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    • Blossom Hill White Zinfandel / Wine / 52 Readings / 51 Ratings
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      Blossom Hill White Zinfandel

      White Zinfandel by Blossom Hill is my choice of drink when I fancy a bottle of wine and also for when the girls come round for a glass or two of wine as we all enjoy this one.

      It costs £6.99 for a 70cl bottle but this particular brand is often on offer in the supermarkets and I can usually pick it up somewhere for under £5 which I think is really good value.

      White Zinfandel is perfect for hot weather as it is such a refreshing wine and one that is lovely when it is ice cold straight out of the fridge on a warm summer's night at a BBQ or just sitting in front of the TV.

      It is a lovely blush pink colour and the taste is nice and sweet but not sickly sweet. It doesn't have the acidic taste that a lot of drier wines have and although it isn't to everyone's taste this is the wine that I would most often take with me to a party as most people I know will drink it even if it maybe wouldn't be the wine they would buy themselves in the supermarket.

      The wine is supposed to have aromas of strawberries but to be honest not being a wine connoisseur I can't detect them. I do think it smells lovely and fruity though and has a really inviting aroma that makes me want to drink it.

      If I had to suggest what kind of food that this wine would be suitable for then I would definitely say that it is more suited to lighter dishes such as salads and fish courses but that is just what I think. What I do know though is that this is a perfect wine for most occasions and is one of my favourite wines to sit back and distress with a glass.

      I find that this is very drinkable and not bitter and as long as it is cold then it is delicious. Make sure and keep it chilled though and being warm really does effect the taste. The ABV of this wine is 9.5%.

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        21.09.2013 10:07
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        Krups KP100640 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo

        The only room in my house where I actually spend a lot of money on the things that I buy is the kitchen as it is my favourite room in the entire house. I am always spending money on gadget and gizmos for it.

        I bought myself a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Krups machine because I had always wanted a pod machine and it was red and stylish looking and I thought it would look good in my kitchen with the rest of my red accessories. It is also small and neat and doesn't take up a lot of room.

        I managed to buy it on sale as well so I got it for £50 when the usual price is £89 so I thought it was a bargain.
        The machine is so simple to use and the Pods that you use with it have been specially designed to have right the right amount of coffee in them for a perfect drink.

        As I said it is so simple to use that anyone can use it straight away and there is no really complicated directions. Just fill the water container on it up and insert a pod and you are ready to go. It doesn't take long to heat up and you can have a coffee shop style coffee in just a few seconds.

        It is also really clean as there is no coffee grinds to clean as they are all in the pods so when you have finished making your coffee you just throw the pod away so there is a minimum of mess.
        It does take a little bit of practise deciding on how strong you want your drink to be but once you get the hang of it it's straightforward enough and I can do it without even thinking. You do have to turn the water off yourself when you have the required amount in your cup but again this is simple and as it only takes seconds you don't have to stand around for ages.

        There is a really wide variety of different drinks that you can buy for it including flavoured coffees and hot chocolate. One gripe that I do have is that the milky drinks require two pods a coffee one and a milk one so this does work out expensive to buy but I have to say that they are absolutely delicious.

        I only use this sparingly as it is expensive to run because of the price of the pods but I do love it and it is nice to have a treat of a flavoured latte instead of just an instant coffee if friends come round. Be aware that this particular model is smaller than some others and you can really only get two cups at a time from it before you need to fill the water tank again. This is no problem for me as I live alone but for couples and families you might want a larger capacity one. Also be aware that the pods are designed to fit cups smaller than the average mug so you might want to invest in some new glasses for it.

        I love my coffee machine even though it is expensive to run and buy pods for. I probably couldn't afford to run it if I was drinking several cups a day but I don't mind spending the money on the pods when it is only used so that I can have a treat when I fancy one.

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      • JVC HA-F150-B-E GUMY / Headphones / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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        20.09.2013 18:21
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        JVC Gumy Headphones

        Gumy headphones are my headphones of choice as I think they strike a good balance between being affordable and also being good and they don't fall apart at the slightest use. As a bonus they also come in an array of bright colours so I can match them to my mood.

        The part which goes in your ear is covered in rubber and although these are ones that sit just inside your ear instead of going into it they are extremely comfortable and they are contoured in such a way that they actually stay in place when walking.

        I do use these for exercising at they are quite good at not moving thanks to the rubber but when it comes to high impact sports such as running I prefer to use a pair that I have especially for running that fit snugly in my ear cavity as I know for a fact they won't come out whereas with these ones although they nearly always stay in my ear if I am running hard then occasionally they can be jarred loose.

        The sound quality is excellent and my music sounds crisp and clear through them and they have good bass and don't sound tinny. And even though they don't go in my ear cavity they offer a really good level of noise insulation and I could happily wear these on the train and not have to worry about having to hear my neighbour's conversations. On something like a plane you might hear some noise from the engine but in most situations they do a good job of keeping outside noise out.

        One of the best things about these headphones compared to others I've had is something really small but it is great. I can take these off and just throw them in my handbag without having to worry about placing them in neatly as they hardly ever get tangled up and in knots. It's small but it is nice to be able to get them out again and just put them straight back in without spending ages untangling them.
        The length of the cord is also really good as it is long enough for them to stretch to my bag or my pocket but not too long that I find myself getting tangled up in them.

        I have never owned really expensive headphones but I have listened to music through them in shops and these sound just as good to me and they also beat the included headphones that you get with Apple products hands down. They only cost between £5 and £8 depending on where you buy them and I think they are well worth the price.

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      • Apple iPod Earphones / Headphones / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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        20.09.2013 10:55
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        Apple iPod Earphones

        I have owned a few Apple products over the years and always found them to be of the utmost quality with one exception. The earphones that are bundled with them are rubbish and not worthy to have the Apple name on them. It always amazed me why they would make such god products only to let them down by supplying such bad earphones with them but I suppose they just want you to go out and buy the more expensive ones they sell through the Apple store.

        I don't buy them because I refuse to pay extra for something that I think should have been included in the first place. I now just buy headphones from somewhere else instead.
        The Apple bundled earphones are always white but unlike most Apple products these don't look sleek and expensive and to me they just look cheap and tacky.

        The biggest problem that I have with these is that they are just so uncomfortable to wear. The part which goes in your ear is just too large and round to be able to find a comfortable position and if I tried wearing them I would be forever moving them about in my ear trying to find a comfortable position. I also find that they scratch my skin somewhat which is uncomfortable. I much prefer in ear headphones as I find that they are much more comfortable to wear and do a better job of keeping out outside noise.

        These earphones have decent enough sound quality but what good is that when you can't actually hear the music properly because they let in so much outside noise. I could have these in and be listening to music but still catch bits of conversation from my neighbours on the train.

        They are also absolutely no use for using when it comes to sports. If I was to wear these to the gym or out running they would be continually falling out of my ears with the shock of the movement which would mean I would be always stopping and trying to reposition them.

        If you wanted to buy these separately you can pick up genuine ones for about £10 on ebay but I really wouldn't recommend it as they are low quality and really uncomfortable. They are also not very well made because even though I barely ever wear them and only use them when I can't find some other ones to wear ever pair that I have ever owned have broken really quickly which is so unlike the other Apple products that last for ages.

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          19.09.2013 19:53
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          Apple iPod Shuffle

          I use my phone a lot for listening to music on but when it comes to things like running or working out at the gym my phone is just too heavy and bulky for me to be able to safely carry it on my person so I still rely on my trusty ipod shuffle which has served me well for the last couple of years.

          My ipod shuffle is absolutely tiny so it is no hindrance at all when exercising as when I am using it I can barely notice it. I have the silver one but they are available in a variety of different bright colours so you can match it to your personal preference.

          It also has a little clip on the back so I can attach it to my top when running and this is secure and tight.
          There is no screen on it because of how small it is and this is the worst thing about the shuffle as I can't just scroll through and select the song I was as I would do with my phone but there are buttons on it for shifting to the next song as well as volume buttons and a play and pause one.

          Even though you can't find the songs you want easily you can load your shuffle up with different playlists and you can either play them as you have added them through itunes or else you can select for the ipod to 'shuffle' them meaning that it will just pick songs at random. I prefer the shuffle option but make sure that you put music on to suit your needs. I only have high energy songs on it as I only use it for exercise so I don't want anything like Lana Del Ray to come on and slow me down.

          Adding music to the ipod shuffle is really easy as it is all done through itunes on the computer. The ipod plays all mp3's which is the main format that music comes in so you can either add your own songs that you already own onto it or else buy them from itunes.

          The sound quality is really excellent and all the music sounds crystal clear and being digital it won't skip no matter how hard you might be running. The included headphones were rubbish though for using when exercising so make sure and purchase some new ones as soon as possible.

          It might be really small but it is also really durable and sturdy. I have dropped this on so many occasions and when I am finished using it I just throw it back in the drawer and it works perfectly every time I go to get it.

          Charging this up is so quick and the battery lasts for so long compared to my phone. I just make sure and charge it up every couple of weeks for a couple of hours on my laptop usb and it lasts for the whole couple of weeks without dying. Obviously if you were listening to music non stop then it would die quicker but even using it an hour a day it should last the two weeks on one charge.

          With my phone I can literally store thousands of songs but I never do because I don't think I even own that many but with this it is only 1GB so can only hold around about 240 songs on it which I think is perfectly acceptable and more than enough on one tiny little mp3 player.

          This was only about £35 and I think it was more than worth the money. You are getting Apple quality for a small price and although it isn't fancy it plays music excellently and the battery life is much better than bigger mp3 players with touchscreens. It is also perfect for people to use at the gym or out running as it is so small and discrete and weighs next to nothing.

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          19.09.2013 15:54
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          Pyrex Casserole Dish

          This was another kitchen item that I inherited from my mum because she has so many pots, pans and dishes that she wanted more space and I am always grateful for donations. It is an excellent casserole dish but one that I don't use very often anymore simply because I use my slow cooker for most of my stews in the winter.

          It is the same excellent quality that I have come to expect from Pyrex over the years and is made entirely from glass which is thick and solid and really sturdy. Again it comes with a 10 year guarantee but I would be doubtful that you would even need it because it is so well made and sturdy.

          The glass bowl has a capacity of 2litres so it is large enough for me and I can make a decent casserole fit in it to serve four people. I like the fact that it is so attractive so that if I have people over for dinner I can make a fancy casserole in this and then just use the bowl to serve it in and put it in the middle of the table for people to help themselves as it is nice enough for serving in.

          Because it is made from glass it is very hygienic and also it doesn't retain flavours so I can use it for a garlic casserole one night and then the next I could make a rice pudding without worrying that the taste of garlic would still be in it. It is really easy to clean and I find that just washing it in the sink with some fairy liquid is enough to clean it and I don't have to spend ages scrubbing it clean. It is also safe to put in the dishwasher but I think it is a bit of an awkward size so find it easier to just clean it in the sink.

          Because it is so solid it is fairly heavy and that is before I even have anything in it but it has handles on both the bowl and the lid which line up together and are easy to hold on to.
          I like the size of this bowl as it is fine for both my oven and also my microwave if I want to heat up any left-overs that are in it. It is also safe to put in the refrigerator and also the freezer if you want to freeze any leftovers.

          I have no complaints about this casserole dish as it is attractive and really well made and I would use it much more often if not for the fact that I use my slow cooker most of the time. If you don't have a slow cooker then I would recommend that you get yourself one of these as it will last you for years and as it only costs about £10 it is well worth it.

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            19.09.2013 09:59
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            Pyrex rectangular roasting dish

            When I moved into my house my mum gave me quite a few different kitchen items as she has loads of them and didn't use most of them.
            One of the things which I inherited from her was a Pyrex roasting dish.

            The roasting dish is rectangular in shape and measures 35x23cm in size. The first thing that I noticed about the dish is that it is so solid and heavy and I could tell this wasn't some cheap glass dish as it just feels like it is a quality one. The glass is really smooth and thick and I wouldn't be worried about it chipping and cracking unless it got dropped from a height onto a hard surface. Not that I have tried it but I would be confident of this falling off the worktop and landing on the floor and not breaking because it is so solid.

            The dish is a good size for roasting meat. It isn't huge but it can fit in a chicken with some potatoes easily enough around the sides and I find it more than large enough for me personally. It goes in my oven on the shelf with plenty of room and it isn't too high either so I could actually if I wanted bake something in this and then also bake something on another tray on a different shelf.

            This is great for roasting meat as the glass actually helps with the cooking of the bottom of the meat too and helps to slightly brown it so it doesn't look so anaemic when it comes out of the oven. I do think it isn't the best dish for cooking some items such as chips as these tend to stick to the bottom of the glass but I have a liner and a shallow metal tray for those sort of things so I don't need to use this one.

            Because it is such a nice dish I have also used it as a serving dish straight from the oven where I have put the food on the middle of the table in this for everyone to help themselves and it looks good.

            Also because this is glass it gets very hot so you really need to be careful when getting it out of the over and make sure that you use some protection on your hands. It has nice easy grip handles on the sides which are comfortable to hold even when there is something heavy in the dish so it isn't awkward to carry.

            Washing this up afterwards is so easily and most food just comes off with little effort from it with a cloth and some fairy liquid. It is also dishwasher safe as well as being freezer and refrigerator safe too. It comes with a 10 year guarantee which you probably won't need as my one is years old now and still in perfect condition but it is nice to know that Pryrex is so confident about it that they are willing to offer it.

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            18.09.2013 21:45
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            Argos Picnic Blanket

            I bought this blanket after reading about it here on Dooyoo as it sounded like it would be perfect for what I wanted. I often take my dog out in the car and go into the countryside and sometimes when it is a nice day I like to just find a quiet scenic spot and stay there for a little while so I wanted a nice good quality blanket that I could just keep in my book and use whenever I wanted.

            The blanket can be bought exclusively from Argos where it costs £8.99. The dimensions of the blanket aren't huge but at 125cm x 150cm it is large enough to seat two comfortably. I would probably recommend that you buy a second one if there are more than two of you though as it would be a very tight squeeze with any more than that.

            The blanket is made from acrylic with a PVC backing on the bottom of it. It is an attractive blue check pattern which practically screams picnics. The material of the blanket is soft enough and not too scratchy and stiff to lean on with bare arms for example. It isn't a particularly thick and padded one however so don't expect to put this on pebbles and be comfortable as you will still need to find a suitably flat surface for it.

            The best thing about this blanket is that it has a PVC bottom so that you can lay it out straight onto damp grass and it won't soak through the blanket. Don't underestimate how important this is as I have a similar blanket to this but without the PVC backing and even the slightest dew on the grass soaks through making it uncomfortable to sit on.

            I also love the fact that it can be folded up so neat and then closed with the Velcro fastening and that it has its own carry handle for transporting it. It also weighs less than half a kilo so it isn't a horrible chore trying to carry it. It also fits inside my boot without taking up too much room.

            I have only had the blanket for a few months but I have so far found it to be a practical and hardwearing outdoors blanket which is well worth the money and it is so handy to have in my boot so that no matter where I find myself I can always have a sit down and not worry about if the ground is damp.

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              18.09.2013 17:09
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              Sainsbury's Party Disposable BBQ

              I actually haven't had the chance to buy any of these this year which is such a shame as I bought four last year and always had a good time when I was using them as I got them for picnics with friends where we would take a drive into the countryside and spend the day there. Unfortunately this year the weather just hasn't been reliable enough to plan days like this.

              I bought the bbq's in packs of two and I thought they were good value as they were only £4.99 but they had a special offer on where I could buy the packs for only £2.99 so I bought two packs as I thought even if it took me a while to use them I would get around to it eventually. Luckily I used them up pretty quickly.

              I was a little bit unsure if they would be much good at that price but I am glad to say that they were excellent and well worth buying.
              To use the bbq's you just unwrap them and then you light the paper which is sat underneath the mesh top and it is as simple as that really. I never had a problem with the coals not lighting and never had to use anything else to get the coals lit other than the paper that came with the bbq's.

              These bbq's are really too small for proper use but they are great for taking with you on picnics and I suppose if you are only planning to have a bbq very rarely then a couple of these would do. I have a proper bbq so I only bought these to take away on day trips with me.
              Although small you can fit a surprising amount on them. I went for smaller foods just to make sure that there would be enough room. The first time I used them I also just used them basically for heating and flavouring pre cooked meats as I was a bit worried that the bbq wouldn't get hot enough to cook the meat. It did though and the second time I used them I had no worries about taking burgers and sausages with me to bbq.

              You obviously need to be careful with this from a safety standpoint. It needs to be placed on a suitable surface and obviously not on one that could burn. I actually bought a fantastic little stand for disposable bbq's which is great and also meant that I could safely use it anywhere. It does take ages for the coals to completely burn out and go cold so don't just throw this in the bin otherwise it could set fire to something.

              For the money I think these little bbq's are great and well worth buying. I wouldn't recommend them for replacing a proper bbq but for using on camping trips or days away they are brilliant.

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                18.09.2013 10:54
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                Gordon's Dry Gin & Schweppes Slimline Tonic

                I do love a nice Gin and Tonic with Hendricks being my favourite brand but Hendricks is far to expensive for me to buy often so I normally buy a cheaper brand from Aldi which is actually really good but I also like to buy some of the tins of Gin and tonic that you can get in the supermarket as they are handy to have in the house for a warm night in the garden when I might fancy one but don't want to have to buy a whole bottle of gin.

                They are also really good for things like picnics or train journeys with the girls when we are going away anywhere. I usually buy a few when they are on special offer at the supermarket as they cost around about £1.90 each but the supermarket regularly has special offers on them when they are 4 for 3 which makes them really good value for money.

                The cans come with Gordon's dry gin mixed with slimline tonic. I always buy the slimline version just to make it a little bit less calorific. The cans contain 1.6 units of alcohol and 6.4% alcohol volume and the can is 250ml in size. Inside the drink is clear and quite fizzy but I find that like with nearly all tonic drinks the fizz is very short lived.

                I like the size of these and the quite low volume of alcohol as it means I can have a couple without getting drunk and rather just enjoy having a glass in the sun (though it has been a while since it has been warm enough to actually sit in the garden and enjoy a glass. I almost never drink it out of the tin and instead prefer to pour it into a glass. Even when I have had these on a picnic I have taken glasses with me as I think they taste better this way.

                The taste of these is only OK however. It is nice but it is nowhere near as nice as when I make a Hendricks and tonic myself but considering that they have measured out the gin and the tonic quantities to what they think is right it is quite a nice ratio of gin to tonic. People who prefer their drinks to be heavier on the gin may be disappointed as it is rather weak but then I think that is to be expected when buying these as you know they aren't that strong. Personally I think it is nice to be able to taste the gin without it being overpowering and too strong.

                The gin itself is ever so slightly bitter and I do think that you can taste the artificial sweetener as it has a bit of a funny aftertaste but overall I think considering it comes from a can it is quite tasty. Adding a slice of lemon really makes a difference with the taste of these though and if you can I would always try to do that as it makes them much nicer.

                For the odd drink these are good as they are reasonably priced and taste quite nice. If you are a bit of a snob when it comes to your drinks then you probably won't like these as they aren't as nice as good quality gin and tonics you pour yourself but for what they are I do enjoy them and will continue to buy them when they are on offer as I find that they are really handy to have in the fridge.

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                  14.09.2013 11:43
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                  Sistema Twister Bottle

                  There is no need to spend a fortune on buying a fancy water bottle for when you are working out as most gyms provide drinking coolers but I do like to have my own water supply with me so that I don't need to keep stopping every 5 minutes to get a drink and there is no way I am paying a fortune for sports drinks and mineral water when I can get my own perfectly decent tap water at home for free.

                  I will admit that I bought this water bottle because I liked the way it looked instead of going for the cheaper £1 one I seen but even so it wasn't very expensive and I only paid 3.50 for it and it has paid for itself in the amount of times I have used it and bypassed the expensive bottled water.

                  The bottle is made from plastic and comes in a variety of different colours and I have the pink one. It is really easy to use and has a twist mechanism on it that you simply twist to open and close. The great thing about this bottle is that when it is sealed it doesn't leak at all in my bag or when I am holding it.

                  It is really comfortable to hold thanks to the way it is designed and the little nodules on the side make it easy to grip and not slip out of my hands even when they are sweaty. It is also a good size and holds 460ml of water in it which is more than enough for me to use when doing a work out. The bottle isn't rigid and can be squeezed to get more water out when you are really thirsty which is handy but you need to be careful if you are using it while actually on a machine as if you squeeze too much you can end up spilling it on your face as I have done before.

                  Although at the end of the day this is just a reusable bottle for water it is a very good one and long lasting and isn't very expensive to buy. I might have only bought this one because of how it looks but I have been happy with it and it looks the part in my yoga class which is full of yummy mummies who have all singing and dancing bottles.

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                  • Pro Fitness Wrist Weights / Fitness / 42 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                    Pro Fitness Wrist Weights

                    My Pro fitness wrist weights along with the ankle weight are two items which I have been incorporating into my regular fitness routine for years. I find that they are really effective in helping to keep my muscles toned and strong while not requiring much in the way of effort to use them as I just use them on myself while doing a workout that I would have done anyway.

                    They aren't overly heavy so they won't bulk muscles up but they do make a real difference in keeping them strong and healthy.
                    As with the ankle weights you don't notice them so much when you first put them on as they only weigh 1lbs each which is nothing really but you will definitely notice the effect they have when using them for long periods of time as you will feel it in your muscles when you take them off.

                    I use these when I am doing yoga mainly as I think that they just make the already good strengthening and toning properties of yoga just that little bit more effective. I also occasionally use them when running though as I actually hate running this I don't use them as often as I probably would.

                    As well as toning they will also help with weight loss but not on their own as you would need to use them in combination with cardio to notice any real effects from them. They are mainly an aide to help tone and strengthen and for this they are really good. They will help tone up ay bingo wings you may have and just add an extra dimension to your established workouts. You can also increase their effectiveness by wearing them more often for example while doing the house work. Unlike the ankle weights though they are a little bit harder to hide so unless you want some strange looks I wouldn't recommend that you wear them to the supermarket.

                    These cost next to nothing considering that they are a really useful aide in helping to tone up and if you are already doing some exercise anyway then strapping these on will only increase what you get out of it. They are comfortable to wear thanks to the padding and can be tightened enough to be secure without pinching skin thanks to the Velcro fastenings.

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                    • Pro Fitness Ankle Weights / Fitness / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                      Pro Fitness Ankle Weights

                      Pro fitness ankle and wrist weights are one of my main ways of helping to keep toned. I use them when doing cardio and also while doing some forms of yoga to help tone my muscles and keep them strong.

                      They only cost £7.99 and for not a lot of money they will really help to intensify any work out that you might do. For weight loss these just help to intensify the work out a little bit more meaning that you will burn more calories but I think that they are really much more suited just for keeping everything toned and helping to strengthen muscles.

                      You just strap the weights to your ankles with the Velcro fastenings and then do your workout. You can definitely feel them on your ankles and they weigh you down a little but they don't feel too bad and certainly for most people they won't inhibit your ability to exercise. It is when you have finished working out and take them off that you can really tell the difference as your muscles will let you know that they have had them on and your legs will feel a little bit jelly like.

                      This is a good thing though and it just means that the extra weight is making your muscles work harder. The beauty about these is that you don't even have to use them when working out and they can be incorporated into your everyday life and you can wear them while doing the house work, walking the dog or even going to the supermarket though if wearing them outside make sure and wear trousers that have wide bottoms on them so that they will fit over the ankle weights and disguise them a little bit.

                      They are quite comfy to wear and don't pinch the skin and even when you tighten them really securely so that they won't move about when you are working out they don't feel uncomfortable thanks to the padding in them.

                      These ankle weights are a great way of getting extra benefit from your workout and they really do make a difference in strengthening your muscles in your leg without bulking them up and they will help to tone and shape provided that you wear them regularly enough to feel the benefit from them.

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                    • Argos Value Skipping Rope / Fitness / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                      Argos Value Skipping Rope

                      I am usually pretty good when it comes to my fitness routine. I practise Yoga regularly which keeps me supple and toned and I do a variety of cardio a few times a week to keep me fit and stop me putting on weight as I do like my food and without the exercise I put on weight so quickly.

                      Occasionally however I can be lax with the diet and exercise and put on a few lbs that needs shifting fast. Going back to my regular fitness regime and cutting back a little on the food will help me get rid of the excess weight but I hate being more than a couple of lbs over my usual weight and I like to drop it quickly which means that I need to spend a few days giving myself an intensive workout.

                      The main thing that I use when trying to drop excess weight quickly is my skipping rope. I hate using it because it is just hard work but I have found it is the one exercise which is guaranteed to get me in shape in the quickest amount of time.

                      I got my skipping rope from Argos because it was cheap at only £2.99 and as I only use it occasionally I didn't want to spend a lot of money buying a fancy one especially as in effect they all do the same thing.

                      The rope is more functional looking than pretty but that doesn't bother me as I am only using it in the garage where no one can see me anyway. It has foam handles for comfort and these are actually not too bad to hold onto even when my palms get all sweaty. The rope itself is quite thin looking but it is very strong feeling and it won't snap easily and has enough weight that it is easy to skip with.

                      When I was a girl skipping was fun but I clearly had more energy back then because now it absolutely kills after only a couple of minutes. To be effective I skip three times a day for as long as possible and the results are excellent and I can lose weight and tone up in no time at all. I only use it when I feel like it is needed however because I just really do not enjoy it at all.

                      The length of the skipping rope is 270cm which translates to it being a really good length to use as it is long enough to go round easily without it hitting me on the back of the head but it isn't too long that it drags on the ground and trips me up on its way round either.

                      I really cannot fault this skipping rope at all as it is such a tiny price for something that is so effective and sturdy. I have had it for years and it is still going strong with no signs of fraying and I would really recommend it to anyone serious about losing weight and toning up just don't expect to enjoy it.

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                      • Everlast Twist Board / Fitness / 20 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                        This was one of my bargain finds at a car boot sale where I managed to haggle the woman down to only £2.50 for it. Even full price this isn't an expensive item unlike so many keep fit equipment and it can be bought for around about £10 from sports shops and online.

                        The twist board is a relatively simple item being that it is basically just two discs together where the top one twists around and the bottom one stays stationary to the floor. You then just stand on it and use your body for momentum to twist the board.

                        It is supposed to tone the abs, hips and thighs as well as strengthen the lower back. If you do it properly for enough time it also is quite an effective aerobic workout too. The top disc has nodules on it to help give grip so that your feet won't slide off the twister and make you fall.

                        I think this is a pretty sturdy item considering it is one of the cheapest exercise items that I own and it will take quite a bit of abuse which is good considering that I just throw it in a cupboard out of the way when I am finished with it.

                        As for its claims about toning and weight loss I do think the manufacturers are being pretty honest with heir assessment of what the twister can help you achieve but like most things in life you will only get out what you are willing to put in.

                        This works as long as you use it regularly and are willing to actually work at it. It is not the kind of thing that you can use for two minutes a few times a week and expect to see results as it takes time but results do definitely start to show after a month or so of using it regularly. You don't have to spend hours on it but you do need to be willing to do it at least a few times a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes to see results.

                        I was already pretty fit and toned when I got this but even I noticed some tightening in my stomach muscles and my thighs which years of yoga hadn't managed to completely tighten so I was impressed with it. It also isn't as torturous as some other gym equipment and can easily be done while watching TV for example.

                        The only slight criticism that I have of the twist board is that I don't think the surface of it is large enough. I can fit on it but only just and I would have preferred if it was just a little bit bigger but it isn't a big deal and it wouldn't stop me from recommending it. I can be quite fickle when it comes to fitness equipment and I can get bored really easily and stop using things but I have found that this has kept my attention much longer than most and I am still enjoying using it and have been pleased with the results.

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