Get your health mojo back
Struggling to find some health-spiration? Bounce back with some hot, healthboosting goodies that we think will make you feel good and look great.
Support your pelvic floor
Compression clothing has been around for a while, but if you need some extra support for your pelvis, then these EVB Support Shorts have you covered, literally. The Drogheda-based company are all about supporting women’s deep core muscles. If you’re a runner or taking up running and need extra pelvic support, these shorts are for you. Our testers liked the super supportive fit – a little reminder, you need a tight fit to get and feel the right support and our tester said: “When you run, you definitely feel like everything is held in and supported.” Price €59.95.
Find your zen
We all know yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility and is a great boost for physical and mental health. If you’re going to indulge in your downward dog, then do it in style with a GeoCombo Yoga Mat that looks like a work of art. This is no ordinary mat, an ultra-absorbent microfiber top layer and durable cushioning make it super soft. Available from www.yogadesignlab.com Price €78.00.
Jazz up your salads
The Spiralizer is a razor-sharp cutting device that creates thin ribbons of vegetable. It comes with three blades: for thin noodles, thicker noodles and spiral slices. If you want to make your salads a lot more interesting, it’s a really fun addition to your kitchen. We like the Hemsley and Hemsley one (from celebrity sisters Jasmine and Melissa), and available from Brown Thomas at €40, or online from www.juiceland.co.uk.
Lighten your gym bag
Lifeventure’s SoftFibre Trek Towel is the business if your gear bag is bulging at the seams. Capable of absorbing up to nine times its own weight in water, it also dries eight times faster than a normal towel and fits into a small pouch when dry. Lifeventure towels are treated with a permanent AXP antibacterial formula, reducing the build-up of bacteria and unpleasant odours. Priced at €30, you can order online from www.53degreesnorth.ie.
French technical sports compression company BV Sport has developed KeepFit Compression Leggings to tackle cellulite with massaging, slimming leggings which work on cellulite while you work out. The leggings are supposed to stimulate the fatty deposits and reduce the appearance of cellulite. We don’t know if it works, but any help in the battle on cellulite must be good! Price €65 from Irish stockists.
Walk on the wild side
A simple walk outside can boost your immune system, so getting out into the fresh air regularly is a no brainer. Being in Ireland, you need to be prepared for all weathers and we cannot recommend the Salomon Quest 4D Boots highly enough. They’re both lightweight and super waterproof – essential for all four Irish seasons! Priced €203. Check out www.irishtrails.ie for inspiration.
Obviously, we advocate an active lifestyle, but we all have to sit down sometimes! So why not take a break and give your muscles a once-over with the Homedics Gel ‘Shiatsu’ Massage Cushion. It uses nodes to create the feeling of the hands of a massage therapist, with a deep-kneading ‘Shiatsu’ massage which relieves tight knots. It has three adjustable massage speeds and a spot massage for focus relief. What bliss! Price €65.