Health and Fitness: Louise Cummings gives the lowdown on the latest health news
Fitness DVDs are a really convenient (and free) fitness tool, but if you’re bored of barre and exhausted by HIIT, we’ve got just the thing to put a spring back into your step! Harnessing the magic of musical theatre, song and dance, 567Broadway: A New Musical Workout is the brainchild of choreographer and dancer Joseph Corella. The cardio dance routines are easy-to-learn and set to a toe-tapping soundtrack of Broadway classics including ‘Bend and Snap’ (Legally Blonde), ‘Born to Hand Jive’ (Grease), and ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ (Hairspray).
Joseph, who spent 15 years on Broadway, has been spreading his passion for musicals through his high-energy classes for the past three years, and is particularly keen to support the LGBTQ+ community.
“I really wanted to make something that was accessible to everyone and I have certain moves where you can take it up or down a notch. That’s why I have people from 16-75 in my class — all genders, shapes and sizes,” he explains. “Everybody is working together, smiling and having fun. That's what makes it magical.”
Stars of stage and screen Rebel Wilson and Katharine McPhee are already fans.We give it a jazz hands high five!
Purchase the DVD at 567sweat.com/store
If you’ve spent a small fortune on high-spec workout gear, make sure your self-care kit matches up. We love this vibrant turquoise set, from Sunnylife’s active range, featuring a BPA-free drink bottle, striped quick-dry towel and handy carry case. Oh so stylish.
Sunnylife Active Kit, £25, at uk.sunnylife.com
It’s one of the oldest natural products discovered in history, produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka tree in New Zealand. And boy does Manuka Honey have some health and beauty benefits! With antibacterial and antioxidant properties, it boosts the healing process, generating tissue and cooling burns; tackling acne and eczema, it lowers inflammation and irritation, and with intense moisturising effect, it helps slow down the ageing process too. If you want to reap the incredible benefits of this wondrous elixir, try Thursday Plantation’s new Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm, a multi-tasking essential in one handy tube.
The perfect handbag companion.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm, £9.99 for 30g tube, available at Boots stores
How delectable do these Superfood Brownies look? Surely they must be choc-full of sugary naughtiness and artificial sweeteners? Thankfully no. Created by The Pregnancy Food Company – a small business which aims to support women through happy, healthy pregnancies - they’re high in protein, to help with repair and recovery from birth or just to get through those early, tricky days with baby. Made from natural and organic ingredients, including antioxidant-rich cacao, avocado, lentils, coconut sugar, nuts and dates, they will nourish mum and baby, and are safe to savour while breastfeeding too.
The Cacao and Orange Nourish Ball sound equally delicious; packed with omega 3 and beta carotene, ideal for baby’s development, they’re handmade, then dipped in a layer of luscious chocolate and rolled in pumpkin seeds. Though they’re designed for pregnant women, they’re suitable for anyone, anytime. Snack-tastic!
See the full snack range at thepregnancyfoodcompany.co.uk/shop