Tuesday, 15 January 2013

FITNESS - New Year, New Me... Thank You Protein

January is the time when I always feel like I need to make healthier choices, not just because of the weight I have inevitably put on over the festive period, but also because I’m actually fed up of eating bad food and sitting on my backside - even being lazy gets boring after a while. When Maxitone got in touch about trying their  toning shakes, as well as trying some special kit to get me feeling and looking better I was more than up for it.

Protein shakes might conjure up an image of athletes or bodybuilder types, but they are by no means the only ones who can benefit from adding extra protein to their diet. Protein is not not only good for hair and nails, it's great at helping your muscles repair and recover after exercising. Personally, I've suffered with torn muscles and also struggle with short calf muscles. I'm starting to build up my activity slowly as I'm paranoid about another injury, but as I do more exercise I'll be using Maxitone's Definity protein shakes and bars to give my fitness regime a boost.

Thank you protein campaign from maxitone

If you're a little further along in your fitness regime than me, perhaps you could be the face of Maxitone for 2013? The brand are asking people to share their little wins and pledge a 'thank you' to who, or whatever has helped you to reach your goal. The winner will receive a year's supply of Maxitone products, a 1 year gym membership at their local LA fitness gym, private training session with Charlotte Ord and will be the face of a Maxitone 2013 Advertising campaign. Find out more about entering here...

Get fit kit

So, back to my regime-starters, in my kit were the following...
  • Maxitone shaker
  • Maxitone Definity shake
  • Maxitone Definity crunch bars
  • Healthy recipes book
  • iTunes voucher.
  • Deluxe Fitness Set with 4lb Medicine Ball, Resistance Cord, Skipping Rope + 2 DVD's with  6Workouts 
  • Sanctuary Spa Favourites (including salt scrub, body scrub, body butter, luxury bath float and body wash. (I had the massage oil from the same range before and the smell is really nice).
Fit kit featuring medicine ball and workout DVDs

Protein misconceptions

The biggest misconception I guess is that the shakes are meal-replacement ones and that's not the case. Each shake contains 117 calories and is used in conjunction with a healthy diet to support your training goals. I tried the strawberry flavour and it was quite pleasant and not too thick or filling. The fact that it's made with water and not milk suited me too, as lactose and I prefer to have only small doses of each other. Plus, using the shaker must have burnt at least a few extra calories (I'm kidding myself, right?)

The protein bars I tried were also strawberry flavour and really light and sweet. I could easily switch my usual afternoon snack for one which is a quick win. Chocolate definitely doesn't have the same benefits. As for the fitness equipment, that's my test for this week. I also have some kettle bells which are great for home-workouts and don't take up too much space.

Definity crisp protein bars for womenMaxitone definity protein powder for women

When it comes to hitting the gym I absolutely can't do it without music which is where the iTunes voucher comes in especially handy. I recently reviewed some new headphones which I'll be taking along on walks, jogs and gym trips from now on.

Have you tried protein shakes before? How did you get on?
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