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Hydratem8 Water Bottle Review

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I mentioned in my fitness essentials post that I am terrible at getting enough water every day. It’s not that I don’t want to, or that I don’t like the taste of water – it’s simply because I forget. If I don’t physically have a bottle or glass of water in front of me I simply won’t even register that I need a drink. It’s even got to the point sometimes where I have a splitting headache and a dry mouth and I’ve realised I’ve hardly had anything to drink that day.

One of my Goals for 2016  was to drink more water and to help with that I decided to purchase a Hydratem8 water bottle to help encourage me to drink more.

It’s priced at £13.99 and is BPA free, something that was really important for me when choosing a water bottle as I don’t want my water to get contaminated from the plastic my bottle is made from. The capacity is 900ml and as recommended guidelines tell us to drink 2 litres of water a day I refill the bottle once and I’ve almost met my goal! Another thing that impressed me about Hydratem8 is that with every bottle purchased £1 of that sale goes to pump aid – a charity working to provide safe water and a decent toilet to the poorest communities.

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A great feature of the Hydratem8 bottle is the hourly lines painted on the side of the bottle to remind you to keep drinking, I find this really works for me as if I look at my water bottle and can see that I haven’t drunk enough that day then I will actively try and catch up. Hydratem8 bottle straw

It’s got a non-leak top and comes with a useful carry handle. I also like the fact it has a flip top straw, this makes one handed drinking a breeze and I like the design of the bottle.

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To make my water more interesting I’ve started adding slices of lime, this gives my water a nice citrus kick. I’m hoping that I will be able to keep up my good habits and can get to a point where drinking 2 litres of water a day becomes a natural thing I do, rather than something I have to remind myself to do.

I would recommend the Hydratem8 bottle to anyone looking to increase their  water intake. It’s brilliant for the gym too as it’s easy to refill and fits in the water holders on the machines nicely. I’m looking forward to trying out different flavour combinations in my water and am looking forward to the health benefits that come from drinking more!

 

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My Fitness Essentials

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Today I thought I’d share the 6 things I use or reach for the most when it comes to health or fitness. I use the gym 4-5 times a week and I find that finding the right kit for me has made my experience of the gym a much more enjoyable one.
1. Adidas Niraya Trainers 
These are a very recent purchase from the John lewis sale, I used to wear my Nike Free Runs to the gym but wanted a shoe that would provide a little bit more cushioning. I have worn them a few times and I really like them! A good pair of trainers will last you and give your feet the support they need.
2. USA Pro 3/4 Leggings
For me, these are the holy grail of leggings, I’ve not come across a pair that are as comfortable as these bad boys. They are high waisted, with a thick waistband which means they sit comfortably across my tummy. They also stay put and don’t ride up or down, theres nothing worse than a pair of leggings that wont stay up!
3. Hydratem8 Water Bottle
I have to admit that I am terrible when it comes to drinking enough water throughout the day, we are meant to drink at least 2 litres and I hate to say it but some days I haven’t even managed half of that! I purchased this recently and have noticed that my water intake has improved dramatically, I know as long as I refill my bottle at least once then I’ve drank my 2 litres. I will be posting a review of this bottle later on in the week!
4. Fitbit Charge HR
My fitbit is my favourite gadget, I love to see how many steps I’ve taken and it encourages me to work towards achieving my daily step goals. I’ve previously reviewed my fitbit charge HR on my blog (you can find that here) and I still love using it every day. Fitbit recently released updates to the charge so you can now set exercise goals and it recognises what type of exercise your doing.
5. Bounce Cacao Mint Protein Ball
This is my go to snack when I’m rushing off somewhere after my workout and I want a quick protein fuelled snack on the go. Chocolate and mint is a match made in heaven and this way I get my chocolate fix whilst also re-building my muscles (one ball packs in 10g of protein) and getting a good dose of fibre.
6. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
When I’m working out in the gym I like to know what zone my heart rate is in and how many calories I’m burning. Polar are very accurate and are built to last. I also use my Polar watch to monitor rest breaks in between sets and to time how long I’ve been in the gym. I’m considering upgrading to the Polar A300 activity tracker to combine the activity tracker of my Fitbit and the power of my HR monitor.
These are the six items I will always have on me when I head out the door to they gym. I am always on the lookout for new things to try but these are the things I come back to time and time again.
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Marks and Spencer Eucalyptus Muscle Relaxing Bath Soak

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There’s nothing I like more than to relax in a hot bath, especially after a good hard workout. I love relaxing scents and I’m always on the look out for a bath soak that will help to reduce DOMS and when I saw this in my local M&S I was really keen try it out.

I love the scent of Eucalyptus and this muscle soak has a beautiful scent without being too overpowering. You only need a small amount and the bathroom is filled with the gorgeous scent.

The bottle design is really cool too! You apply two pipettes worth of this to running water, this does mean that it can get a bit messy – I often find I have to wipe the bottle after use, which can get annoying but this is not a huge issue.

It doesn’t produce much in terms of bubbles, but it does turn the water a lovely shade of blue, it makes me think of spas and swimming pools and makes for a lovely inviting bath!

So, does it work? Well, I find that my muscle soreness is reduced in the short term but I do still get DOMS on the second day, just maybe not as bad as usual. Even so, I always look forward to getting in the bath and really love the scent.

It’s priced at £8, which is fairly expensive for a bath soak but it lasts a really long time as you don’t need much each time you use it.  I can’t find a link online but it’s available in all Marks and Spencer’s with a beauty section.

Has anyone else tried this muscle soak? Let me know what you think!

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