The Latest Apple Watch
All the exciting updates – like advanced sleep tracking and automatic hand-washing detection – announced earlier this year have arrived in the new Apple Watch Series 6 (from $529). Perhaps the most unexpected, and the most hyped, addition is the Blood Oxygen sensor, which measures the oxygen saturation of the user’s blood. According to Apple, the reading “represents the percentage of oxygen being carried by red blood cells from the lungs to the rest of the body, and indicates how well this oxygenated blood is being delivered throughout the body.” Get even more out of the watch when Fitness+, Apple’s take on digital fitness classes, launches this fall.
An Incredibly Convenient Sports Bra
You don’t know ease until you put on (and eventually take off) a sports bra that zips up at the front. The Knix Catalyst Front Zip Sports Bra ($98) offers the same super support – in all the same inclusive sizes – as the original Catalyst bra, but with the added convenience of a front zipper.
An Ideal Smoothie Ingredient
Supplement brand Smart Solutions by Lorna Vanderhaeghe recently got a makeover, including a new website full of resources for tackling women’s health issues. If you’re looking to get your period back on track or manage hormonal breakouts, we suggest taking a look through the detailed product descriptions. Not everyone will benefit from every supplement, but Smart Solutions Active Collagen Powder ($30) is a good place to start. (Production of collagen, the protein that strengthens our bones, nails, teeth and hair, declines by about one percent a year starting in our twenties.)
A High-End Massage Gun
Theragun’s latest percussive therapy massage device is now available in Canada – and is much quieter than its predecessors. Theragun Prime ($399) uses vibration to treat soreness, chronic pain and issues like carpal tunnel. It also helps to instantly relax muscles before sleep and exercise. Connect the device to Theragun’s sleek new Therabody app (which integrates with Apple Health, Samsung Health and Google Fit) for personalized routines and detailed how-to videos.
A Meditation Helper
The Muse S ($450) headband, which helps you build a better meditation practice thanks to real-time feedback on your breathing, heart rate and brain activity, is made of a considerably softer material than its predecessors – perfect to pair with its new go-to-sleep programming.
A Stainless Steel Blender
Using your home blender more than ever this year? (Yeah, us too.) The Vitamix Stainless Steel Container ($260) is super durable and won’t stain or get the telltale “cloudy” look like traditional plastic ones.
While the merits of juice “detoxes” are debatable, you don’t need to be on a cleanse to incorporate delicious cold-pressed juice into your diet. Toronto-based elxr Juicelab has the best tasting green juices we’ve ever sampled (they call them Second and Third Base). Anytime we can consume kale without actually having to taste kale is a major win in our book.
A Collagen-Infused Bevvy
Sugar-free and keto-friendly Flow Alkaline Collagen-Infused Spring Water ($50 for 12) is downright delicious and contains ten grams of grass-fed collagen peptides to strengthen your hair, skin and nails while you hydrate.
A Chic Supplement
Whether it is sleep quality, stress levels or the state of your immune system that ails you, Mornings Adaptogenic Drops (from $30) offer a tincture-based delivery method of herbal ingredients in an adorably packaged glass bottle.
Get on the adaptogen train with Canadian-made Organika “Glow” Organic Tremella Powder ($47). The mushroom is known for its moisture retention, antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients – all good news for your skin. In our opinion, its earthy taste is perfectly paired with your morning coffee. (Stir in one levelled teaspoon).
A Literal Chill Pill
Ashwagandha has been used in ancient medicine to balance the nervous system, boost immunity and increase libido. CanPrev Women Adrenal Chill ($30) contains 600mg of full-spectrum ashwagandha extract, meaning it contains all components of the plant to mimic consuming it in its natural state.
An Instant Green Juice
If whipping up a fresh green juice every morning strikes you as cumbersome, mix in a scoop of Maison Jacynthe Greens ($48) to your morning glass of water. This superfood-laced powder contains organic spirulina, chlorella, elderberry, organic wheatgrass, sunflower shoots, watercress and celery to give you a hefty dose of greens.
For a boost of energy that doesn’t require caffeine, down a vial of Beekeeper’s Naturals B.LXR Brain Fuel ($30). It relies on adaptogenic ingredients like royal jelly (the food of the queen bee), gingko biloba and bacopa to give you a jolt of focus and stimulate the mind.
A Stick of Mystical Wood
Send away negative energies with Rahua Palo Santo Incense Sticks ($30). The sweet, smoky fragrance characteristic of this sacred wood – sustainably harvested from Ecuadorian forest – is both grounding and uplifting.
While the Canadian Arc’teryx Oriel Legging ($100) was technically designed for rock climbing, the super abrasion-resistant material is just as useful when worn attempting a home workout. We love (love!) the two super deep thigh pockets.
It took Lululemon two years to perfect the ice-dyeing technique debuted in its Ice-Dyed Nulux collection (from $78), out now. No-two pieces, made from Nulux sweat-wicking fabric, are the same. We want it all.
A Functional Hat
This classic baseball cap from Black-owned brand Grace Eleyae shields your scalp from the rays of the sun and is lined with satin to protect your curls and banish frizz. Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Baseball Hat ($44)
Environmentally Minded Shoes
Allbirds Tree Dashers ($125) is the certified B-corp’s first performance-minded shoe, ideal for a run outside or a run to the store. The sneaker is labelled with its carbon output: 9 KG of CO2 per pair, which is almost 30 percent lower than the estimated average sneaker.
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