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Natural Cosmetics & Personal Wellbeing

natrual cosmenticsJuicing, eating organic, going vegan…these trends are becoming second nature. We spend so much time making sure we eat clean…but are we extending that philosophy beyond what we injest to our personal hygiene products?

Just pick up any cosmetic in your bathroom and check out the ingredients. You will be assaulted with an unprounceable ingredient list of chemicals that you would never dream of putting in your mouth…and therein lies the problem!

Your skin is basically like a giant mouth that streches all over your body…more sponge that force-field. Hence why products like nicotine patches work – the nicotine is *absorbed* directly into your bloodstream through your skin.

A lot of the chemicals used to create our lotions and potions are likely to have minimal to no side-effects…but parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and petrochemicals are amongst the primary building blocks of most synthetic cosmetic products, and just a quick google search will show you that they have been linked to diseases ranging from breast cancer to endocrine dysfunction to birth defects.

Studies are being carried out all the time, and evidence is being compiled for us to truly understand as a society what is safe for use in the short, medium and long-term.

In the meantime, we are doing our own research, seeing which products in our toiletry arsenal can be replaced with healthier alternatives. It takes a lot of reading, trying to discern fact from scare-mongering, and it takes a lot of experimentation…and we are enjoying the learning and the process!

We know it is can be cost-prohibitive to switch to all-natural products, and we also appreciate that we have all come to expect a certain performance function from our cosmetics e.g. it is notoriously difficult to find an all-natural antiperspirant that is as effective as an off-the-shelf synthetic one…and smelling bad when you work in a people industry – even one where your product is sweat – is not a good thing!!

So we won’t get on our soap-box (pardon the pun!) and tell you to only bathe with goat’s milk and rub grass into your armpits.

We would however like you to join us in developing an awareness of what risks synthetic personal hygiene products can  carry, and maybe explore a few alternatives. And if you find something that works great, drop us a line and let us know about it, either on email or Twitter. Let’s all help each other get as healthy as possible!

Support Innovation, and be part of the Fitness Revolution!

Early Fitness InnovationProgress and innovation are amongst the primary traits that define humans. Evolution and revolution are what separate us from the rest of the animals on this planet (as well as our ability to accessorize, according to Olympia Dukakis in the wonderful movie “Steel Magnolias“)

So it’s no surprise that the fitness industry strives to redefine the tools of exercise – to discover the most efficient way to create the leanest or strongest or fastest or most flexible body you want. Whatever your goal, someone out there right now is likely working hard to invent a new tool to help you achieve it.

All of the equipment that you use daily use and take for granted started life as someone’s brain-child.

“Darn, I hate getting wet when I cycle. If only I could cycle indoors on rainy days!” Ding! Lightbulb moment.

So the next time you come to poo-poo an unfamiliar contraption at the gym, perhaps TRX, or Sliders, or Vipers… or even our own beloved AB-MXR… remember that someone out there made that kit with the best intentions: to make you the fittest version of you possible. And this weird and wonderful piece of equipment might become as ordinary as the simple stationary bike in a few years’ time.

So keep an open-mind, support innovation, and be part of the fitness revolution!

As a company borne of invention, we love being part of your journey of discovery, so feel free to share your fitness success stories with us at any time, even if they are not AB-MXR related. We are an all-inclusive kind of company and love to hear about all the wonderful new technologies improving the industry.

Happy exploring!