February is National Heart Month, a celebration that aims to increase awareness of
cardiovascular health in general. The idea itself of ​​breathing should be a great reminder to take
care of this organ, which gives life to the entire body. Unfortunately, we don’t give it as much
importance as it deserves.

It is crucial to our community to be well-informed about cardiovascular health. Balanced
nutrition and regular check-ups are important ways to stay on track for heart health.

Doing a self-analysis of our lifestyle and see how can it be improved could be a first step
towards a heart-healthy lifestyle. For example, are you exercising regularly? Maybe you could
add physical activity to your day and avoid living a sedentary lifestyle. How balanced is your
diet? You can reduce foods high in saturated fats and take advantage of healthier foods, such as
fruits and vegetables, and introduce unsaturated fats, like pistachios, to your day-to- day.

Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts,
such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which may reduce the
risk of heart disease. Wonderful Pistachios contains 13 grams of fat per serving and nearly 90%
of their fat is unsaturated.

When you have a serving of Wonderful Pistachios, you will be getting 3 grams of fiber and 6
grams of protein. On the other hand, if you have a serving of potato chips, you will only get 1
gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein. In fact, you’ll be able to enjoy about 49 pistachios
compared to just 15 potato chips per serving. Also, Wonderful Pistachios comes in a variety of
flavors, so you can vary and not feel like you are always eating the same snack.

You can also add Wonderful Pistachios in your daily meals. Have you thought of adding
pistachios to your morning smoothies? What about adding it to your favorite salad?

Take this month to start conversations with your family and friends about the importance of
doing annual checkups, the importance of having a balanced diet and how you can adapt
healthy habits that will remain forever.

I partnered with Wonderful Pistachios to encourage healthy eating choices.


My fitness lifestyle is all about balance, moderation and not having restrictions. I’ve always applied the mantra of life being too short to live restricted from eating certain cheat snacks or meals. There’s no point in living with that mentality because in the end you’ll only end up hurting yourself and your fitness goals. When you live under restrictions you only want what you tell yourself you can’t have even more.

It’s under that same mentality that every once in a while when I am craving a cold glass of beer and after participating in some of favorite activities such as hiking, working out or laying out in my pool I make sure I have one or two on deck to enjoy. There’s a big reason why I enjoy Michelob ULTRA so much and that is because they are all about living fit, having fun and living a life without compromise. I think my life mantra blends so well with theirs too.

If you did not know a Michelob ULTRA contains 95 calories and 2.6 carbs so that you and your buddies don’t sacrifice all that time spent in the gym. Sometimes when I hit the gym I push even harder on my routine because I know that at home I can reward myself with an ice cold beer during my dinner or as I hang out in my backyard patio counting my blessings (staring at sunsets). There’s no guilt or feeling bad because I remind myself of how hard I worked for that beer.

Michelob ULTRA is the superior light beer and I love that because I am that man that loves a great quality light beer. It’s fun to know that Michelob ULTRA carries the belief that health and happiness should go hand-in-hand of each other.

As a personal trainer I always tell my clients that I train that diets don’t work and that in order to see results you’ve got to put in the work at the gym and with nutrition. But I also always remind them that an occasional alcoholic drink will not mess up the fitness journey and instead it will aid the body because it confuses it so that it works even harder to obtain that summer body.

Michelob ULTRA believes you can work out and still go out and that you can stay fit and still have fun.

Recently we all probably went a little overboard during the Super Bowl or maybe even during the holidays that passed way to fast! Michelob ULTRA is helping everyone so that we don’t lose sight of those grandiose fitness goals we set ourselves to achieve this year therefore they are offering a sweepstakes that features over 95,000 fitness experiences. Whoa!

Michelob ULTRA has partnered up with organizations such as Class Pass, TeeOff.com and CrossFit (on my bucket list to train list this year) and others to bring fans the motivation required to crush those 2018 fitness goals.

In order to participate in the Michelob ULTRA 95,000 sweepstakes make sure to follow the following guidelines; applicants must be 21+ to participants, begins on 1/1 and ends on 5/5 and prizes will be awarded across 125 periods. Some of the prizes include Class Pass Trial membership, a teeoff.com prize and much more.

Share what your passion points and check out how Michelob ULTRA is helping people reach their fitness goals by giving away over 95,000 fitness experiences. Don’t forget to enter here as many times as you’d like for yourself for the opportunity to win.

Don’t forget to Live Fit. Live fun. Live Ultra.

Although we are one solid month into the New Year let’s not forget those exciting fitness goals you set up for yourself when that clock marked 1/1/2018.

I want to share one piece of advice that will make you successful at achieving your fitness goals this year – upgrade your wardrobe.

As a fitness blogger and personal trainer I always tell my clients to treat themselves to new clothes for all the hard work they put into their fitness regimen. There’s some kind of invigorating adrenaline rush when you workout in brand new gear.

New workout clothes make a difference when it comes to training. It’s proven that your workout gear can help or break your goals. Although people will not always agree that your wardrobe does have an impact on your mood I am here to refute that mentality. Of course wearing clothes that are functional is important, but you also want to rock gear that gives you confidence boosters when you are pressing that last repetition, which you know you can achieve.

If you feel confident about the way you look in your clothes, you will work out harder and feel more motivated.

Since I love the way new workout clothes make me feel I decided to partner up with my friends from JCPenney to obtain the new gear like what you see me sporting. The store has all the essentials workout clothes. The Michael Strahan collection is extremely comfortable and functional.

Without a doubt I get pumped to go into my home gym when I have a brand new workout outfit. All I want to do is get sweaty and pump some iron in them. The Michael Strahan jogger pants and muscle tee are extremely comfortable and non-obtrusive.

Having these two pieces in my wardrobe will definitely help me stay on track and have me meeting my “New Year, New You” goals. I know it will do the same for you too.

Let me get real with ya’ll. If you feel you are not crushing those 2018 fitness goals already it may be because you’re feeling whack in your old gym clothes and you may want to give up completely, but I’ve given you the solution for that. Go visit your nearest JCPenney or shop online for the same gear I’m wearing.

If there’s one characteristic that has stood out to me the most when I initially was invited by
Blink Fitness to check out their brand new location in California was the fact of how much they
stress out that working out should be about feeling good and not so much about looking good.

Blink Fitness finally opened their 60 th location in the West Coast – to be specific in Gardena, CA
(metropolitan Los Angeles area). It’s located at the Gardena Plaza and has been opened for
almost 2 months. Since they’ve established a strong recognition in the East Coast it was only
natural that they made their way to another fun coast.

I had the opportunity to visit Blink Fitness and I immediately became a member because I
enjoyed their state-of- the-art facility. It’s got all the amazing amenities that we all need when
embarking on our individual fitness journeys. I would describe it as a luxurious gym offering an
experience at an affordable price.

The Gardena location establishment opening will be followed by two additional gyms in the city
of Huntington Park and Anaheim in late 2018. These will be great places for Angelinos to have
because for those who felt intimidated by campaigns that focus solely on working out, getting
ripped, chiseled and shredded Blink Fitness’s mindset is about Mood Above Muscle, which
changes the conception around fitness.

Blink Fitness’s messaging makes working out and living a healthy lifestyle fun and exhilarating.
Not only do they walk the talk when it comes to this lifestyle, but they implement it at their
gym with how positive their personnel are and how many uplifting phrases and quotes of
affirmation they have inside the gym. I applaud Blink Fitness’s realistic goals by celebrating the
bodies of every person and making them see how important it is to feel good under their own

When working out at the Gardena Blink Fitness you can expect to see mood up-lifters from
everyone that participates, colorful design, elevated customer service, spotlessly clean facility,
energizing music and confidence boosting training programs. The best part about receiving all
the mentioned above care in a nicely packed bundle is that you’ll only pay low-cost
memberships, starting at just $15 per month. It’s a great deal for the grand experience that
you’ll receive.

The equipment is some of the best that is out there in the fitness industry and they have
everything you need for working out every different muscle in your body. There’s a large training room for those who enjoy yoga or more soothing exercises. The entire facility is around
18,000 sq. ft.

According to one of the associates at the Gardena location Blink Fitness has bold goals of
reaching 300 gyms in the next 5 years through corporate-owned expansion as well as franchise

I really enjoyed working out at the Gardena Blink Fitness location because I felt I could go at my
own pace with my workouts and I did not need to prove anybody how much I could lift. I knew
that at the end of the day I only had to prove the person I was yesterday how much stronger I
had become. My spirits were lifted thanks to this great training and I will be returning for more
confidence-booster sessions.

If you would like to learn more about Blink Fitness check them out here:
https://www.blinkfitness.com/ and don’t forget to sign up so that you can also begin your
fitness transformation.

Ford is offering football fans a first-class experience during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII with the Built Ford Tough Sleigh Ride – a free form of transportation to cool and interesting events at Super Bowl LIVE.

The Built Ford Tough Sleigh Ride will offer two sleigh stops near Super Bowl LIVE on 8th Street at Marquette, and on 12th Street at 2nd Avenue, Jan. 26-Feb. 3. The 8th Street location will feature appearances by NFL current players, NFL Legends and full lineup of Ford Trucks.

At both locations, fans can enter the Toughest Ticket Sweepstakes for a chance to win 2018 season tickets to their favorite NFL team’s home games. Each sleigh can hold 18 people and will easily be pulled by a 2018 Ford F-150 (Official Truck of Super Bowl LII) which has best-in-class towing of 13,200 pounds when properly configured.

No purchase necessary to enter Toughest Ticket Sweepstakes, but participants must be a legal U.S. resident 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes ends June 15, 2018. See official rules for details at nfl.com/toughestticket.

When Nike asked runners what they wanted out of their running shoes, they got very specific answers: They said they wanted better cushioning. They also said they wanted better energy return. And they needed their shoes to be lightweight, of course. Oh, and they had to last too. In a way, they wanted everything. The tricky thing is that these four qualities are incredibly difficult to deliver in one material because they’re opposites.

See, materials are soft because they absorb energy. “Think about your pillow — when you’re laying your head down to go to sleep, you don’t want it to bounce back up after it hits the pillow,” says Ernest Kim, Director of Advanced Footwear, Nike Running. “Instead, you want that pillow to absorb all of the force of you laying your head down so that you can get a good night’s sleep. That’s what we mean when we talk about great cushioning.”

On the flipside, hard materials give the most energy return. That’s why typically foam can provide cushioning or energy return. And why it can be lightweight or durable. But usually it can’t be all of those things. An exception: Nike React technology, Nike’s latest cushioning innovation and a significant breakthrough in footwear foam.

Nike React foam cushioning launched in June 2017 in basketball — a sport that requires players to shift direction and speed in seamless motion and to lift off at the blink of an eye. The foam met those needs by providing a sensation that is as soft and springy as it is squishy and stable — a balance not previously seen in any other Nike basketball shoe.

To get there, Nike’s in-house chemists and mechanical engineers came together to test ingredients to see which composition would yield the perfect outcome. It was a process that demonstrated Nike’s in-house manufacturing ingenuity. After more than 400 hundred combinations of chemistry and processing, and using scientific methods to dial in on materials with certain amenable attributes, they landed the unique composition of Nike React foam.

From there, they put Nike React technology through more than 2,000 hours of testing on the feet of basketball players, where it proved to be the most durable foam and to deliver greater energy return than any other Nike basketball shoe tested. Because the runners expressed that they craved similar sensations, it was a no-brainer to take Nike React technology to running shoes.

With the basketball shoes, designers encased the Nike React foam in order to provide durability and stability for traction control the players needed, but with running, engineers uncaged Nike React technology to showcase its full potential for the road.

When tested in the Nike Sports Research Lab against other running foams, the data proved that Nike React foam reins superior in energy return. The foam alone delivers 13 percent greater energy return than Nike’s latest generation of Nike Lunarlon foam.

“I want to emphasize this because we’re not comparing Nike React technology to some no-name foam that fell off the back of a truck somewhere; we’re comparing it to our latest Lunarlon and, even with the bar set that high, Nike React technology delivers that much more energy return with each and every stride,” says Kim.

Wondering what that feels like? Well, if you were to squeeze Nike React foam, you’d get that great cushioning sensation; and then, as you let go, you’d see the foam quickly spring back to its original shape, which is where the energy return comes into play. That translates so well to a run because as it reacts swiftly to each step, bouncing back to its original state to ensure a consistent underfoot feel stride after stride, mile after mile.

On top of all of this, Nike React technology is Nike’s longest-lasting foam, giving runners the energy to do more and go farther. “Nike React is more durable than any other foam we’ve tested in Nike running, meaning it will keep up with the needs of even the most dedicated distance runners,” says Kim.

When it came time to get the foam into a shoe, designs turned to athlete data — how they move, in what direction and with what force — gleaned from the lab. This data was visualized through pressure maps that showed exactly where athletes need support and enabled full optimization of cushioning and traction. “This allowed us to make rapid, data-informed decisions on how to shape midsoles and outsoles to maximize the benefits of Nike React foam,” says Kim. They then took this a step further by feeding that data into a proprietary algorithm, and that algorithm generated a unique surface geometry that further amplified the running performance benefits of Nike React technology.

The last piece of the puzzle: The athletes had to love it. Elite and everyday runners tested Nike React technology in more than 17,000 miles of running, which converts to more than 27,300 kilometers. “Over that span, our wear-testers consistently told us that Nike React made them want to run more often,” says Kim. “My favorite bit of feedback came from a wear tester who said of running in the Nike Epic React: ‘It felt fun — it makes you want to run.’”

Nike React technology will be available in the new Nike Epic React Flyknit on February 22 on nike.com and at select retailers. It’s currently available in the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit and Jordan Super. Fly 2017.

Text and Photo Credit: Nike News

  • Built Ford Tough: Ford answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged, and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough; torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Ready for adventure with innovative technology: New features make driving easier and more fun, both on- and off-road; available FX4 Off-Road Package adds protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, while Terrain Management System and Trail Control help navigate challenging conditions; a suite of innovative technologies includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking to help avoid collisions
  • Strong new choice for midsize truck fans: Ranger brings American truck lovers an all-new choice; production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as the U.S. industry sees continued growth in midsize pickups

Ford today reveals the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for North America, bringing midsize truck fans a new choice from America’s truck sales leader – one that’s engineered Built Ford Tough and packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. U.S. sales are up 83 percent since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups.

The 2019 Ford Ranger answers the call with an all-new midsize pickup featuring a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain developed specifically for North American truck customers. Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.

“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”

Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.

Built Ford Tough

Built Ford Tough is engineered in Ranger’s DNA – from its high-strength steel frame backbone to its frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers. Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture testing as the legendary F-150 goes through.

Even its design is tough. Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance – designed to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.

From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate itself is designed to handle people and cargo. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. A center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.

Ranger’s twin-power dome hood houses its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine designed for efficiency and capability thanks to direct fuel injection, a twin-scroll turbocharger and 16-valve design. For added durability, the engine features a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” said Thai-Tang. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”


Ranger is designed for a new generation of midsize truck customers who head off-road to recharge.

Ranger prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles. The FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging.

To give customers a great all-terrain driving experience, Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road Package features an innovative Terrain Management System similar to the F-150 Raptor’s. It includes four distinct drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. The system can shift on the fly to automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls to tailor traction, driveability and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.

The FX4 Off-Road Package introduces Ford’s all-new Trail Control technology. Like cruise control for the highway but designed for low-speed, rugged terrain, Trail Control takes over acceleration and braking – sending power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering along the course.

Power is distributed through Dana® AdvanTEK® independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. Ranger four-wheel-drive versions feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low.

Innovative technology

Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Lariat include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Available SYNC® 3 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality and optional navigation. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.

Additional features include optional LED headlamps and taillamps. Optional exterior lighting includes puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed, while Ford’s available Smart Trailer Tow connector alerts drivers to faulty trailer connections.

Photo, video and text Credit: Ford Media


It’s time to get real on how bad I behaved over the holidays or for that matter how my healthy lifestyle went downhill ever since my wife and I went on our honeymoon in September. The last 4 months of 2017 were filled with a lot of traveling and not making the healthiest food choices. Consequently being an explorer and eating traditional foods from the places I visited caused me to eat outside my normal habits/hours and that made me accumulate close to 15 extra pounds. The muscle mass I had worked so hard to obtain in 2017 was lost.

For the past 2 weeks I have made a big progress at re-integrating myself into my old healthy habits, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. To help me at getting back on the groove of things and to make sure that I am fueling my body the appropriate protein that it needs and I could not think of a better snack than Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt to implement in my lifestyle.

Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt is a combination of smooth Greek nonfat yogurt with tasty toppings to give it that extra deliciousness. It is packed with the protein your body needs and it also has fiber, but no artificial sweeteners. Its nutrients will help you get going after a workout or simply keep the appetite at bay when hunger hits.

Each container of Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt contains 17g of protein and 6g of fiber. Most have 18-25 grams of carbohydrates – so not bad at all. There are many options in which you can incorporate Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt such as a post-workout snack, an afternoon pick-me-up, a healthy breakfast, best option for people on-the-go like me.

I wanted to share 4 important ideas that I will continue to do this year to reach my healthy lifestyle that I had prior to going on my honeymoon.

  1. High-circuit interval training: Break a good sweat 6 days a week and only take 1 day of resting to repair my muscles.
  2. Timed nutrition: Eat smart and eat during key times so that I achieve the physique that I want to have by 2019. Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt will share help me achieve this goal.
  3. Listen to more audio books and podcasts: Engage in at least 2 hours daily of “mind nutrition”.
  4. Good sleep: Get adequate sleep to perform all of my daily activities at optimum level.

This snack has perfectly fit into my lifestyle and you can see how great it fits into my lunchbox that I take with me when I have client meetings throughout my day:

These protein-packed snacks can be found at your local Walmart in the Dairy section – very convenient for you to find. Use Oikos Protein Crunch Ibota offering for a great deal on your next purchase.

Will you be adding Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt to your healthy lifestyle? I want to hear your thoughts?

  • Following Ford’s best-ever U.S. SUV sales in 2017, Ford further steps up the game by introducing first performance-enhanced ST to its SUV lineup with the all-new Edge ST
  • Edge ST features superior handling and braking, ST-tuned sport suspension, Sport Mode, new quick-shifting 8-speed transmission, standard all-wheel-drive, and the most powerful V6 engine in its class
  • New Edge SUV lineup is Ford’s smartest ever, offering more standard driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV and introducing to the segment new available technologies such as Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering

Ford begins introducing the coveted ST brand to its SUV lineup with the unveiling of the all-new Edge ST today, building on its best-ever SUV sales year in the U.S.

The all-new Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team – features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost®engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.

It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.

“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”

A new Sport Mode allows Edge ST drivers to experience more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns that hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking, and a more resonant exhaust tone. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift®paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.

To complement its performance abilities, Edge ST features new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates provide a subtle reminder that this five-passenger SUV is something special.

Smart Vehicle for a Smart World

The new Edge – including all-new Edge ST – is Ford’s smartest SUV ever, and every model comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. In addition, standard safety features include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, and 911 Assist®.

For 2019, Edge introduces the following first-for-Ford and first-in-segment features as either standard or available equipment:

  • Post-Collision Braking: Helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision event is detected; slowing the vehicle can potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle
  • Evasive Steering Assist: Helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Designed to operate at city and highway speeds, it uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle if a collision is imminent
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering: Helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and helps reduce stress during long, light-traffic road trips by helping keep the vehicle centered in its lane

“Edge drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience,” said Cristina Aquino, Edge marketing manager. “Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel.”

Dual-stage airbags, side-curtain airbags, rain-sensing wipers, rear view camera and an innovative active glove box knee airbag are also standard, while front and rear ultrasonic sensors, 180-degree front and rear cameras and Enhanced Active Park Assist are offered as available equipment.

Technology for a Connected World

Inside, drivers will find an available wireless charging pad nestled in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD Radio and a 12-speaker B&O PLAY Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge.

Standard on all Edge models is FordPass® Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices. Using the FordPass app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge.

SYNC® with AppLink™, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard. This system supports the new Ford+Alexa app, giving users access to their favorite media content, daily appointments, smart home controls, and the ability to search for nearby points of interest and even shop for everyday items, all from the road. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

A powerfully sophisticated ride

The new Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that offers a 5 horsepower increase and improved fuel economy over the outgoing model.

It is mated to a newly designed 8-speed transmission with Auto Start-Stop technology that efficiently turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and idling, then seamlessly restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

Inside, a redesigned center console is accentuated by an all-new rotary gearshift dial that frees up space, allows easier access to the wireless charging pad and enhances the vehicle’s modern, sophisticated feel.

With a wider grille and freshened fascia that create an athletic, modern appearance, the new Edge maintains the reputation for sophistication it’s carried for more than a decade. Full LED headlamps are standard, LED fog lamps and signature lighting are available and a redesigned hood imparts a wider, more planted stance.

Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Photo, video and text Credit: Ford Media


We’ve entered a brand new year and you should see it as opening the first page to a book you’re about to start writing — yeah as cliché as it may sound, but it is very true. You are the designer and operator of what you’ll get done this year. You may have had your faults in 2017 or in past years, but you’re starting from a clean slate.

Make 2018 count with all of your fitness goals by writing them down and keeping them in a place where you can see them daily – like some of you I am a visual learner and having my goals in a place where I can easily see them has helped me achieve resolutions.

Throughout the years as a fitness blogger I’ve found that it is extremely important to have a support group who you can relate to and have goals in common with so that would be my first recommendation before any other hack I can offer. It is imperative that you have a support group by your side or virtually because these are the people who will pick you up when you do not want to continue with your healthy lifestyle that you’ve planned for yourself.

Another key item that I wanted to mention in order for you to see results is that you must have a protein shake or intake that will go well with your busy lifestyle. That is why I want to recommend to you 1Shot Protein because it will certainly support your New Years healthy resolutions. The best part is that it will not create any mess when you are preparing and there’s absolutely nothing you must worry about cleaning.

1Shot Protein will give you 24 grams of protein after your workout. In addition it counts with only 96 calories, 0g of sugar, 0g fat and it’s gultten and lactose free. As you can see from my experience already using it’s packaged in a conventional bottle that can easily fit in your gym bag or even in your pockets or running jacket (if you are a runner like myself).

As previously mentioned 1Shot Protein is great for those who have an on-the-go lifestyle and are always busy. 1Shot Protein also does NOT require refrigeration. And the best part that you’ll want to know about is that it’s TASTY! You’ll be able to find them in four flavors: coffee, tropical, strawberry and mixed berry (my favorite).

Where do you find 1Shot Protein? You can order 1Shot Protein on Amazon and don’t forget to use this link and use the coupon code 2018GOALS at checkout to receive 15% off!

Aside from the support group and the fact that you need to write down your fitness goals on paper or on a vision board and drinking 1Shot Protein in 2018 there are other hacks that I want to share with all of you that have worked with me in the past.

  • Drink water – it has countless benefits. Don’t over analyze this and do it.
  • Eat Better and Meal Prep – You’ll be fully replenished and your finances will NOT suffer.
  • Reward Yourself – It’s important to do so even if they are small steps and enjoy the process.

What plan do you have in mind to stick to your healthy New Year’s Resolutions? What 1Shot Protein flavor will you be ordering to incorporate into your fitness regimen?

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