day Cleanse for Regular House Blend – PHP 1150, 1-Day Cleanse for Premium Blend – PHP 1290, 1 Day Mix Blend – PHP 1230.

Website: http://www.sexydetox.ph/

19.) Juice Barista

19- Juice Barista

Around PHO 250 – PHP 300 per bottle. Check out my Juice Barista experience before.

Website: http://www.thejuicebarista.com/

Amazing! I actually got shocked! We have around 19 different companies offering this kind of thing. I think that just simply means that Filipinos are becoming more and more health conscious by the day.

If you think I missed out anything, let me know and add the contact in the comment below. I would gladly check them out as well. J

If in any way, you would like to make your own juice cleanse, check out this article.

Top 5 Picks: Alex and Ani Bangles

Yup and Browsing the internet is the best thing that I do. :)

And here are my top 5 pics of Alex and Ani Bangles. ;)

1 - Blush Bohemian Jewel Wrap

1.) Blush Bohemian Jewel Wrap. Yes, I’m in love with pink. Do you have a problem with that? :P

2- Precious Initial K Charm Bangle

2.) Precious Initial K Charm Bangle. Because I love the letter “K” and my name starts with it. I’m actually pretty biased to people whose names start with the letter K. :)

3 - Blush Mirage Wrap

3.) Blush Mirage Wrap. This somewhat like number 1 but then it’s a different color. It’s nice to have different shades on your wrist, huh?

4 - October Birthstone Charm Bangle

4.) October Birthstone Charm Bangle. Although I was not born in October, I think the birthstone of October is really pretty. Nice one, October-born folks. But maybe you can adopt me so that this can officially be my birthstone? :)

5 - Cotton Candy Sugar Rush Beaded Bangle

5.) Cotton Candy Sugar Rush Beaded Bangle. No reason. I just love pink! :)

Where to buy Alex and Ani stuff here in the Philippines? Check out this post.

From what I know they have at the SM Aura Premiere. :)

Oh and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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