From family classes to outdoor activities, the hottest exercise trends
BEING told we could only leave the house once a day during the lockdown changed the way we viewed exercise. But months later, what’s hot and what’s not?
Today I’m looking at sports trends and Tara, who replaces Gabi during her maternity leave, puts the purple shampoo to the test. . .
THE SPIRIT ON THE BODY – Sixty-three percent of people have changed their perception of exercise since Covid, Nuffield Health revealed in its Healthier Nation Index poll.
There has been an increase in hybrid health and wellness – much like the growth of hybrid work – with people paying attention to emotional and mental well-being and logging into Nuffield’s digital platform for meditation and mindfulness sessions.
- See nuffieldhealth.com – here
FAMILY – David Lloyd Clubs has had so many members interested in family classes for children ages eight and up that he has now introduced them.
He’s testing a 35-minute cardio class called Blaze Rebels, which includes martial arts and strength training, for kids ages eight and up. The activities are based on a treadmill, a custom-built weight bench and a light punching bag.
- See davidlloydclubs.co.uk – here
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY – Running, biking, walking and hiking have gone crazy. The Strava fitness tracker app, which has 86 million users, has seen tremendous growth during the pandemic and the trend has continued.
Strava has seen a huge increase in the number of runners completing the 5k challenges – one million people signed up in May. Strava discovered that the UK is the busiest country in the world for outdoor activities.
Beauty with Tara Ledden
BUDGET – Aims to strengthen hair and neutralize yellow tones with a combination of nourishing biotin and repairing hydrolyzed silk protein to hydrate strands. The lightweight formula contains a sodium laureth sulfate foaming agent, so it is not suitable for people with dry, easily irritable scalp.
But it left my hair super clean. I had to keep it on for a few minutes to get the full lightening effect, but it didn’t dry out my ends like a lot of purple shampoos.
- Pantene Shampoo, Miracles Silky & Glowing Purple, £ 4.99, 225 ml, boots.com – Buy here
ENVIRONMENT – Purple shampoos are mostly used by those with bleached hair, but it works on natural blondes. The salicylic acid removes excess sebum from the scalp while the brand’s Triple Acid Protein Complex left my hair super soft and shiny.
Plus, it smells like expensive aftershave and I only need to use it once a week to keep my color ashy rather than orange – no wonder it’s a salon staple. My favorite.
- Redken, Color Extend Blondage Shampoo, £ 19.50, 300 ml, feelunique.com – Buy here
LUXURY – The sulfate-free shampoo is great for sensitive scalps, but it lathers well, so a little goes a long way. The pearlescent pigments and color-correcting violet along with lemon and chamomile illuminated my blonde locks.
It wasn’t as hydrating as I expected and left my waist-up hair slightly dry, so I mixed it with a more hydrating shampoo for the perfect balance of color and care.
- Oribe, Shiny Blonde Shampoo, £ 45, 250 ml, cultbeauty.co.uk – Buy here