Get Fit Feb

5 Feb

Get Fit Gadgets

I am not easily motivated to get out there and get exercising. I know that for some people it’s enjoyable, it releases endorphins and makes them feel good and they thrive upon competition, sport and the exercise package. The end goal of losing weight is the only thing that can push me to do it! It takes up my precious time of which I have so little at times feels like a sacrifice. If I go for a run even with a sports bra it gets a bit ‘bouncy’ and when you try to exercise while very unfit you just feel like a sweaty, slow mess. I do love shopping however. So while I believe that you can get fit for free (run, walk, bike ride all the classics) I do like the idea of a few gizmo’s to get me going.

I recently tested out the Monster iSport earphones (iSport Intensity RRP £69.99 available at www.shopmonsterproducts.co.uk, John Lewis, Harrods, Selfridges, Apple, Dixons Travel and Currys) After all when you listen to music you can almost trick yourself into thinking that exercise is fun! It’s a great morale booster and can help to set the tempo for that last mile of the run, or that harder part of the cross trainer program. My typical ear phones tend to fall out, and this set have a patented sports clip to hold this in place. The sound quality is amazing, and the hot pink a definite style bonus in my opinion! (Don’t worry they are available in other colours including black too)

earphones

Verdict: A high quality 9 / 10 for the product, but only a 7 / 10 for value. Yes, I know that headphones are very expensive – but I still can’t help but feel that with (albeit absolutely terrible quality) seta available in the 99p store, prices are a tad over inflated.

Best of Books
Gadgets aside, we all know that we are what we eat. Or we eat what we are. Or we eat what we want? Hmm, my dieting advice is a bit mixed up! It is for this reason that I would advise getting a diet plan either online or in book format and sticking to it. Some may work better than others, but all of them work if you stick at it!

Dukan Diet 2
Dukan Diet 2 (available on Amazon for around £8) is a follow-up to the original Dukan Diet book by Dr Pierre Dukan, and is a programme which consists of seven steps and allows the user to join a new food in to their diet each day. An example week would be:

Monday – protein only
Tuesday – protein + vegetables
Wednesday – protein + vegetables + fruit
Thursday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread
Friday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread + cheese
Saturday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread + cheese + carbs
Sunday – Celebration Meal

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Verdict: 9 / 10. Low carb diets see fast results, but by incorporating different foods on different days this diet doesn’t leave you feeling cheated. It fits in very well with the working week also, saving you money at work on posh lunches and allowing you to have fun at the weekend.

Back to Basics Diet – Seven Weeks to Change Your life
The Back to Basics Diet book by David R Hack is a low fuss guide, looking at the science behind obesity. Again focusing on long-term lifestyle changes this plan is no ‘fad’ and definitely worth a try!
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Verdict: Another 9 / 10 this book makes sense, and if oe has the willpower it will certainly help with weight loss.


Best of the shakes
Sometimes a detox week for me means protein shakes. Like them or loathe them, it provides a strict regime which on weekdays typing away ensures that I do not eat cake or chocolate. I’ve tried various brands, and while pricey (This kit will set you back £62!) Protein World’s Slender Bender Kit  is by far the tastiest. it tastes like melted vanilla ice cream, and goes well with water, milk or yoghurt. Yum!

protein
Verdict: 9 /10

 

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