11 Jan 2012
No year is new without the trusty tradition of making resolutions (and occasionally sticking to them - at least for a little while). And following the festive season and all the calorie-coated treats it brought with it, detoxing and losing ‘a few pounds' seems to be top of most resolution lists.
So to help kick-start the New Year and to help gear you up to take on 2012, Tesco has just launched its exclusive Kelly Holmes Fitness Range and is already offering some great savings!
The double Olympic Gold winner has collaborated with Tesco to design a range of quality sports clothing and equipment which includes exercise essentials perfect for those keen to bypass the gym membership and work out at home.
The equipment range includes the popular Kelly Holmes Weighted Gym Ball now just €13.33 (normally €20) and the Kelly Holmes Exercise Mat, €14.67 (normally €22). The versatile Kelly Holmes Adjustable Kettle Bell now just €23.33 (normally €35) will provide you with a total body workout and for those hoping to achieve that ‘washboard stomach', the Kelly Holmes Balance Board at just €18.33 (normally €27.50) is another workout essential.
The fitness range also includes some stylish workout wardrobe stables with sport tips at just €16.50 each and yoga-wear from just €18.50.
Promotional prices are available until January 24th, 2012 and are available from selected Tesco stores nationwide. For details on your nearest Tesco store and to check availability log onto www.tesco.ie
Natalie is a journalist and writer who has produced articles for Irish bridal title Confetti and fashion magazine Prudence among a host of other titles. Whilst working with Confetti she travelled to the Maldives to write a honeymoon feature for the Spring 2010 issue. She has an honours degree in Journalism and French and has lived and studied in Paris the fashion capital of the world, making her an ideal beauty & fashion blogger for OnOffer.ie.
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05 Jan 2012
Ahh, January. A new beginning; out with the old, and in with the new. 2 Stone to be lost, alcohol to be banished and jean size to drop 2 sizes. Pah! January is full of resolutions and promises which, if being honest, are only there to be broken. We sacrifice and sacrifice and deprive ourselves of all our favourite things until we eventually crack and engage in a mammoth indulgence session which leaves us feeling a sense of failure. The "healthy living" lasts for 2 weeks and once we crack we don't go back!
It's silly trying to give up all cravings. We can't deprive ourselves forever and the buzz words for January 2012 should be "moderation" and "lifestyle change".
The first week in January is the busiest week in the year for almost every gym in Ireland. We try to run off the Turkey and Ham, Pudding, late night sandwiches, Pringles, roses, wine, beer, Guinness, mince pies, lindt bunnies, chocolate oranges, celebrations and whatever else we force fed ourselves over the 12 glorious days of Christmas. Below is a list of fitness tips and deals to help you get real results for 2012, not just the first 2 weeks.
There is little point going to the gym EVERY night as you will soon get bored. Twice or three times a week is ideal and the workout should be varied to keep in interesting. Gym prices vary and often ask for you to sign up for a period of 6 - 12 months. Energie Fitness have an excellent empowerment programme that allows you to get into the routine of a sustainable fitness routine. The fee is €150 for three month but includes personal training, diet guides, and tailored plans. There is a money back guarantee. Click here for more details.
The gym isn't for everyone and there are some great alternatives. Bootcamp has become huge in Ireland and the OnOffer team undertook the regime with Bootcamp Ireland and highly recommend it. Click here to see some of the activities undertaken. Essentially, what Bootcamp is is outdoor fitness within a group environment where motivation and hard work are in abundance during all sessions. An 8 week course with 2 sessions per week will cost around €150. It is really great value IF YOU ATTEND the classes. There is no money back for non-attendance but if you go and adopt the spirit of the classes you will see real results, and make good friends too. It's all done outdoors, irrespective of weather so it leaves you feeling really good about yourself. Click here for more information.
If you love outdoors training and have a hectic schedule where committing to a rigid timetable is impossible then have a read of our "Guide to Getting Started" running blog. It covers all the basics on training and getting going on your own. This January, Elverys are running some great deals and are giving customers 10% off all orders online and chance to win a €100 Voucher by entering their competition. Click here to enter the competition.
As always, we'd love to hear your fitness tips and advise on how to stay healthy this year!
Good luck with the resolutions
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