Shape Up for the Slopes
February half term is a popular time of travel for families with many heading for Alpine destinations. For those of you lucky enough to be jet-setting off into some powdery winter sun, it is important to prepare your body and improve fitness levels in the weeks leading up to your trip. So how to keep your prowess up on the piste?
We in Britain take our health and fitness very seriously and as of May 2018, 1 in 7 people within the UK were members of a gym*. However, if the ‘G’ word fills you with horror, fear not. Before you start thinking ‘I don’t have the time or money to spend on a gym membership’ – think again. You can sculpt yourself back into shape from the comfort and convenience of your own home and with the right equipment, it’s never been easier or more fun to do so.
So, in the weeks ahead, challenge yourself and embrace a new regime which you’ll enjoy and reap the rewards from. Leading high street retailer, Robert Dyas has compiled a handy guide to help ease you into a routine and have you hitting the slopes in peak physical condition.
Let’s Get Physical
It’s undeniable; physical exercise is often the best remedy when you’re feeling a bit low and lethargic. Get those limbs moving and banish the January blues with a release of endorphins to make you feel high as a kite and fit as a flea.
For a full body workout that can be done from your bedroom, hallway, sitting room or gym, test out the Myga Yoga Starter Kit (£12.99 was £25.99). Featuring a mat, block, belt and sling, you’ll have everything you need to accompany you on your fitness journey, whilst looking like a professional yogi. Stretch yourself into shape ready for the ski season ahead.
These Phoenix Hand Grips(£4.99) allow you to help build up your lower arm muscles whether number crunching at your desk or slumped on the sofa after a hard day of meetings. Compact and portable, you’ll be able to train on the go. A little goes a long way.
If lower body workouts make your wheels spin but indoor space is an issue, the V-fit Mxc1 - Folding X Frame Cycle (RRP £144.99 now £110.99) might just be the perfect solution. Lightweight and compact, it can be easily folded away when not in use so it’s perfect for using at home. Turn your favourite tunes up loud and hey presto, your very own spin class!
For a perfect ski-slope prep, try this Phoenix Balance Board (£8.99 was £17.99). The ideal way to treat and prevent ankle or knee injuries, help strengthen your core or to help regain your balance, you’ll be ready to conquer the piste, pronto. Why not add a pair of Phoenix Dumbbell Weight 2KG - Orange (£5.99 was £11.99) to add some extra oomph to your workout. Feel the burn and watch the results.
Too Hot to Handle
We all know that the kitchen can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to healthy living. Tempting treats and idle habits can become all too ubiquitous when it’s cold and gloomy outside. But stocking the fridge and cupboards full of healthy goodies can be just as inviting and the right apparatus can help you get the most out of them.
A healthy diet doesn’t have to mean giving up the good stuff. Griddle your way to perfection with a Salter Marble Ceramic 180 Low Fat Health Grill (Was £39.99 now £34.99). With a non-stick marble-effect plate and a drip tray to collect excess oils and fat, you can enjoy fish, meat and vegetables to your heart’s content. Whether it’s a portion for one or hosting the whole family, you can use the grill in its folded or open positions to ensure a perfect finish with minimal waste, every time.
Steam your way to svelteness with a Salter Megastone 20cm Multi-Pan and Steamer(Was £69.99 now £34.99). Featuring three individual stacking pans and an ultra-non-stick hard stone coating that allows you to cook with little or no oil, it’s an easy way to create healthy meals. Constructed with layered foundations, it’s five times more durable than standard non-stick cookware yet dishwasher proof, meaning hassle-free cooking time and time again. If however you prefer stir-fries to steaming, perhaps the Salter Megastone Wok with Lid - 28cm (Was £49.99 now £24.99) is more to your taste. Made of premium forged aluminium and a with an ultra-non-stick coating, you can ensure healthy supper skills, each time you fry.
Prices were correct at the time of publication.