ACTIVE8ME Is Launching Soon

ACTIVE8ME is coming soon in Asia. I’m excited to share with you this behind-the-scenes video from our filming last December in Bali. Not only will it give you a sneak peek of what is to come but it also captures the spirit behind part of the journey – inspiration, passion, purpose, fun, joy, commitment, excellence, friendship, teamwork and healthy active living.

Please go to active8me.com to register your interest and download your FREE E-book on ‘Clean Eating Food Swaps’. Don’t forget to follow @active8me on Instagram!

Truly grateful to work with a DREAM TEAM Nikki Torres, Claire Broise, Mad-Max, Tasmanian-Angel/Surfer Andrew Campbell, Maka, Bella, Nic and of course the one with the VISION — founder, mentor, big brother, Jeremy Rolleston – THANK YOU for believing in me and making this a dream come true.

Stay tuned!

Be The Change You Want To See This 2017

 

Originality is the key to being memorable.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

I posted this photo on Instagram and the caption was so long that I decided it’s better off as a blog post.

For New Year’s I took a roadtrip to Calaguas, a remote island in the Philippines, where I went on a complete digital detox. No wifi / internet / phone signal. No television / minibar / air-conditioning — and no electricity between 6am to 6pm. Completely ‘Castaway’… (Okay, I lied. There was a kitchen and I had a cozy hut with a bed. But I didn’t have Wilson — movie reference, fyi ).

During my time on the island, (and believe me, without technology / internet, suddenly I had a lot of time in my hands), I’ve come to realize that we spend our time either  CONSUMING or CREATING.

When I’m on my phone or computer I’m not only consuming energy and electricity, I’m consumed by the web scrolling through news feeds, listening to music or watching YouTube. Our world doesn’t need more consuming. It needs more creating. More PASSION, SOLUTION and CONTRIBUTION.

And it certainly got me thinking – How will I create a better life or way of living for myself and help change the habits of our society and future generations? What change do I hope to see in the future?


The answer involves more CONNECTIVITY – to a certain extent. I believe it’s becoming more important now than ever that we practice the discipline to power-down and disconnect when we can. How important is it to know what’s going on in other people’s lives via Facebook news feed than what’s happening right in front of you? Too often I see people scrolling on their phones while eating, or taking a Snapchat of everything while on vacation.

I wish we could be more present in the presence of others…

Our world may be changing but the true nature of life is not. If we are too busy staring down at our screens we’re going to miss all of it. Take the time to disconnect. I believe it’s a good way to reconnect with yourself and connect better with others. 

 

NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner: A New Way To Moisturize Your Skin

I’m sure you’ve heard that best time to apply a moisturizer is right after you get out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. However, when I jump out of the shower, my mind is on drying my hair and getting dressed that I sometimes forget to put lotion on. NIVEA has the solution for me – moisturize before getting out of the shower!

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At first it seemed counter-intuitive to rinse off a moisturizing lotion. But when I thought about it, I realized it’s no different than what I’ve been doing with my hair conditioner my entire life.

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NIVEA In-Shower Intensive Skin Conditioner (in the classic ‘NIVEA blue’ bottle) is made with nourishing Almond Oil for those with dry skin that needs extra care and the Whitening Skin Conditioner has 50x Vitamin C from Camu Camu to radiantly whiten dull skin.

You wouldn’t replace your shampoo with just a hair conditioner and it’s pretty much the same with this product —  it isn’t meant to take the place of your body wash. Cleanse your body with soap before applying the NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner to wet skin.

I found both products to be equally effective. My skin feels incredibly soft and smooth after I towel dry and, to my surprise, I didn’t need extra body lotion for the entire day. I had none of the dry flakes on my elbows – which for me, is an obvious indicator if my skin is sufficiently moisturized or not. Furthermore, it doesn’t leave the least bit of sticky residue that would often accompany a heavy lotion.

* NOTE: Make NIVEA the last step in your shower routine. You don’t want to be rinsing out your shampoo with hands that have lotion all over them.  Also – don’t put any on the bottom of your feet because the stuff is a little slippery. My palms feel slightly sleek after rinsing the lotion off but non-greasy at all once it’s dry.

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I find the In-Shower Skin Conditioner to be most handy when I need to take a shower at the gym. The female dressing room can get pretty busy after cycling class and I don’t have the time nor patience to wait for my skin to dry before putting regular body lotion on. Plus I’ll also have to wait for the lotion to absorb into the skin and properly dry before getting dressed.

It’s one less thing I have to do outside of the shower, so that’s a win for me.

My three favourite things about the NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion are 1) convenience 2) it locks in moisture for the entire day and 3) its pleasantly light fragrance is not overpowering. I’ve also used it as a shaving cream and I find it to be just as effective; just make sure you rinse the blade thoroughly after a few swipes.

 

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Now you all know how much I love being active and traveling the world. If you’re itching to go for a holiday soon (I’m dying to go to Pahlawan this year) , why not join NIVEA’s Great White Giveaway promo?

Stand a chance to WIN all-expense paid trip to Japan, Korea, Bali Indonesia or relax in Discovery Shores Boracay, El Nido Resort Palawan or Amorita Resort Bohol plus thousands of prizes to be given away!

Simply buy the NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner and look for the 7-digit promo code on the specially marked stickers. Submit the promo code along with your personal details via SMS at 3456. For more information, head to www.NIVEA.ph .

 

 

 

10 Strengthening Foam Roller Exercises

I’m back on a roll! Just did these foam roller exercises yesterday after a chill weekend in Boracay (chill meaning I skipped the gym, although running on the beach and SUP kept me active! ) and man…. is my body sore today. And I mean that good muscle-soreness where I know I’ve challenged my body to become stronger, not the bad – where I pushed my body too far that it literally hurts to move. Funny thing is, I’m going to use the roller some more later to release the knots and tight muscles from working out with the roller itself.


Foam rollers are one of my favorite exercise equipment because they are useful for both warming up before training, and afterwards for recovery. Plus, it can be used as a strength-training tool, helping to engage key muscles you want to tone, like your arms, abs, thighs, and butt.

Because the foam roller is a curved, unstable surface, it can replace a BOSU trainer or stability ball in many exercises to improve your balance and fire up your core muscles. 

There are many types of foam rollers in the market varying in quality, durability and length. My personal favorite is the 13-inch AccuPoint foam roller as it provides the best stability. (If you’re taller you may want a longer roller, try 16-24″.)

Here are 10 foam roller exercises to add in your warm-up or workout routine:

1. Standing Twist (30 sec)
2. Shin Splint Rollout (x8)
3. Push-ups (x6-8)
4. Plank Leg Raises (x8 each side)
5. Reverse Plank Ab Hold (x8)
6. Side Plank Leg Raise (x8 each side)
7. Oblique Crunch (x8)
8. Cobra Slide (x8)
9. Cross Crunch (8 each side)
10. Russian Twist (30 sec)

Let me know if you tried any of these exercises, I’d love to hear what you think about it!