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The Perfect Gifts For Fitness Fanatics

16th December 2020

16th December 2020

By Shivraj Bassi

From workout clothes to tech, foam rollers to supplements, here’s our pick of the perfect gifts for gym lovers and fitness obsessives this holiday season. 

2020 has been a testing time for people who love to exercise, with gyms shut for most of the year. Home workouts have become more popular than ever thanks to the need to burn off stress and calories in your own house and garden. 

At Innermost, we’re experts on the latest fitness trends, accessories and must-haves for the perfect workout. As the creators of the best nutrition products on the market, you know you can trust us to guide you to the best workout-related gifts to give your fitness-obsessed loved ones - or to sneak into your stocking and keep for yourself. 

The best all-rounder yoga mat

Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat

This bestselling yoga mat sold out during the first lockdown of 2020, so make you get yours before they inevitably sell out before Christmas too. Not only is this mat soft, lightweight and very, very grippy, thanks to the natural latex it's made of, it’s an ideal workout gift as it can be used from anywhere. 

The best protein around

Innermost’s The Fit Protein

Christmas can be a draining time and it’s important to preserve your energy. This protein was specifically developed for people who push themselves further and faster than others, but aren’t willing to compromise to get where they want to go. It’s formulated to rehydrate and restore energy, and support muscle growth and repair, and it tastes delicious. Don’t tackle a festive season without it. 

Comfortable joggers perfect for exercise

Gymshark Arrival Joggers

One of the best activewear brands around, these joggers are well priced, exceptionally comfortable (especially as the waistband on your usual trousers is a little tighter than usual at this time of year) and great for cold weather workouts. A great activewear gift for all. 

DNA analysis to improve your performance

DNA Fitness Pro 360

Want to take your workouts and diet to the next level? DNA Fit is an award-winning health analysis system that guides users through improving their diet and exercises routines by analysing their genetics and suggesting bespoke advice. 

A sustainable and stylish bike helmet

Dashel Re-Cycle Helmet

The road is your catwalk. This chicly minimalist helmet is made from recycled and sustainable materials, and once its reached the end of its life span Dashel will part-exchange it for a new one and use the recycled parts to make more. 

Resistance bands that you can’t resist

TheraBand Loop Resistance Bands

Irresistibly brightly coloured, these bands are versatile, strong and endlessly adaptable. You can use them for everything from Pilates to cardio to stretching to lifting, and you can be sure that they won’t snap, get sticky or roll at the edges. 

A nootropic to relax and calm

Innermost’s The Relax Capsules

Christmas is a stressful time and 2020 has been a stressful year. Help your body to relax with these nootropics which contain research-backed ingredients to reduce stress and help you to sleep like an angel. 

Something to roll the pain away

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

Sore? Tight muscles? We got you. This top-notch foam roller will help you iron out the kinks and knots in your body left behind by your impressively tough workout. 

Stylish weights with a strong heritage

York Cast-Iron Dumbbells

A personal set of dumbbells is a great workout gift, and this company has been making weights for 80 years, so you can trust they know what they’re doing. With cast-iron weights and a plastic spinlock to prevent unwanted movement, you’ll be gaining muscle in no time. 

A mask to protect you

UnderArmour UA SPORTSMASK

In this current climate, it’s good to have a mask handy for your workout in case you need it. This one is designed to fit flawlessly, is protective yet breathable and has skin-cooling technology so it won’t make your face sweaty. Don’t venture inside without it on. 

Headphones that will stay put

Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones

If you like to listen to music while you sweat, forget all other headphones and stick with these. They fit well even when you’re doing hot yoga, the sound quality is unparalleled and they’re easy to set up. 

Hair ties you won't be able to live without

invisibobble

Small but mighty, those with long hair know the frustration of scrunchies that won’t stay put or fabric hair ties that are no match for your sweat. invisibobbles are an elastic hair ring that will keep your locks where you want them and won’t damage or crease hair. A perfect gift and stocking stuffer. 

A detox booster to give your body what it’s craving

Innermost’s The Detox Booster

Once you’ve overindulged on chocolate, Christmas pudding, roast potatoes and champagne, your body will be crying out for some help. This booster contains ten of the most highly-regarded health-boosting ingredients which help to support your immune system, target free radicals and maintain a healthy pH balance. Don’t tackle your festive hangover without it. 

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4 Ingredients To Avoid In Supplements To Maximise Your Results
Looking to maximise your results when it comes to those all-important fitness goals? Wanting to make sure the products you're using are safe? Of course you are. When choosing the ideal fitness supplementation, it can be pretty overwhelming. Not only are you choosing the correct supplementation for your fitness goa, but you’re then navigating which ingredients to avoid in protein powder, and any other supplementation you may be taking. It can be a minefield. Don’t let this put you off, though. Don’t ignore the ingredients on your products. If anything, take extra care when reading them. They’re more important than you may have even already thought. When it comes to the top ingredients to avoid in supplements, you’re looking for a few key things. And we’re going to break them down for you. From added sugar to unnecessary fillers, here’s your one-stop guide to ingredients to avoid in supplements, by yours truly, Innermost.  Without further ado… Innermost’s top ingredients to avoid in supplements Whilst we could spend all day talking about the benefits of natural supplements such as nootropics and adaptogens, this isn’t the time. Sticking to natural products will help you to avoid fillers in supplements and other ingredients to avoid in supplements that we’re going to mention, but firstly, let’s list our top four ingredients to avoid… Added sugar Unsweetened protein powder can taste pretty bland. This is when some wellness brands turn to sugars to help out. And whilst it’s important to maintain recommended glucose levels in your diet for energy boosting purposes, added sugar is quite frankly, unnecessary. You should try and cut down your sugar intake where possible, so any fitness supplements that use added sugars should be avoided. Added sugars are also highly addictive, and should be avoided for this reason alone. Check the ingredients of your supplement to see what sweetener has been added here. Added sugars have been linked to obesity and heart diseases, so are best to be avoided. There are plenty of healthier alternatives to added sugars, such as natural sweeteners… for example. Xanthan gum (and other fillers) One of the absolutely key ingredients to avoid are fillers in supplementations. Common fillers in supplementations include: Cellulose Gelatin Starch Talc Silicon Dioxide Titanium Dioxide …just to name a few. Sometimes referred to as bulking agents, fillers in supplementations are used for a number of reasons: To keep manufacturing costs low To achieve a desired supplementation texture To up the amount of product a customer receives Whilst you may be under the impression that your protein powder only includes protein, that is not the case. Make sure none of the extra ingredients are any of those harmful fillers mentioned above, as the presence of these can not only reduce the quality of your supplementation, but can cause bloating, gas and gastric discomfort – amongst other health issues (that we will go into later). Not what you want. Here at Innermost we are committed to not using these harmful fillers in our products. You can be sure of it. Vegetable oils and fats Often included to increase the richness, texture and taste of fitness supplementations, these oils can actually wreak havoc on your intestinal system. These oils are harmful to our diet in large quantities, so including them in fitness supplementations is entirely unnecessary. Not only unnecessary, but harmful. They also add a large quantity of calories to your supplement, so if your fitness goal is to lose weight, these are definitely to be avoided. Skimmed milk powder Used to bulk up powders that are lacking in quality, skimmed milk powder can be a nightmare for anyone with a lactose intolerance. Skimmed milk powder should be avoided due to their high lactose sugar content, which can be pretty harmful to your gastrointestinal system. Think bloating, constipation, and gas. Not pleasant. Excess lactose and sugar can also cause acne and nausea… even to those that don’t have a particular aversion to lactose or dairy. Why should I avoid these supplement ingredients? All in all, every ingredient we have listed above has been linked to detrimental effects on users health. Whether that effect is organ damage, risk of acne, weight gain, heart defects… or even death. Now, that may sound pretty serious (and it is), when using supplementations with these harmful ingredients in them every day, you’re really putting yourself and your body at risk. Instead, opt for natural ingredients, from reputable brands. The less ingredients the better, and if they’re backed by research, that’s the goal. That’s what we call a well and truly clean protein powder. Summary If you spot any of the above ingredients in a potential protein powder or supplementation, no whey should you be adopting the product into your routine. Cheesy protein puns aside, though, it’s important to track what you’re putting in your body. Read more
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