Getting Fitter With The New Find Me A Gift
This past few months I have been trying my hardest to get a little bit fitter and firmer for summer. I go to the gym three times a week but sometimes find that most of the equipment there is Cardio based and not really going to help me flatten my tummy like I wanted. I really enjoy going to the gym but I wanted something at home to help me reach my goals.
I'm already a huge fan of the Find Me A Gift site so I was really excited when I saw one of their Facebook posts about a new Physioworld range they were now stocking.
There was two products that really caught my eye, the Physioworld Swiss Ball with Pump and the Weighted Hula Hoop. We have a ball at our gym but I'm always too embarrassed to use it in front of others so this was my chance to try it out in private at home. It comes in comes in 3 different sizes, you choose the size you will need from the height that you are. I went for the smallest size (55cm x 55cm) as it was for people who are 5 ft 1" to 5 ft 6" and i'm 5 ft 4".
The ball itself comes deflated in a small box with a free pump. The pump was easy to use and inflated the ball really well and quite quickly too. Being the wimp that I am, it took me around 10 minutes to inflate but I bet you could do it much quicker than I did. It was a little smaller than I thought it would be but it was still big enough for me to do what I wanted to do on it. I used it for helping me with my sit ups, these are done whilst sitting on it. I also used it for helping me with my squats which I used against a wall with the ball behind my back. Both exercises are known to help flatten and tone stomachs which is just what I was after so I was more than happy to stick with the two I was doing.
The Physioworld Swiss Ball With Pump would cost you between £12.99 and £15.99 depending on which size ball you go for, the bigger obviously being the more expensive. I'm really enjoying being able to use the ball at home and would definitely pay the money for it. It's a great exercise aid to have at home and I love it already. It's easy to use and fun too, there's probably hundreds of other exercises that I can do on it too. For now I'm happy with the two that I already do but I will be looking up some more to do once I get bored of doing these.
The Weighted Hula Hoop is a favourite of mine as I loved hula hooping when I was a little girl. My girls both have hula hoops now which they love so I thought this would be a great way of us all playing together whilst I got a good workout at the same time. Again it comes in three weights, 1.2 kg pink and grey, 1.5 kg orange and grey or 2.1 kg yellow and grey.
This time I went for the middle size, the 1.5 kg as I wanted a middle weight to work out with. All three hoops are approximately 100 cm x 100 cm once constructed which is the perfect size for adults. It comes flat packed in a small box which is great for when you're not using it and want to store it away. There are 6 pieces in total which all slot together very easily to make your hoop, they come apart nice and easy too which is always good to know.
Once constructed I couldn't wait to try it out so off out into the garden I went as I was going to need lots of space. The hula hoop is easy to use and moves around quite nicely but one thing I must say is that it did hurt a bit. The weight was a little heavy for me, much heavier than I thought it would be so I'd go for the smallest weight if you are going to get one. Start lower and work up to a bigger weight maybe. I've still been using my new hula hoop but I make sure I'm well padded out with joggers, jumper and coat before I do. This way it doesn't hurt my hips so much as it goes around. I was expecting it to hurt slightly as it's weighted and as they say, no pain no gain. The hoop is made from Polyethylene and soft EVA foam so they have tried their best to prevent any pain, it's probably just me being a wimp.
The weighted hula hoop would cost you between £15.99 and £19.99 depending on which weight you go for, again the heavier ones will cost you slightly more.
I'm so glad that Find Me A Gift now stock fitness aids as for people like me they are a real life saver. They're easy to use and low priced, well made and very productive. I will be continuing to use my new weighted hula hoop and swiss ball over the next few months and I'm now actually getting excited about summer as I know my mummy tummy should be all in hand by the time it arrives. Working out can be done at home and be fun at the same time! Find Me A Gift have definitely helped me out this year, I wonder what they will sell next?
Disclosure: I was sent both of the products for free for the purpose of this review but that does not influence my review. All the opinions given are 100% honest and all my own.