If you've spent this week with your head down in a bid to get everything finished for the long weekend (four days – what a country), then you've probably missed all of the latest health news.
From free period wear landing in primary schools to the sustainable skincare brand to know about, here's everything you missed.
11 healthy news bites to scroll
1) Lululemon launch a sports bra that you can stash your phone in
Runners-are you forever juggling your phone, house keys and energy gels and wishing your workout shorts had bigger pockets?
Thanks to fancy fit kit-wear gods Lululemon, you can now grab a sports bra that contains storage space for your essentials, as part of their limited edition marathon collection, which comes in an exclusive print. Love-heart emoji.
Shop in-store or online from £58 at lululemon.com.
2. You're in Rude Health when... you try a new hot choc and turmeric latte
Breakfast stalwarts Rude Health are a WH go-to for oats and plant milk-so what have they got got up their sleeve for their next launch?
Ready-to-heat hot choc and turmeric lattes. These cartons contain the drinks in their entirety–just pour into a mug and stick in the microwave.
Plus, WH reckons they could also be the inspiration for some new healthy breakfast ideas. Why not mix the new blends in a porridge recipe, or get cooking with a tasty cacao or turmeric-based healthy bakes?
The new drinks are available from Waitrose, Ocado and the Rude Health website for £3.00. Go, go, go.
3. New legislation mean period products in primary schools
Following the news earlier in the year that the government will provide girls in English secondary schools with free sanitary products as of September 2019, it's now been announced that pupils at primary schools will also be provided with pads and tampons, from 2020.
Great news in the fight against period poverty.
4. Shop: latest Gymshark launches
Looking to upgrade your workout wardrobe in time for sweaty summer sessions–but want to make sure that your kit isn't see-through?
Gymshark have you covered with their latest spring and summer styles. Head to the website to shop their latest designs, from asymmetrical pastel print matching sports bra and workout legging sets to pastel cropped jumpers.
Made from thick material, you'll never be mid-squat and realise that your knickers are visible every time you bend down again.
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5. Get your heart rate up with Kelsey Wells
Keen to start strength training but can't afford a gym membership, or simply prefer to workout from home?
Then you'll want to try the latest workout plan from Sweat trainer Kelsey Wells. PWR at Home is a new weight training programme specifically designed to be completed at home-proving you don't need a tonne of fancy kit and a gym floor to strength train.
Exclusive to the Sweat app, PWR at Home promises to be suitable for all fitness levels and was specifically designed to help women build confidence with weight training, improve their overall fitness, gain strength and lose fat-from home. Simply head to the iTunes store, Android store or Sweat website to download now.
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6. Snack on mint choc protein with the latest Barbells launch
News just in: protein bar favourites Barbells are launching their seventh flavour and it's going to get you very excited for your post HIIT snack.
Enter stage right, their new flavour... dark chocolate and mint, offering 20g of protein, zero added sugars and a hit of chocolatey goodness.
Shop for £2.49, available in most gyms and from Ocado, now.
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7. What a diabetes diagnosis really means for your health
Brand new research published in the American Heart Association journal has this week revealed that individuals under 40 diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have or die from cardiovascular disease than people of a similar age who do not have type 2 diabetes.
In some cases the condition can be reversed by losing excess weight, diet and exercise. Read the WH guide to diabetes for more on what the condition means for you and to learn how to manage it.
8. Plie your way to better sex
Yes, you read that right. If you're looking to spice up your sex life, your first port of call likely isn't a ballet class-but here we are.
Lotte Berk, founder of the Lotte Berk Technique, believes her specially designed ballet class can enhance your sexual pleasure. How? By strengthening your pelvic floor and honing in on specific muscles in the region, she says that getting can can be more pleasurable for you and your partner.
To try for yourself, you'll need to book in to a class at the Discobarre Studio in Dalston, London, where Sophie Ritchie teaches the class as the only qualified trainer in the UK. Get ready to be educated women on the method
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9. Get set for sunnier shores with Stay Wild Swim
Already trawling the internet for cute bikinis and ladies swimwear to see you through the summer months?
We get it, finding the perfect swimwear that's the right balance of fashionable, functional and eco-friendly is hard. That's why WH loves the look of the latest Stay Wild Swim collection, made entirely from regenerated waste plastics like discarded fishing nets.
Lucky for you, their newest designs have just landed in Selfridges as part of their 2019 Bright New Things initiative, which showcases brands that are going above and beyond to make sustainable, not fast, fashion a pillar of their core brand values.
Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the sea each year, so this year, invest in a swimwear set that'll last more than just the one. Head to Stay Wild Swim or Selfridges to get shopping-the planet (and your bank balance) will thank you for it.
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10. Learn about sustainable living with Vivobarefoot
Ever heard of Vivobarefoot? They're shoes that are designed to work with the natural architecture of your foot, so that you can have a 'bare foot' run without the risk of hurting yourself, if you are so inclined.
As of next week, the company are hitting the road in their 'Vivobarefoot Vvagon' (a wooden trailer) from next week, and will be going all over the UK to offer advice on how to live healthily and living more sustainably.
Starting in London Fields on Saturday, 20th April, enjoy free activities like a talk and book signing by presenter and wellness expert, Jasmine Hemsley, movement classes hosted by Max Lowery and yoga flows from Amy Slevin.
Not in London on the 20th or have other plans? Fear not, the Vvagon is touring the country all summer long providing free and fun activities and plenty of active on sustainable life hacks. Intrigued? Then head along to one of the following dates:
April 20th – London
April 30th – Bristol
May 10th – Manchester
May 12th – Liverpool
May 16-19 – Keswick Mountain Festival
May 23-27 – Mind Body Spirit Festival
June 6-10 - OtillO Swimrun, Isle of Scilly
June 14-16 – Top of the Gorge Festival
June 21 – Devon, VIVOBAREFOOT Retreat
July 4-6 – Love Trails Festival
July 18-21 – Love Fit Festival
July 26-27 – The Wales Swimrun
August 1-4 – Wilderness Festival
August 18-19 – Soul Circus, Cotswolds
September 27-29 – National Trust South West Outdoor Festival.
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11. To book: London's first CBD Supper Club
Keen to get on that CBD hype but not sure where to start?
Then keep the 2nd May free, for a CBD Supper Club in London's Dalston.
You'll be treated to four courses of vegan food, all incorporating CBD in one form or another.
If you're just CBD-curious or just on the hunt for something different, you're in luck. Plus, hear talks from The London Botanists and Ohana CBD.
Buy your ticket for the supper club from £30 from thelondonbotanists.com
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