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Summer health and fitness essentials at the Hyperdome

Ashleigh Went

Summer is a time when we all tend to show our bodies a little extra love – ramping up our fitness routines and cleaning up our diets.

Being fit and healthy doesn’t have to cost a bomb. We headed to the Hyperdome Shopping Centre to stock up on essentials. Here are some of our favourites:

Meal prep mania


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Whether you’re a cooking aficionado or a nutritive novice, having the right tools can go a long way to creating food that satisfies your taste buds and your nutrition goals—without slaving away in the kitchen for hours.

Sauvage Urbain is a gourmet gadget-lover’s paradise! For quick vegie crudités, grab the iconchef Veggie Stix ($20.95) – it will save you hours of chopping. We also love the Cuisnart Fruit Scoop ($169) for turning fresh fruit into frozen dessert, and the Davis & Waddell electric yogurt maker ($69.95) for trying our hands at homemade, prebiotic-packed yoghurt and sauerkraut.

Lessons in lunching

There’s no point prepping lunches in advance if you don’t have the tools to easily transport them to work!

Kmart have all the goods when it comes to lunch prep, and we especially love their lunchbox range. There’s bento boxes ($8), Hamburger Boxes ($4) and of course the Insulated Bags ($6) which not only look good but keep your lunch cool too.

Fitbit Fever


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Wearable tech is huge at the moment – and for good reason. Using a device that tracks your activity levels, sleep quality, and even nutrition can go a long way in helping you to monitor and improve your overall health.

When it comes to wearable tech, Rebel Sports has all the goods. The Fitbit Ionic ($449) is well worth the splurge – it’s the latest offering which boasts personal coaching, a built in GPS and heart rate monitor, and allows you to store music. It’s also water resistant and offers swim tracking. While you’re there, pick yourself up a pair of Plantronics BackBeat FIT earphones ($119). They’re wireless and sweatproof so they’ll keep you going through your toughest workouts.

Hydration Station

We’ve been told time and time again how important it is to drink water, especially during the summer months.

The truth is that plain water just hasn’t seemed that exciting—until now. Target has a range of products that have made hydration a whole lot more exciting. Pick up their Iced Infuser Jug ($12) to keep in the fridge – with a special compartment for ice and flavourings, you can experiment with different delicious combinations, from basic citrus to exotic pairings like blueberry and basil. They also have a Twist and Go Sport Blender ($15) for smoothies on the go.

Recipe for success


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Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. When you’re lacking inspiration in the kitchen, it’s good to have some help on hand in the form of recipe books.

Dymocks have a great range of healthy cookbooks available, so you can turn to the experts like Jamie Oliver, Michelle Bridges or Jessica Sepel for help. My personal favourite is James Wong’s How to Eat Better ($35). It’s a book I personally own and regularly use – not only is it packed with delicious, healthy recipes but it’s also made in consultation with a registered nutritionist, so you know it’s backed by science.

Beauty Booty

When it comes to health, don’t neglect your skin. In the summer months, the sun can wreak havoc, causing premature aging and health risks—so make sure you protect yourself.

Priceline are well known for their massive range of beauty products. Stock up your gym bag with La Roche-Posay’s sunscreen. We love the Nutritive Oil SPF50 for sensitive and sun intolerant skin ($36.99) for body and the Anthelios Fluid SPF50+ ($28.99) for face.

Snack city


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High protein snacks can be helpful in meeting nutritional needs and tiding you over to your next meal. We love Go Vita for their great selection of protein bars and powders. Quest Bars ($4.95) are really popular and come in delicious flavours like raspberry and white cholate, or s’mores. If you’re a vegan, they also have great options like Amazonia Raw Slim & Tone Protein in vanilla and cinnamon ($35.95 for 500g).

Bag Brigade

Fact: gym bags don’t have to be ugly. Snag yourself a glamorous weekend bag from Colette by Colette Hayman. If you’ve got serious baggage, why not purchase a baby bag? It might not be purpose built for the gym but it’s got plenty of room, as well as lots of compartments for things like hair accessories, earphones and other bits and pieces. Check out the beige and gold Pocket and Zip baby bag ($79.99).

Activewear alert


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Cotton On Body have really stepped up their game lately when it comes to activewear. They have a huge range available in on-trend prints and colours. We love their Strappy Yoga Crop Bra ($29.95) and matching Highwaisted Yoga 7/8 Tight ($39.95) for that cool co-ord look. If you really need to stock up, they also have offers for multiple purchases, like two tanks for $30 or two bras for $40.

Water baby


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While unfortunately Canberra isn’t blessed with a beach, there are still plenty of opportunities to get active in and around the water.

Surf, Dive n Ski have not only a great range of swimwear, but also accessories including thongs, towels and sunglasses. We love Quay Australia’s sunglass range, especially the Sorority Princess glasses and gold and pink ($55).

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Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author