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Spartan Race Male Athletes Who Made Us Take a Second Look

Spartan Race has gained the title as one of the most popular obstacle race course events in the world. The exciting American competition Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge was inspired by the same race. This grueling obstacle course has produced athletes of all shapes and sizes towards the same goal of reaching the finish line. But apart from conquering the obstacle course, there are athletes in the course who catch our attention for different reasons.

Following both the American competition and the recently held inaugural Philippine race, there were athletes who can make your heads turn back for a second look and here are some of them:

Michael Reyes

Mike is the Race Director of Spartan Race Philippines. Thanks to him and the rest of his team, the highly anticipated obstacle race course finally landed on Philippine soil. His first Spartan Race experience was in 2011 and had joined two more races this year before the inaugural Philippine race. He may intimidate you with his height and built, but the minute this guy smiles at you, the bad boy image instantly fades. Mike also makes sure to cheer up and motivate the race participants he sees in the course. Don’t forget to say hi to him as you’re sure to see him again in the next races happening in 2018.

Isaiah Vidal
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American Dream Team with team captain Isaiah Vidal (middle)

One of the youngest team captains in the competition Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, this fearless leader makes sure he picks up his team members and no one gets left behind. Isaiah is also an accomplished athlete in the US. His beautifully sculpted face is hard to miss on Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2 which airs every Saturday, 9:35 PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Extreme.

Eric Seegers

You can easily spot him at different Fitness First clubs and have likely seen him at the outdoor SGX Workouts held a few weekends before the Philippine Spartan race. Eric is Fitness First’s National Fitness manager and is one of the coaches who can help aspiring Spartans to conquer the race thru their exclusively offered SGX Workouts. You can also see videos of him giving tips and exercise routine you can do at home on RTL CBS Extreme’s Facebook page. His tips may come in handy so make sure to bookmark those videos for future reference.

Michael Jiang

This Japanese- American lad found his way to the Philippines after quitting his job from one of the biggest global companies – Google. You have probably seen him a lot of times leading the Spartan Race community workouts, and have looked for him at the course in Timberland Heights. He will surely be at the next Spartan Races with the rest of his enthusiastic team, Suns Out Guns Out.

Rholand Adaya

Coach Rholand led most of the Spartan SGX workouts during different Fitness First events. He is a familiar face because he played a big part in some of the aspiring Spartans’ journey to the highly anticipated event. He seemed easy to work with, but he sure can push you to work harder to prepare you for the race. He joined at the elite category of the Spartan Race Philippines inaugural race, went all muddy, but sure made it look easy as soon as he reached the finish line, not fair but we’re cheering for you, Coach!

Wooch Graff
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Mathletes with team captain Wooch Graff (rightmost)

Wooch is a father of two boys and a Spartan Race Elite Athlete. He is the captain of the team Mathletes in the second season of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. You will definitely look more than twice because he takes off his pants mid-race. According to him “pants get in the way.” He wears an iconic thong for the rest of the course, but beyond the image, he is a true team captain by making sure his team works together to conquer all the obstacles. Catch Wooch and his team at the finale of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2 on Saturday, 9:35 PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Extreme.

Leonidas "Leo" Menge
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Carrying a true Spartan name, Leo is a US Marine and a member of the Spartan Race US Team. He is also a professional Jiu Jitsu athlete. One of the marshals in the recently concluded Spartan Race Philippines Sprint, Leo was assigned to man the spear throw obstacle. Sure there were too many marshals on site who could make one’s head turn, but that Spartan tattoo on his chest is worth staring at. It was a good focal point while doing 30 burpees as penalty for missing the target.

While waiting for the upcoming races to take place, you can catch more Spartan Race athletes in the finale of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2 on Saturday, 9:35PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Extreme. RTL CBS Extreme is available on SkyCable HD channel 209 and on Destiny Cable Digital channel 104.

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Your destination for extreme and action-packed content with a thrilling combination of popular series Kingdom, Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles; adrenaline-pumping stunts on The XtremeCollXtion; non-stop laughter with Fail Army and World’s Funniest, mind-boggling illusions on Criss Angel: BeLIEve, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, Cosentino, and Penn and Teller; and adventure-reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Speed with Guy Martin.
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The Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol

by: Stefan Simonovic

When talking about cholesterol, most people actually talk about bad cholesterol, which can contribute to a wide range of cardiovascular problems. However, we'd also like to shed light on the importance of good cholesterol, which our body actually needs for proper functioning. Although excess body weight is something most often associated with high cholesterol, we're not here to discuss the benefits of lowering bad cholesterol for the sake of looking physically fit or sexy and handsome like famous people on Snapchat. No. We’d like to focus purely on the health benefits we could all reap from keeping bad cholesterol at an optimum level.


Although cholesterol is often associated with excess body weight, it is actually different from fat because it isn’t stored in “problem” areas, such as the mid-section, but rather it circulates through the body. Carriers made of lipids and proteins, which are called lipoproteins, carry cholesterol through the bloodstream. Depending on the type of cholesterol, this can either be a good thing or a bad thing.

There are two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol. We have low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, which is the bad cholesterol, and we also have high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, which is the good cholesterol. LDL is called “bad” cholesterol because it leads to fatty buildup in arteries, which narrows them and can lead to a host of health problems, such as the risk of stroke, heart attack, and peripheral artery disease. On the other hand, HDL is called “good” cholesterol in part because higher levels of HDL in the body are healthy. Also, HDL carries LDL away from the arteries, thus preventing health risks.

A high level of HDL lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke, while a low level of HDL increases that risk. It's important to note that a healthy level of HDL doesn’t eliminate LDL as only one-forth to one-third of cholesterol is carried by HDL.

Tips to Lower Bad Cholesterol

Tips for lowering bad cholesterol are pretty straightforward as they include all those things necessary to stay healthy. At the same time, lowering bad cholesterol means increasing the level of HDL so the reason to follow these tips is at least two-fold. Here’s what you can do to lower bad cholesterol:

  • Eat healthy fats
  • Eliminate refined carbs and sugar from your diet
  • Don’t smoke
  • Lower alcohol consumption to a minimum
  • Decrease body weight
  • Exercise 3-4 times a week

A healthy diet plays a huge role in keeping bad cholesterol in check, and the single most important "food" that should be a staple in your diet is olive oil. The heart-friendly fat found in olive oil and olives increases the level of HDL and lowers LDL. Also, whole grains, beans and legumes are a great source of soluble fiber, which can reduce bad cholesterol. Other foods that should regularly be on the menu include high-fiber fruits, such as apples, pears, and prunes, and fatty fish thanks to its Omega-3 fatty acids. Last but not least, nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, and pistachios are rich in heart-friendly fats and should be eaten as snacks or incorporated into meals.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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Is Coffee Bad for the Bones?

by: Stefan Simonovic

While some of us cannot survive without at least 2-3 cups of coffee per day, others only enjoy the beverage on certain occasions, such as spending time with their friends or snuggling up with a blanket while browsing through celebrity Snapchats.

And while there are a plethora of benefits one can get from coffee, some people believe that this drink can negatively influence our health. One of the biggest myths related to coffee is that it’s actually bad for you bones – however, after doing some research, we found out that the truth has nothing to do with that statement.

Science Doesn’t Lie

Despite the fact that the titular question is mostly a myth, there have been some observational studies in the past that implied an increased intake of coffee might be linked to a higher risk of bone fracture. However, the director of the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University in Omaha spoke recently and removed all doubt.

Dr. Robert R. Decker states that this isn’t something anyone should worry about as there’s no concrete evidence that can support the theory behind linking fracture increase to coffee. He’s backed up by a multitude of studies from various countries that included quite a lot of subjects.

For example, one Swedish study followed nearly 65,000 women for about 20 years. Its results, published in 2013, found that a slight reduction in bone density may appear in females who consume 4 and more cups of coffee per day. No link to an increased risk of fracture was found, however.

What’s the Catch?

This myth originates from the fact that the more coffee you consume, the more calcium you’ll lose through urine. And while this is actually true, it’s still nothing to be alarmed about.

Dr. Connie M. Weaver, professor of nutrition at Purdue University explains that people who lose calcium via urination tend to absorb more calcium from whatever sources they consume. This leads to the following conclusion: those who are losing calcium whenever they go to the bathroom shouldn’t blame coffee, but they should make sure that they intake enough of this alkaline metal in the first place.

Bad for Bones? No. Good for Something? Oh, Yes.

Now that we’ve unveiled the mystery behind the connection coffee has with our bones, let’s take a quick look into some of the more beneficial effects this globally popular beverage can have on our bodies.

As everybody knows, coffee is one of the best wake-up drinks you can possibly consume. Its high concentration of caffeine works wonders for your blood pressure and adrenaline levels when you’re feeling tired, while it also impacts your brain in a way that provides you with concentration, focus and energy.

If we look a bit deeper, we’ll see that coffee also helps protect us from liver cirrhosis, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more. As far as psychological factors go, coffee has been proven to help with depression and suicidal behavior.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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Low-Fat vs Low-Carb Diets - Is It Worth A Hassle?

by: Stefan Simonovic
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Being in shape is definitely one of the most important things in our modern society. Millions of people are looking at those popular celebrity Snapchats in search of inspiration, motive or advice on how to lose weight and stay fit. Back in the 1970's, scientists and doctors connected fatty foods with heart disease and obesity and they urged people to reduce or completely eliminate fat from their everyday diet. After that, a lot of cooks and chefs replaced fat with carbohydrates. Back in the day this seemed like a healthier alternative, but new studies show that carbohydrates are also pretty harmful. This is exactly why we have so many low-fat vs low-carb debates nowadays. Which one of these two is more effective? Are they worthy of your time and effort? Stick around and find out.

The Benefits Of The Low-Fat Diet

This type of diet was established somewhere around 1977, just around the exact same time the obesity epidemic started in the United States. Doctors and nutritionists simply had to do something in order to prevent the massive spreading of this unhealthy trend.

Eliminating (or reducing) the fat from the diet is definitely decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Avoiding red meat, eggs, dairy products, and fried food is good for the overall health. This strategy will lower your odds of having a stroke or a heart attack. However, this diet plan is effective only if you don't replace fat with carbohydrates. Why are carbs so bad? We'll get to that soon.

The Benefits Of The Low-Carb Diet

Don't get us wrong, carbs are not necessarily bad, especially if consumed in reasonable amounts. However, carbohydrates can easily be stored as glucose in the human body and this may lead to serious health problems like obesity and diabetes. Both of these vicious diseases can ultimately lead to fatal heart issues.

So, it's clear that you shouldn't replace fat with carbs and vice versa. Instead, you should base your diet on proteins and vitamins. The biggest and most important benefit of the low-carb diet is the fact that it lowers the amount of sugar in a person's body. Therefore, it reduces the risk of diabetes.

What Do New Studies Prove?

It's safe to say that this particular debate is one of the most popular ones nowadays and that's completely understandable. There are a lot of different and opposite opinions and it's really hard to say which one of these two diets is more effective. We have to ask ourselves - what do new studies say about this?

New England Journal of Medicine, 2003 says that according to one study, 63 people were divided randomly into two groups - a low-fat diet group and a low-carb diet group. This experiment lasted 12 months. After the results came in, scientists said that the low-carb group lost 7.3% of total body weight, compared to the other group, which lost 4.5%. The difference was notable at 3 and 6 months after the experiment started, but not after 12 months. In the end, doctors concluded that both of these diets are actually rather effective and that the only difference is the pace of the weight loss. So yes, we can honestly say, these diets are definitely worthy of your time.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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Obesity: Genetics or Bad Habits?

by: Stefan Simonovic

Most people struggle with excess weight at some point in their life. However, those individuals with a BMI of 30 or over are considered obese, a condition which can have various physical, psychological, and emotional implications on a person’s life. Today, we’d like to take a look at the nature vs. nurture aspect of obesity, which is a far more serious approach than putting celebrity snapchats all over the fridge, hoping they could deter you from reaching for your favorite comfort food mid-diet, and "ruining everything".

The Genetic Aspect of Obesity

More than one-third of adults in the United States live with obesity. Various studies have linked obesity to a host of serious health problems, such as cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke. The medical costs for treating obesity-related illnesses range from $147 billion to $210 billion per year. Scientists believe they could lower this figure if they understood the origin and genetics behind obesity a little better.

Everybody has a genetic predisposition to a certain body mass index. BMI, which is a measure of obesity, has been studied by scientists at great length to try to uncover the factors that contribute to obesity. What is clear so far is that both genetics and a person's environment are responsible for this condition. In fact, 50 percent of the BMI is genetic, and a recent study co-authored by Elizabeth Speliotes, a geneticist at the University of Michigan, revealed close to a 100 genetic regions of the human genome that are associated with BMI. This particular study helps to understand the link between fat formation and fat distribution. Also, it was found that many BMI-related genetic regions were associated with the nervous system, not just the metabolic system, which led the scientists to conclude that the nervous system plays a role in obesity as well, although it’s still not clear which role that is.

Figuring out how obesity works is one of the biggest medical challenges of our time. From what we know at the moment, some people are more predisposed to higher BMIs than others, but we don’t know why. At the same time, not all obese individuals respond to weight-loss methods and diets in the same way, something that may also be tied to their DNA. Until scientists get to the bottom of the problem, obesity isn’t going away just by telling people to "eat less and exercise more”.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors come into play even before we are born. For instance, babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to become obese than babies born to mothers who didn’t smoke. The same goes for babies born to mothers who suffer from diabetes. As we move into childhood, we develop certain eating habits that follow us into adulthood. Children who consume sugary and processed foods and drinks at an early age are more likely to prefer these types of foods over fruits and veggies later in life, which puts them at a risk for weight gain. Keep in mind that children who play video games and watch television in excess are more likely to have a sedentary than an active adult life. Last but not least, stress and emotionally challenging situations often result in bad eating and exercise habits, which when combined with a genetic predisposition for obesity create more weight issues than can fit into a lifetime.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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How Physical Exercises Protect the Heart

by: Stefan Simonovic

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself “do I exercise enough?” Did you ever think about how important staying active is, aside from helping Snapchat celebrities keeping their good looks and providing athletes with much-needed training prior to a competition?

If you have, we’re here to answer your question: one of the biggest and most important benefits of exercising is ensuring your heart remains in good health. In that name, let’s take a look at just how physical activity helps keep your heart at check.

Training for your Ticker

Apart from the brain, it’s our heart that has the most important role in our organism. By pumping blood, it ensures all organs, tissues and cells get enough oxygen and other valuable things which they require in order to run properly.

With that being said, the heart and everything related to it is something we should all pay attention to, as any problems that may occur in this organ usually immensely impact our general well-being.

As it happens, a study by the University of São Paulo in Brazil published a paper in Autophagy in August that explains just how regular aerobic exercise helps protect the heart and prevent any and all diseases that may befall it.

Julio Cesar Batista Ferreira, a professor at the Biomedical Science Institute at USP says: “Basically, we discovered that aerobic training facilitates the removal of dysfunctional mitochondria from heart cells.” In other words, exercising will result in your cells regulating how they get energy in a better way.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Ferreira explains that once dysfunctional mitochondria are removed via exercising, there’s an increase in the supply of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which stores energy for cells. Furthermore, this process causes the production of toxic molecules that may damage cell structure to decrease.

He also adds that the goal here isn’t to create an exercise pill – instead, Ferreira and his team wish to locate and identify intracellular components that can be regulated by drugs in order to benefit the heart via exercising.

More Benefits? Yes, please!

Although it may not seem like, this is a pretty big and surprising discovery. Despite the fact that most of us are already aware that exercising is actually good for the heart (among other things), it wasn’t until now that we had any insight into the tiniest of processes that occur in our cardiovascular system while we exercise.

However, it has been proven many times that physical activity has a positive effect on the heart. For example, research has found that working out regularly can help with reducing body weight and blood pressure, increasing good cholesterol and lower the bad one, and with increasing insulin sensitivity.

For the most part, all of these benefits are closely related with our body’s ability to intake and actually use oxygen. The more you exercise, the more oxygen you’ll be able to take in and utilize (this is where the mitochondria comes into play), and the less your heart will be at risk.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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How And Why Belly Fat Increases Cancer Risk

by: Stefan Simonovic

Most people are trying to get in shape and flatten their stomachs in order to be more successful on free singles dating sites or in real-life dating. Yes, belly fat can be a deal-breaker when it comes to matchmaking, but a new study suggests that this type of fat may actually cause a much bigger problem than that. Scientists from the Michigan State University claim that deeper layers of belly fat can be responsible for vicious diseases like breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer and even kidney cancer.

How And Why Is This Happening?

Even though the fact that obesity increases the risk of cancer is old news, this new research may explain how and why this is happening. The study, conducted by the finest expert form the Michigan State University, claims that a certain protein released from the body fat can cause regular, non-cancerous cells to turn into cancerous ones.

After this discovery, scientists dug a little bit deeper in order to find what exactly is causing these cells to turn. Soon after they initiated the second phase of this research process, they figured out that the lower layer of abdominal fat is responsible for this change. They compared this deeper layer of fat (visceral fat) with the fat located directly under the skin, and they discovered that the visceral fat is releasing much more of this dangerous protein.

The experts concluded that the lower layer of belly fat is encouraging tumor growth. Needless to say, this rather alarming realization is currently causing a lot of worries all around the world.

Is Obesity The Only Indicator?

According to scientists and experts, one-third of the entire population is dealing with obesity. This is, of course, a very troubling fact. Naturally, obesity has been closely linked with many health problems like cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However, is the body mass index (BMI) actually the best indicator when it comes to discovering cancer?

Surprisingly, not! "It is the abdominal obesity, and even more specifically, levels of a protein called fibroblast growth factor-2 that may be a better indicator of the risk of cells becoming cancerous," claims a well-recognized and respected assistant professor in pharmacology and toxicology, Jamie Bernard. To prove this, Jamie and her co-author Debrup Chakraborty observed mice that were fed with high-fat food.

After the experiment, they realized that visceral fat produced a significantly larger amount of the FGF2 protein. As we mentioned earlier, this is the protein that causes non-cancerous cells to turn into cancerous. Jaimie and Debrup discovered that this dangerous protein is directly responsible for the creation of the tumors.

Is There A Way To Prevent This From Happening?

Of course! You can lower the risk of cancer by eating healthier food and by exercising on a regular basis. This way you'll be able to eliminate your abdominal (belly) fat quite easily. Additionally, you will improve your overall health and well-being. Jaimie Bernard says that there is always an element of chance when it comes to cancer, but if you treat your body like a temple, you'll definitely reduce the risk of getting sick.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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This is Sparta: How to Survive the World's Most Brutal Race

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Even the most seasoned triathlete will falter in an obstacle course as brutal as the Spartan Race without ample preparation.

Across rugged terrain stretching three to over 13 miles, the Spartan Race sends contenders plowing through a series of 20 to 30 grueling challenges including mud, fire, and barbed wire to push mind and body past the limit. For every hardened Spartan, the race is no mere event; it is a way of life.

“Spartan Race is 50 percent physical and 50 percent mental — physical training is going to get you there, but it’s designed to test you mentally,” shared Michael Reyes, Director of Spartan Race Philippines. “So keep an open mind, push yourself hard and know that we are not creating something impossible. We’re doing something that anyone can do. It will be hard but know that you can do it,” he added.

Discipline on top of determination will be essential to reach the finish line in one piece. With the first-ever Reebok Spartan Race in the Philippines happening this September 16 at the Timberland grounds in San Mateo, Rizal, here are a few expert tips for Filipino Spartan hopefuls who want to conquer one of the most formidable obstacle courses on the planet.

Be ready for anything

Personal trainer Kristin Rooke of BuiltLean warns Spartan Race newbies to get ready for anything since race coordinators don’t release the course map until the event itself. With every race a surprise, would-be participants must build endurance, speed, as well as upper and lower body strength so they can prepare for any obstacle.

Fitness First Philippines, the official fitness partner of Spartan Race Philippines, offers a 45-minute Spartan SGX program to help Filipino hopefuls overcome the race. Headed by elite SGX coaches, each session trains participants in a range of movements — from sprints and squats to lifts and lunges—to prepare against any imaginable hurdle while improving physical performance.

Burpees, burpees, burpees

Surviving each obstacle is one thing; surviving the penalties for failure is another. Obstacle racing documentary Rise of the Sufferfests director Scott Keneally recounts the pain of having to do 30 burpees for every failed challenge, which made him quit the race midway.

Rooke reiterates the importance of the burpee and urges Spartan Race contenders to include this much-maligned workout in training routines, in case they fail or skip an obstacle.

Eating right

Proper diet is fundamental to overcoming the Spartan Race. Eating like a Spartan is an entire philosophy that prescribes pH-balanced, primarily plant-based meals with whole ingredients that consider seasonality, availability, sustainability, and affordability, along with nutrient density, taste, and impact on the environment.

To succeed in an obstacle race where upper-body strength is crucial, Torey Armul of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also recommends plenty of carbohydrates that can fuel large muscle groups. Similarly, dietician Natalie Rizzo suggests extra protein during strength training, as well as chicken or chocolate milk after workouts to beef up the upper body.

Inspiration for Filipino Spartans

Rigorous training and proper diet are only part of the equation to a successful Spartan Race. For the resolve to take on and complete the arduous run, inspiration is critical.

American sports competition series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge delivers motivation with Spartan Race-inspired obstacles that only the strongest, fastest, and most united teams can surpass for the grand prize of $250,000. Catch the premiere of Season 2 on September 2, Saturday at 9:35 PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Extreme.

RTL CBS Extreme is available on SKYcable HD channel 209, Destiny Cable Digital channel 104, and Cablelink HD channel 310.

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Your destination for extreme and action-packed content with a thrilling combination of popular series Kingdom, Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles; adrenaline-pumping stunts on The XtremeCollXtion and Cliptomaniacs; non-stop laughter with Fail Army and World’s Funniest, mind-boggling illusions on Criss Angel: BeLIEve, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, Cosentino, and Penn and Teller; and adventure-reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Speed with Guy Martin.
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Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas 2017

Committed to push the boundaries of outdoor experience, Salomon, the world’s leading trail running brand, gears up for the return of the highly-anticipated Salomon X-Trail Run. An annual event organized throughout Southeast Asia since 2008 – in countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines – the Salomon X-Trail Run instantly gained traction for its exceptional and technical trail routes that never cease to offer runners an unforgettable and fulfilling trail experience each time.

Locally, the Salomon X-Trail Run has been held in various premier venues throughout the Philippines; quickly gaining a reputation for being the most-attended trail running event in local trail running history as it managed to gather over 1,000 participants. For its 6th year, the Salomon X-Trail Run endeavors to deliver another exceptional trail running race that will empower its participants to push the boundaries of their capabilities.

Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas 2017
23 July 2017 (Sunday), 7:00 AM
El Kabayo Stables (Staging Area), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Assembly and Gun-Time:
  • 32K - 7:00 AM / 8:00 AM / 3:00 PM (7-hrs Cut-off)
  • 24K - 7:00 AM / 9:30 AM / 2:30 PM (5-hrs Cut-off)
  • 12K - 7:00 AM / 1:30 PM / 4:00 PM (2.5-hrs Cut-off)
  • 6K - 7:00 AM / 1:30 PM / 3:00 PM (1.5-hrs Cut-off)
Distance Category and Registration Fees:
  • 6K - Php 950.00
    • The 6km “Fun Trail” category targets beginners who want to explore the world of trail running. Road runners are very welcome, to experience a different adrenaline rush.
  • 12K - Php 1,150.00
    • The 12 km “Fun Trail” nature targets runners with basic trail running experience who wants to level up and experience technical terrain.
  • 24K - Php 1,450.00
    • Targeted to trail runners who want to take their race to the next level, with technical ascents and varying terrain. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races ‟ the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    • Mandatory gear for this category: Whistle, Hydration Pack/belt with at least 500mL water. This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    • Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time (5hours).
    • Medical certificate is required for this category.
  • 32K - Php 1,600.00
    • Targeted for advanced trail runners who look for more adrenaline-filled adventures. This route involves a mixture of different terrains from asphalt, to sand, to rocks, to river crossing and technical ascents. This category simulates ascents of Skyrunning races ‟ the arena wherein Salomon dominates.
    • Mandatory gear for this category: Whistle, Hydration Pack/belt with at least 500mL water.
    • This will be checked prior to race start. No Mandatory gear, No race.
    • Finisher’s medal for those who finish within cut-off time (7hours).
    • Medical certificate is required for this category.
Registration Sites:
  • 1Online Registration
  • 2In-Store Registration:
    1. Salomon SM Aura
    2. Salomon Glorietta 3
    3. Salomon SM Megamall
    4. Salomon SM North Annex
Registration Schedule:
  • Registration Period: May 15 - July 15, 2017
  • Race Kit Claiming: July 14 - July 18, 2017 at Salomon Stores or via Courier with additional delivery fee.
*Medical Certificate is required for 24K and 32K Mountain Run (submit upon race-kit claiming)

Race Inclusions
Salomon Race Cap for 24K and 32K Categories only.
Route Map

Throughout the event, there will be specific areas and control points located in varying locations within the course to ensure that the participants finish the race within the official time. Moreover, the Salomon XTrail Run will be a Green Race. A pioneer advocacy championed by the Salomon X-Trail Run since its first series back in 2010, Salomon’s Green Race Movement will not permit the use of disposables during the event. Participants are then required to bring their own water bottles.

Bus provisions will also be available for the first 200 participants for an additional fee of Php 600.00. To avail of the service, participants must tick off the appropriate box in the registration form and include the payment together with the race registration fee. Each participant is entitled to a maximum of two seats only. The meeting point for the bus service will be at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street.

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5 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

by: Jeric Danao

One of the worst things that could happen while working or going to school is getting sick. Getting sick would mean missing important tasks due to not being able to go to work or school. Being sick also means that you have to spend your valuable money on treatments, like getting medicine for cough and cold, or even going to the hospital.

Being sick takes away valuable time and money, which means getting healthy to prevent these illnesses from happening is important. There are many ways to prevent ailments like cold and flu, like taking medicine and having a balanced diet. But there are also uncommon and unexpected methods that you can use, and here are some of them.

1.Get more Protein

Protein is one of the most important nutrients you can get from your food. Having more protein in your body strengthens your immune system. This means that having your daily protein fix would make sure that you have less chances of getting sick. Protein-rich foods include eggs, fish, dairy products, and red meat.

2. Drink some Tea

Sometimes, the best way to relax and relieve your body is by drinking a hot cup of tea. There are many different kinds of tea you can choose from, but the ones that can help you prevent colds and flu is black, green, lemon, and honey tea. Drinking tea helps stimulate the nose, and helps with your breathing, while thinning out your mucus.

3. Juice up

Other than getting a hot cup of tea, another healthy way is by drinking fresh fruit juices. Juices, especially from fruits that contain citrus, are great sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body’s immune system, which prevents your body from getting unwanted illnesses. There is a vast selection of juices to choose from, these include oranges, lemons, kale, apple, broccoli, cucumber, carrot, coconut, and much more.

4. Wash up (your hands)

Sometimes, the simplest way to prevent illness is one of the best ways. Routinely washing your hands prevents you from contracting any disease causing germs from the very beginning. Washing your hands with anti-bacteria soap makes sure that you are clean and safe from contracting anything unwanted.

5. Get some Sun

Going out and getting some sun rays are not only a great way to get warmth and breathe fresh air, but can also prevent you from getting colds and flu. Getting some sunlight means getting some vitamin D, which helps in skin health and makes your immune system stronger. The best time to get some sun is during the very early hours of the morning, from 5-9am.

Key Takeaway

Getting sick is difficult, and robs you of important time where you can be productive and active. By doing these things listed above, you can be guaranteed that you are protected from illnesses like colds and flu. While medicine and going to a trusted health facility is the best way to treat illnesses, it won’t hurt to do a little self-care that would keep you away from the doctor.

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, be it with the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks. See: Reggae Shark

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