My outdoor and fitness guide includes everything from active wear and hiking shoes, to energy bars and yoga mats!
At the end of last year, I wrote a new year resolution about becoming more active. So this year I’ve been trying to stay active by going to the gym at least 3 times a week, I started yoga classes and I went to Zumba. And even though I have always hated running, I started training myself to be able to run for at least 30 minutes without having to stop for breaks. In this guide, I am sharing with you my favourite fitness and outdoor products that I’ve been using quite a lot this summer. I hope that this guide inspires you to try some new brands and products!
This Reebook tank top with a built-in bra is perfect for cardio days! The Speedwick fabric wicks sweat away to help keep skin cool and dry, and I love the stylish design. I got it from Excell Sports, an online retailer that sells sports apparel, footwear, sporting accessories and equipment from many of the world’s leading sports brands. They also stock goods from a wide variety of sports including football, rugby, swim, boxing, basketball, tennis, badminton, squash, table tennis, snooker/pool, skate, lawn/indoor bowls and cycling.
Since I’m huge fan of tea, I like to enjoy my tea on the go using my Adagio Teas toaTEA travel infuser. The walls are made of stainless steel, it’s a very well insulated tumbler with a vacuum-tight seal that keeps my tea hot for hours. The design is also stylish and very convenient, as I can open its spring-loaded lid with just one hand. I always use this tumbler, especially when I go hiking.
From Excell Sports, I also got these awesome Adidas Advantage Clean QT Shoes. These are fashion/casual trainers, and are perfect for long walks around the park or for when I’m travelling to a sightseeing destination. For really trendy and comfortable footwear, check out Excell Sports Women’s Casual Trainers section. You will find different brands, colours and designs and there is definitely something for everybody.
I’m in love with my new gorgeous BOGS lightweight rain boots. I got the Berkley Houndstooth boots in eggplant colour and they’re so stylish! The quality is also very impressive, as the rubber is thick, yet light in weight, ultra soft and flexible which makes these boots really comfortable to walk in all day long. Of course, these boots are 100% waterproof and if you live in the UK you know how important it is to own a good pair of wellies. BOGS have a lovely range of different patterns and styles for kids, women and men.
Another thing that is helping me stay active lately, is these super comfortable walking shoes! I got these shoes from Millet Sports, as this retailer stocks the best range of hiking shoes. These Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX women’s hiking shoes are completely waterproof which allows me to move faster over the trails. And the Advanced Chassis delivers exceptional stability and support over challenging terrain. The innovative SensiFit system cradles the foot for a precise, snug fit, while the EVA footbed provides lightweight cushioning for all-day comfort. I wore these shoes to hikes when it was raining, and all I could think of was ‘where were these shoes all my life?’. If you’re looking for really comfortable, durable, and practical walking shoes then you definitely need to check these out.
I also got these AMAZING Brasher Country Master Walking Boots from Blacks. These lightweight shoes are comfortable three season hiking boots that are perfect for stomping around the British Isles in town or on the trails. The Country Master boots have leather and suede upper and a hardwearing Vibram® sole. They are also fully waterproof with an EVENT® lining with a shock absorbing PU midsole for comfortable and confident multi-day hiking over mixed terrain.
I wore these boots when we went trekking in Lake Garda in July. I could walk in them for hours and my feet never got tired. The PU footbed is very comfortable with exceptional cushioning, and the feet stay dry, cool and can breathe very well in these shoes.
These Brasher boots are also available for men. My partner loves his boots, he is very impressed by the high quality and the innovative design and says that they are very comfortable and durable.
Blacks offer a wonderful range of walking and hiking shoes, to take a look at their range for men and women visit the Blacks website.
During our hikes, it can get really chilly and windy. And as I try not to carry heavyweight items with me, I find this The North Face full zip Fleece hoodie perfect for my hikes. It’s very light in weight, and I wear it as a second layer in cool conditions when it’s windy, or early in the mornings as it supplements the warmth of my hiking shirt. It’s also ideal for increasing the warmth during cold conditions when worn as a mid-layer between my hiking shirt, and my rain coat. The quality of this fleece hoodie is very high, the fabric is soft, it’s light in weight, durable, comfortable, and retains the heat very well. I got this fleece from Millets as well, they stock a great range of outdoor women’s clothing.
On top of my fleece hoodie, I’ve been wearing this waterproof jacket by Weird Fish during our early morning hikes or hikes on rainy days. I also wear this jacket whenever it rains to stay dry if I’m going shopping or to uni, as I love it’s quirky design, it’s very comfortable and very light in weight.
My favourite thing about this rain jacket is the colour (citronella), it definitely brightens any rainy day! There are two patch pockets with flaps and poppers below the waist, and a large protective hood that keeps me dry from the rain.
Weird Fish clothing is a quirky and fun British clothing brand that offers clothing with great style and quality. They sell clothing for men, women and kids.
This ink Raina full zip classic macaroni hoodie by Weird Fish is very special, it is featuring a unique cotton rich, triple-twist fabric named as ‘the Macaroni’ (exclusive to WeirdFish). This hoodie is very comfortable and warm, it comes with a large striped-jersey lined hood, large pockets and a full length zip. It’s made from 73% cotton with no need to ever iron, and it’s definitely durable.
This hoodie is perfect for when the weather is cold, it’s also very comfortable and the kind of hoodie that I wouldn’t mind wearing all day long!
Wearing a lightweight and soft to the skin cotton scarf is very important for me when I go on a hike. It can get very windy when we go up on the hills, and I found this Infinity Lyocell Iris scarf by BUFF Headwear really practical. This scarf is 75cm long so it can make up to three loops around my neck, and the fabric is a natural fibre made from sustainably grown eucalyptus wood which is naturally anti bacterial. I love the colour of the scarf, and when it gets very windy or chilly I pull up a layer over my head or mouth.
BUFFWEAR offer a wide range of scarves and headwear to men, women, kids and even dogs!
I’ve been going to the gym at least 3 times a week (unless I have a university assignment, then I end up being stuck in the library for days!). So I recently came across this really lovely activewear British brand called ProSkins. They create high performance activewear to ensure you look, feel and perform at your best.
This neon pink workout vest is currently my favourite top to wear to the gym. It features Proskins’ slogan “Real life, real goals, real action” that I really like, and it’s very comfortable and stylish. I usually wear it over my Proskins active black bra to go to my yoga classes.
I also have been really loving my Slim Luxe Panel black leggings and Slim Luxe Panel slimming short sleeve top. I think that the effect of these leggings and top is amazing, as this outfit makes my body look so toned and I’ve been wearing it not just to the gym but also to go to the shops or for when I go out for a quick lunch. The Luxe range uses panels of embossed contour Slim to give extra support, hold and added design. The leggings feature a flattering deep waist that defines your hips and waist and helps you achieve that toned silhouette.
Bridgdale Socks are very soft and comfortable especially when you’re walking all day. Based on your activity you can choose the perfect socks that will suit your needs. They offer special socks for winter sports, hiking, expedition, running and more. Socks are available for men, women and kids. They are very durable, as Bridgdale use the latest machinery to make the socks. They use the unique fusion technology that combines natural fibres with technical fibres ensuring that Bridgdale socks are the most comfortable you will ever wear! When making the socks, high quality blends of yarn and unique knitting methods are used.
These Silver Sock high performing socks are made with pure silver fibre. They offer a great relief for sufferers of diabetes, and people with circulation disorders. They are thermodynamic, anti odour, antimicrobial and antistatic. I gave these socks to my Dad, as he suffers from circulation problems. So far he really likes the socks and said that they are keeping his feet cool during the hot summer days (he used to complain saying that ordinary socks warm his feet up too much). If you suffer from any of the conditions I mentioned above, or suffer from excessively sweaty feet, give these socks a try. They are available to order from FirstAidFast.co.uk.
QardioBase is a beautiful and smart wireless scale and body analyser. It measures your body weight, BMI and full body composition. It lets you store your weight goal, and provide you with smart feedback every time you use the scale. It also has a pregnancy mode that can track your progress with charts and photo library throughout your pregnancy. And finally, my favourite feature is the automatic user recognition that allows the whole family use the QardioBase.
I’ve been using these scales for about a month now, I really like the fact that it not only measures the weight, but also my BMI, muscle, fat, water and bone composition. The design is very modern, minimal, clean and sleek and fits perfectly in any room of the house. The smart feedback takes the stress out of your weighing routine and replaces the boring numbers with smiley faces! It connects through bluetooth and WiFi sync and works through the free Qardio App available on iOS, Kindle and Android devices.
PeaceLoveYoga Mat by Yogabellies, is definitely the best yoga mat that I’ve ever owned. This mat is called ‘Serenity’ as it shows a single violet feather in a violet midnight sky. I usually stack two yoga mats together when I go to my yoga classes, but I stopped doing that ever since I got this gorgeous mat. It’s thick enough not to hurt my knees, and it’s pretty soft when it touches the skin. The yoga mats by Yogabellies are made for women by women.
The quality is high and I love the non-slip design. It’s also an eco-safe mat that is made of biodegradable, recyclable natural tree rubber and water based inks. That means that there are no toxic smells, phthalates, PVC or chlorine! If you want to get into yoga, but not quite doing it yet. I strongly recommend that you order one of these yoga mats as having the right equipment will definitely encourage you!
I recently came across a lovely American brand called MIU COLOR. This brand offers a great range of products including a lightweight beach blanket. It’s perfect for wild beaches, and I love the fact that it’s so light in weight (only 1lb!) and quite big too (213 x 208 cm). It’s also water repellent and sand proof, and comes in 2 different bright colours; light green and blue.
CLIF Bar is a great tasting energy bar that was created 20 years ago by Gary, the founder, that dreamed up the CLIF Bar on a bike. CLIF Bar make energy bars in 8 different flavours with wholesome organic ingredients. They also make CLIF Bloks, chewy cubes that contain 33 calories per pack and make it easy to customise and track calories intake during long outings.
I also like the CLIF Shot Energy Gel, it provides quick energy to athletes while racing and training. My favourite flavour is the chocolate one, it’s a pack of energising chocolate that won’t melt in your pocket!
The Big Bottle Co made reaching goals easier! These guys are passionate about hydration and health, and created a big 2.2 litre water bottle to ensure that you achieve your required daily water intake and live life to the fullest. All bottles are BPA and BPS free. They are light in weight as each bottles only weighs 195 grams.
I’ve been loving my Big Bottle, as I fill it up with water every day in the morning and make sure that I drink the whole bottle by the end of the day! These bottles come in many different colours to choose from, but my favourite one is definitely the special edition rose gold black matte!
I am IN LOVE with my Hydro Flask! I’ve been using it all the time ever since I got it. It’s perfect to take to the office, to the gym or a yoga class. I even took my Hydro Flask with me when I went trekking in Lake Garda so it’s great for travelling as well! The colours are bright, and there are so many colours to choose from.
These flasks are double wall insulated and will keep your drinks icy cold on a hot summer beach, or serve your coffee hot on a cold day!
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Disclosure: I was gifted these items to review in this guide. But all opinions are my own.