While some may be eager to get back to full fitness, others will be looking for a little R&R this summer. Whatever changes you hope to see, here are some of the ways you could become fitter, healthier and improve your overall wellbeing.
1. Enjoy personal training on your phone
If your workouts aren’t quite cutting it, take things up a level with the Auro app. You’ll find hundreds of on-demand fitness classes and training plans, all led by expert personal trainers.
Choose from a range of workouts tailored to your fitness level, including HIIT, outdoor runs, strength, meditation, yoga and more. Train smarter with video guides and track your real-time metrics by pairing your smartwatch or heart rate monitor.
Visit auro.fit to start your 14-day free trial and get 10% off using code ‘SUMMER10’.
Discount code valid until 30 September 2020.
2. Relax before bed
It is claimed CBD (cannabidiol) can help you to relax and unwind, helping you ease into your bed at night. Apothem has a variety of products with CBD, including oral drops with Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Skullcap, and skincare and body care items such as a multi balm, bath salts and body oil.
Order a free sample of Apothem Lights Out hemp-CBD drops to try for yourself at apothemlabs.com/pages/restfulsleep.
Over 18s only. One sample per household. UK and Ireland delivery only. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we recommend that you do not use any CBD products. If you have a medical condition or if you are on medication, always consult with your doctor before you start using CBD. If you have any allergies, please read the ingredients list carefully. Limited availability and only valid till 31 July 2020. Full terms and conditions available at apothemlabs.com.
3. Create your own retreat
Combine relaxation, wellness and exercise in one dream project by constructing your very own centre of wellness at home: an indoor swimming pool.
Wellbeing brings together the physical and environmental – and with Origin’s Eco-Swim range you can exercise while reducing your carbon footprint. As the company claims: “An Origin pool is about more than the pool itself, it’s the lifestyle that accompanies it.”
Let the team do all the hard work, from initial design to completion, while keeping you informed at every stage.
4. Stay refreshed
Ginger and sorrel, two natural ingredients, can now be easily added into your diet in the shape of cold-pressed juice.
OTC Beverages uses organic and natural extracts as flavours for the perfect alcohol-free alternative for summer, or for keeping hydrated while on the go.
In fact, this is where its name comes from – Original Traditional Concoctions, because the drinks are a mix of traditional, organic, natural flavours, all sold over the counter.
Order online, and the company can even personalise bottles for events. Find your local stockist at otcbeverages.com and use the code ‘OTCJULY’ for a 10% discount.
Discount code valid until 31 July 2020.
5. Better support when sleeping for two
As exciting as pregnancy is, it can make sleeping quite uncomfortable. As your bump grows, the need to support your back, hips, knees and neck while you rest becomes increasingly important.
The PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow comes in U- and C-shaped varieties and adapts to your belly and back when you’re sleeping or relaxing. It can also be used post-pregnancy as a nursing pillow. It comes with a machine-washable and dryable removable jersey cover.
Use discount code ‘BEST10′ to get 10% off your first order – call 0330 113 7244 or visit pharmedoc.co.uk.
Discount code valid until 30 October 2020.
6. Get checked out online
Shoulder and elbow pain can lead to problems sleeping, as well as symptoms such as pins and needles caused by disruption to the nerves.
Mr Nick Ferran, a consultant shoulder and elbow surgeon, offers video consultations as well as clinic appointments (in Chelsea, Chiswick, Harley Street, Harrow and St John’s Wood). He also has a YouTube channel full of resources for patients with shoulder and elbow conditions.
7. Join those trying CBD
More and more people are turning to CBD oil, either in topical or edible form, to find out if it can benefit their wellbeing.
Provacan believes everyone should have access to “legal and non-psychoactive cannabis products”. The company works hand-in-hand with some of the world’s most advanced cannabis research teams and frequently collaborates with CiiTECH researchers.
The range includes capsules, edibles, vapes, topicals, and more – all extracted from hemp.
8. Explore personalised surgery
Mr Panagiotis Gikas, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, is able to offer innovative, high-tech treatments with the MAKO robotic system. It aims to offer more accurate placement of knee and hip implants specific to the anatomical characteristics of each individual, for better function and improved outcomes.
During hip and knee replacements, the MAKO robotic arm guides the surgeon and enables them to perform bone cuts with high precision, resulting in minimal damage to healthy bone and soft tissues around the knee and, most importantly, very precise and accurate placement of the artificial knee or hip replacement.
Preliminary studies suggest that these advantages translate to better function and improved outcomes for the patients.
9. Find your tribe
At-home exercise has come a long way. Once a solitary endeavour, it can now be wonderfully interactive.
Echelon Fitness is leading the way in building communities from homes around the world by connecting thousands of households. The Smart Connect EX3 Max Bike has more than 3,500 on-demand classes through the Echelon Fit app, as well as daily live workouts. The catalogue of workouts to choose from offers variety – some don’t even involve the bike.
10. Shake up your hydration
If you’re looking to switch up your water intake with a little more flavour or an alcohol alternative for any summer gatherings (all in accordance with lockdown regulations, of course), then Skinny Tonic might be what you’re after.
Zero sugars, zero calories and no artificial ingredients, with flavours ranging from raspberry and cucumber, to citrus and herb blends – and there’s even a Clear Coffee for anyone trying to steer clear of caffeine but craving the taste of coffee.
The range of eight flavours are made to complement a healthy, balanced lifestyle, using the natural ingredients, plant extract, stevia and spring water from Staffordshire. Get two cases of 24 for £20, using discount code ‘TES20’.
Discount code valid until 30 September 2020