Slow down and enjoy the Summer…

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Summer should be a fun and relaxing time. It can be hectic rushing around, trying to fill the days with activities; summer clubs for the kids, getting things done for yourself as well as finding ways to celebrate the sun being out. It doesn’t have to be like this – slow down and enjoy the summer season.

No matter where you spend it, the joys of summer are simple to create. It’s about having a loose schedule, slow mornings and carefree days. It’s about taking a break from the busy schedule to explore outdoors and read stories in the afternoon sun.

 Start a morning routine and build a little time for yourself in the morning hours because in the summer, it’s easier to wake up early. Your body responds to natural light so try going to bed with the curtains / shutters open and allow the natural morning light to brighten your room and wake you. Waking up earlier gives you more time for yourself.

Spending time outdoors in the natural sunlight helps top up levels of vitamin D and relaxes your body and mind. It’s so good to get out and enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and flowers in bloom. Enjoy and appreciate the natural world around you.

Wander to a local park or eat dinner outdoors. Or venture out a bit further, go to the woods or onto a local walking trail.  

Stepping out in nature makes you leave everything behind. The air smells different, noises and views are new and different and a walk in the woods gives you a chance to reduce your stress with every step. This is as much about the spirit of your adventures as it is the adventures themselves. Even a simple outing to watch squirrels at a park or climb a big tree your kids have been eyeing can feel like a grand adventure.

– Unplug from your daily digital routine. Make the most of your summer days by limiting the time you spend looking at the screen such as your phone, tablet or TV.  Find other relaxing ways to fill your days – such as reading a good book or lose yourself in crafting. Such activities will still keep the mind engaged but relaxed at the same time.

– Grow something. There is magic and wonder about growing your own plants or vegetables. You don’t need impressive gardening skills and if you lack outdoor space, you can still have a few pots indoors on your window sill.

– Create Summer traditions. Over the years, you might have tried different activities, some of which have made long-lasting impressions. These can become traditions – things you do every summer, things you look forward to all year such as a trip to the lake, camping with friends, water balloon fights in the back garden or even a lemonade stand for the kids in those hot summer days.

Whichever activities you have planned for the summer, slow down and enjoy it…

It flies by so quickly!

Discover more outdoor tips here: https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/ways-to-connect-with-nature-inside-and-out/

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27th July 2020

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Walk to boost health and happiness…

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Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace.

Walking can be the easiest way to get active but it’s benefits reach much further than just boosting fitness and losing weight.

People walk for all sorts of reasons: some walk for exercise, some walk for relaxation while others walk to exercise their dogs. Another reason to stretch your legs and take a walk is that walking can also help boost your mood.

Walk to help boost your health…

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can help increase cardiovascular fitness, help strengthen bones and help reduce excess body fat. It could also help reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease1. Plus, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Walk to help boost your happiness…

Going for a walk around your local park for example, involves several things that can give your mood a boost. Getting up from your work chair or sofa, spending time in nature, being exposed to sunlight or general daylight and taking in an interesting view can all help lift your spirits. The fresh air can help clear your mind, helping tension and stress fade away…

Here are a few tips to get the most out of your walks:

Walk for at least 30 minutes each day. To get the health benefits, try to walk for at least 30 minutes as briskly as you can. ‘Brisk’ means that you may be puffing slightly. If it’s too difficult to walk for 30 minutes at one time, do regular small walking sessions
(10 minutes) three times per day and then gradually build it up.

 Make walking part of your daily routine. Try to walk at the same time each day. You will use the same amount of energy, no matter what time of day you walk, so do what is most convenient for you. Keep an activity diary or log if it helps.

 – Wear a pedometer. A pedometer measures the number of steps you take. You can use it to measure your movement throughout a day and compare it to other days or to recommended amounts. This may motivate you to move more. The recommended number of steps accumulated per day to achieve health benefits is 10,000 steps or more2.

– Choose the right footwear for walking. Walking is a low-cost and effective form of exercise. However, the wrong type of shoe or walking action can cause foot or shin pain, blisters and other injuries. Make sure your shoes are comfortable, with appropriate heel and arch supports. Take light, easy steps and make sure your heel touches down before your toes. Whenever possible, walk on grass rather than concrete to help absorb the impact. Invest in a good quality pair of insoles for your shoes.

Nikken’s Kenko® mSteps or mStridescan be trimmed to fit and have built in patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology which acts like a magnetic field generator inside the shoes offering you a subtle, yet energising massage like stimulation.

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Buy one pair of insoles mSteps or mStrides purchase the second pair for HALF PRICE!

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mSteps Offer Women’s Pack = #88078 (includes 2 x #3053)

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As well as supporting the soles of your feet, you may also need extra support for your knees and ankles. The KenkoTherm® Knee Wrap and KenkoTherm® Ankle Wrap help provide comfort and support. Unisex and with an orthopaedic design, these wraps can help support with flexibility.

This summer, walk for Health, walk for Happiness, walk for Active Wellness…

 

1. https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/walking-reduces-heart-disease-in-people-at-risk/
2. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190723-10000-steps-a-day-the-right-amount
3. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2020/07/06/45-years-of-nikken-insoles-discover-the-history-of-active-wellness/

20th July 2020

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45 years of Nikken Insoles – Discover the history of Active Wellness

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Magnetic energy is a fundamental part of the body’s natural processes and of the natural environment of all living things. A key principle of both Far Eastern cultures and Traditional Chinese Medicine is that of the flows of energies in the body1.

Nikken’s magnetic technologies have been carefully designed and developed for over 45 years with the result being products that are designed to fit easily into our everyday lives.

The first application of Nikken’s Magnetic Technology was the design of the Nikken KenkoInsoles®, the company’s first product when launched in 1975. Nikken’s founder, Mr. Isamu Masuda began his wellness revolution with a brilliant thought: “If people feel better after walking on pebbles, why not create a way to experience this effect all day long?”

Masuda discovered that if someone’s feet were sore then fatigue would likely spread throughout the whole body. So he searched for a solution.

Drawing inspiration from the combined research into the positive effects of magnetic fields and massage inspired by the reflexology practices and the pebbles on the floors of the traditional Japanese hot baths – he combined a textured surface with magnetic technology and this is how the Magsteps® (later called KenkoInsoles®) were created.

Over the years, the products have been developed further into today’s insoles:
mSteps and mStrides. 

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Kenko® mSteps  – a gentle massage in your shoe!

Raised nodules on the surface of mSteps are designed to provide a very gentle massaging sensation on the soles of the feet. Walking, standing or sitting, these nodules will stimulate and invigorate your feet.

Patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology acts like a magnetic field generator inside the shoes. This happens when magnets are placed in a way called ‘polar opposites’ – as you walk, the components of the magnets move changing position to produce a dynamic field of energy.

mSteps are available in two sizes: 2.5 – 7 (#3053) and 6.5 – 11.5 (#3054).  The insoles can be trimmed if needed to fit perfectly in your shoes.

Kenko® mStrides – great for active activity!

mStrides have the same patented DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology as the Kenko® mSteps but without the massaging nodules.

They are thicker to provide more cushion and flexibility, ideal for use in soft athletic shoes such as trainers and hiking boots, etc.

mStrides are also available in two sizes: 2.5 – 7 (#3050) and 6.5 – 11.5 (#3051), these insoles can also be trimmed if needed to fit perfectly in your shoes.

Whichever insoles you choose this summer, you can comfortably walk your way to Active Wellness!

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mSteps Offer mixed Pack = #88082 (includes 1 x 3053 + 1 x 3054)

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1. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/traditional-chinese-medicine-what-you-need-to-know

6th July 2020

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Ways to connect with nature inside and out…

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Nature is important to everyone. Not just for recreation, but also as an escape and a way to connect to something greater.

Exercising in your local green space could offer you a number of added benefits. Not only will you connect more with nature but your body and mind will benefit from the fresh air, sunshine and the green surroundings. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected to nature from comfort of your own home too.

Outdoors. No matter what kind of green space it is, a courtyard outside an apartment block, your local park or garden, being outdoors will help you get your daily fix of greenery and sunlight. Just like taking your vitamins, it’s equally as important to find a few moments to pause and surround yourself with greenery or other natural scenery to restore your nervous system.

– Enjoy your lunch outside. Get your daily quota of vitamin D by eating your lunch outside.

– Practice yoga outside. On those warmer days why not take your mat outside and listen to the sound of the birds while you move.

– Practice mindfulness outside. Find a quiet spot and focus on your breath flowing in and out. If you have a few minutes to spare, try focusing on one sense at a time to see what you can hear or smell. This can help you enter a meditative state, ease some anxiety and it’s a simply good way to connect more deeply with the natural world around you.

Take up some gardening outside. Nature is our solace and gardening is the perfect excuse to spend more time in it.

Indoors. You can still enjoy the many benefits of nature inside too.

– Play nature sounds inside your home. Natural sounds such as ocean waves or birds singing can help you relax and improve your mood.

– Grow seedling inside. A few seeds on a windowsill or nurturing a plant are a fantastic way to feel connected to nature. Whether you’re growing vegetable plants or flowers, you can watch the progress every day as the seedlings begin to sprout and grow.

– Ground yourself at home. Grounding, otherwise knows as Earthing, is becoming recognised as a powerful new way to help you on your journey to an Active Wellness Lifestyle. Try Nikken’s KenkoGround® 1, an indoor portable way to reconnect with Mother Nature while indoors. The KenkoGround® can help you make the connection to the Earth’s negative charge when you’re working at the computer, sleeping in bed, exercising or doing yoga.

– Be comfortable in your home-working environment. If you’re sitting on an office chair keep your back supported. With its soft, durable and breathable polyester cover, as well as a naturally anti-bacterial latex base, Nikken’s KenkoSeat® is ideal for your home-office chair, not only providing comfort and support, but also helping to promote correct posture for your back. Its built-in Negative Ion Technology replicates the calming, negative ion rich environment found in forest air and near waterfalls bringing nature inside your home environment.

1. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/connect-with-mother-nature/

18th May 2020

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Connect with Mother Nature…

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Grounding (or Earthing) refers to connecting with the Earth.  The Earth has its own energy in the form of a mild ‘negative’ charge.  In our daily lives we build up a ‘positive’ charge in our cells.  Our body is known to absorb the positively charged electrons from being surrounded by strong sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from electrical devices such as computers, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to name a few.  Direct contact with the Earth, such as walking barefoot, can help cancel out the positive charge – restoring a healthful natural balance and is therefore an important aspect of Active Wellness.

Nikken’s NEW KenkoGround® offers a simple yet effective way to reconnect with Mother Nature. The KenkoGround® can help you make the connection to the Earth’s negative charge even when you’re working at the computer, sleeping in bed, exercising or doing yoga.

The KenkoGround® is 18 x 36 inches (46 cm x 90 cm) in size, made of feather light tripled layered fabric that is quilted together with silver ions. The 80% nylon and 20% silver fabric is conductive, with technology known as “vacuum sputtering”; prolonging and strengthening the conductivity.

Silver is the best conductor of electricity because it contains a higher number of movable atoms, however, silver is more expensive than other materials and not normally used unless required for specialized equipment like satellites or circuit boards.At 20%, the KenkoGround® has an unusually high amount of silver in the fabric, making it an outstanding creation.

Nikken ensures the high efficacy of the KenkoGround® with exceptional materials, top quality construction and a water-resistant surface layer. Super easy to use, all you need is a grounded outlet to plug into. You can place the KenkoGround® under your bare feet, drape it over your shoulders or sleep on it. Direct contact is best, but even a small area of skin is enough for grounding.

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1. https://sciencing.com/metals-make-good-conductors-electricity-8115694.html

20th May 2019

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New Year… Healthier You

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Welcome to 2019!… Have you made any New Year Resolutions?  One of the most popular resolutions is to make a commitment to improve overall health – crucial to an Active Wellness lifestyle. For each of us, that commitment is personal; however, the basics include eating healthy foods and moving more often. Resolutions need to be do-able and realistic in order for us to stick them.

Here are 10 practical ways to help you make 2019 a healthier year:

1. Eat more citrus. An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat foods high in vitamin C are more successful at staving off the effects of premature aging of the skin.

2. Eat more vegetables. They contain lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals and are low in calories. They’re the key to maintaining health and a comfortable weight.

3. Cut down on sugar intake and don’t use artificial sweeteners.

4. Expand your palate. Things like kale, bitter melon and pomegranate may be acquired tastes but if you like them, you’re adding to your arsenal of healthy foods – all of which helps in weight management.

5. Cook more at home. It is not only healthier because you can choose exactly which ingredients to use but also helps save money.

6. Set yourself a goal to exercise daily, as consistency is key. To challenge yourself, each week increase the intensity of whatever you choose to do, a little bit at a time.

7. Spend less time in front of the screen (mobile phones, tablets, TV, etc.) and more time making actual contact with living beings. For example, have tea with friends, take an exercise class, walk the dog, etc.

8. Wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable. When feet are uncomfortable, the whole body suffers. Feet carry us where we need to go, so be kind to them and we have a better chance that they’ll work throughout our lives. Try the Kenko mSteps® featuring energizing massage nodes on insoles that offer extraordinary comfort and the refreshing sensation of a foot massage.

9. Be helpful. Whether we volunteer our time or donate to worthy causes, helping others is a win-win. We end up with a better self-image, which in turn creates an overall sense of wellbeing.

10. Take the stairs wherever you can. That doesn’t mean climbing a high-rise, but three or four stories is a good way to add to a short walk in a building. During inclement weather, consciously using the stairs is a great way to do a mini-workout.

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7th January 2019

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Born from the Sea – discover the natural powers of Seaweed…

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At the very heart of Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is a synergistic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plant, rich in natural trace elements and minerals.

Sustainably harvested; the seaweed used in Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range is sustainably harvested from a world UNESCO site just off the coast of Brittany, France. This means that the area where the seaweed is taken from is preserved and protected as part of the world’s cultural heritage and it is considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

Before the seaweed is harvested it’s absorbed an abundance of trace elements and minerals from the sea – all highly nourishing for our skin. Due to the high-quality processing standards, we know exactly which species of seaweed are used, how the ingredients are harvested and how they are added to our products.

In line with Nikken’s natural, wholesome philosophy, we are proud to have the TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range certified organic by EcoCert1,with a minimum of 99% of the total ingredients from natural origin. EcoCert is a renowned international certificate that guarantees the highest organic integrity.  This is a distinction that very few products – even those labelled as “organic” – can claim.

Here are some of the seaweed species used in our TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range:

1. Chondrus crispus. Can help maintain the skin’s natural moisture level.
2. Crithmum maritimum. Can help reinforce the skins natural protection barrier, promote skin cell renewal and contribute to radiance and tone.
3. Ulva lactuca. Can help boost natural radiance.
4. Laminaria digitata. Rich in minerals and trace elements, this alga can help promote skins natural regeneration, improving hydration and promoting a natural glow.
5. Fucus vesiculosus. Can help stimulate and invigorate the skin.

Whilst our skins form is basically the same all over our body, its actually very different depending on where on the body it is. For example, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your palms. A good skincare regime will go a long way in helping your skin stay naturally soft and supple.

PRODUCT RELAUNCH – available to purchase now…

NEW bigger 75ml TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053)
Same price, bigger size – (previously 50ml). 

1. http://www.ecocert.com/en

(15th October)

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Everyday Active Wellness…

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You no longer have to aim for 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy – a brisk 10-minute walk is just as good, according to official new advice1.

Public Health England (PHE)2 and the Royal College of GPs said focusing on time, rather than distance or quantity of steps, can reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%. One in five middle-aged adults are said to be physically inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. The official recommendation is for adults to carry out at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week.

Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director at PHE, said: “Managing all the pressures of everyday life can mean that exercise takes a back seat, but building a brisk walk into your daily routine is a simple way to get more active.”

If you are not able to be active as such on a daily basis, what can you do to ensure you are still enjoying an “Active Wellness” lifestyle?

Create a list of the activities you would like to do, such as walking, aerobics, tennis, or taking a class at a fitness or community centre. You are more likely to stay active if you choose activities you enjoy. A brisk walk around the park wearing the Nikken mStrides in your shoes may offer you an ultimate re-energising environment with the help of the most innovative DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology.

Do you have a desk job, which means you are not moving as much everyday? Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. If you work in an office, you may spend hours at your desk each day. Just getting up and moving around a little every 30 minutes can get you blood pumping and increase your activity level. Try the Nikken KenkoSeat® II, a fantastic product designed to provide comfort while seated and may even help with your posture.

Skip conveniences like delivery and food shopping pickup services.Every time you have someone else do something for you, such as deliver food or shop for your groceries, you’re losing out on activity you could be doing yourself. When you have the time, do it yourself instead. Additionally, part of staying fit is eating a healthy diet, so make sure you’re consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Take the stairs instead of the lift.Little changes like this one can help you stay fit without setting aside a specific time for exercise.

Keep your energy levels up and help your body rest and recover from everyday activities by getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

1. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/focus-on-brisk-walking-not-just-10000-steps-say-health-experts

2. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/move-more/

(18th June)

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Happy Feet

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We often hear the phrase ‘I’ve been on my feet all day’. This can be true for many of us, be it because of work, chasing after children all day, running errands or countless other day-to-day activities that can all take their toll on our feet.

Women in particular can be guilty of choosing fashion over function or comfort when it comes to footwear. Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.

Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in 10 of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. Podiatrist Lorraine Jones says: “What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.

She adds: “Your feet shouldn’t hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort it is usually because you aren’t wearing the right footwear. “[1]

There are certain things that we can do at home to make a real difference to our feet. Keeping feet clean and applying moisturiser morning and evening, may help keep feet soft and prevent a build up of hard skin. True elements® Hand & Foot Cream may help to soothe dry hands and feet, protecting and nourishing straight after application. It contains Shea butter, which is known to nourish skin and the seaweed extract chondrus, which has moisturisation properties.

As well as keeping hands and feet moisturised, wearing comfortable, well fitting shoes as often as possible can help relieve aching feet. Kenko mSteps® and Kenko mStrides® slip into your shoes and utilises Nikken’s DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology. Kenko mSteps® feature relaxing massage nodes on one side, inspired by reflexology practices, they may provide a massage effect that could help the whole body feel good from the feet upwards.

TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053) is currently on offer saving 50% until 31st August.

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[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx