Being a blogger does have its benefits and one of it is being invited to product launches. Last Friday night at Taste Asia in SM Mall of Asia bloggers of all sorts were gathered to the launch of Del Monte’s Fit ‘n Right, the juice drink with L-Carnitine, and also the fun run.
As runners we have an upper hand when it comes to burning calories because running, particularly long distance ones, burn a lot of calories as compared with other sports—it is cheaper and easier too! Of course this doesn’t come as easy as it sounds as you have to do it regularly and the results aren’t instant. Not many of us though are able to run for prolonged periods of time (or are too lazy to do it). How much calories does running burn?
I recently completed first back-to-back marathon: QCIM and SIM, my second and third marathon, respectively, and based on my Garmin Forerunner 405’s data, I burned 2,146 calories during QCIM for a six-hour run and 2,512 during SIM for about four and a half-hour run. That’s about 558 calories per hour and less than 10 calories per minute (based on the latter). And depending upon the intensity it can burn as little as 40 calories per kilometer run (note: running is NOT brisk walking). Of course these figures are based on my biometrics and would vary between individuals based on age, gender, weight, etc. If you don’t believe me here are my per kilometer splits for QCIM and SIM (the last entry on the lists would of course be less than one kilometer thus the little calorie burned). Isn’t it amazing how efficient our bodies are? At that rate, could you imagine how long you need to run to burn that 143kcal can of soda?
How to get FIT
Coach Jim Saret, MSAT, PES, SAQ, CAPT, Fitness Consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee and RP Smart Gilas among others, presented to bloggers a brief sample of the Fast Intense Training (FIT) workout which is characterized by fast bursts of intensive exercise that enables one to burn at least 400 calories in a span of only four minutes, and continues to do so even after the workout. What’s interesting about this workout was that it doesn’t require much space and equipment, oftentimes using only your body weight, and you don’t even have to do it in a gym!
Coach Saret also gave very useful FIT workout for us runners. Volunteering for this demo was Rodel “The Argonaut.”
As you can see in the video the workout was intense but fast! In fact the entire workout only lasted 90 seconds to complete! Now there’s no excuse that you don’t have time or can’t run long. And you don’t even have to go to the gym.
But Wait! There’s More!
The FIT workout demonstrates that it is possible to burn calories in a short amount of time with seemingly less effort, but for those who would like to maximize their calorie-burning potential science may have the answer. It is popularly known these days as L-Carnitine, but what is it?
According to Del Monte, L-Carnitine is a natural substance that is occurring in the body but can be supplemented for optimal health. It transports the fatty acids into the mitochondria, the “cell’s powerhouse” where they are burned into energy needed for a healthy heart, important body functions and physical activities. Supplementary L-Carnitine contributes to optimal fat oxidation, and along with a proper diet and regular exercise, promotes healthy body weight. Together with B Vitamins 1, 6, and 12, it can optimize metabolization of carbohydrates, protein, and fat into energy. Simply put it allows your workout to burn more calories than the usual. Could you imagine combining it with running? If you can, Del Monte provides you a venue for just that.
The Fun Run
Del Monte Fit ‘n Right continues its commitment in promoting a healthy lifestyle with the Dare to be Fit ‘n Right culmination fun run on November 22, 2009 in SM Mall of Asia. The 3K/5K/10K Men and Women Open will benefit the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng, among others, through the SM Foundation. Here are some race updates.
For a registration fee of P300, runners can get their race packet with the Dare to Fit ‘n Right Fun Run singlet, race bib, Fit ‘n Right products, etc. Interested participants can register at the following areas:
- Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
- CEMG Office – 3A Vernida I Bldg., 120 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
- Selected SM Hypermarkets: Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA
You may also register online via www.runningmate.ph/del_monte.
Registration will be from October 21 to November 16, 2009. After successful registration, tear off and keep the RUNNER’S COPY of the form. You will find your Runner’s Copy with two (2) stubs: RAFFLE TICKET and Race Packet CLAIM STUB. Race packets can be claimed from November 16-20, 2009 at Bonifacio High Street or at CEMG. Those who registered after November 16, 2009 can claim their race packets on November 20, 2009 only at CEMG.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners from each division will win P10,000, P5,000 and P3,000, respectively. All registered runners will also automatically qualify for the raffle, where they can win a Lenovo laptop.
With all these advancements with science it’s much easier to be fit and Del Monte is pointing those who need it to the right direction. Now the question is, would you take the challenge and Dare to be Fit ‘n Right?