With just under one month left until the start of summer, there’s still time to get fit and snap into shape ahead of your summer holiday. With the NHS suggesting that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise and 2 days of strength exercises a week, here’s three simple ways to squeeze in a quick workout and keep motivated in your fitness goals.
Cowboy Smart Electric Bike – launching soon
EUR 1,990 from Cowboy.com
We spend over 400 days of our lives commuting so getting active on the way to work is one of the best ways to squeeze in some exercise. Great for congested cities and commutes that are too long for a traditional bike or walking, the electric bike is one of the fastest means of transportation, beating cars and public transport.
Weighing just 16 kg and available with a light and compact removable battery with a range of up to 70 km. The Cowboy bike intuitively reacts to the riders’ needs from the moment they begin to pedal: the automatic motor assistance senses when the rider needs more power and adjusts accordingly, without the need to switch gears.
The bike is controlled via an iOS/Android Cowboy app that activates the the bike. A live dashboard keeps the rider informed of the status of the ride in terms of speed, duration, distance and battery level. The app also allows users to turn the front light on and off and has an integrated navigation system. If the bike is stolen, the ‘Find My Bike’ function in the app helps to locate it via GPS thanks to the built-in SIM card.
£119.95 from Selfridges and Amazon
Activ5 is a first-of-its-kind, wireless-enabled, isometric-based strength training device that coaches users through 5-minute, low-impact, full-body workouts. A fitness innovation ideal for everyone from professionals who sit all day, to travellers, over 60s, or simply anyone who find it challenging to fit in daily activity, Activ5 by Activbody allows anyone with a smartphone to exercise anywhere while coaching, tracking and entertaining them.
The sleek and portable handheld device guides users through burst workouts, providing full-body toning from both sitting and standing positions, all while tracking results on the companion Activ5 App which hosts over 100 unique workouts. With a durable design that measures more than 200 lbs. of force, Activ5 helps users increase strength by as much as 5 percent per week, and effectively tones and strengthens muscles using isometric workouts.
Research has proven that isometric exercise is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to build strength, accelerate fat burning and tone the body (five minutes of isometric exercise can be equivalent to 25 minutes of gym-machine exercises).
£59.99 from groov-e.co.uk
Listening to music whilst exercising is a great distraction and one of the best ways to get you through an intense session. An affordable alternative to the AirPods or Powerbeats Pro, these true wireless headphones allow users to be free from any cables or neckbands when listening to music and working out.
A sleek, compact and minimalistic design ensures that fitness fans are able to connect the Playbuds seamlessly with any smart- device that’s up to 10 metres away. Boasting Bluetooth 4.1 technology as well as three hours of listening time and 20 hours on standby, users simply place the Airbuds inside the carry case when the battery is low. The portable case, which doubles up as a charger, will then provide an additional seven hours of music playback.