Health & Fitness

By Jasmin Guleria

June’s Fit Finds are devoted to wellness in the times of pandemics, indoor exercise in the (hopefully!) impending hot summer days, and of course we couldn’t resist adding in a cool new low-calorie beverage sure to tingle the taste buds, while keeping your waistline in check. Stay healthy, fit, and refreshed this June with these latest and greatest products!

With news of the Swine Flu pandemic infiltrating the news circuit nationwide, everyone’s taking precautions and number one on the list of precautions is picking up a hand sanitizer from your corner drug store. But did you know that the majority of these hand sanitizers contain harsh chemicals that strip the skin of natural oils and are unsafe for children? Fortunately, there’s now an organically pure alternative for disinfecting hands when soap and water aren’t readily available. Clean George, the first organic hand purifier that is also a moisturizer is a completely alcohol-free product that contains tea tree and manuka oils, natural antibacterials. It comes in three scents: Lovin’ Lavender, Grapefruit n’ Sage, and Mint-alyptus. Available at select Whole Foods stores or via http://www.cleangeorge.com.

The washing machine is ironically a device that can harbor more fungus than any
 other place in the home. These fungus spores often collect on residue that’s been left
behind from detergents and fabric softeners and result in a
moldy, mildew smell that is transferred to fabrics. Medical experts agree that many fungi and molds can cause serious health problems and should be kept away from sensitive people, the elderly and children.

Smelly Washer can clear up this all-too-common-problem in a non-toxic, environmentally friendly manner. Just add one tablespoon of Smelly Washer powder to a hot cycle and your washer will be healthy and fungus-free! Available at http://www.smellywasher.com

Come summertime, everybody wants to look good. But getting families to enjoy exercise can be a daunting task, especially during those particularly hot summer days. Get everyone interested and excited about fitness in the comfort of your living room with Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009. Starring Jillian Michaels, the tough trainer from television’s popular The Biggest Loser, this Wii Balance Board-compatible game allows players to become new recruits in Jillian’s boot camp, where they enroll in a unique training program composed of challenging fitness tests and an ever-changing series of workouts.

If your summer plans consist of traveling, Let’s Pilates or Let’s Yoga are the games for you. These Nintendo DS-compatible games are perfect portable fitness experiences when you’re on the go and don’t have time for the gym or fitness class. Used regularly by mega-star Angelina Jolie (the queen of 24/7 traveling) as a fitness tool, Let’s Pilates is a treasure-trove of knowledge whether you’ve been doing Pilates for five years or five minutes. Let’s Yoga is a full-scale instructional game that helps you take advantage of yoga in your everyday routine.

Available anywhere video games are sold or on http://www.amazon.com

Totally Organica, the nation’s first line of USDA Certified organic sparkling water, has nothing artificial or unnatural about it – no added sugars, carbs, calories, sodium, or artificial flavorings, sweeteners or colors. Choose from eight tantalizing flavors; lemon lime, cranberry, green apple, raspberry, pomegranate, melon, and mint, all bottled in a stylish and narrow PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle, one of the most recyclable plastics. Reduce your carbon footprint, while quenching your thirst and keeping your waist in check – talk about a versatile beverage! Available at Whole Foods stores and http://www.totallyorganica.com.

Originally published June 2009
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