Tracking your fitness

Posted: 18th October 2014 by Dinner suit team in Mens health
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flex fitbitOver the last few years men’s fitness has been ratcheted up a few levels where the likes of Cross Fit and Iron Man competition have become recognisable names. However with all that training, pumping iron and obstacle course clearance you’ll need some new tech to track your activity. When it comes to choosing your tech you first need to choose what you want to track. Do you go with a pedometer to count the steps you take everyday, or do you take a heart monitor to measure your heart beat? We’ve decided to review the new all-in-one activity/ sleep band by Fitbit.

If you’re one of those busy types that never stops but wants to keep tracking their activity then ‘Flex’ by Fitbit is the product for you. Not only does it look stylish and modern but it is also slim so you won’t even notice your wearing it. So what does it track? Get ready for the list … distance, calories, steps and sleep cycles. The Flex uses LED lights to show you how you’re stacking up against your daily goal with each light representing 20% of your goal.

The Flex also calculates how your fitness compares to the goals you set on a daily basis and you can even log food, weight etc on the Fitbit site (and the app). It actually syncs your info to select Bluetooth and syncs with both Android and iOS devices. On top of tracking activity it will track how long and how well you sleep and the best thing is it will use ‘Silent Wake’ technology to wake you with a gentle vibration.

You can buy the Flex Fitbit from a variety of stockists including Amazon.

Cornerstone – shaving made simple

Posted: 16th August 2014 by Dinner suit team in grooming
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corner1One of the perks of writing a men’s lifestyle blog is that you sometimes get sent products for review … and last week I received a great package from Cornerstone.

Cornerstone are a newcomer to the shaving scene but are certainly making quite a lot of noise for all the right reasons. In essence the Cornerstone concept revolves around offering men an efficient and flexible way of receiving shaving goods online. They have a great suite of products to choose from including face scrubs, gels and balms. Their online system is easy to get started with; simply choose how often you shave, what products you’ll like to include and it will create a shaving plan … couldn’t be easier.

So back to the package. The items came delivered in a smart, pull-out tray box with separate departments for the products. Altogether there were four products including the pre-shave face scrub, the sensitive shave gel, a German made razor and some post-shave balm.

Truth be told I’ve not used a face scrub before shaving … but what a revelation! Cornerstone’s balm, made from Cedarwood and Volcanic sand, helped to remove dead skin, unblock pores and soften the stubble. I then went to apply the gel which thankfully has Sinkbeen designed for sensitive skin. It certainly smelt good (it contains both ginger and eucalyptus)  and was easily made into a lather. The blade itself cut through the stubble perfectly with no irritation and the ergonomic styling of the handle (which they tell me was designed by the same company who produces components for the Jaguar F-Type) felt good in the hand. Basically I felt more comfortable shaving with this razor than most high-street brands I tend to use. Finally after rinsing off the excess gel I patted dry my face and applied the balm. Like most men my skin can feel irritated after a wet-shave but the balm, with it’s mint and honey ingredients, helped cool and calm the face.

There are quite a number of shaving brands and products out on the market but Cornerstone have really come up trumps with their offering. Tried and tested, all their products hit the mark and left my face feeling a million dollars. For more information on what they offer check out their site – Cornerstone.co.uk