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Tone Up on the Beach with FitFlops

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

FitFlopsGoing to the gym, using weights… boring, get yourself a pair of FitFlops instead and walk your muscles to toned perfection! FitFlops are a genius invention that allow you to work out while you walk, plus they look fab too. The shoes have a special mid-sole that activates and stimulates muscles by challenging your support and balance helping to tone up your legs and bum.

I don’t know about you but I always feel really sluggish on holiday because I eat and drink more than usual and lay on the sunbed for most of the day. I take my gym stuff with me but sadly never quite make it to the hotel fitness room! Now I’m not even going to bother taking my trainers and support bra with me – I’ll tone up by walking on the beach or from club to club!!

FlipFlops are available in a number of styles for both men and women, the ones pictured are my personal favourite and they cost about £36 depending on where you shop. Check out the official FlipFlop Website for all the styles and stockists.

Choxi+ Chocolate that's Good for You?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Choxi+ ChocolateI have just read about a new brand of chocolate that is supposed to be good for you! Choxi+ was created by chocolatiers ‘Prestat’ and apparently contains more flavanol antioxidants that any other type of food including fruit and veg. This helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels and Prestat recommend eating 10g every day – sounds good to me!

The larger bars (70g/75g) can be bought in large Tesco Stores around the UK and you can also currently purchase them in specific stores in London including Selfridges in Oxford Street. A new Choxi+ Dark Chocolate 20g Mini Bar and Milk Chocolate 25g Mini Bar will be available from July.

Now you won’t feel quite so naughty when you feel the urge to indulge! Visit the Prestat Website for more information about this tasty little treat.

Nintendo Wii Fit

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Wii Fit gameThe computer games industry usually targets its products to the male market, but all that has changed with Nintendo’s Wii Fit. For this new game is also being advertised to families, older people and women. This more generalised campaign appreciates the universal appeal of the Wii Fit as, like its name suggests, it is all about raising our heart rates, working up a sweat and all through playing a computer game.

The game features over 40 exercises and games, with these broken down into four categories: yoga, aerobic exercises, balance games and muscle conditioning. Upon buying it, you also get kitted out with a Wii balance board which helps you check and monitor your weight, your body mass index (BMI) and helps you customize games to best suit your personal fitness. With this, it measures your progress and helps set personalised goals. It seems like another masterstroke from Nintendo, following fast after the hugely popular Mario Kart Wii.

Many stores and online sites have already sold out of the game since its release only last Friday, but to get yourself fit with a Nintendo Wii, check out stock levels at Amazon.

Sport Relief tonight on BBC1

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Sport Relief logoSport Relief has been pushed by the Beeb for what seems like ages, and tonight the big show is upon us. People will be getting involved in sporty endeavours to raise money for charity, most notably the Sport Relief Miles happening on Sunday 16th up and down the country, and from 7pm this evening it will be up to the celebs to entertain us. After swimming the English Channel last time, Little Britain comedian David Walliams has given himself a new physical challenge: a triathlon from England to Africa, accompanied by Olympic Gold-winning rower James Cracknell.

Elsewhere, X Factor winner Leona Lewis will sing the official song Footprints in the Sand, Jonathan Ross will coerce Michael Parkinson out of retirement to co-host a chat show together and Top Gear goes green-fingered. The celebrity version of The Apprentice will conclude and they’ll be the likes of Gary Linekar and Davina McCall urging us to donate pennies to the worthwhile causes. To find out all you need to know about this year’s Sport Relief, visit the website.

Massaging Slippers

Monday, December 31st, 2007

holistic-silk-slippers.jpgPamper yourself with Holistic Silk Brocade Massaging and Magnetic Slippers, sounds soooo tempting after a long days work standing on your feet or just general wear of heeled shoes.

The brocade and faux leather slippers have magnetic massaging insoles which help reduce pain, increase circulation and provide an all round foot massage. They come in some gorgeous patterns and colours including silver, jade, blue, bronze flowers and lilac to name a few.

Celebrity fans include, French designer Sonia Rykiel and singer Natalie Imbruglia, so nab yourself a pair and begin 2008 preened and pampered. The Holistic Silk Brocade Massaging and Magnetic Slippers are priced at £65 and are available at holisticsilk.co.uk.

Power Plate

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Power PlateA new and exciting way of losing weight has arrived and has become a very popular craze.

Wondering how it works? Power Plate is a vibrating exercise machine that transmits ‘waves of energy throughout the body activating muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second’. Overall the results are that after a session as short as 15 minutes you will see immediate results in blood circulation and over a few sessions a decrease in dreaded orange peel (cellulite), better flexible and stronger muscles, to name a few of the desired outcomes. Beats going to the gym for hours on end.

There are a number of facilities across the country that hold power plate classes, visit uk.powerplate.com to find one close to you and call to inquire about prices.

Skinny Bitch – The Must Have New Diet Book

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Skinny BitchSkinny Bitch is a “no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous” according to the book’s front cover, and that it certainly is. The New York Times best seller, written by Rory Freedman, a former model agent and Kim Barnouin, a former model has won critical acclaim and great publicity with even the famous such as Victoria Beckham photographed reading it.

The book’s hard hitting approach can work if you have strong will power and listen to things that are indeed true even if you cannot see the light at the other side. Throughout the duration of the book’s pages you will learn about the ingredients in food and why it is bad for you, what you should cut out and what you should eat. It’s impossible not to laugh, listen and be surprised whilst reading this book.

Get your copy from Amazon.co.uk for £3.99.

The New Atkins

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

CabbageRecently I can’t help but notice the hype surrounding the “Cabbage Soup Diet”. Just the other day I was moaning about my weight, when a colleague advised me to try it (she lost 7lbs on it in 7 days). I’m quite a sceptical person as previous experience has taught me so I looked into the diet further.

The diet is seven days long and consists of eating as much cabbage soup as you wish, as much fruit as you want except bananas, as many vegetables as you would like and a baked potato. There are other foods allowed sporadically but the previously mentioned are the mains. Although the diet looks incredibly bland, I hear great reviews, but be aware that this diet should only be done for 7 days at a time and that you should have at least 2 weeks of normal food after as this is very low in minerals, protein, vitamins and complex carbohydrates. For more information go to Caggage-Soup-Diet.com.

The Cellulite Buster

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Cellulite BusterI think no matter how thin you are, cellulite will always rear its ugly head at some point so when I saw this great new treatment that Cheryl Cole has been using, I thought its got to be worth a try.

It claims to be a revolutionary treatment that targets cellulite by increasing blood supply and circulation and then targets the fatty prone areas such as hips, thighs and bums! It must do the trick as all the celebs are raving about it saying its the future of body sculpting.

So if you need a quick but relatively easy way to combat cellulite visit the official Hypoxi website to find your nearest therapy studio where you can transform yourself for just £30 a session. Visit the Hypoxi Therapy Centre for further information.

The Trikke

Monday, July 9th, 2007

The TrikkeApparently the Trikke is the hottest new celebrity exercise gadget used by stars such as Jennifer Anniston. The movement involves shifting your weight from side to side like skiing and is supposed to burn off the equivalent of 30 minutes on a treadmill in just 15 minutes. I think it would take a bit of getting used to as it’s not a movement used in every day life, unless you’re a skier of course.

On a hot summers day this will probably be great fun, but not with the weather we’ve recently had in Britain. I can see this being a big hit in LA amongst the roller skaters on the beach front. The Trikke is available at Trikke UK and costs £299, bearing in mind this is how much you’d pay for a treadmill I don’t think it’s too bad – also this looks much more fun! Below is a demonstration of how the Trikke should be used.