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Choosing the best water bottle for yourself or your family can be tricky.  With millions of disposable plastic water bottles ending up in landfill each year, we encourage you to find the best reusable water bottle for your daily needs so that you are more likely to carry your water bottle with you everywhere.

When choosing the best water bottle these are the key things to consider (generally in order of how we find people prioritize the criteria):

  • Size –  A one litre bottle full of water can be very heavy to carry around all day.  Will you be able to fill it up during the day?  Is it just to sit on your desk and help you monitor how much you are drinking?  How much will the child drink during the day?  For children, a large bottle when full can be quite dangerous.
  • Leak-proof lid – most metal bottles and hard plastic bottles (which can not be squeezed to force water out) do not allow a leak proof sports sipper top because there needs to be a very small hole for air to escape and allow a strong flow of water to your mouth).  Will your bottle be tossed around in a bag without any water leaking on to your phone, iPad, text books, or other contents.  Or, will you be able to keep this bottle upright, such as on your desk or in a backpack that has a drink bottle holder or in your bike’s bottle holder.  Note that some water bottle ranges do offer interchangeable lids, so while the original bottle may be sold with a lid that leaks, there may be other options to add on.  With Klean Kanteen, you can simply choose the lid that you prefer: sports top that is not leak proof, but very easy to drink from ; or a screw top lid.
  • Material — Many people already have an idea of whether they prefer glass, metal or BPA free plastic.  Each has its benefits.   Our strong, thick quality plastic is light, robust and does not dent.  Glass is absolutely the safest (no toxins) and best for not tainting the flavour, particularly for smoothies and sports drinks.  Metal is also robust but it can dent and the paint can scratch off.  SIGG bottles are as light as strong plastic, while stainless steel is a little heavier.  However, stainless steel is less likely to dent than a SIGG bottle.  Even though a SIGG bottle may dent, the lining never cracks and they remain taste-free and non-toxic for many, many years.
  • Cost — You do pay for quality and all bottles sold at Biome are great quality and backed up by the guarantee of the manufacturer. Our manufacturers are not nameless or faceless.  They are companies like Klean Kanteen where you can check their website and read all about their track record and approach to manufacturing.  For kids, you might also consider whether the child will be at risk of losing the bottle?
  • Appearance — Does the look of the bottle matter to you?  Will an attractive bottle make you more likely to use it?
  • Mouth size — Do you wish to put ice cubes inside your bottle?  In that case, you will need a wide mouth bottle (not a SIGG bottle).  A standard Klean Kanteen and Nathan are big enough for ice.   Mouth size is also important for the ease of cleaning.  If you are just putting water in the bottle, you only need to rinse out the bottle and occasionally use a long handle bottle brush on the inside.  However, if you are carrying milk drinks or smoothies, you want to have good access to scrub the inside.  In that case, you want a Life factory glass bottle or a Klean Kanteen wide mouth insulated bottle.
  • Insulated or not – If you wish to use your water bottle for hot drinks, you must have a double walled insulated bottle.  Plastic mouth pieces such as straws and sports tops are also not suitable for hot drinks.  Never choose plastic for hot drinks – only ever choose stainless steel for hot drinks.

(by Biome team )

Here is more water bottle information to consider about:

Brand           

Price Range

Material         

Sizes available          

 Mouth type         

Leak proof

SIGG $32 – $44 Aluminium + lining 300ml – 1L normal & wide yes – all tops
Klean Kanteen $20 – $33 Stainless Steel 355ml – 1182ml wide neck loop cap – yessports top – no
Ecococoon
Insulated
$25 – $35 Stainless Steel 350ml – 600ml wide neck yes
Thermos
Insulated
$27 – $35 Stainless Steel 335ml -750ml wide neck yes
Lifefactory $20 – $38 Glass + silicone sleeve 250ml –  650ml wide neck screw top – yesflip top – no
Klean Kanteen
Insulated
$35 – $41 Stainless Steel 355ml – 590ml wide neck yes

What are the best water bottles for your contents?

Water

All bottles are of course safe for water!  And best of all, using a reusable drink bottle for water will save you plenty of dollars.  We recommend filling your drink bottle with filtered water wherever possible as this will help to stop mineral deposits forming in the bottle.

Juice

Acidic fruit juices should not be kept in all bottles as the lining may react with the juice.  SIGG, with its taste neutral inert lining, is perfectly safe for fruit juice, as we believe is the best choice for juice.  Stainless steel bottles such as Klean Kanteen are also safe for fruit juice and will not corrode the high grade stainless steel – although you may experience a slight metallic taste.

Also remember to never store fruit juice for any longer than 24 hours, as the contents will ferment, and to keep the bottle as cool as possible.  Wash your drink bottle with warm soapy water each day and leave open to dry out completely.

Milk

Stainless steel is the best water bottle for milk, breast milk and formula.  Create a stainless steel sippy with a Klean Kanteen 12oz bottle and Avent sippy cup spout.  Food-grade stainless steel is used in the dairy, brewing, food and winemaking industries and is safe for milk. It’s the material of choice for a drink bottle because it doesn’t retain or impart flavors.  Your child’s Kid Kanteen Sippy is totally safe and flavour-free.

Hot drink

You should not use single-walled Klean Kanteen or SIGG drink bottles for hot beverages because you can burn yourself. Warm beverages can be used at your own personal comfort level.

For hot drinks, the best water bottle is a double-walled vacuum insulated  Klean Kanteen bottle or SIGG Thermo mug.  These insulated bottles will keep food or drink hot and cold for a number of hours.

(From: http://www.biome.com.au/content/60-best-water-bottle)

What Equipment Do You Need For Yoga?

Actually you don’t need much to start   doing yoga; I’d say you only need a good mat. That’s all. But… Sometimes, just to make the practice more convenient, or to enhance it, we can use various props and wear particular clothes. If you feel like having the mat only is not enough for you, then go on reading, since we’re going to dive into the most popular and needed yoga gear the majority of students use. You can consider it to be a kind of a yoga equipment checklist for beginners, or something.

What Do You Need For a Yoga Class?

 

  • A Yoga Mat

Among the things you need for yoga class a yoga mat is the most essential. Alternatively, you can have a blanket or a yoga towel, which is also popular in Hot or Bikram yoga.

Yoga mats are made of various materials; the better the material is the more expensive the mat. The same is true for the mat’s size: if you want something bigger and thicker, you will have to pay more. But, there is no need to have a huge mat, because it will be difficult to carry it with you to a yoga studio. You can have it at home, of course, but still I think it is not always very practical. You need to get the right mat thickness, as for the size – just let it cover the whole area on the floor where your body lays.

It’s great to have a natural, Eco friendly yoga mat, but such mats are usually quite expensive – can be over $40.

As in the case with mats, the skidless yoga towels also come in various types, materials and prices. Sometimes, a quality towel costs more than a good mat.

Now, although I said that there is no need to get a huge and expensive mat, it doesn’t mean you need to get a cheap trifle. No, a mat is essential and it will be with you during your practice for years! So get a really good one you like and feel comfortable to practice on it.

  • Only a Mat? Oh, Wait!

Actually, there is something else your mat needs: it is either a yoga mat bag or a carrying strap. You will need them to transport your mat to a class. A bag protects your mat from dust, but a strap is easy to use and fast to make your mat ready for the practice. Some mat straps can also be used to aid your practice, which is an additional benefit.

  • What’s Next? Yoga Apparel

The next most important thing after the mat is the yoga apparel. The first thing to look at is the natural material like cotton or linen; also the clothes should be loose enough to allow free movement in various poses. Yoga practice involves flexibility and wide range motions, so make sure you get yoga pants and shirts to facilitate this.

Instead of pants you may want to get leggings – they are fine as long as they are suitable for doing yoga poses. Instead of t-shirts you can have yoga tops, which often are pretty convenient. Some of them have built-in secure bras to provide an appropriate support for female students during their practice.

The next are the yoga socks and gloves (or yoga paws). Actually I prefer to do yoga barefoot and with nothing on my hands. But if you are not into displaying these parts of your body, or it’s just a bit cold in the room you practice in, then you can get a special socks and gloves that provide an adequate grip. Also there are yoga shoes, which can be great to wear in a studio, especially during winter.

  • Yoga Straps and Blocks

Now is the turn for yoga props, namely straps and blocks. These are good for beginners, since the serve to provide “extra arms” and an additional support. “Extra arms” means that when you don’t have enough flexibility to do a pose, you can use a yoga strap to extend your arms. The similar thing is with the yoga blocks – for example, when you do the triangle pose (Trikonasana), and cannot reach the floor with your hand, you can have a block under it to place the palm over. Often these props are recommended for beginners since they not only compensate for your lack flexibility, but also provide extra safety.

Other props include yoga bolsters or yoga pillows, bands, rollers, belts (the same or slightly different from the straps), yoga balls, sandbags. Basically, all these belong to so called ‘optional yoga equipment’.

Is There Any Difference Between Yoga Equipment For Men And For Women?

Not really; the major stuff is the same. The difference is in the apparel of course: pants, t-shirts, socks, etc. But when it comes to mats, straps, bolsters, blocks – all are the same.

When you consider buying yoga supplies, start with the essential gear like a mat and clothes; if after a while you’ll feel like you need some more stuff to aid your practice, then go and get what’s required. But personally, I think there is no need to buy every piece of yoga gear at once. Chances are you won’t use all the things, some will be collecting dust. So start with the most essential yoga equipment for beginners, and proceed to get more if needed.

I hope I made it clear about what you need to start yoga. The main thing, of course, is your desire to go on, and the ability to be regular and gradual in your practice.

P.S. By the way, I completely forgot about doing yoga at home! If you practice at home, then consider buying the best yoga DVD for beginners!

(Source:http://yogayukta.com/739/yoga-equipment-for-beginners/ By:Den)

In the past, the gym bag was a bag and nothing more. It was a place for you to keep your workout clothes and that was all. Today however, gym bags have evolved significantly and there are many types out there and many of them have been created for the fashion conscious. They also come with many great features that are beneficial for those who regularly go to the gym. This article is going to look at some of the most important features that a bag should have when you are choosing it.

It is important to remember that depending on what physical activity take part in you will properly need a different sort of bag. For example, someone with new boxes will need space in the back for gloves, where as someone who runs will need extra space for a pair of running shoes.

 

Gym Bag

Gym Bag

 

  • The Gym Bag Essential: Storage Space

Don’t think that storage space necessarily means that you need a lot of room. A common thought among people who are buying a gym bag is that the more space it has the better. However, this leads to the problem that the bag may have only a few items in it and this can make it difficult to carry and not good-looking. Consider what you take to the gym before selecting the bag and decide how much space you need before you buy. Also remember that it should easily be able to fit into a gym sized locker.

  • Consider the Construction Material

A bag is something that people tend to throw around, it moves from the boot of the car, to the gym locker, to the laundry room. In most of these places it is either being dumped or crammed into a small space. This means that the bag you select needs to be durable and it should be made from a material that lasts, nylon and cotton are good and strong options that are also not expensive.

Leather is something that is popular because it looks good and is also durable. Unfortunately it comes with a major disadvantage – it absorbs smells in the long-term. If you’re stuffing your smelly gym clothes and trainers into the bag for months on end, eventually the leather is going to start to smell and you are not going to be able to wash the smell out.

  • Multiple Compartments And Multiple Bags
Multiple Gym Bags

Multiple Gym Bags

There are several reasons why you need multiple compartments in a bag. Before you go to the gym you’re going to want to separate your clean clothes from your trainers. When you are finished in the gym you’re going to want a space to keep your smelly clothes and you’re not going to want your casual clothes to have absorbed smells while in the bag. Keeping everything compartmentalized or in separate bags is essential. If you are swimming it will also mean you can keep the rest of your gear dry.

These are just some of the factors you should consider when buying a sport bag for the gym. Remember to assess your requirements before you go out shopping.

(Source: GET FIT YOU!)


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