Easy home workouts to keep you active over winter!

We have had to live without our gyms for a few months now and with so many people staying at home lack of exercise is not good for our health or waistlines. Regular exercise is proven to be good for both our physical and mental health and these stressful months are taking there toll.

There are plenty of great exercise routines that you can do everyday and thanks to YouTube, they are completely free. The options listed below don’t require fancy equipment that you probably don’t have at home, so there is no excuse to pull out the workout gear and have a go at these great options.

YOGA

Yoga is a great form of exercise that improves your flexibility, helps with muscle tone and is great for stress relief.

NO EQUIPMENT 20 MINUTE WORKOUT

This workout will get you moving, increase your heart rate and you don’t need a single piece of equipment.

 

DANCE IT OUT

Dance is a fun way to get active and this routine uses low impact dance moves to help raise the heart rate and get the blood pumping.

 

FAT BURNING FOR BEGINNERS

If you haven’t exercised a lot lately, this is a great workout at a beginner level, just do as much as you are comfortable with and keep building it up over a few weeks.

 

BALLET FOR BEGINNERS

Ballet class is a fabulous way to build strength and improve balance. Even if this beginner level class will help you find muscles you didn’t even know you had.

 

This is just tiny sample of the free classes you can find on YouTube. If you have a good level of fitness, they simply search for classes that will push you a little harder. If you have never done any of these style of class then beginner level is perfect and will reduce the risk of injury or over-exertion.

Public pools are due to reopen shortly so you can always add swimming a few laps to your weekly exercise. One of the best ways to keep up an exercise habit is to try different things so just pick one and get started today. Your waist and mind will thank you for it…..even if a few of your muscles might not be so happy!

Five Fun Things To Do Whilst In Covid19 Isolation

Whilst the last couple of months have been tough, it does look as though isolation has done a good job in helping keep as many Australians and New Zealanders healthy and virus free. It will take months until life is ‘normal’ again, but thanks to fabulous statistics especially compared to other countries around the world we are seeing little shifts to increase our freedom and no doubt we are all looking forward to those.

Life in isolation is pretty tough and many people are finding it hard to find the motivation to do anything more than absolutely necessary. Here are a five fun ideas that will fill the hours and hopefully add a bit of joy to your day.

FOOD FUN 

 

Have you collected lots of cook books or recipes that you have never tried? Now is the perfect time to have a go and expand your repertoire. Thankfully supermarkets are pretty well stocked again and you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting the ingredients you need to make something super yummy. A quick scroll through Pinterest is another great way to find something new to try. If there are a few of you at home, why not host a master chef cooking competition. Each person gets to cook a different course and you can secretly vote on who is the winner.

CHEERS

 

This is a great time to discover your new favourite cocktail. Most bottle shops even home deliver these days, and as you can’t go out, no one has to worry about drink driving. Pick a cocktail that you have never tried or if you have a favourite that you always have when you go out, try making it at home for a change. If you get on well with your neighbours, you can always invite them to an ‘over the fence’ cocktail party.

MOVE IT

 

With gyms closed and going for a walk being the only way to get exercise it can get boring. Head to YouTube and search for some new options to try. Yoga, Pilates, Hip Hop or ballet are just a few of the choices available and no one is watching so you can have a go and laugh at yourself if necessary. Moving is a great way to get the blood pumping and improving your feeling of well being. Try something new every morning and you might just discover the perfect new exercise style for you.

BEAUTY BLITZ

 

Not being able to visit your local salon for beauty treatments or hair appointments can really make you feel blah! There are lots of treatments you can make at home to give your skin or hair a boost or you can order some new skin care online that maybe you have wanted to try. Taking a bath can soothe frazzled nerves and leave the skin feeling lovely if you have a good exfoliation whilst you are in there. You have the time, so make the best of what you can do to add a little pampering into your daily routine.

ESCAPE WITH A GOOD BOOK

 

If you have already depleted the reading material on your shelves and with libraries closed getting fresh reading material can be a little difficult. If you are a member of a local library, most offer a huge selection of ebooks and magazines that you can download and read now at no cost. This could be the perfect time to discover new authors or genres that you have not tried before. Whilst you are at it you could find a new craft that you might like to try or take a free history lesson and learn something new. Most libraries also offer audio books if you would prefer to lie back and listen.

Wishing you the best of health and we hope that some of these ideas help you make the most of your time at home.

What has been your favourite thing to do whilst spending so much time at home?

Five Things You Can Do For Your Health Right Now!

We are all now living through a time that is something most of us could never have dreamed of. This COVID-19 virus is leaving no country unscathed and the most important thing anyone can do right now is look after your health!  The message has been very loud and clear that we need to stay home wherever possible unless you have to go to work.

The people doing the right thing find themselves in isolation and this action will go a long way to keeping you safe from the virus but it can have a very detrimental affect on your mental and physical health in other ways. These practical and easy tips might just be what you need to focus on instead of all the doom and gloom engulfing us right now.

 

 

  1. STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

Thanks to social media we have seen a shopping frenzy happen in the supermarkets, we are constantly fed how many new people have contracted the virus and the high number of jobs that have been lost. These posts are designed to make you react and click. Whilst it is important to keep up to date on what is happening around us, a quick check in the morning and the evening will be enough to inform you of what is happening and any new changes the governments have put in place and these do seem to change everyday. If you find your Facebook scroll is causing you to feel anxious or upset, turn it off as much as possible.

 

2. DRINK ALL THE THINGS (WELL ALMOST)

Whilst it is very tempting to drink a glass or 10 of wine with lunch because you are home and don’t have to drive. It would be wise to leave the wine until dinner time and have a few health boosting options during the day. Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and if you have to make decisions your mind will be clearer. Add a couple of slices of lemon to a mug of boiled water, let it steep and then sip, this is great for help boosting your bodies defences. When you do go shopping stock up on your greens and make a daily juice to provide a flood of healthy nutrients, and if you don’t have a juice extractor add some water and use a blender instead. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and sip slowly for a good body tonic. Make your favourite cocktail or try a new one just for fun and we need a good dose of fun.

 

Active wear that doubles as swimwear is the perfect choice no matter what sort of activity you do…..this set from OLYMPIA®.

 

3. MOVE

This is a great time to catch up on all the Netflix shows you have not had time for but lying on the couch all day and not making time for exercise will quickly having you feel terrible in no time. Movement releases happy hormones and are vital to wellbeing. Go for a walk out in the sunshine just keep your distance from other walkers, find a workout on YouTube, do some gentle stretching or get into that gardening that is long over due. You will feel better for it, I promise!

 

4. LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Whether your skill set could do with an upgrade or you have always wanted to try a new hobby…..why not get started today? Sign up for a class or program and start it straight away. YouTube is an absolute goldmine of how to videos for just about anything you could want to try. If you need supplies so that you can start a project then order them online, the business will appreciate your custom at this tough time for retail. Get out your recipes and pick a couple that you have not yet tried and have a go at them. Keeping your mind busy with an enjoyable distraction is a powerful way to keep the gloom at bay.

 

5. TALK TO EVERYONE

Pick up your phone and ring all those that are near and dear to you and check in to see how they are going. Have a good bitch session if need be, or even a good cry. It is better to let it all out than bottle it up inside. Thanks to Facebook you can Facetime anyone on your contact list and have a good heart to heart and see their face at the same time. If you want to have a group ‘get together’ set up a Zoom online meeting. There is no cost if you keep the meeting under 45 minutes, and if you want to keep going longer, you just have to all re-join the meeting and you have another 45 minutes to enjoy!

 

We have to make the most of this horrible situation as best as we can and finding anything good to focus on is vital. If you are really feeling stuck, then give the house a really good clean and declutter, the fresh energy will flow through your home with ease and uplift how you feel. We are all in this together and when this is over we may have a lot of rebuilding to do but it will get done and we all flourish once again.

Good luck, stay safe and wash your hands!

Sustainable Swimwear Is On Its Way!

A new style of swimwear is on its way and sustainability is its game!

Recycling is one of the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint on our plant. We all love buying new things and not everything lasts forever, and swimsuits definitely fall into that category. Even with the best of care a swimsuit will eventually loose its elasticity and need replacing. Sustainable swimwear production used to be a dream, but this year it is becoming a reality!

 

Super pretty florals and gentle gathers for a very feminine look!

 

OLYMPIA® has always offered swimwear that is perfect for sport and play for the young and young at heart whilst ensuring  exceptional fit and quality. This brand has now taken it to the next level with the introduction of swimwear created from recycled fishing nets! Yes, you read right, its a massive undertaking but starting with the collection release later in the year more than 50% of the pieces will be created with this innovative new fabric.

 

Smart stripes never go out of style.

 

With so many sea creatures coming to their demise as they get tangled in discarded fishing nets on the sea floor, this development in recycling has an even bigger impact on many levels. Even the polybags used for deliver (which is unavoidable to ensure they arrive in pristine condition) are made with 30% recyclable material. Even stockist display materials have been revamped to focus on the same outcome and no crude oil is required for their production. The end goal is 100% dedication to using recyclable materials, but this can’t happen overnight.

The new collection will include fabulous floral prints and modern stripe combinations. In addition to swimsuits from the tiniest of pieces to more modest selections, leggings and super light weight t-shirts will be available so your visits to the gym or just going out for a daily walk will be helping towards a greener planet.

 

Ready for all activities!

 

Contrast print combination works perfectly.

 

Sustainability and beauty can combine together perfectly and are a great step towards a healthier earth. We are so excited about this new initiative and we are sure you will be to. As you can see from the images above there is choices that will suit a wide variety of swimmers. Who would have thought an old fishing net could evolve into something so beautiful?

This collection will start arriving into our Australian and New Zealand stockists in May. If you would like to find your closest stockist or would like to become a stockist and start making a real difference please email info@fashnsplash.com.au and one of team will be in touch with you shortly.  If your local swimsuit retailer does not stock this brand, might be a great time to suggest they do!

 

 

 

Make a splash in stunning new SUNMARIN swimwear!

We love February, not only does this month include Valentines Day, but it also brings the arrival of beautiful new swimwear from SUNMARIN®!

SUNMARIN® combines the best of both worlds, fabulous German quality with an affordable price tag. This brand is renowned for classic styling featuring prints and colours that are on trend with the current releases in Europe. Many styles are available in a large range of sizes so there really is something for everyone. With the hot weather far from leaving its a great time to enjoy the water and look super stylish while you are at it!

 

Whether you prefer a little bikini or the generous coverage of a tankini, SUNMARIN® will have something that looks and feels great.

 

 

Nautical inspired prints and colours just never seem to go out of style. This delightful one-piece swimsuit is a perfect blend of both.

 

 

 

Its hard to beat a good floral. This vibrant print on a black background looks striking and the gentle gathers through the torso area make this an extremely comfortable swimsuit to wear.

 

 

Not all bikini’s have to be teeny weeny. This elegant version features a generous pant that nicely covers the tummy area and full supportive top to enhance the bust line.

 

 

At a quick glance you could be mistaken to think these two gorgeous jewel toned swimsuits are the same, but they are not. Subtle designs differences such as wider shoulder straps on the left one ensure that big busted ladies get all the support they need without compromising on style.

 

 

Not all swimsuits are created equally. This terrific tankini features special safety pockets to securely hold a prothesis for ladies that have undergone a Mastectomy. In addition this swimsuit is also made from Chlorine Proof fabric that will withstand a rigerous amount of swimming in pools without losing its shape or colour.

 

This is just a little glimpse of some of the new arrivals due this month. You will find each print will be available in a variety of styles so that one is sure to be a perfect match for you.

If you would like to find your nearest stockist in Australia or New Zealand, or would like to enquire about becoming a stockist of this very popular brand, please email info@fashnsplash.com.au and we will be in touch shortly.

 

Five Steps To A Happier And Healthier New Year

Its that time of the year when we reflect on the year past and decide whether it has been a good one or not. This year its a little different in that the arrival of a new year also brings with it the start of a new decade. No longer will be living in the ‘teens’!

Like most people you start a new year off with intentions to do all the right things and make life even better. Old habits die hard though and before to long most people are back with their old ways because it is what you are used to.

If you would like to see some positive changes happen in your life, start small with manageable steps that wont ‘rock your boat’ too much and then stive for bigger things as you see success.

Drink more water – this is an oldie but a real goodie. Swap out as many beverages as you can with water. Not only will you flush out toxins, your skin will look plumper, you will have more energy and you could save a ton of calories! If you only set one goal for 2020 start with this one as the benefits are huge.

Cut back on sugar – this additive is in just about everything because it makes things taste better. It is the number one cause of inflammation in the body and can lead to pain and disease. Sugar is highly addictive and trying to cut it out completely overnight can bring on withdrawals that are hard to cope with and chances of you sticking to eating this way is probably going to fail. Read the labels and where possible look for products that have no added sugar or at least reduced sugar content. Find some snacks that are not laden with sugar and make sure you keep those on hand. Slowly reduce your intake and your body will happily adjust and do your health a big favour.

Keep moving – every bit of exercise is good exercise. The more we move the happier we will feel and the better we will look. Find activities that you enjoy and do them regularly. Swimming is a great way to move that puts very little stress on your body and if you have a heated pool nearby you can swim 365 days of the year no matter what the weather is doing.

(Investing in a ‘Chlorine Proof’ swimsuit like this one from SUNMARIN will ensure your swimsuit lasts for seasons)

Me time – you must schedule in time just for you. Just like you diary gets full of all the things you have to do, making sure you regularly do something that brings you joy is just as important if not more. Make a list of all the things you love to do such as facials, massages, coffee dates, craft time, reading or watching a movie. Take that list and start to ‘book’ appointments/time slots that are not negotiable. Your wellbeing is vital and making time for you is a serious necessity.

Focus on the good things – our past is often filled with things that made us sad, stressed or even embarrassed. You don’t need to ignore all those things, but the mind is very good at focusing on the negative and it takes effort to retrain it to look for the good. Every time you feel yourself slipping into that negative mind frame, focus on something that you did well or brought you joy no matter how menial that achievement was. Practice this regularly and your brain will soon learn to search for things that bring you joy and this can go a long way to easing your stress levels especially over things that happened in the past.

Grab yourself a small diary or notebook and at the end of each day jot down all this little positive things you did for your health and wellbeing. Its a great way to remind yourself that you are taking steps in the right direction.

Wishing you all the best for a wonderful 2020!

Beautiful New Bikinis For Summer 2019

We get so excited when the new swimwear collections arrive instore, but we know there are lots of women who do not get excited about the prospect of wearing a bikini!

This summer, put your inhibitions behind you and who cares if you no longer look like a super model, bikini’s are for everyone and are meant to be enjoyed not feared.

Thankfully we do have styles that are not all tiny so you might be tempted to give one a go.

Sunflair®

A statement bikini with just a pop of colour from SUNFLAIR®!

Opera

A stunning print and a more generous pant makes this beauty from OPERA® a smart choice!

Sunmarin®

With an all over print and great structured bra for good support this fab value set from SUNMARIN® is worth trying on!

Olympia

Don’t leave for your tropical holiday without this gorgeous bikini from OLYMPIA® and if you really don’t want to bare your belly, why not try a tankini!

NNotNot ever

Sunflair

Mix and match pieces are the best way to create a bikini that is the perfect fit for you. This collection from SUNFLAIR® includes a variety of tops and bottoms so you customise your own bikini!

All of these beautiful bikini’s from Germany are exceptional quality and available for purchase at boutiques in Australia and New Zealand.

To find your closest stockist or become one, please email Doris at info@fashnsplash.com.au.