IT’s the beach body countdown and no doubt plenty of you are in he gym three times a week pumping iron in order to get the perfect abs for your getaway.
So, with the summer holidays looming, here’s some of the best products to help you on your healthy-kick journey.
l Fitbit Flex, £69.99 from www.findmeagift.co.uk. If you’re you looking to get fit, but not sure how to keep track of your progress try this clever little wireless wristband which tracks all your activity, including your sleep. This fitness gizmo is available in different colours and can be worn comfortably 24/7. It will even wake you with a silent, vibrating alarm in the morning. It automatically syncs all your data to PCs, Macs, most iOS devices and some Android phones – so you can get real time access to your progress anytime of the day or night, so you can set goals and keep track of your progress. Waterproof and comfortable to wear, it tracks steps taken, distance travelled, minutes active, calories burned, hours slept and the quality of sleep. Genius.
l Sunwarrior Protein Powder £24.95 for 500g. These have become best-selling protein powders across the UK over the last 12 months and have now been Highly Commended by Functional Sports Nutrition magazine in their recent Functional Sports Nutrition awards. Sunwarrior is the next generation in raw plant-based protein powder; an easily digestible, nutrient-filled super food, which can be used for weight loss, weight gain and overall weight management as well as part of a healthy lifestyle. It promotes cellular health while boosting your immune system and can even turbo charge weight loss if used as an occasional meal replacement, as well as providing a natural protein source for after your workout, to assist lean muscle growth and burn fat faster.
l The iFit Outside app from ICON Health & Fitness is one of the best fitness tracking apps available and offers you the ability to track everything from speed and distance to heart rate and elevation to reach your fitness goals. With the optimised GPS tracking feature, you can continue tracking your distance even when signal is lost. It offers over 30 different workouts, so you never have to do the same routine twice. The iFit app is compatible with smartphones and tablets. You can also convert your outdoor workout to indoor with iFit compatible equipment. A personal profile builder and workout schedule means you can record your weight loss and progress with a Bluetooth signal to wirelessly measure your heart rate. Whilst working out, you can view the detailed analytics of your progress on screen. Music can be controlled in-app, giving you the entertainment you need to run more efficiently. The iFit app is available to download from iTunes and Google Play for free.
l Sun Chlorella, £21.95 for 300 tablets from www.SunChlorella.co.uk. You may have seen a whole host of models supping on suspicious looking green juices of late, but where does the trend come from? Model Rosie Huntington Whiteley may have something to do with it. She set tongues wagging earlier this year when she tweeted a snap of herself praising her "delicious green juice" . The secret ingredient in her mysterious concoction was apparently the Japanese wholefood, chlorella. Chlorella provides an energy boost prior to physical exercise as well as a repair and anti-inflammatory effect after training, and is believed to help stimulate the growth of good bacteria to aid digestion as well as cleansing the bowels by clinging on to toxins like mercury, lead or pesticides in the intestines.
l Brabantia’s Body Analysis Scales, £46 from www.brabantia.com. Keep on track of your personal health goals for 2014 and stay informed about how your diet impacts your well-being with Brabantia’s Body Analysis Scales. These slimline scales will play an important role in your exercise regime, not only helping you stay trim, but enhance the look of your bathroom or wet room too. Designed for an accurate measurement of weight, body fat, water and muscle percentages and Body Mass Index (BMI), it is perfect for the whole family. Simply input your age, gender, height and level of fitness, and up to eight individual users will be stored in its memory. This battery-operated Body Analysis Scale with generous sized platform, features a smart digital display in either kilograms or pounds, showing your BMI, fat, body muscle and water percentages.
l You can’t be fit without a workout kit. But don’t break the bank going fo a designer version, instead try Heatons Azzurri Long Sleeve Top with Wrist Gaters £12, Azzurri Performance Leggings £10, Azurri Fitted Zip Up £15.
l Vita Coco Coconut Water, starting at £1.50, brings together two of summer’s favourite drinks – fresh coconut water from young, green coconuts and lemonade – to create Vita Coco Lemonade. This traditional family favourite has been given a new twist by adding a squeeze of zesty lemon puree to 100 per cent natural coconut water. Packed full of naturally occurring electrolytes and potassium, it offers all of the health benefits of coconut water with a delicious, thirst quenching taste. With less sugar than other leading lemonades, lower calories and zero fat, this is the perfect natural drink to enjoy in the lead up to summer.
l Pure Aura lavender and vanilla, £5.99, from www.crystalspring.co.uk. Most importantly, don’t forget the deodorant – the award-winning Salt of the Earth range of natural deodorants are perfect for the health-conscious. The main range is unscented and unisex and available in travel sizes which are ideal for gym bags.
They have just launched this, their first scented spray, Pure Aura for women with a gorgeous lavender and vanilla scent, which smells absolutely amazing, plus it’s better for the environment.