Wrap a healthier gift this Christmas
Another Bikram centre, in Fairview on Dublin’s northside, has the same deal for beginners and also sells vouchers redeemable for any class. See bikram.ie.
RUN WITH IT
Running is continuing to grow in popularity and while there are all manner of smart phone apps that help people with their training, the Garmin Forerunner, pictured, is the pace setter.
It looks very swish and comes with a heart rate monitor and “HotFix satellite prediction” which promises to find satellites quickly so you can start running straight away.
It will record your time, pace, distance, position, elevation, calories burned, heart rate and more. It will also allow you to store data on previous runs so you can either try to beat your previous best or compete with a virtual partner over a set distance, time or pace. At nearly £148 (€182.56) from amazon.co.uk, it is not cheap, but if you’re serious about running, it may still prove to be value for money.
THE OLD RELIABLE
Foot spas appear frequently on top of lists of the presents no one wants, but despite their perceived naffness they still remain resolutely popular and have probably come a long way since your granny first dunked her aching feet in one while watching Crossroads in the 1980s.
The HoMedics MySpa HL-150 foot spa is for sale at littlewoodsireland.iefor €39 and it promises to gives you a full spa pedicure treatment, right.
It comes with three attachments – a rolling ball for a foot massage; a pumice for removing dead and hard skin; and a brush to ensure clean skin and nails.
“Turbo bubbles provide an invigorating massage, along with the acu-pressure massage surface on the foot spa itself. There are toe-touch buttons for complete control and the soothing heat helps maintain water temperature.” It is still a foot spa, however.
Wii LOVE IT
The Wii Fit, has been enormously successful with people keen to do some exercise without actually going to the bother of leaving their homes. And it is not hard to see why – it allows you play tennis, do yoga and all manner of other activities without ever getting rained on. The software is better than ever and the range of games more extensive too. You can buy the console and the fitness games for less than €200. Not only will it get you fit, it is actually loads of fun.