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The 7 best products to boost your wellbeing and fitness levels for 2022

Planning your January health kick? Make it a breeze (and look super-stylish while you’re at it) with our top picks for activewear, accessories and more

Written by
Lola Christina Alao
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One of the best ways to beat the age old January blues (ugh…) and promote better mental health is to get out there and get your body moving. Sometimes a nice long walk on a bright crisp morning or a 20-minute yoga session is all you need. So whether you’re on the hunt for new running shoes for your Victoria Park jog, or you’d simply like to give home workouts a try (never too late to see what the whole Joe Wicks obsession was all about!) we’ve got you covered. There are endless products you can find online to help give you that rush of endorphins.

And a fair few of the products on this list are sustainable or eco-conscious, so you can also look after your mental health and your body while doing your bit for the environment. Read on to discover some of the products that work perfectly to see in the new year.

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Wearing these anti-slip socks will ensure that your home workout doesn’t result in a nasty fall. Worried about bothering the neighbours with the noise that wearing trainers would make? We’ve all been there, but don’t fret! These socks are quiet and ensure ultimate balance and grip. They are also great for activities like trampolining, making for a safe and fun workout. Flip Out in Wandsworth is a great place to go trampolining, they even host ‘After Dark’ parties which is essentially an early evening event for all ages to have fun with music and lights.

Having this Stojo cup to hand will ensure that you never go thirsty. Fun fact: dehydration is said to have a negative impact on physical performance lasting more than 30 minutes. Drinking enough water is crucial for maximising your workouts, among other things like stimulating the flow of nutrients and hormones that generate endorphins in your brain. The Stojo cup is the perfect compact size and is collapsible, making it easy to neatly pop in your bag once you’re done with it. It’s also of course reusable and made with recycled materials. Not to mention leak proof, which means no mess or spills. You can’t go wrong.

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Perfect for those freezing cold days in London, these winter arm warmers are a steal. It will feel even better to hop on a bike and take a cycle through Crystal Palace Park (any south Londoners out there?), which is perfect for biking beginners by the way as it’s a shorter route. Or from the Tower of London through to Southwark if you’re looking for a cycle route that’s more central. Are they sustainable, I hear you ask? They most certainly are, made with an innovative recycled thermal brushed fabric, which means that 39 grams of waste is diverted from landfill when you buy this item. In fact, Presca’s whole ethos is built around sustainability, founded by a group of cyclists, triathletes and runners who wanted to make sportswear that’s kind to the planet.

Designed with water filtration label Soma, this sleek and minimal water bottle is the perfect way to stay hydrated. It’s great for taking along with you to the gym, or even for beautifying your desk at home and having it next to you while you work. Silou proudly stands behind “mindful manufacturing”, with all products produced in a sweatshop free production house in Lithuania and Portugal which promotes both good working conditions and fair pay. Founded in London by Tatiana Kovylina and Phoebe Greenacre, Silou is a great small business to get behind all while looking after your body.

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Looking for some new running shoes to kickstart your January health kick? These are the perfect pair. Maybe start by incorporating a 15 minute walk or jog into your weekly routine and see where you get to. The trainers have padding around the ankle area and under the tongue, making for a comfortable workout and protection from injury. At under £50, you can exercise without breaking the bank too. They are said to be comfy, lightweight and great quality, what more could you want?

Made with 85 percent organic cotton, this vegan sweater is perfect for throwing on when you’re chilly. Stylish and minimal too, you can throw it on when you’re feeling chilly during your January yoga class. More Yoga’s classes are a good place to start. They pride themselves on offering affordable classes, and are dotted all around London, from Dalston to Balham to Soho and beyond. The Ridley sweater also has a zip and drawstring for ultimate cosiness. A small brand that works with London and Portuguese ethical manufacturers, SOS Activewear is a great place to get your fitness essentials.

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Another yoga essential, this travel yoga mat is lightweight enough to carry. It’s earth conscious, created with the planet in mind, using all-natural rubber and jute fibre. And it makes a great foundation for standing asana, it’s also soft enough for a relaxing shavasana. It comes in three colours, green, beige and grey and promises great grip (even if you’re sweating). You might want to take it along to your next hot yoga class, an exercise proven to make you work up a sweat, reduce stress and nourish the skin. Hot Pod Yoga is a great London based studio to try.

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