New in the shop

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2011, 12:00am


Gym in your wardrobe

First there were shoes that promised to perk up your posterior while you walked. Now you can tone and strengthen muscles simply by throwing on an outfit. Reebok EasyTone Apparel (left, from HK$329) uses strategically placed bands that create resistance with every shoulder-raise or step, and help to straighten out your posture. Available at Reebok, Ocean Terminal; tel: 2736 7010

Double-duty decor

Just as a plant's food production is triggered by light, StoClimasan Colour (above, HK$6,240 for 12.5 litres) has air-purifying properties that are set off the same way. Coat your walls with it, turn on a lamp or open a blind, and the paint will reduce odours and toxic pollutants through a photocatalytic process. Available at Envirobuilding Solutions, Central; tel: 2810 0325

Gaining a toehold

The fashion police frown upon these, but Vibram FiveFingers shoes have got the sports world all aflutter. With minimal material on the sole, they create a barefoot feeling that is said to promote healthy development of the foot and leg muscles. The new Performa (right, HK$1,230) has a buttery-soft kangaroo leather upper and grippy flexible soles that are perfect for yoga. Get them at Escapade Sports.

Summer lovin'

'Tis the season for sun and outdoor sports - and pampering after all the strenuous activity. The Melo Awaken Journey (HK$1,450) at Melo Spa, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, includes use of the hotel's 25-metre outdoor heated pool and fitness centre, a special welcome drink, a 60-minute body massage and a 30-minute facial. Available from June 1 to August 31.

Cute cush for your tush

Here's a great way to get fidgety kids to sit in place: plop them on a Booster Bug (left, HK$450). The air-filled cushion works just like a fitball, creating instability that requires the sitter to engage their core muscles constantly. The result is improved posture, concentration, attention span and less restlessness all-round, says its Hong Kong-based Icelandic creator, mother of four Heida Magnusdottir.