IF you’re going to stay working at home there are some products that could help with your fitness without you ever needing to leave the house.
Today I have looked at them and our Beauty Editor has put hair masks to the test…
with Jane Atkinson
- AirPods Pro, £249, apple.com – buy here
The AirPods Pro can shut out noise around you when you are on a call in the office and have transparency mode for hearing the environment around you when out for a run and want to stay safe.
They have 5 hours listening time, give an hour’s charge in 5 minutes, are sweat and water resistant. I loved shouting at Siri to activate my iPhone and listening to messages during a run.
And if you use these in your office you can wander around while on a call to keep active. Great all rounder.
They are pricey but I’d save up to get a new pair if I lost them.
- Balance board, from about £250 including shipping fees, fluidstance.com – buy here
The idea is you balance on this board and use a stand up desk at the same time so your body’s micro movements help to strengthen and stabilise the body, soothe stiff joints, burn calories, and keep you feeling alert.
Research by The Mayo Clinic showed a 15 per cent increase in heart rate and 19.2 per cent increase in energy expenditure when users were on the boards. That’s the good news.
The bad news is it wasn’t for me. Maybe it is the job I do and I really need to concentrate – trying to write and interview when you are standing up and trying to keep your balance is ridiculous. Multi-tasking gone mad.
It is sustainably-made and award-winning but to me it is a piece of wood and aluminium that is now collecting dust in my office.
- Echelon Connect Sport Bike, £899.99 plus £24.99 membership a month, argos.co.uk – buy here
You’ve heard of Peloton – The Echelon Connect Sport Bike is the cheaper version you don’t have a 7 week wait for.
Costs £899.99 plus membership of £24.99 – that’s nearly half the price to buy and £15 a month cheaper than Peloton. You get live and on-demand rides from encouraging trainers, off-bike workouts including HIIT, kick-boxing and yoga and performance reports and data.
I am not a spinner but I loved watching Corrie and having a leisurely bike ride. It’s stable and stylish. The Peloton comes with a screen, with this you need your own tablet. On the flip side you don’t need fancy spin shoes or converters like you do for Peloton.
It comes with a different resistance system which some people turn their nose up at but unless you are training for the Tour de France The Echelon is a no brainer at the price.
with Gabriella Stein
- Faith in Nature, revitalising hair mask, £6.99, 300ml, faithinnature.com – buy here
Hair mask containing antioxidant-rich dragon fruit and essential oils to help revitalise your locks. Coconut oil and shea butter help retain moisture and regulate oil for a balanced scalp.
Use after shampoo and leave on for between 3 and 20 minutes, the longer you leave it, the better conditioned it will be.
Has a lovely smell and worked particularly well on the ends of my hair, which went from dry and split to looking healthy and hydrated.
Suitable for all hair types, vegan, cruelty-free and free of sulphates and parabens. 10% of profits are donated to The Wildlife Trusts. A bargain at under seven quid!
- SheWolf pre-shampoo hydrating mask, £16.50, 150ml, shewolfhair.com – buy here
Deep conditioning treatment for dry, dull hair.
Apricot butter increases softness and packs each strand of hair with nourishing oils.
Fragranced with fig and tuberose. Should be applied to dry hair – avoiding your roots – and left on for at least 30 minutes or overnight, I chose the latter.
Follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner. I found my hair a lot more manageable after using this, it was sleek and soft and free of any frizz. Should be used once a week.
- Living Proof weightless mask, £33, 200ml, livingproof.co.uk – buy here
Hair mask working to rejuvenate dull, lifeless hair in only five minutes. Contains an amino acid complex to improve strength and seal hair cuticles as well as an emollient blend to reinforce hair’s outer layer & make locks more manageable.
Also promises up to 70% reduction in breakage after one use. This mask made a big difference – my hair was left instantly smooth and shiny and far easier to blow dry!
To be used 1-2 times per week in place of your usual conditioner. My favourite!
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