5 ways to maintain inner balance this summer

By Vogue Scandinavia

Discover five fool-proof, Vogue-endorsed ways to maintain wellness during the lazier pace of the holiday season

It’s not unusual to crawl into hibernation from regular exercise routines during winter, but the summer months don't prove that much easier to maintain a balanced lifestyle either.

Once the ‘out of office’ message has finally been switched on, you're unlikely to be fixating on your next gym visit or rustling up ingredients for a healthy new recipe. Rather, our hearts and minds are usually set on the uninterrupted hours that we can spend horizontally in the sunshine – the only permissible amount of movement involving turning the page of a book or the refilling of an iced coffee.

The good news is, taking a pause every now and then from normal routines is something that is also appreciated by Hélène Barkman, CEO and founder of premium boutique fitness brand Becore. "Wellness to me is just as much about mental wellness as physical," she says. "It's finding a balance between family life, work life and social life. Wellness is feeling happy with your choices and life in general, feeling strong and healthy in your mind and body."

With this in mind, below are Vogue Scandinavia's five easy, tried-and-tested solutions to maintaining inner balance while still enjoying the pause of summer.

The technology

When motivation is waning during the warmer months, let technology take over. A luxurious new entrant to the Fitbit family that we know and love, the Fitbit Luxe is sleek enough to double as jewellery and smart enough to ensure all-round wellness. Slip it on for sleep tools, fitness and activity management and mindfulness mentorship. It also has intuitive call and text capabilities so you can cut down on some phone screen time over summer, too.

Photo: Fitbit


Fitbit Luxe

The gear

Nothing else peps you up for a workout quite like a sleek new training outfit, and Icaniwill Sportswear is our pick for the season. Designed in Sweden by nutrition and exercise influencer Gustaf Ollas, the brand takes it name from the message 'I can, I will' that Ollas scrawled on a post-it note on his bathroom mirror to help maintain training momentum during challenging times. One of the fastest growing sportswear brands in Scandinavia, Icaniwill's apparel offers high quality, technical construction, with streamlined detailing that you'll be itching to show off at the gym.

Icaniwill Sportswear

Scrunch Jumpsuit

The classes

If you ask any savvy Stockholmer where they're headed with their yoga mat and water bottle this summer, you can expect an enthusiastic response about a Becore cycle, barre or megaformer class. Becore's chain of four studios, including a brand new site in Södermalm, aims to make exercise a joyful part of life with the most efficient and inclusive classes in town. And according to CEO and founder Barkman: "Summer, when you have more time, can be a great time to try something new!"

Barkman's tips for newbies at Becore's cult-status cycle classes? "Just ride along and try to keep the beat, but expect that it will take 3-4 classes before you get it. The key is not to give up. Once you get the hang of it, you can fully embrace the experience and it's by then that you get addicted."

Photo: Becore

Photo: Becore

The kicks

Whether you're wanting an upgrade for leisurely summer jogs, or seeking the best pair to including in your holiday suitcase, look no further than On for your next running shoes. Developed by former professional athlete Olivier Bernhard with two friends, the basic concept of each shoe design is a 'cushion landing, firm take-off' – perfect for lower impact runs during warmer temperatures. With each pair is fully engineered in Switzerland, it's the closest you'll get to running on clouds.


Cloudmonster Running Shoes


Cloudstratus Running Shoe

The movement

You're in the mood for some movement, but don't feel like taking to the streets, and the temperatures are too high for an at-home routine. Treat yourself to the welcoming luxury of The Place. Situated in the heart of Stockholm's Östermalm, the airy environment boasts high ceiling studios which are flooded with natural light, and stylish locker rooms stocked with pampering shower products and free towels. You won't want to sweat anywhere else in town.