Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Be:Fit London - healthy inspiration to last the year!

At this time of year, there's a lot of pressure to be 'bikini ready'. Apart from the dubious overtones that carries with it (not least the issue of unrealistic photo-shopped beauty ideals for woman to beat themselves up about), health and fitness is never about the quick fix. If you want to maintain a certain level of cardio fitness, body strength and flexibility - and if you want to eat a nutritious diet - then you're in in it for the long haul. And you're going to need to keep up your motivation levels.

Which is where a three-day health and fitness 'festival' dedicated to woman comes in. Be:Fit London was recently home to some of the UK’s top trainers and classes in a bespoke fitness studio, and offered wellness, nutrition and health experts plus Olympic icons in dedicated kitchen and theatre areas. You could even get a free nutritional assessment. And just in case you got bored (unlikely!) there was also over 125 premium health and fitness brands to peruse from food and drink to fitness equipment, clothing and holidays. It's a great way to learn more, set yourself achievable goals and kit yourself out with everything you need to progress. And just what inspired me, you ask?

For me, the highlight was meeting some great new brands that are bringing well-thought out products to market. And we're not talking about corporate giants, muscling in on the fitness scene because they see a decent revenue stream. Instead these are real people, who created their ranges because of what they believe in, or because the product they wanted did not exist.

When health is just your cup of tea

More than just a drink
I have to be honest, I'm a bit of a tea freak - and love a loose leaf - so found myself drawn to the ATTIC display at the show and the kind of 'tea maker' (teapot) my sink dreams of (it catches all the leaves, which can then be re-used). Co-creator Ric explained that ATTIC is actually an acronym for 'All The Tea In China' - and introduced me to 'The Blend'. The Blend combines all five of the different types of Chinese tea into one drink. This means you can get the benefits of white, green, Oolong, black and Pu'erh tea without switching from one to another throughout the day (and remember you're re-using those leaves). And while this isn't the only tea ATTIC offers, it adheres to the company's general principle that your tea should not only be a warming drink, but also a way to promote wellness. I'm not going to argue with that!

Toiletries that are part of your training
Ever finish at the gym, take a shower, then catch sight of yourself in the mirror and scream? Well, now there's something for that 'post gym glow' that sounds so good but looks, ummm, a bit too glowing, if you know what I mean. The Activbod range grew out of the need for a regime of skin and body care products specially formulated for the active person. Designed with the help of athletes - and a rather savvy business guru (Lara Morgan - Google her!) you can now buy everything from the 'game changer' face scrub to the 'cooling finish' body lotion from Boots. The range - which is not tested on animals - aims to aid recovery by delivering results you can feel through cooling, warming and skin protecting properties (and you won't ever get a whiff of menthol that you might associate with other sporty muscle rubs). They are also supplied in thoughtfully-sized containers - because let's face it, no one wants to add to the cumbersome gym bag - or have their decent toiletries confiscated by the airport departure team ahead of an overseas sports trip! (Just know Spanish security man my daughter will NEVER forgive you for taking her water away). You can also check out all the ingredients in the range used here - as part of the company's desire to be trustworthy.

Challenge yourself - and change lives

If you want to take your workouts up a level, taking a holiday that helps you achieve your fitness goals is often the next step.  And since sports events and fundraising go together like Lance Armstrong and thighs (sorry I digress...), it's a natural progression to consider combining raising money for a good cause with setting a personal sports challenge. The Genesis Research Trust (Chaired by the affable Prof. Robert Winston) is looking for women to join its 2016 Cycle Burma trip. This is a woman-only ride through a land steeped in history with breathtaking scenery, which has been 'closed' to outsiders for years. But apart from the rich experience you'll get, your efforts will make a real difference to medical research into why some pregnancies will end in tragedy, be that the loss of a baby or the life-shattering impact that a disabled or seriously ill child may have. It will be a life-changing event for you - and a game-changer for the charity which lies at the heart of the most profound of human wishes: to have a happy and healthy family. The Prof. probably says it best when he says 'Take on this challenge and you can help improve the lives of women and babies.' Sign up and saddle up!

An unrivalled opportunity to challenge yourself, visit Burma and save lives

P.S. If you want to make sure you don't miss this great event next year, like the show on Twitter or Instagram.


  1. What an amazing event, I wish I'd known about it, I'll be there next time! Sounds like you had a great time xx

    1. I wish I'd planned to stay longer! There was some great free classes to sign up to that I missed because my daughter had a sleepover I had to get her too and I hadn't really thought through my timings properly! Lesson learnt for next year! Thanks for commenting!

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