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Mirafit 6ft Folding Exercise Mat

I’ve used this mat for years and it’s still as good as the day I bought it! It’s thick so you can use it on hard floors, it folds up so it’s easy to store, it has handles so its easy to carry and it’s lasted me at least 8 years with very little wear! A few things to note – It is PVC so it can get sweaty (but easy to wipe clean) and it’s not the lightest or smallest so you won’t be able to slip it into your gym bag. All in all, a quality mat!

INTEY Resistance Bands

I would recommend these resistance bands to anyone who does a lot of travelling or wants to workout cheaply. Light, easily transportable, different resistances to suit all users and you can work any part of your body with them. I travelled the USA for 10 weeks with these, using them almost every day with no issues. I also take them on every business trip and I know other members of MHV use them when they work away too.

FitBeast hand grip strengthener and forearm grip workout kit

I use this hand gripper and finger exercise set to train my hand strength when I don’t get time to work out. My favourite way to develop grip strength is to hook a towel over a chin up bar and do chin ups but on days when I’m travelling or if I just can’t make it to the gym I give the gripper a good squeeze! The finger exercisers are great for exercising those muscles in and around your hands that very rarely get worked. Perfect for weightlifters, climbers, grapplers, injury rehab, ageing individuals and instrument players. The tension on the gripper is adjustable but it may feel easy for someone with a strong grip. If that’s the case, squeeze slower, hold the squeeze for longer and release slower.

Bamboo Gods, Iron Men and Rubber Bands

This is my go-to book for stretching exercises, mobility drills and advice on how to protect my body against injury. Tom has been there and done it. Unlike many trainers, he hasn’t got carried away with fancy new fads or exercise practices. Plus, his uncle was one of my favourite on-screen stars – all round bad ass, Charles Bronson. Tom has been involved in wrestling, many martial arts, special force’s training and was one of the first guys in the USA to be qualified to teach kettlebell workouts. He was also quoted in Pavel Tsatouline’s book – The Naked Warrior. No nonsense and no fluff, Tom’s book is a must if you care about your health.

Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great

A book that I always refer back to when considering a new exercise programme. It’s a comprehensive manual on training and is especially good for researching how I complete certain movements to optimise my training and avoid injury. There are also sections for beginners exercises, rest, nutrition, stretching and much, much more. The price of this book is worth every penny if it means I am going to avoid injury! It’s the only exercise book you will ever need.

Homemade Muscle

I once asked Gaz for advice on how to correctly perform bodyweight exercises that would give me a serious workout and help me to avoid injury. He pointed me in the direction of this book by Anthony Arvanitakis and I have never looked back! Not only does this book contain great information on nutrition, supplements and exercising with hardly any equipment, Anthony’s story of triumph is all the motivation you need to keep achieving your goals! Want to know Anthony’s story before you buy his book – listen to our full podcast with him here: Anthony Arvanitakis – Bodyweight Training, Dealing With Major Setbacks, And Personal Development

Tatami Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt

This product should be included in every category we have! You get so much more than exercise from starting a martial art – improved relationships, increased self-confidence, an understanding of how you learn and skills for controlling your mind, body and emotions. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the martial art that we often recommend but if you find a good coach, any martial art is worth doing. You just need to start!

MMA Mats Martial Arts Tatami Foam Mats 40mm 1m x 1m Red Blue Karate Taekwondo Mats | My Home Vitality

During lockdown I had to find a way of practicing jiu-jitsu at home. I bought 6 of these 40mm 1m x 1m Tatami mats and they did the job perfectly! 40mm is thick enough for you to practice falling and 6 mats (6m2) are enough for me to roll with a partner (or on my own), practice yoga and do some boxing sparring. Definitely worth the investment if you are committed to training at home.

RDX Boxing Gloves for Training and Muay Thai, Maya Hide Leather Mitts for Fighting, Kickboxing, Sparring, EGO Glove for Punch Bag, Focus Pads, Thai Pad and Double End Ball Punching

If you’re not a professional boxer, these gloves will be just fine for doing drills and practicing with friends. They offer good value for money and will last you a decent amount of time. The are durable, long-lasting and have good padding. If you are looking for a pair that will last you many years, a lot of my friends swear by Fairtex but they’re more than twice the price of the RDX ones.

Iso-Bow By Bullworker: Fast Flexibility and Strength Trainer-Stretching Tool for Yoga and Pilates - Portable Isometric Home Fitness Exercise Training Equipment,Great for Traveling

You can literally work your whole body and increase your flexibility with this simple, portable and relatively cheap piece of equipment. It’s perfect for travelling and comes with a 5 year warranty! You also get access to a range of FREE videos showing you exercises for all fitness levels to help you get stronger and more flexible.

Finding Your Path | My Home Vitality

Want to find your freedom, improve your results, conquer your fears, and change your life for the better? This course has been specifically developed so you don’t waste years of your life following the wrong path. It gives you all the skills you need to move towards a better life. Click the image to check it out!

Walking Your Path | My Home Vitality

Need to make a change but keep putting it off? Ever started something that slowly faded into giving up? This programme that gives you every elite tactic you need to assess and overcome psychological barriers to change, take action, eliminate bad habits and sustain long-term action. Click on the image for a full description of what this programme offers.

The 4 Hour Work Week

One of the best books I have ever read! I would say it’s one of my top 5. It actually gives you specific models for living more and working less. Everybody wants freedom in their life and this book gives you the tips, tools and techniques to create it.

Why wouldn’t you want a reference book of tips from the healthiest, wealthiest and wisest people on the planet? There is no doubt that you will find something in this book which you will use for the rest of your life – tips, techniques, strategies, products, apps, stories, philosophies. This book really has it all. It’s not a book that you sit down and read at once. It’s a book that you leave on your shelf, either to reference or dip into every once in a while. You will not get this kind of advice, at this price, anywhere else! Worth every penny in my view!

This book seriously changed the way I plan and tackle my goals. It is a very simple reminder that everyone starts as a novice but through consistent, disciplined practice you can achieve anything. It’s an easy read, suitable for children. I read it on holiday in June 2018. Since then I have developed my own “code of conduct,” set monthly goals and always remind myself that fear is only the sensation that occurs between preparation and execution – it is easy to overcome fear with good preparation and a sprinkle of bravery.

This is not a pickup book! I learned more about personal and social development from this book than I have from almost all others! Mark Manson focuses on developing yourself as a person to create strong human connections, not “performing” for some unfulfilling goal. Some of the advice given in this book is invaluable, especially around vulnerability, honesty, communication, anxiety and generally living a well-balanced, fulfilling lifestyle. Women could also learn a lot from this book. If anything, it’s a personal development guide!

Very similar layout to the Tools of Titans but Tim Ferriss asks some of the most interesting and successful people in the world 11 questions, of which he publishes the most useful answers. Another fantastic book for gathering top tips from the best in the world and great value for money!

This book is a real life changer. You will find it mentioned across our website, social media platforms, podcasts and videos. It’s a short guide to living a successful life no matter what your definition of success is. Discipline is a must for creating the life of your dreams. There is no shortcut, there is no hack. Discipline Equals Freedom. The book is as simple as that. The book is split into simple sections – mentality (thoughts), nutrition (fuel), rest & recovery (repair and maintenance) and exercise (workouts).

I found this really useful for creating learning plans as I move through stages of learning. From apprenticeship to skill acquisition to experimentation, the foundation of this book is brilliant.There are also some useful stories to refer back to if you find yourself struggling. It is a large book, so a summarised version or audio book may be more suitable for those who don’t read.

The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers by Andrew Dilnot and Michael Blastland

This book will really improve the way you think about statistics which can be so misinforming! Number are a part of life, so if you want to improve your position in the world, it’s it’s important to understand them. The Tiger That Isn’t really shines the light on blind spots that you may not have considered when thinking critically in the past.

Could not live without this baby! You can cook whole meals on it without a fuss, it’s easy to clean and very quick for lean cooking. Vegetables, meat, fish, you name it, you can do it. If the only culinary equipment I had was a knife, fork, plate and this, I would be able to live just fine! It’s a great investment and not expensive either!

Without doubt one of the best cookery books on the market! The whole team here love it and everyone we speak to seems to love it! There are only 5 ingredients per recipe, making preparation super easy and the book is split into sections so you can find the recipes you want – salads, pasta, eggs, chicken, fish, beef, noodles, veg, etc. I am speaking on behalf of all the team here at My Home Vitality – this is an awesome cookery book!

I have referred this book to work colleges who often find themselves short on time. Brilliant book with some great recipes and works a treat if you need quick healthy meal ideas. Joe breaks it down nicely too – explaining his plan, reduced carb recipes, higher carb recipes, snacks, treats and exercises. It’s not a health book that restricts your diet to the usual chicken, rice and vegetables. There is something for everyone!

I’ve been using this for a while now. It works perfectly for making my super healthy smoothies and protein drinks. It’s really simple to use, easy to clean and can blend all sorts of foods. This is a product I use almost every day, which is convenient considering I was given the task of writing our “Healthy Smoothies” article!

I purchased this soup maker a while ago because every Sunday evening I have left over vegetables! This product is perfect for me to prepare a quick batch of soup to take to work throughout the week. I just add my leftover vegetables, boiling water, a stock cube and seasoning and the soup maker does the rest. This machine will blend and cook any vegetables you like. When done, pour out the soup into separate containers and pop them in the fridge – you’ll have meals for at least the next few days!

The My Home Vitality team are big fans of the summer and what better than a little Caribbean taste to put us in the mood! I introduced this book to the team not long ago and we all seem to love it! There are plenty of options for appetisers, mains and desserts. My personal favourite is the Jamaican Pork Chops. There are also some great BBQ recipes – a perfect summer cookery book!

This wok was bought for me as a gift by my work colleagues and it’s one of the best gifts I have been given! It’s fantastic for dishes such as stir fry, pad thai, jambalaya and paella; although, I do tend to use a larger wok when I’m cooking for friends and family. It comes with a 25 year guarantee!

I love using chopsticks for so many reasons… It’s much easier to limit my food intake, avoiding that stuffy bloating feeling and aiding my digestion. They force me to eat mindfully and really appreciate the food I am putting into my mouth. They also help develop my fine motor skills, keeping my mind active and my coordination sharp. Obviously I don’t eat all foods with chopsticks but I find that using them every so often allows me to benefit from all of the above and makes me even more grateful for the little things in life (i.e. a fork and spoon!). These lessons and skills are good for kids too.

After listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast with Matthew Walker I just had to buy this book! It really opens your eyes to the importance of sleep. Current, scientific, factual, relevant and very significant for those looking to improve their health. A must read in my opinion!

Headspace

I know many of the My Home Vitality team use Headspace but in slightly different ways. Some people use it to help them sleep, some like it to improve focus and some like it to wind down after a hard day at work. I would definitely recommend trialling the 10 free meditations available when you download the app. You have nothing to lose!

Resources That Have Moulded My Life – Models: Attract Women Through Honesty by Mark Manson

This is not a pickup book! I learned more about personal and social development from this book than I have from almost all others! Mark Manson focuses on developing yourself as a person to create strong human connections, not “performing” for some unfulfilling goal. Some of the advice given in this book is invaluable, especially around vulnerability, honesty, communication, anxiety and generally living a well-balanced, fulfilling lifestyle. Women could also learn a lot from this book. If anything, it’s a personal development guide!

Letters To Open When...

This is the most thoughtful gift I have ever received! When my husband went away, he gave me this book of letters to open when my mood matched the description on the envelope. He wrote down memories that we shared together, each relating to a different feeling. This is an awesome gift that you can give to virtually anyone to boost morale when you’re not around. I will never forget it!

Moonpig

I first used moonpig.com when moving house. The people I purchased the house from were really lovely people and left me a lot of furniture which would have cost me a fortune to buy. After living in my home for a few months I found a picture of the old couple which I used to design a personalised card using moonpig.com. The couple really appreciated the card and now I go to see them most Sundays for dinner. The power of a personalised message is undeniable. I now have an amazing relationship with the couple and their family and I get free meals too! 🙂 Cards, gifts, flowers and confectionery, moonpig.com does it all and I’ve never had a bad service!

This book has it all if you are looking to master your mind. For a relatively short book, it is packed with tips, tools, techniques, anecdotes and practices that you can apply to every day life. I like it because it is simply broken down into sections that I can read and apply to my life one step at a time. I have used it for breathing drills, mental toughness techniques, developing my leadership skills and controlling my mind in times of stress. Navy Seals are some of the strongest people on the planet… If you can’t learn mental strength from a Navy Seal, you can’t learn it from anyone!

I always refer back to this book! It’s relatable, non-religious and very practical. Simply live in the moment! It has helped me to stop worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past. Now I take time to focus on the beauty around me. This book will help people who are often too busy to notice what’s going on in their own mind because of past/future meetings, work, debt, deadlines, disappointments, etc. A very enlightening book which will change the way you look at life!

This book was recommended to me by a friend who knew I was interested in consciousness, meditation and “spirituality” but also knew I wasn’t religious. I always refer back to pages 2 to 5, reminding me to live in the present, look after my mind and love unconditionally. Some parts are a bit “neurosciencey” (which interested me) and there are religious discussions (which didn’t interest me) but if you are looking for a logical take on consciousness, mindfulness, “the self” and meditation, separate from religious doctrines, you will enjoy it. It was well worth a read if you want to open your mind to spirituality and consciousness.

I recommend this book to people who are curious about mental health and want an easy read. Ruby Wax makes mental health simple and entertaining. She also provides some good practical instructions on how to relieve stress and anxiety. I wouldn’t say this book is a life changer, or suitable for everyone, but it will ease people, who may not otherwise be interested, into improving their mental health. My mother for example! It’s a good one to gift.

Headspace

I know many of the My Home Vitality team use Headspace but in slightly different ways. Some people use it to help them sleep, some like it to improve focus and some like it to wind down after a hard day at work. I would definitely recommend trialling the 10 free meditations available when you download the app. You have nothing to lose!

This book seriously changed the way I plan and tackle my goals. It is a very simple reminder that everyone starts as a novice but through consistent, disciplined practice you can achieve anything. It’s an easy read, suitable for children. I read it on holiday in June 2018. Since then I have developed my own “code of conduct,” set monthly goals and always remind myself that fear is only the sensation that occurs between preparation and execution – it is easy to overcome fear with good preparation and a sprinkle of bravery.

I love using chopsticks for so many reasons… It’s much easier to limit my food intake, avoiding that stuffy bloating feeling and aiding my digestion. They force me to eat mindfully and really appreciate the food I am putting into my mouth. They also help develop my fine motor skills, keeping my mind active and my coordination sharp. Obviously I don’t eat all foods with chopsticks but I find that using them every so often allows me to benefit from all of the above and makes me even more grateful for the little things in life (i.e. a fork and spoon!). I find these lessons and skills are good for kids too.

The Oxygen Advantage: The simple, scientifically proven breathing technique that will revolutionise your health and fitness

This book is all you need to understand why breathing is so important and how to improve the quality of your breathing. It is extremely well written because it is scientific but understandable. There are lots of techniques and exercises designed to reduce your breathlessness, anxiety and stress, whilst improving your sleep, sports performance and overall health. This stuff should be taught in schools… A must-read in my opinion!

Let Every Breath: Secrets of the Russian Breath Masters by Vladimir Vassiliev and Scott Meredith

Another book that reveals the importance of how you breathe for health and physical performance. Let Every Breath teaches you the principles and tactics behind Systema Breathing, a discipline passed down through the ranks of the Russian elite special forces. It provides you with many breathing techniques, drills and explanations for improving your movement, energy, health and happiness. Another really enlightening book on breathing!

Functional Breathing for Health & WellbeingFunctional Breathing for Health & Wellbeing by David Toney | My Home Vitality

If you prefer to watch videos rather than read books, David Toney’s Functional Breathing for Health and Wellness course may be a better option that the books listed. David has learned from some of the most credible experts in this field, including Patrick McKeown and is a qualified Buteyko instructor. He has also done extensive research into other breathing methods as he explained on our podcast show. In this course he offers lots of techniques, tips and tricks for improving your health through controlling the way you breathe and also offers tracking tools to measure your progress. Use the code MyHomeVitality for 10% off David’s online courses.

MMA Mats Martial Arts Tatami Foam Mats 40mm 1m x 1m Red Blue Karate Taekwondo Mats | My Home Vitality

During lockdown I had to find a way of practicing jiu-jitsu at home. I bought 6 of these 40mm 1m x 1m Tatami mats and they did the job perfectly! 40mm is thick enough for you to practice falling and 6 mats (6m2) are enough for me to roll with a partner (or on my own), practice yoga and do some boxing sparring. Definitely worth the investment if you are committed to training at home.

Tatami Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt

This product should be included in every category we have! You get so much more than exercise from starting a martial art – improved relationships, increased self-confidence, an understanding of how you learn and skills for controlling your mind, body and emotions. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the martial art that we often recommend but if you find a good coach, any martial art is worth doing. You just need to start!

RDX Boxing Gloves for Training and Muay Thai, Maya Hide Leather Mitts for Fighting, Kickboxing, Sparring, EGO Glove for Punch Bag, Focus Pads, Thai Pad and Double End Ball Punching

If you’re not a professional boxer, these gloves will be just fine for doing drills and practicing with friends. They offer good value for money and will last you a decent amount of time. The are durable, long-lasting and have good padding. If you are looking for a pair that will last you many years, a lot of my friends swear by Fairtex but they’re more than twice the price of the RDX ones.

Sandee Authentic Boxing Gloves 4oz 6oz 8oz 10oz 12oz 14oz 16oz Muay Thai Sparring Gloves

I have friends who have used the same pair of Sandee gloves for 4-5 years and they’re still going strong! They are handmade in Thailand (primarily Muay Thai gloves but can be used for any type of punching) and are legendary for their longevity and reliability. They also have good wrist support and padding for powerful striking and are perfect for all-round training. The catch? They’re much more expensive than the RDX ones.