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Best Christmas Gifts for Fitness and Sport Lovers

Best Christmas Gifts for Fitness and Sport Lovers

Christmas is coming and it is time to think about what type of Christmas gifts are you going to put under your tree! We have prepared for you a list of gift ideas for sports lovers (cyclist, gym bunnies or just fitness fanatics) to suit every taste, budget, and interest.

Mobvoi Ticwatch S (£178)

Looking for a nice water-resistant and fitness-focused smartwatch without breaking the bank? You should have a look at the Ticwatch S. It can track your heart rate, your steps, calories, and nutritional intake and works with the latest wear OS by Google. Plus, it enables you to map your workout routine!

Where to shop it: https://www.mobvoi.com/sp/products/ticwatch-s

Bam Zip-neck Bamboo Baselayer (£48)

If the person you would like to offer the gift, loves winter workouts, this gift is made for you! This bamboo baselayer offers an ultra-soft performance and a sweat-wicking comfort. Plus, Bamboo is better for the environment than cotton.

Where to buy it: https://bambooclothing.co.uk/shop/zip-neck-bamboo-baselayer-blue-bottle/

Petzl Reactik+ (£60)

Petzl Reactik is the light everybody needs in order to run safely in the 5pm dark during winter.  It adjusts the brightness (there are four lighting profiles) to suit the conditions and you can manage him through your smartphone for full customization.

Where can you buy it: https://www.decathlon.es/linterna-frontal-reactik-neg-300-lumenes–id_8375730.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxovc9f6U3wIVDbDtCh1JvgcQEAAYASAAEgIwxfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Buff ThermoNet (€23.65)

This face and neck protector is ideal when there is a real chill in the air. It will bring comfort and warmth for the outdoor bike rides or runs. You can check on the website all the different style.

Check it here: http://www.buffwear.com/buff-adult-headwear/thermonet

Pursoma After The Class Post-Workout Soak ($39.00)

This is the gift of relief and relaxation! After a hardcore workout session, the muscles get insanely sore. This luxe bath soak will relieve tension both mentally and physically.

Where to buy it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077VLQ9VY?creativeASIN=B077VLQ9VY&linkCode=w61&imprToken=7Lakgw3iBWg0s0oPvA2stw&slotNum=3

Run Fast. Eat Slow. Nourishing Recipes for Athletes by Shalane Flanagan ($18.74)

This book is a unique fitness gift for the runners! The book is full of delicious, flavorful whole food recipes to lead a healthy lifestyle!

Where to buy it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/162336681X?creativeASIN=162336681X&linkCode=w61&imprToken=7Lakgw3iBWg0s0oPvA2stw&slotNum=10

Soft Gym Bag Oysho (29,99£)

This bag will make the fitness lovers happy! With a nice texture and 2 ways of carrying it, you can pack easily all you need to work out: shoes, legging, towels, etc. We love it! 

Where to buy it: https://www.oysho.com/gb/activewear/sports-bags/soft-gym-bag-c1010072015p101558503.html?colorId=197&typeCategory=0

 

The best documentaries about Health and Nutrition on Netflix

The best documentaries about Health and Nutrition on Netflix

Ok, we agree, the words “Netflix” and “Health” are difficult to combine when we know that watching TV is not exactly considered as a “healthy” activity. But what if you could use Netflix to reinforce your knowledge about nutrition and motivate you to adopt new healthy habits?

In the last decade, a number of documentaries have been created in order to reveal the naked truth about people’s diets. We have selected for you the best nutrition documentaries available on Netflix.

 

🔸Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (2010)

An inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. Joe Cross weighted more than 136 kilos, ate like crap and suffered from a debilitating autoimmune disease. His doctors told him that he was at the end of his rope so that he decided to make drastic changes in his life. The drastic change? Stopping crap foods and drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juice during 60 days. By seeing his body transformation in real time, this documentary will make you aware of the huge role diet plays in health.

 

🔸Fed Up (2014)

By watching this eye-opening documentary, you will discover how the processed food industry looks like the tobacco industry. From tobacco to junk food, both businesses are designed to get people hooked. And when we spoke about junk food, this is particularly bad and dangerous for kids who have no knowledge of the concept to be able to say no.

 

🔸Food, Inc. (2008)

If you want to know where your food comes from, you should watch this documentary. Food, Inc exposes the terrifying secrets of the food industry (such as the unsanitary conditions of meat processing) through the investigation of Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan. From cruelty to unsustainable environmental practices, the disgusting truth is revealed. Why animals are pumped with chemical and hormones? What is sure, is that you will stop complaining about the expensive price of organic chicken after watching this film.

 

🔸What The Health (2017)

Another film that will reveal terrifying truths but this time the film discussed the correlation between food and disease and the dangers of processed meat. Why the number of people suffering from diabetes suddenly exploded in the last decade?  Discover how a plant-based diet can help prevent and even reverse health conditions!

 

🔸Forks Over Knives (2011)

This vegan-advocacy film emphasizes the importance of eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes rather than a diet based on animal products and processed foods. The idea of addiction to processed foods is also discussed. After watching it, you will probably integrate more vegetables into your diet!

 

🔸In Defense of Food (2015)

“In Defense of Food” is the adaptation to the screen from the book of the journalist Michael Pollan. The film discussed how processed and packaged foods have taken control of people because it is easy, convenient, cheap and delicious. Some of the packaged foods that are supposed to be healthy tend to contain a big amount of fat and sugar and people totally ignore it (example with the Yoplait yogurt). Michael Pollan also discovers that people get sick by eating processed foods because of the chemicals added in it.

 

🔸Food Choices (2016)

This documentary made a lot of noise and is available in 190 countries. 28 health professionals and experts have worked together to reveal the bad consequences behind the nice packaging and catchy slogans. Companies make people believe that their products are good for the health but in reality, most of them are misinformed about the ways to stay healthy. The filmmaker explained how his overall health improved by having a plant-based diet.

 

🔸Sustainable (2016)

A documentary that denounces the unsustainable practices of America’s food system: from raising animals for slaughter in packed to disease-ridden environments and food waste. It will make you think before buying a quick processed meal.

 

The benefits of jumping rope

The benefits of jumping rope

Do you remember the time during your childhood when you were jumping rope? Well, the jumping rope is now part of many training sessions and brings a lot of benefits to your body! It is easy and great for all fitness levels and fits with different training goals: strength, endurance, fat loss or performance. Moreover, you can do this training anywhere. So, no more excuses!

Let’s see why the jumping rope should be part of your daily training by reviewing all the benefits!

  1. Burn fat: a research has shown that you can burn 1,300 calories per hour (0.1 calories consumed per jump)! Jumping for 10 minutes is equivalent to run an eight-minute mile.
  2. More muscle engaged: if you are doing heavy jump ropes, you engage different muscles which lead to faster results.
  3. Cardio: the jumping rope is a cardio activity which means that your heart rate is two or three times faster than other exercises. It has basically the same benefits as running but with less impact on the joints.
  4. Mental development:  jumping with rope develops the left and right hemispheres of your brain which can bring you several benefits such as improving your spatial awareness, reading skills, memory, and attention. By jumping rope, you are always forcing your brain to do quick calculations about the rope’s distance, the speed, the position of your body in order to ensure the rotation keeps going. So, you are using your cognitive function all the time!
  5. It’s fun: if we did it when we were young, no doubts, it’s funny! And you can share this moment with a partner! We all know that if we want to see fast and lasting results, the secret is consistency! This is easier to be consistent when you enjoy it! Moreover, the rope gives you the freedom to workout anywhere. If you like to workout outside with the fresh air, then go outside! You can also challenge yourself or compete with other partners! You decide!

It’s change o’clock. It’s Be You time.

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Have you ever felt that inner need to make a change, to be a better you?

I am sure you did because we are in a constant search of a better version of ourselves.

If you are one of these people or you want to become one, this article is for you.

Every day is a great day to start. Any moment is perfect to shape or build  a better you.

And a better YOU implies so many lifestyle aspects to be improved, as for instance,  eating better, moving better and thinking better. However,  I would like to focus on the latter because I believe it is crucial to boost a mens sana in corpore sano lifestyle.

The way we think is paramount to any decision we take in our life and the goal of this article is to give you some insight on how important is it to make a decision. The decision to live a better life.

I used to feel at distress with my life as I didn’t like my lifestyle. I didn’t have a job and I just didn’t take care of any other aspects such as my diet and the importance of working out. I had a quite-low esteem and I was pretty negative about my life in general as I didn’t know where it was heading.

Until the day that I decided it was time to CHANGE.

It was time to stop complaining and take action. I decided to change my outlook on life and I moved from a passive one to an active
one.This shift helped me to start living the way I wanted to live: healthier, fitter and 100% positive.

So, what are you waiting for?

Make the move to BE YOU in order to come closer to the best version of yourself.

Our trainers will help and support you throughout these changes but bear in mind, that YOU are the one who has to make the decision to change your outlook on life.

Having a “can-do attitude” will help you attain a balanced lifestyle where mind and body work to attain the same objective:

BE 100% YOU.

Charged with positivity,

Cristina

PS:
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Get outdoors to get achieve

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Use this field guide to help you reconnect to the natural world.

For many people, an exercise routine means getting in a car, driving to the gym, slogging away on an elliptical machine and then retreating back to their homes or offices, where they sit down in front of the blue glow of a computer, TV or tablet. But there’s something missed when exercise takes place only in indoor gyms and fitness studios. Trading up some of your gym time for time on the trails, the river or the bike path can bring benefits beyond improved fitness.

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Find out how you can fall asleep faster with these tips from a sleep expert

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If you’ve struggled with falling asleep at night, don’t give up hope! Changing up your routine in the evenings can lead to easier, sounder sleep. If you’re having trouble drifting into dreamland, these tips may help.

To sail smoothly into the land of Nod, Katherine Albert M.D., Ph.D., author of Get a Good Night’s Sleep, suggests trying one—or all—of the following:

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Salmon & Quinoa Salad in 15 Minutes or Less

This Super-food salad with salmon & quinoa  is packed with nutrients. It’s a healthy fresh alternative that doesn’t leave you feeling dissatisfied and hungry an hour as with so many other salads. All you need is 15 minutes and 7 ingredients. Need more inspiration for healthy lunches and dinners? No problems, healthy cooking starts here!

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250 Calorie Breakfast: Easy Pancakes

What’s better than starting your day of with pancakes, a slow morning and some coffee? Not much, I think.. The good news are that it doesn’t have to be nor unhealthy or take too much time. This healthy 250 calorie breakfast; pancakes recipe, is just the perfect if you wan’t something satisfying that still keeps you on track with your fitness and health goals. Do you want more inspiration? Access more than 100 different breakfast ideas under 300 calories, in your own meal plan.

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The Real Benefits of Being Healthy

When I first discovered the real benefits of being healthy (which at that point had a totally different meaning than it has for me today) I believed that restricting myself, practicing self-control and working out five days a week and eating clean and drinking green smoothies was “it”.

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The Inspirational Success Story of Alex

Are you searching for a solution for your health? That’s what Alex, one happy and healthy BeYou user wanted as well. Her inspirational story  is truly something everyone can find true motivation from. Read her positive short story about how she was able to lose 13 lbs within her first 6 weeks, using BeYou.
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