Whether you’re a fan of New Year’s resolutions or just prefer to start off 2020 with some positive mindful intentions, there’s no denying that January is a great time to make some changes to enhance your health and well-being.
At The Centre our retailers have everything you need to kick start a few lifestyle adjustments - from healthy eating and fitness, to mindfulness and taking time out for a little pampering.
If you’re unsure where to start, a trip to Waterstones may prove invaluable - their shelves are packed with books on fitness, recipe books, self improvement and much more.
For a mindful read, check out Ikigai - the Japanese secret to a long and happy life by Hector Garcia, £12.99 at Waterstones, a beautiful book about finding your purpose, nurturing your friendships, throwing yourself into your passions and identifying your ikigai - your reason to jump out of bed in the morning. (Image 1)
If you’re looking to overhaul your mealtimes, pick up a copy of Eat Well for Less: Every Day, by Jo Scarratt-Jones, £14.99 at Waterstones, which features 80 effortlessly delicious recipes to make healthy and affordable food for everyday life. From lunch on the go to dinner for the whole family, you can cut down your food bill and make easy and nutritious food not just an occasion, but an achievable lifestyle. (Image 2)
One of the easiest ways to eat more healthily this new year is to give Veganuary a try; last year more than a quarter of a million people took the pledge to try a vegan diet and with cafes and restaurants at The Centre boasting an array of vegan offerings both to eat in and take away, eating vegan has never been easier!
The M&S Food Plant Kitchen range is a great option for vegan dining and includes over 60 meals, snacks and ingredients – all plant-based and totally delicious. One of the latest additions to the range is a no-meat wrap filled with a delicious combination of roasted soya protein cooked in a sweet, tangy hoisin sauce, shredded cucumber and spring onion. Packed with flavour, it makes a tasty lunch on the go. (Image 3)
If you’re looking to revamp your fitness regime, Argos has a host of products in store to create, or add to, a gym space in your home. Though they have the latest treadmills, workout benches and top fitness tech, home gym equipment doesn’t have to be a huge investment - you can pick up a yoga mat and brick set for £18.99 (Image 4) or a simple 4kg vinyl kettlebell for £7.99.
For the hottest sports footwear this season, retailers such as JD Sports and Foot Locker have an array of styles tailored to suit the activity you’re doing - from football boots and running shoes to approach shoes and cross training and weightlifting shoes. Add a pop of neon with the Asics Gel Quantum 90 running trainers in safety yellow and black for £79.99, Foot Locker. (Image 5)
If you prefer getting out and about in the great outdoors rather than hitting the gym, head to Cotswold Outdoor where their in-store experts can offer free walking boot and rucksack fitting services, so you know you’re heading out in exactly the right kit. From hiking equipment and safety gear, to waterproofs, insulated jackets and cosy base layers, there’s everything you could need to enjoy the Scottish winter in style. Make sure you keep cosy on the hillside in the Rab Men’s Electron Jacket, £250 from Cotswold Outdoor; its water resistant outer fabric offers excellent performance in testing conditions while the down insulation traps warm air to keep you feeling toasty when you need it. (Image 6)
Spending quality time with friends and family has been proven to enhance your levels of happiness and at The Centre there are plenty of opportunities to make a day of it and shop, eat and play together.
Release some endorphins with a trip to Aerial Adventures where people of all ages can scale the heights of HiClimb, zipline over the heads of shoppers on HiRide and enjoy an exhilarating free fall drop on HiFall. (Image 7) For a more relaxed afternoon, catch up over a coffee and a traybake in the Adventure Cafe while little ones roam the three level soft play, or book one of the kiddie cars and take advantage of The Centre’s range of shops with a dose of retail therapy.
Hobbies are a fantastic antidote to the hectic pace of modern life and at The Centre there are plenty of resources to choose from including craft materials, knitting kits, and baking and art supplies.
Colouring books aren’t just for children – the simple art of colouring in is a fantastic way of reducing stress and anxiety, boosting adult creativity and promoting mindfulness. We love the Secret Garden colouring book by Johanna Basford, £9.95 from Ryman, (Image 8) which takes readers on an inky quest through an enchanted forest where you can colour in treasure chests, animals, birds, keys and flowers. Just pick up some Faber Castell colouring pencils, £19.99 at Ryman, and you’re good to go! (Image 9)
At Wilko, keen bakers can find all they need to produce culinary delights the whole family will enjoy - from cookie cutters and mixing bowls to baking utensils. Add a retro vibe to your kitchen with a pair of traditional cream kitchen scales for £12 (Image 10) or opt for slim-line Salter Arc electrical kitchen scales for £9 which combine precision and style and are easy to store away in even the most compact of kitchens.
Taking a little me-time is usually a challenge over the festive season so the new year offers an opportunity to take time out and enjoy a little pampering. For a spa treatment that will enhance your sense of well-being and leave you feeling re-energised, call in to Sanctum Hair & Beauty where their beauty therapists are focused on providing a truly personalised experience based on your specific needs that day; their stress-fix massage combines Swedish massage, deep tissue techniques, acupressure, reflexology and guided meditation for a luxurious experience that is sure to kick-start your year in style. (Image 11)
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for The Centre’s free health and fitness magazine which will be available to pick up for the Customer Service Desk soon - for our guide to the hottest athleisure and activewear, top fitness tech, sports accessories and footwear, all available from retailers at The Centre.
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