• Garmin Announces New Activity Tracker The Vívosmart 4

    Garmin Vivosmart 4 Activity Tracker Sleep Monitor

    Garmin have announced the vívosmart 4, a slim, smart activity tracker that introduces a wrist-based pulse ox sensor. This allows users to gauge their blood oxygen saturation levels at night to better understand their sleep quality. The vívosmart 4 also introduces a Body Battery energy monitor that estimates the body’s energy reserves, letting users know the optimal time for activity and rest. Body Battery at 90? Go crush that cycling class! Clocking in at 20? Better take it easy.

    “Sleep quality plays a critical role in your overall physical health,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Poor sleep quality may contribute to the development of significant chronic conditions. With its slim design, the vívosmart 4 is comfortable to wear at night and pulse ox provides customers with information they can use to improve their health.”

    In addition to pulse ox, the vívosmart 4 features Garmin’s new advanced sleep monitoring which estimates light, deep and REM stages of sleep, along with movement throughout the night. Upon awakening, users can review their sleep stats in the Garmin Connect Mobile app. 

    Garmin’s most fashionable activity wristband tracker to date, the ultra-slim vívosmart 4 blends smarts with style, and is available in multiple colors with metal trim accents in silver, gold and rose gold. The vívosmart 4 is safe for the pool and shower and boasts up to 7 days of battery life between charges.

    The innovative Body Battery energy monitoring feature lets users see their body’s energy levels at any given moment, which can help with scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep. Using a combination of data gathered from stress, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep and activity, a higher Body Battery indicates the time is optimal to be active whereas a lower number suggests rest is in order. Body Battery assists users in making sense of patterns, demonstrating how behaviors and activities of the past few days influence how one feels at a given moment.

    The vívosmart 4 comes fully-loaded with a newly redesigned Elevate wrist-based heart rate sensor, new abnormal heart rate alerts, VO2 max, and activities for walks, runs, strength training, pool swims, yoga and more. The vívosmart 4 includes all-day stress tracking and a new relax reminder feature that suggests users take a moment to do a breathing routine when it detects elevated stress levels. It’s easy to stay connected with the ability to check the weather, control music, receive smart notifications with vibration alerts, “find your phone,” access social media notifications, and even reply to texts with preset messages (Android only).

    The redesigned Garmin Connect makes it easier than ever to beat yesterday with colourful activity cards that give users an at-a-glance to the most important stats. Simply scroll down to compare today’s totals to past results or tap in for more detailed information. Activities and other stats captured by the device are presented in vivid detail with data customised and filtered so that the user is only seeing what is most relevant to his or her goals. Users can connect with friends and family to motivate one another, join challenges, engage in friendly competitions and score colourful new Garmin Connect badges when goals are crushed.

    The vívosmart 4 has a suggested retail price of £119.99 and comes in several stylish color and bezel/buckle options including: berry with rose gold bezel, powder grey with silver bezel, azure blue with silver bezel, and black with slate bezel. To see more of what the vívosmart 4 has to offer, check out this feature benefit video or visit Garmin.com/vivo.  

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • These 5 'Healthy' Protein Bars Contain More Sugar Than A Donut

    glazed donut

    If you've been reaching for protein bars as part of a healthy diet in the hopes of boosting your protein intake and losing weight while building lean muscle, you may want to check out these 5 'healthy' protein bars which actually have more sugar and calories than a donut.

    Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut Nutritional Information

    One Krispy Kreme glazed donut contains:

    190 calories

    11g of fat

    22g of carbohydrates

    10g of sugar

    3g of protein

    Krispy Kreme Donuts Nutritional Information

    Myprotein Baked Chocolate Cookie

    Myprotein cites the key 'benefits' of eating this cookie being that it's high in protein, vegan-friendly, and baked using high quality ingredients. While 13g of protein is certainly high compared to a normal cookie, it still contains a lot of calories and sugar (much more than our Krispy Kreme donut).

    You'd probably be better off eating a grilled chicken breast (or suitable vegan alternative) to get your protein hit and then enjoy a delicious donut, leaving you having consumed fewer calories and carbs than if you'd eaten one of these cookies. 

    289 calories 

    8.6g of fat

    38g of carbohydrates

    16g of sugar

    13g of protein

    Multipower Power Pack Bar

    The Multipower Power Pack bar is marketed as being a 'healthy snack' and claims to contain 27% high quality protein. While this may be true, it also contains as much sugar as a Krispy Kreme and less protein than 100g of quinoa. 

    145 calories 

    4.7g of fat

    14g of carbohydrates

    11g of sugar

    11g of protein

    Myprotein High Protein Flapjack

    The Myprotein flapjack is a formidable snack, containing a huge 324 calories (as much as a small meal) and an impressive 20g of sugar (almost twice as much as the donut). Despite this, it still contains less protein than a standard chicken breast or protein shake.

    Why not enjoy a normal snack like a bar of chocolate, which would contain fewer calories and less sugar, and then top up your protein intake through a natural source like eggs, steak, or quinoa. 

    324 calories 

    11g of fat

    32g of carbohydrates

    20g of sugar

    20g of protein

    Nutramino Protein Bar

    The Nutramino Protein Bar is marketed as being a healthy on-the-go snack, boasting about its 20g of protein. However, it contains 4g more sugar than a donut and more than twice the fat found in a Mars bar

    290 calories 

    14g of fat

    22g of carbohydrates

    15g of sugar

    20g of protein

    Science In Sport Protein Bar

    Finally, we have the Science In Sport protein bar. SIS are world-renowned for their energy gels and are proud to fuel such athletes as Chris Froome and Olympic medallists. However, their protein bar contains almost twice as much sugar as a donut and is calorie-rich at 223 calories. 

    223 calories 

    6.4g of fat

    21g of carbohydrates

    18g of sugar

    20g of protein

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Q&A With Rob Pope: The Real Life Forrest Gump

    Rob Pope Real Life Forrest Gump Tom Hanks Running America

    Rob Pope is the real life Forrest Gump. He is the first person ever to run across the United States of America four times in one year and has run over 15,000 miles so far on his journey. I managed to catch up with Rob to ask him about this incredible adventure and the causes for which he is raising money and awareness. 

    How would you describe the moment when you decided to embark on this incredible journey?

    There wasn't one distinct moment when I decided to do the run - it was an idea that developed over a long time. It changed from a single crossing of the USA to multiple when I became more motivated by the desire to make a difference and to do something special for my two charities, the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct.

    About 300 people have run across America, so while that's impressive, it isn't unique. However, no-one had done the exact route that Forrest Gump ran (apart from Forrest, obviously.) My aim was to see if it was possible for a mere mortal to achieve and to take people along with me for the ride, even in just a virtual sense.

    I was excited when I started, but I'm not one to get in over my head, so I was pretty calm and just started running. 

    How does this type of ultra running differ from running your average city marathon? How do you hydrate and fuel?

    They're completely different beasts. I'd be more nervous at the start line of a marathon than another trans-continental run. I run a lot slower and with a different, lower vertical oscillation gait and I'm taking photos left, right and centre and I'm happy to chat to passersby. That's what's coolest about America: the people.

    My nutrition was based on the "see-food" diet. See it, eat it. Hot dogs, chocolate, crisps, donuts, fizzy drinks, fast food. There was the occasional bit of oatmeal and I tried to either have a protein shake or a good bit of milk each day to ensure I was getting something other than carbs and fat. I didn't lose any weight on the run and only got food poisoning once, so I was obviously doing something right.

    What keeps you going on your darkest days?

    I just didn't entertain the idea of quitting. I'd have had to have been carried off the road injured or completely penniless. I funded the first three-and-a-half legs myself with life savings that should have gone on a house deposit, after the hoped-for sponsor didn't materialise. Finances were a constant source of stress.

    The weather and finding places to stay and eat were variably involved in busting my chops and the constant threat of an overuse injury was always there - sometimes physically, sometimes mentally. I'm also not a morning person, so waking up in a tent in minus temperatures knowing I have to run 40 miles isn't exactly the greatest. I coped by just telling myself that I had to do it, removing the choice, and once I'd done that it was "easy".

    I'd focus on short and mid term goals, ranging from crossing a state line to getting excited about lunch. I always had the big picture in mind, which was the finish and my fundraising efforts. My charities never stop, and neither do the problems they deal with, so why should I?

    What has been the highlight so far?

    Too many to mention. The start, Crazy Al's bar in Louisiana (A Cajun Cheers), running across Texas at its widest point, my U2 pilgrimage from Joshua Tree National Park to the actual Joshua Tree in Death Valley (where it snowed!) then seeing them at the midpoint of my third leg in Chicago perform the Joshua Tree in full.

    Reaching the oceans: first in Santa Monica surrounded by friends; second at Marshall Point Lighthouse in the mist with a good buddy and me in floods of tears, the third in Bandon, Oregon, becoming the first person to run across the States three times in a year, then becoming the Oregon state 10k champion the next day.

    Heading home for Christmas after reaching the fourth in Beaufort, South Carolina, where a large part of Forrest Gump was filmed...then the end. We all know that was the best marriage proposal ever.

    Rob Pope Forrest Gump running across America USA

    How has the reception been by the people in America? How do locals receive you when you run through their small towns and suburbs?

    People in America have been incredible from start to finish. I can count the number of bad eggs on one hand and I've met thousands of people in total. I would have liked a bit more company running, but hey, maybe it was cooler to do it alone! People along the route have offered me rides to my destination (which I could never accept), bought me dinner, and even put me up for a night or more, in some cases, taking me to and from a stop/start point. I've met so may interesting people and heard stories you'd never believe!

    Do you think Tom Hanks will reach out off the back of this incredible feat? How would you react if he did?

    Unfortunately I didn't get to run with Tom - I'd love to know what he thought of the run - even whether he knew about it!

    Maybe there's still time... I have to admit, I'd love to meet him one day, he seems like a really nice guy and I'd love to share a story or two with him.

    Is it tough running dressed as Forrest Gump? Do the vintage running shoes give you blisters?

    It's tough running 40 miles a day, of course, but I didn't have too many problems with blisters. In the first few weeks, I developed large blisters on the soles of both feet, which took up about a third of the sole, but they soon went and my feet were pretty hardy after that.

    In terms of other injuries, I had tendinitis in both my anterior tibialis and my achilles, tore a quad muscle, had a painful condition called piriformis syndrome, a groin strain which went chronic, and 5 days of food poisoning. Blisters were the least of my worries!

    What was it like running the London marathon as Forrest Gump?

    I've actually run two marathons as Forrest, the Boston marathon and London. I'm going to do Berlin as well - I should just go nuts and do Tokyo, New York and Chicago and become the first Forrest to do the Abbott World Marathon Majors series!

    Running the London and Boston Marathons were amazing experiences and both were very different. Boston was more fun as I just started that jogging and had a beer at mile 11, before I decided to go quickly and got in under three hours. I was flying at the end and probably looked quite a lot like Forrest in his college days.

    London had more pressure as I was trying to break the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon as a film character and I felt that I wasn't really in the kind of shape to do that.

    I managed to pull it off though, with a time of 2:36:24 and afterwards got to meet Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge, the winner. The crowds were amazing in both and I reckon only the winners had more cheers than "Forrest" on the way round. I'd recommend it to anyone!

    Guinness World Record Rob Pope film character running marathon Forrest Gump

    Can you describe some of the other life-changing experiences you've had while embarking upon this adventure?

    The whole run was potentially life-changing, but I still think I'm the same person I was when I started. I wanted to make a difference then and I do now, but the wealth of experiences have enriched me somewhat. I learnt about how kind people can be if you manage to engage with them, how we should break down the barriers that keep us apart.

    For example, I was frequently told not to go to certain areas as they are dangerous, or had surprise expressed when I met someone in one of these areas. We're all just people and it's the belief that some areas are full of good people and some with bad people that is the most dangerous thing in society today, along with the associated wealth gap. I saw some terribly poor areas within a mile of huge gated communities full of castle-sized houses. I mean, that can't be right, can it?

    Not that this changed me,per se, as I like to hope I was like this before, but it certainly affirmed my belief that if you WANT to help, you can. When we were in Arkansas, we encountered a starving stray dog who was super friendly. After all local houses said they didn't know whose dog it was and after being told it would probably get shot to put it out of its misery, my girlfriend and I took her in and named her Hope, after the town we found her in.

    With help from the local community and veterinary hospital we got her to a local animal sanctuary from where she was eventually re-homed to Massachusetts, where she still lives now. It's so easy to turn away from a problem, but so rewarding to get stuck into one. Don't look away next time!

    What's next for you?

    Well, being a dad to my new daughter and getting married are my two main priorities now, but running-wise, Berlin marathon is on the cards for September, after competing in the Red Bull Quicksand event. I have a few other VERY cool things up my sleeve too, but you'll just have to stay tuned for that.

    You can do that by following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @runroblarun and by visiting my website Going The Distance Run where you can also donate to my two amazing charities - the WWF and Peace Direct.

    Please do - I'm so close to my fundraising target!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • What's New At Sundried This July

    Sundried new products fitness sportswear activewear

    This summer, Sundried has lots of exciting new products for you to explore! From super soft seamless ladies tops to ultra cool men's t-shirts, we even have a new reusable eco coffee cup! Let's take a look...

    Sundried Solaro High Waisted Cropped Leggings

    Meet your new favourite gym leggings! Our cropped leggings are bum-sculpting and waist-cinching to enhance your figure and smooth your curves.

    The high-waisted design has a thick waistband that won't dig or rub and they won't fall down as you run, jump, and move throughout your workout. Made in Italy.

    The short Capri design, high waisted, means these fitness leggings are perfect for working out in warmer weather. Designed in a 3/4 length, these gym leggings finish mid-calf and are perfect for yoga, Pilates, tennis, running, cycling yoga and more.
    Benefit from the advanced sweat-wicking technology which will keep you dry and comfortable throughout your workout and the 4-way stretch materials which will give you ultimate freedom of movement and are totally squat-proof!
    These are the most slimming and flattering workout leggings you will find and will give you a sleek, smooth silhouette. Designed with you in mind, they are crafted with the finest Italian materials for ultimate luxury and will last as long as you do.

      £40, shop now

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      Sundried Monte Rosa Women's Seamless Vest

      • This super soft breathable training vest is perfect for all types of workout from running and cycling to HIIT to yoga and Pilates. A women's gym vest made from high-stretch materials in a form-hugging style, this top will soon be your go-to for working out.
      • Featuring stylish detailing and mesh panels, this ladies vest will flatter your bust and cinch your waist giving a sleek and smooth silhouette. Worried about the tight-fitting design? Our advanced tummy control technology will smooth out any problem areas, giving you the confidence you need.
      • Made from luxury Italian fabrics, this premium sports fitness vest is the best and most comfortable gym vest you will find. The seamless design won't chafe as you move and the advanced sweat-wicking technology will keep you dry no matter how much you sweat.
      • Made with four-way stretch materials, this workout vest will move as freely as you do whether you are stretching for your next yoga pose or lifting weights. The super soft fabrics are kind to your skin while the attractive design will make you really look the part.

      £20, shop now

      Sundried Monte Rosa seamless yoga vest top for ladies

      Sundried Paradiso Women's Seamless Vest

      • This super soft breathable training vest is perfect for all types of workout from running and cycling to HIIT to yoga and Pilates. A women's gym vest made from high-stretch materials in a form-hugging style, this top will soon be your go-to for working out.
      • Made in a subtle design with paneling to the sides and a racerback, this stylish ladies gym vest will flatter your bust and cinch your waist giving a sleek and smooth silhouette. Worried about the tight-fitting design? Our advanced tummy control technology will smooth out any problem areas, giving you the confidence you need.
      • Made from luxury Italian fabrics, this premium sports fitness vest is the best and most comfortable gym vest you will find. The seamless design won't chafe as you move and the advanced sweat-wicking technology will keep you dry no matter how much you sweat.
      • Made with four-way stretch materials, this workout vest will move as freely as you do whether you are stretching for your next yoga pose or lifting weights. The super soft fabrics are kind to your skin while the attractive design will make you really look the part.

      £22, shop now

      Sundried women's gym top for yoga

      Sundried Reusable Eco Cup

      • The Sundried eco-friendly Insulated Double Wall Reusable Coffee Cup is perfect for everyone, from coffee to tea drinkers and everyone in between, whether you're on-the-go or just want to save on waste. It is BPA-free and non-toxic and is made without harsh chemicals. It won't taint the taste of your drink and is dishwasher safe.
      • A reusable coffee mug which is tough and durable as well as being fully shatter-proof and leak-proof. No need for a sleeve as the double-layered design fully insulates your drink without making the outside hot to touch so this coffee mug is easy to hold and transport.
      • At such a great price, the breakeven point on this cup is as low as 10 uses. If you care about the environment and saving money, this is the coffee mug for you. This reusable coffee cup looks great with its transparent body and splash-proof sealable lid with adjustable plug at the sipper hole.
      • The generous volume of 420ml gives plenty of room for your morning coffee to get your day off to a great start. Carry on your commute or between meetings with ease thanks to the ergonomic design.

      £20, shop now

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      Sundried Snowdon Men's Ultra Cool T-Shirt

      • If you're looking for your next favourite gym top, look no further. This men's athletic top is made from super soft materials in a 4-way stretch design which won't chafe, no matter how tough your workout. Enjoy unlimited freedom of movement from this unrestrictive sports top so you can run, lift, bend, and stretch to your full potential.
      • The subtle yet stylish design of this sports shirt means it is perfect as all-day activewear as well as for gym training. Wear from the gym to lunch with friends and even to the office. The advanced sweat-wicking technology will keep you dry no matter how much you sweat and underarm sweat patches are a thing of the past thanks to our intelligent design and advanced materials!
      • Enjoy the superior comfort of luxury Italian materials that will last as long as you do. Wash after wash, the quality of this top will not diminish and it won't lose its shape or size. At Sundried, we always recommend that you 'wash cool, sun dry' your sportswear for best results.
      • Great for running, football, golf, tennis, weight training, CrossFit and more, this is the most versatile training top you will find. Available in an attractive slate grey, this top is cool and neutral so will look great with any combination of sportswear. With stylish red detailing to the chest, this short sleeve gym top will accentuate your chest and slim your stomach.

      £30, shop now

      Sundried men's ultra cool gym top t-shirt

      Sundried Etna Seamless Boxer Shorts

      • If you're dedicated to your bodybuilding, running, cycling, CrossFit, or any other sport, you will benefit from these comfortable seamless underpants. The stretch waistband won't dig or rub and the intelligently designed ergonomic pouch will hold you in place throughout your workout.
      • Made with advanced sweat-wicking materials, these boxer briefs will stay dry no matter how much you sweat and the 4-way stretch materials will give you unrestricted movement so you can achieve your goals uninhibited.
      • Uncomfortable, chafing underwear when you play sports or work out is now a thing of the past thanks to Sundried. Our men's boxer shorts are made in a seamless design with super soft luxury Italian fabrics that are designed like sportswear to give you ultimate freedom of movement when you train.
      • Presented in a sleek and stylish jet black design with red detailing, these boxer shorts will be the best looking underwear you own. Designed in a short-medium length, the legs provide protection and comfort without being restrictive or uncomfortable.

      £10, shop now

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      Coming soon... Sundried Triathlon Swim Goggles

      Have a read of our triathlon swimming goggles guide to get you ready for our new goggles which are landing soon.

      Posted by Alexandra Parren
    • Wimbledon Tennis Championships

      Wimbledon finals tennis championships

      Wimbledon is a globally recognised tennis tournament held in London, England and attracts celebrities and sports fans alike to watch world-class athletes battle for the title of Wimbledon Tennis Champion.

      What date is Wimbledon 2018?

      The annual tennis championships held at Wimbledon will run from Monday 2nd July 2018 until Sunday 15th July 2018. 

      The tennis championship at Wimbledon is one of four international Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open.

      The Australian Open was held from 15th January to 28th January 2018, the French Open took place 27th May to 10th June and the US Open is the last to take place chronologically, being held 27th August to 11th September. 

      Wimbledon location

      The Wimbledon tennis tournament is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, a district of south west London in England, UK. The courts are all grass and played mostly outdoors, although some of the courts have roofs which can be activated in the case of bad weather. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass courts.

      The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is a private members' club and was founded in the summer of 1868 when the then-popular game of croquet was at its peak. The game of lawn tennis had only been introduced in England a year earlier and a single lawn of the club was set aside for this new game. 

      Ironically, the first ever winner of Wimbledon, Spencer Gore, is quoted as saying, "lawn tennis will never rank among our great games." Oh how wrong he was, as the annual tennis championship is now watched by nearly 7 million people around the world.

      The nickname SW19 is often applied to this event as this is the postcode (area code) associated with the geographic location of Wimbledon within London. 

      Roger Federer Wimbledon Tennis Championships Grand Slam

      Wimbledon winners

      As is the case every year, Serena Williams is the one to watch in the ladies' matches. Serena and her sister Venus are two of the most famous female sportspeople in the world and are amazing role models for women around the world in this hugely male-dominated industry. Serena won her first major tennis championship in 1999 at the age of 19 and has gone on to win a record-breaking 23 Grand Slam titles over the course of her career.

      Her sister Venus has achieved 7 Grand Slam titles and has redefined the sport of tennis with her strength, determination, and pure grit. 

      Among the men, the top players are Swiss Roger Federer, Serbian Novak Djokovic, and Brit Andy Murray. Roger Federer is thought to be the highest earning tennis player thanks to his elusive sponsorship deals with Rolex, Credit Suisse, Moet & Chandon, as well as a new £230m deal with Uniqlo clothing, setting his net worth at roughly £343.5m.

      Why do players wear white at Wimbledon?

      Wimbledon is renowned for its strict rules and traditions. As an historically British event, it is always attended by the Royal family and it has a famously strict dress code for players.

      All players at Wimbledon's tennis tournament are required to wear all-white or at least almost all-white sports clothing. This dates back to when the Victorians believed white to look cleaner when the wearer is sweaty. It was particularly applied to women, as it was deemed unacceptable for a woman to be seen perspiring. 

      Players are allowed a single trim of colour on their clothing and are allowed a small amount of branding from pre-approved sponsors. 

      Novak Djokovic Tennis Player Wimbledon SW19

      How much is Wimbledon prize money?

      The total prize pot for Wimbledon 2018 has increased and it is announced to stand at £34 million.

      The men's and women's champions each win £2.25 million, an increase from £2.2 million last year.

      The Gentlemen’s Doubles and Ladies’ Doubles will meanwhile win £450k, an increase from £400k in 2017 and £350k the year before.

      The Mixed Doubles champions stand to earn £110k, an increase on the £100k handed out to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 winners.

      The History Of Wimbledon

      The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world standing at 141 years old having started in 1877. The first ever Wimbledon event had only one game - the Gentleman's singles. It is now host to four junior and four invitation competitions alongside five main contests. 

      In 1967, this famous tennis tournament made history by being the first broadcast to ever be televised in colour. 

      Feeling inspired?

      Shop Sundried's women's tennis vest

      Shop Sundried's men's tennis t-shirt

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      Posted by Alexandra Parren