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5 Top Health Gadgets To Transform Your Life

2nd March 2021

2nd March 2021

By Shivraj Bassi

Fitness and wellness doesn’t just mean spending hours in the gym and an extensive wardrobe of leggings and sports bras any more. Health technology has well and truly arrived, and you can now work on improving your life, wellbeing and health with gadgets of every kind. From sensors to handheld tools to home tech, whatever you’re looking to fix, there’s a fitness gadget for it. Here’s our pick of the best ones out there. 


If the post-workout sore muscles you suffer from can‘t be soaked away in a bath and make walking up a set of stairs a truly uncomfortable experience (we’ve been there and trust us, we understand), Theragun is the fitness gadget that’s calling out your name. A self-massage tool, it was developed by chiropractor James Wersland following a motorcycle accident, and it’s designed to allow you to get rid of muscle soreness, tightness and bodily aches and pains when you can’t get to a massage therapist. 

The massage gun sits comfortably in your hand, allowing you to use it all over your body to relieve tension and stress. And it really works. We recommend giving it a go on the soles of your feet to massage away post-run soreness and feel as though you’re walking on air. 

The Tone Capsules

Nootropics are a health gadget that you can’t be without. Ok, so you swallow them instead of wearing them on your wrist, but they’re still a piece of relatively new technology which will improve your life. Formulated by leading nutritionists, these nootropics contain a groundbreaking combination of science-backed, functional ingredients which will put you closer towards achieving your health goals. The Tone Capsules are the ideal choice if you’re looking to lean up and increase your muscle definition - if you have other goals, check out our other capsules, designed to help you relax, focus and recover. 

These capsules are proven to help improve definition and body tone, reduce cravings for food and gently raise your metabolism. Some of the magical ingredients behind how they work include matcha green tea, which helps protect against heart disease, improve skin quality and increase energy and focus levels, and yerba mate, the leaves of an evergreen tree native to South America, which has a high antioxidant content and have been shown to potentially help delay the absorption of fat in the body. 

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HATCH Sleep Sound Machine + Bedside Smart Light

Struggle to sleep? If you’re spending your nights tossing and turning as opposed to sleeping like a baby, you should firstly check out our The Relax Capsules, nootropics designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation and help you get a great night's sleep. Once you’ve got those backing you up, the HATCH Sleep Sound Machine + Bedside Smart Light is the health gadget which will help you to fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. A smart light and noise machine, it has multiple light settings including sunrise and reading. The sound setting includes up to 31 customisable choices, with our favourites including rain sounds, white noise or even a soothing voice. If sleep is a struggle for you, this bedside companion could just be the thing which helps you to get the rest you need. 

Motiv Ring

Sometimes when you’re searching for the best fitness tracker, you want something that doesn’t look, well...like a fitness tracker. That’s where the Motiv Ring comes in. A chic and stylish ring that will blend seamlessly with your other jewellery or stand out beautifully if you don’t tend to wear any, it’s the most discreet and best-looking fitness tracker we’ve seen. 

Once you’ve sized your finger, which the company make it very easy to do, all you have to do is slip it on and the 24/7 tracking of your heart rate, sleep and activity and more will begin. These stats, available on an easy-to-use online account, will help to give you a truly comprehensive review of your health and wellbeing. 

Iris Illuminating Eye Massager

Many things conspire against us in our constant struggle to face the world with bright, open eyes. Lack of sleep, too much screen time, too much salt and the involuntary rubbing of one’s eyes at a news cycle that seems to beggar belief are just some of the things which puffy eyes are caused by. While this massager does look as though it might belong in your bedside table drawer as opposed to pressed against your face, it’s the one thing we’ve found which reliably and quickly depuffs tired, sore eyes and leaves us ready to take on the world. 

The tool twists and massages with an adjustable intensity, meaning you can set it higher or lower depending on how early you woke up to work out this morning. To use it, apply your favourite eye cream and massage gently around your eyes while it works its buzzing magic. 

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From the Bedroom to the Gym: Is Your Sex Life Affecting Your Workout Performance?
The relationship between sex and workout performance is one that’s long been debated by scientists and fitness fanatics alike. It’s complicated and multifaceted, so answering the question of whether your sex life is affecting your training is difficult. That said, today we’re going to take a look at a variety of evidence, both academic and anecdotal, as well as several different scenarios and at least try to reduce some of the mystery around the subject. First, it helps to understand what’s actually happening to the body, both physically and psychologically, during both activities.   The Effects of Sex on the Body Sexual activity causes several changes to occur in the body:   Physical Changes That Occur During Sex During sexual activity and the lead up to it, the human body undergoes a process known as the sexual response cycle. This is the case for both males and females, though the cycle can be highly individual and may not be the same each time for each person. Describing the full sexual response cycle is beyond the scope of this article, however it consists of 4 phases: Desire Arousal Orgasm Resolution Factors such as elevated heart rate, increased blood flow and pressure and heightened muscle tension all come into play. If you’d like to read about the sexual response cycle in more detail, check out this great article from Cleveland Clinic.   Psychological Changes That Occur During Sex Several psychological changes occur both during and after sex. Most notable are the release of endorphins and oxytocin, which are associated with improved mood and a better sense of wellbeing. These are also responsible for reduced stress levels, which brings a multitude of additional benefits that are of particular interest to those of us participating in regular training and exercise. Cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, is catabolic in high levels, meaning it can cause the breakdown of lean tissue. So, whilst it is unclear whether sex itself affects workout performance, the reduction in stress levels it may bring is definitely beneficial for preserving our results!   The Effects of Exercise and Training on the Body Exercise and training also cause the body to undergo a number of changes. These occur both during and after the physical activity. There are in fact a number of similarities in changes that happen during exercise and sex:   Physical Changes That Occur During Exercise The physical changes that happen in the body vary based on the type of exercise being undertaken, however, there are some that are common to exercise in general: Increased heart rate Increased blood flow, especially to the muscles Faster, deeper breathing due to additional oxygen needs Heightened activity within the circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems A full summary of the changes that occur within these systems can be found here. More aerobically demanding exercise will, of course, place greater emphasis on the circulatory and respiratory systems as well as causing fat to be metabolised as an energy source. Resistance training, which often relies more heavily on the lactate and creatine phosphate energy systems, instead promotes greater muscular and endocrine (hormone) activity. Note the common physical changes between sex and exercise here, as they do crossover!   Psychological Changes That Occur During Exercise The psychological changes that occur during exercise are similar to those experienced during sexual activity and are mostly related to the release of endorphins and other ‘feelgood’ hormones. These help to regulate mood, and it is common knowledge that frequent exercise and leading an active, healthy lifestyle promotes a feeling of wellbeing.   Does Sex Affect Our Workouts? This is where things become complicated. Though extensive studies have been done on the subject, the results of these have varied massively. We must also take into account the experience of individuals, and this anecdotal evidence again has huge variance. Let’s look at both:   Sex and Training: What the Science Says Scientific studies on the relationship between sex and training are contradictory at best. There’s no denying the positive benefits of both activities, particularly from a psychological perspective, but as for the effect of sex on actual performance in the gym the results are inconclusive. A study, published in April 2021, by Kirecci, Albayrak and co. examined the effects of sexual activity of 50 men in the 24 hours prior to training on lower body strength. The study measured effects by having the men perform 3 separate squat sessions, each at the same time of day. Each of these sessions occurred after participating in or abstaining from sexual activity the night before. The men performed 5 sets of 5 repetitions of their maximum squat weight during these sessions and the difference in weight lifted was observed. The study concluded that ‘sexual intercourse within 24 hours before exercise [has a] detrimental effect on lower extremity muscle force, which suggests that restricting sexual activity before a short-term activity may be necessary.’ Aside from this study, most others found either no notable relationship between sex and athletic performance. A meta-analysis of 9 crossover studies, conducted by Zavorsky and Brooks and published on 16 September 2022, confirms this. The analysis concluded that ‘The results demonstrate that sexual activity within 30 min to 24 h before exercise does not appear to affect aerobic fitness, musculoskeletal endurance, or strength/power.’ This is perhaps more notable, because these studies incorporated different types of exercise and were not restricted purely to a strength/power based activity like squats.   Anecdotal Evidence: What About the Experiences of Real Gym Goers? The anecdotal evidence is, as expected, highly individualised. However, there tends to be a bias against the results of most studies, particularly in those participating in sports involving strength and aggression. For example, many fighters claim that they perform better when they abstain from sex in the days leading up to a contest. Similarly, bodybuilding forums are full of debate on this topic and many claim they note a significant decrease in motivation to train at maximum intensity after sexual activity. It has been hypothesised that this may be due to a downregulation in testosterone production after sex; during orgasm the mineral zinc is released in the body and this is also a precursor for natural testosterone production in the body and may, therefore, provide some reasoning as to the experience of many trainees.   Key Takeaways The relationship between sex and workout performance will always be a complicated one. The effects of one on the other in terms of physical fitness and, in particular, mental wellbeing, are clear, but when it comes to actual performance this appears to be highly individual. We’d advise doing what feels best for you but not worrying too much about it. Instead, prioritise your nutrition and make sure you’re fuelling your workouts properly. While you’re here, why not take a look at the Innermost range? We’re proud to be completely transparent about the ingredients in our products and we always ensure they’re of the highest quality. Check us out, and be sure to get in touch if you have any questions! Read more