Shorts: Beautiful and useful

It's all very well being healthy and green by getting around town on a bicycle, but where are you meant to put the darned thing once you get home, without it getting in the way every time you go to the front door. Well, Cycloc - a simple and stylish bike-storage device that you fix to the wall and hang your bike on -should put an end to all those arguments about cluttering up the hallway. It's suitable for all kinds of bikes and comes in four colours, including black recycled plastic. Cycloc, £49.95, plus delivery, 07976 901026 (

Go with the flow

If your idea of a good massage involves lying back and thinking of Sweden, you may not like Sotai. With this treatment, you push against resistance from the practitioner, holding your breath and engaging your mind. The point is to get energy flowing freely. 'Sotai involves correcting imbalances of muscles and joints while controlling breath flow,' says practitioner Yuki Umiguchi, as she rocks and stretches my body. I take in so much oxygen, I feel deliciously woozy. We finish with acupuncture, and I am lying there, limp, grinning and pinned like a voodoo doll. Sotai, £50 for one hour, at the Monochrome Spa, 38-39 Duke Of York Square, London SW3, 020-7259 9259.

Fit for anything

If you think some of the newfangled fitness classes down at your local gym are a bit outlandish, check out these trends from the US. According to Idea, a San Diego-based health and fitness watchdog, recent innovations include Conductorcise, created by musician David Dworkin after noticing how good he felt when conducting a concert. With a soundtrack ranging from marches to ballet and operatic classics, Dworkin leads participants through 'an invigorating upper-body workout'. Then there's Poolates (it's not what you think - it's pool-based) and Cardio Tennis, in which you wield your racket to music, the focus being on fitness rather than ball skills. Salsaerobics doesn't sound quite so silly now, does it?

For hearts and minds

As the oily fish debate rumbles on, following the reporting last month of a study that says they don't really do you any good, a new range of juices packed with omega 3 oils is launched - which is either great timing or a PR disaster, depending on your outlook. Each 250ml bottle of Sparky juice, available in orange or apple and pomegranate (a blueberry and cranberry is imminent), contains 90mg of the stuff, which is 20% of your recommended daily intake. Since omega 3 is associated with mental function, drinking the juice is presumably meant to help you decipher the labels on the bottles, the letters of which are jumbled up. The juice tastes great (no fishy aftertaste), but those balels are revy annoying. Sparky has also brought out an omega 3-rich stoneground wholemeal loaf. Sparky juice, £1.69 for 250ml ( for stockists).

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