Health & Nutrition News

By Jarrod Denson / January 11, 2013

Burn calories, get a good workout and power your gadgets at the same time at Starwood’s Element hotels (, where the Lifecycle stationary bikes in fitness centers are retrofitted with pedal-powered generators that capture enough energy to charge your ipad, smartphone, laptop, or other devices as you ride. And, if you generate more energy than you can use, “the bike will capture it and pay it forward for the next person,” says Element VP Paige Francis. Element is the only major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Each is built green from the ground up, and six have received LEED certification so far. Eco-initiatives include low-flow faucets, in-room filtered water tap water, compact fluorescent light bulbs, low VOC paints, recycling bins, saline swimming pools, and, not surprising, a complimentary Bikes-to-Borrow program.

This new workout DVD, Canyon Ranch: Yoga for Strength & Energy, is a way to take a little bit of the Ranch home with you. Two 20-minute yoga workouts, plus an 11 minute cool down, stretch mind and body. In keeping with the Ranch’s core integrative wellness philosophy, the DVD also features three segments on eating well, sleeping well, and making easy lifestyle changes to boost your energy. $16.99,

Designed by Karim Rashid and Move Collective, BOBBLE—known for its sleek, stylish, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink with a replaceable carbon filter— has just launched BOBBLE hot and BOBBLE iced to keep drinks steamy or chilled on the go. The new bobbles are made from plastic free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC. BOBBLE hot ($12.99; 15 oz.) features a spill-resistant lid and double-walled insulation, while BOBBLE iced ($9.99; 22 oz.) has a reusable straw that doubles as a stirrer. Infuse your mind, body and spirit with great peace and new energy.  Launches February 5.

By Rae Novack