With a couple of days into the new year, we’re sure you all are highly motivated to achieve your fitness goals. Whether it is to get fit, exercise more, or even just eat right, Salter has a range of Bathroom Scales that not only measure your weight but also help you understand your body composition thereby giving a more accurate measure of your overall health and fitness.

We interviewed our in-house expert to answer a few your queries. Read on!

  1. How have Bathroom Scales evolved over time?
Evolution of Bathroom Scales
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  1. Where should I start when looking to buy a Bathroom Scale?

When you are considering purchasing a new Bathroom Scale you have four basic options to choose from:

  • Mechanical
  • Digital
  • Analyser
  • Smart


Salter Mechanical Bathroom Scales
Salter Mechanical Bathroom Scales

Mechanical Bathroom Scales are the simplest and most straight forward way to monitor your weight. They require no batteries, little or no set up and will last years. They are good for measuring weight only and do not display body composition measurements such as Body Fat, Body Water etc.

A typical mechanical scale may have a maximum capacity of 21st (136kg) and graduations of 1lb (1kg) while digital scales typically have a maximum capacity of 31st 8lb (200kg) and graduations of 1/4lb (0.1kg). A digital scale will weigh a higher capacity more precisely. With a mechanical scale, you will struggle to see small changes in weight.

If you monitor your weight once a month, irregularly or really don’t require precise measurements, a Mechanical Bathroom Scale might be the right choice for you.



Digital Bathroom Scales are very simple to use as they display weight only. They come equipped with an easy to read LCD display and typically have of 1/4lb (0.1kg) while some models may be as precise as 1/8lb (0.05kg).

Accounting for a 10 to 20 times more precision than a mechanical scale, digital bathroom scales may have higher maximum capacities 39st 6lb (250kg). You can choose your preferred units of st, kg or lb. Depending upon the model you choose, some scales are equipped with the facility to show the difference between your current weight and your previous weight.

If you are weighing yourself regularly once a week or more frequently and wish to track small changes they Digital Bathroom Scales might be the right choice for you.



Analyser Bathroom Scales use Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to measure weight and impedance. From this, the quantity of fat and water can then be estimated.

These measurements include Weight, Body Fat %, Body Water %, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, BMI, and BMR.

Understanding your body composition gives a more accurate measure of your overall health and fitness than weight alone. You may go to the gym and be disappointed to find your weight has increased. This could be because you are gaining muscle mass, losing body fat and your body composition is changing.

If you are embarking on a new diet or exercise regime and want a more detailed picture of your body composition an Analyser Bathroom Scale might be right for you. 



Smart Bathroom Scales will transmit your results via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Trends can be tracked and measurements explained with healthy/recommended ranges. This gives a much better picture of your overall health and fitness. It is quite normal for your weight and body composition to vary throughout the day depending on when, for example, you last ate or drank.

Taking a single reading gives a snapshot only.  It is only through monitoring measurements over time that trends can be established which can track your health and fitness choices. If you can see over a period of several months your weight is gradually increasing you may wish to change something in your diet or exercise plan to prevent it from continuing to rise. Equally, if you are making healthy choices, a smart scale can show you just how far you have come and keeps you motivated.

If you want to have the most detailed picture of your health and fitness available a Smart Bathroom Scale might be right for you.

  1. Is there a difference between a Body Analyser Scale and a BMI Scale?

Body Mass Index or BMI is just one of the measurements an analyser scale can monitor, however, it does not use BIA. BMI is an index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify underweight, overweight and obesity by medical professionals. It is a good indication of if you are a healthy weight however it is not perfect.

Imagine a rugby player or a bodybuilder. They may have a very high Muscle Mass %, a high weight and therefore a high BMI. Their BMI reading may say they are obese, however, in reality, they are extremely physically fit athletes. Now imagine a marathon runner. They may be very lean, have a low weight and therefore a low BMI. Their BMI reading may say they are underweight, however, in reality, they are extremely physically fit athletes.

Despite these extremes for most people, BMI is a good indication of a healthy weight for height and it is a medically accepted guideline. Body Analyser scales use BIA to measure weight and impedance. From this, the quantity of fat, water, muscle mass etc. can then be estimated. 

Understanding your body composition gives a more accurate measure of your overall health and fitness than weight alone and BMI alone.

  1. How can I track my progress with the MiBody App? 
Salter MiBody App
Salter MiBody App

The Salter MiBody Scales will transmit your results via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Trends can be tracked, and measurements explained with healthy/recommended ranges. This gives a much better picture of your overall health and fitness. It is quite normal for your weight and body composition to vary throughout the day depending on when, for example, you last ate or drank. If you can see over a period of several months your weight is gradually increasing you may wish to change something in your diet or exercise plan to prevent it from continuing to rise. Equally, if you are making healthy choices, the MiBody App can show you just how far you have come and keeps you motivated. You can also track Blood Pressure and Body Measurements. This can allow you to see not only that you have lost 1st and 3% Body Fat but also that your waist has decreased by 2 inches. Tracking these changes can keep you motivated and highlight areas where you can tailor your diet or exercise plan towards.  

  1. In the day and age of technology, why should I go for Mechanical Scales?

Mechanical Bathroom Scales are the simplest and most straight forward way to monitor your weight. They require no batteries, little or no setup and will last for years. They are good of weight only and can’t display body composition measurements such as Body Fat, Body Water etc. They often have lower maximum capacities and wider graduations than digital versions as they are limited by the size of the dial.

With a Mechanical Bathroom Scale, you will struggle to see small changes in weight as they usually have graduations of 1 lb (1kg). If you monitor your weight once a month, irregularly, infrequently or really don’t require precise measurements a Mechanical scale might be the right choice for you.



When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

If you’re someone who loves staying fit, you’ll probably be aware of the process of tracking and monitoring your weight and its benefits. However, with our busy schedule, it can be easy to lose track of your current health situation. Depending upon how much you exercise, the process may vary from person to person, and with the advent of digital technology, tracking progress is only getting easier and beneficial to your training.

If you regularly track your weight, you may not need to be convinced. However, still, keep reading as this is still for you! If you do not normally track your weight, read on to understand why it may be important.

Here are 5 benefits of tracking your weight

  1. Efficiency

Tracking your weight increases your efficiency in terms of your time and workouts. Not only will it push you to do better, but will also drive you to be your own competition!

  1. Added Motivation

Tracking your weight is surely motivating and reinforces to remind you why you are doing this in the first place. When you notice progress, by looking through your logs, it immediately makes you realise how far you’ve come, only motivating you further. There is absolutely nothing like hard work being paid off!

  1. Forming Healthy Habits

While you’re working hard to shed off those extra pounds, or even just to stay fit in general, tracking your weight on a regular basis makes you choose healthy food options for your regular meals. Make this a regular affair, and staying fit will be your second nature!

  1. Improved Mood and Habits

Research shows that staying fit in general can improve your mood and decrease symptoms of depression. Better nutrition, higher self-esteem, and the benefits of exercise all contribute to an improved outlook on life.

  1. Cancelled Cravings

As you make eating healthier foods a habit, you’ll notice that your tastes and food preferences will change. While you will always have a favourite indulgence, but over time you will become more selective on where you save and where you splurge calories. For example, you may splurge on chips or fries and not like how you feel afterwards, which will reduce the likelihood that those cravings will creep up again.

Even though the conventional wisdom says to weigh yourself once a week, it might be time to rethink that advice.

How do you track your weight? Our favourite scale is the Salter Memories 180kg Digital Bathroom Scale which perfectly shows you the difference between your current weight and your previous weight measurements! Detailed with helpful up and down arrows, you can quickly tell how well you’re progressing.


How To Throw A Last Minute Halloween Party

Planning any party can be stressful however when it comes to Halloween there seems to be a lot of pressure to throw the most extravagant and spooky party ever! However, with a few simple and quick recipes as well as easy DIY decorations, throwing a last-minute party has never been easier.HOW TO THROW A LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN PARTY

  1. Spooky Spider Biscuits 

This super quick recipe could even be completed by little ones at the party as they will love decorating the vanilla biscuits with spooky spider legs and goggly eyes! Simplicity is key when baking last minute and biscuit decorating can act as an activity at the party if you run out of ideas!  DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE HERE

  1. Pumpkin Cupcakes 

Using the iconic vegetable associated with Halloween makes for a brilliant party recipe plus you can make use of your pumpkin carving leftovers! Again, this recipe is quick and easy and will go down a treat with all ages. You could decorate the icing with pumpkin shavings, orange coloured sprinkles or make little pumpkins out of fondant icing.



  1. Chocolate Covered Halloween Pretzels 

Getting perfect melted chocolate to cover the sweet n’ salty pretzels requires the perfect temperature. Using a kitchen thermometer helps to achieve the temperature required; 40-45 degree Celsius, making the process quicker for those in a hurry! These sweet treats can be decorated in any style to make them as scary as you want.



  1. Halloween Pizzas 

For those with less of sweet tooth, these savoury slices are great for parties as they can feed so many! Decorate the pizzas with spiders using peppers, olives, salami or mushrooms. You could even make a healthy version using a cauliflower or sweet potato base as an alternative to wheat-based.HALLOWEEN PIZZA


  1. Frozen Halloween Ghosts 

Only 4 ingredients are required for this recipe and they look really effective once they’ve been dipped in chocolate and desiccated coconut. If your party isn’t so last-minute, you can keep prep them early and leave them in the freezer until the day.



Decorations for Halloween parties are by far one of the most important elements but if you don’t have enough time or money to splash out on fancy lanterns or table decorations, there are some simple yet effective DIY alternatives. One of the most obvious and cost-effective decorations is pumpkin carving! Carve as many pumpkins of all different shapes and sizes, fill them with candles and place all around the venue. They can be used in recipes afterwards or thrown on the compost so completely re-usable! You could even paint or decorate your pumpkins using glitter or craft accessories to make them completely unique!

So, if you decide to celebrate this frightfully fun holiday last minute, you can still enjoy making ghostly treats young and old without the need for precise planning and stress.





The Benefits of Swimming

Exercise in general, as we all know is always beneficial. However, many of us have certain preferences for one exercise over the other. While some may focus on yoga, others may choose dancing. No matter what your fitness level is, many exercises allow you to go for a full body workout in a fun way, and swimming is one of them!

Swimming is the perfect way to work your entire body and the cardiovascular system being an all-rounder activity for people of all age groups. Having a low-impact workout and a way to relax. – that’s what it’s all about! An hour of swimming burns off all those calories, without impacting your bones and joints.

Here are a couple of benefits of swimming:

  1. Entire Body Workout:

Using all the muscles in the body from head to toe, swimming works out your whole body. Whether it is a gentle breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle or a butterfly, by swimming you can increase your heart rate without stressing your body. Each style focuses on different muscle groups and the water provides gentle resistance thereby toning your muscles, building strength and endurance. As exercising in the water makes your body work harder, 30 minutes in a pool is worth a good 45 minutes on land.

  1. General Wellbeing:

While your muscles are getting an excellent workout, so is your cardiovascular system. Swimming makes your heart and lungs strong thereby reducing your risk of high blood pressure and an irregular blood sugar. Spending 30 minutes swimming, twice a week, alongside a balanced diet, is one of the best ways to stay fit. It not only impacts your physical health but also helps you gain a positive mental outlook too.

  1. Destress and Relax:

Spending some time in the water alone can calm our minds down. Studies have shown that by swimming regularly, one can lower their stress levels, panic attacks and even improve your sleep pattern. To feel the mental benefits of swimming, take a light swim today and notice the difference!

  1. Burn Calories:

Swimming has proven to be one of the most effective ways to burn those extra calories. A light swim can burn around 200 calories in less than an hour, which is more than 2 times that while walking!

  1. Exercising Without Sweating:

Sweating may put many people off while exercising. However, as self-explanatory as this may be, as a swimmer you won’t have to even be concerned about sweat!

So, if you’re just starting out to exercise, or are looking to try something new, reach for your cossie and take a plunge into the pool today. Once you’re through with the basics, aim for 20-40 minutes of regular swimming to keep your heart rate elevated. As well as being beneficial, swimming is a great way to make new friends!

3 Major Benefits of Tennis: Why Should You Start Playing?


As we move into summer, we welcome the UK’s biggest tennis tournament – Wimbledon. The inspiring performance of the professional athletes will encourage many of us to pick up a tennis racket and try the sport– but have you ever wondered what the real benefits of playing tennis are? There are always new workout programs popping up everywhere, but heading down to the local tennis court can be an easy way to improve your overall fitness. We’ve picked out some of the best benefits of playing tennis.


Full body workout

During a game of tennis, you’re always on your feet and having to move fast to keep up with your opponent. It’s a workout for your entire body as you run, swing, twist and stretch. With all this activity rolled into one sport, it’s easy to work up a serious sweat. Getting involved in tennis matches on a regular basis is a great way to keep your body fat percentage at a healthy level.



Tone your muscles

If you want to hit the ball further than your opponent can reach, you’ll need to hit it hard. Tennis can be a great way to develop your endurance and strength. You’ll find yourself running, turning and stretching in all directions to keep a rally going. A long game of tennis can help to increase your strength and tone your muscles, especially in your legs and arms.



It’s fun!

Although not a specific health benefit, tennis can be great fun and a good way to unwind after a stressful day. The great thing is, even if you’ve never held a tennis racket in your life, you can be sure to find someone of your ability to play with. It’s also open to all ages, so you can get the whole family involved.  Tennis is also an excellent way to meet new people and enjoy a bit of healthy competition.





5 ways to enjoy your summer and keep fit


Summer is often thought of as the time of year to focus on fitness, especially after indulging in a variety of foods during winter. We’ve all been in the position of being stuck in the gym and wishing we were out enjoying the sunshine but guess what? It is possible to enjoy the warm weather and keep fit at the same time. We can just imagine all the raised eyebrows to this statement – but it’s true. Summer may be the time for ice cream and parties, but the days full of sunshine also create lots of opportunities for us to keep fit and healthy. We’ll dive straight in.


1.  Go for a swim

In winter, you’ll only find one or two people swimming in the sea or the outdoor pool, and it is absolutely freezing! As the temperatures rise it’s a lot easier to tip more than a toe in the water. In summer it’s a great way to cool off from the scorching temperatures and get in a workout.




2.  Feast on flavours

Make the most of the sunshine and brush the dust off your barbecue. If you don’t want to be bloated by extra bread, throw together a spicy side salad to complement your meaty main. Host your own barbecue and invite guests to bring a dish to enjoy a feast of flavours.





3.  See the sights

If you need a break from an intense gym routine, combine holiday relaxation and fitness by heading out on foot. From wandering along the beach to heading out for a cool morning hike, walking is one of the most relaxing ways to keep fit. Pack your trainers to make sure annoying blisters don’t spoil your fun in the sun.



4.  Sweet Snacking

Summer is a great opportunity to try a range of dishes with fresh ingredients. For example, summer means strawberries. Pub gardens, restaurants and of course the organisers of Wimbledon love to dish out this delicious snack on a hot day, so you have no reason to avoid this sweet treat.



5.  Buddy Up

Finding the motivation to do a full-on workout in the summer can be a challenge by yourself. Stir up a little competition between you and friend by challenging them to a tennis match or even invite them to tag along with you in the gym. Having someone there to support you through a workout is always a great boost. If your buddies are coach potatoes we’re sure they would appreciate the motivation as well.



Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or simply enjoying the company of your friends this summer. All the training you have done earlier in the year doesn’t have to go down the drain. If you want to try some exciting new recipes just search online and you’ll find so many tasty treats to enjoy. Remember a bit of extra sun means it’s time for fun, so there is no need to be on a treadmill feeling miserable. Get up on your feet and make the most of the wonderful weather.


London Marathon – Training Tips & Recovery Rules

The London Marathon 2018 is not far away and the nerves are beginning to kick in for runners of the gruelling 26.2 mile route. The annual race will take place on Sunday 22nd April with thousands of participants taking to the streets of London including amateur, professional and celebrity runners. The marathon is incredibly tough on your body and can take its toll on your joints and muscles. Whilst there is a lot to think about in the lead up to the marathon, it’s important to prepare your body for the recovery too. We sat down with 4-time marathon runner, Adam Diplock to help put your mind at ease with some training and recovery tips.

What do you do to warm up and cool down?

Adam: My warm-up is usually incorporated into whatever training I have for that day – obviously some runs are designed to be more strenuous/faster pace, so I usually cater it to what I’m about to do. My cool down is usually a little walk after I have finished my run (You can’t just stop!) and then I move onto stretching.

When did you start training and do you have any additional support?

Adam: I started training back in January (4 months ago) and haven’t really had any consistent support, to be honest. My parents and girlfriend have been amazing and helped me with longer runs, but usually, training is a pretty lonely experience. Not everybody wants to jump out of bed to run a 13 miler with you.

How do you fit training around your work/social life?

Adam: Great question! It is tough. You get in from work and the last thing you want to do is go straight back out. But honestly? If you want to do well, you don’t really have a choice.

What dietary changes do you make in preparation for the Marathon?

Adam: Honestly my diet doesn’t change too much (I try to cut down on sugary snacks) but, at the same time I like to think I eat healthily anyway. You should factor in when to eat – your meal size dictates how long until you can run. I usually will give a good 1:30 or 2 hours after a larger meal.

What motivation tips do you have when it comes to the last few miles of the Marathon?

Adam: The crowd are your motivation. Your training is your motivation. The fundraising is your motivation. You’ve trained since January, (giving up several social events) raised a ton of money for a great cause and have loads of people willing you on. Motivation isn’t a problem, you need some mental toughness towards the end. It becomes a case of digging deep and just getting home.

How do you help your body recover once the Marathon is over?

Adam: Using foam rollers and regular stretching are great ways to recover. I also try and swim during the week after the marathon – good exercise but not strenuous on the body.

Good luck to all of those taking part in the London Marathon!

New Year, New Goals – 5 ways to take your resolutions further

‘This is the year I’m going to make a change’ …we’ve all been there. After enjoying tasty treats over the festive season, many take the new year as an opportunity to focus on their health and fitness. Some join a gym, purchase celebrity fitness DVDs or join a new sports team. But how many of us set new year’s resolutions, but forget them by February? We have some helpful tips to help you focus on your fitness goals through the year.

  • Getting started

Does a gym full of fitness fanatics sound like an absolute nightmare to you? Simply start with smaller steps. Think about any bad habits you would like to break, even just swapping that cheeky chocolate bar for a piece of fruit. By making these small changes first, you can gain the confidence to face your workout.

  • Be realistic

Let’s set something straight from the start – no one can get a six pack in a week! Our lives are saturated with images of photoshopped bodies, which can give people unrealistic goals in relation to their fitness. Rather than comparing yourself to others, go deeper into thinking about why you want to change your regular routine. If you set unrealistic goals, you will feel like giving up very early on, maybe not even making it past one month. You know yourself better than anyone, so you can set your own goals to work towards at your own pace.

  • Make a plan

Now you have your goals – it’s time to get planning. One of the reasons people fail to achieve their fitness goals is because they attempt to do too much at once. Set a schedule to see how your new activity will fit around your work and social life. Research timetables for your local gym or see when a sports team regularly train to see what you would prefer.


  • Get the right support

Maintaining your fitness routine is much easier to do when you have the right support around you. Not feeling up to going to the gym on your own? Find a friend to join the gym with you. By having someone with you in the gym you will be less likely to cancel your plans last minute, and it can also help to push you to go further. As well as your friends, use the expertise of the fitness staff in your gym as much as possible. If you do not know where to start, they can do an initial assessment of your fitness early on and help you to achieve your fitness goals.


  • Keep Track

You’ve identified what you want to change, you’ve got your plan – but do you really know what you’re made of? Keeping track of smaller changes can keep you motivated through your fitness journey. Don’t want to keep writing your weight down? Choose a body analyser scale that can connect your smartphone and save the pen and paper!


Everyone is different, and making a change in your regular routine can take some getting used to. Go at your own pace, and most importantly – Have fun!

Summer Shape: Keep on track

Summer is finally here! It’s time to whip out the BBQs, grab those swimsuits and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in the sun. The months leading up to summer can involve intense gym routines and specific nutrition plans to ensure you are on track to reaching your fitness goals. However, all of this hard work does not have to suddenly disappear after enjoying a couple of ice creams at the beach. Below we have included just a few tips on how to keep your progress consistent through summer, until the chilly Autumn weather arrives.

Keep Hydrated

It is essential that every day we keep our body regularly hydrated. In Summer, this is more important than ever with rising temperatures causing dehydration. Make sure you keep a water bottle on hand whether you are at the beach or in the gym. To accurately keep track of your body water percentage why not try using a smart scale? This can help you to keep an eye on your hydration levels. For more information on how much water you should be drinking daily click here.

Take your work out outside

Make the most of the sun and take your training outdoors! Whether you go on a bike ride with friends or have a game of football in the park, you have so many more opportunities outside of the gym to keep yourself active this summer. For outdoor workout tips click here

Season of fruits

Summer is the perfect time of year to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy snack with strawberries, blueberries and watermelon being in season. For more information regarding the best seasons for different fruits and vegetables click here.

Keep track of your progress

Everyone has different fitness goals in mind, whether you are training heavily towards an athletic competition or simply wanting to tone up, keeping track of your progress in crucial. Your weight can be influenced by a variety of different factors. Smart Scales are a fantastic way of keep track of your progress, have a look at our body analyser scales for the best results. Click here to find out which scale is perfect for you.

Baking with Mum

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, but we know you’ve got it covered … haven’t you? If it’s still on your to-do list, don’t fret, we’ve got the perfect idea …

No, it’s not pearls…We want to take things back to the kitchen and get you baking with mum again! From desserts to main meals, as long as you’re doing it together, we’re happy. It doesn’t matter how old you are, we all did baking with mum when we were young, so why not rekindle the tradition?

This year, we’re bringing back the good old days and want to encourage you to get #BakingWithMum. Check out our range of bake-worthy gifts to get the pin rolling ;).

Salter Cook

The ultimate personalised cookbook, Salter Cook can cater to mum’s tastes. Vegan? Sweet tooth? She can simply collect a range of online recipes she likes and store them in the Salter Cook app – accessible at the tap of a button. That’s right, ANY online recipe, and it’s free! This clever app takes all the key information from the webpage and converts it in an easy-to-read, interactive recipe. She can even enter recipes manually to keep track of traditional favourites!

Connecting to the Bluetooth Recipe Scale and Thermometer this range introduces a smarter way of cooking, check out the video to get a feel for it:

Colour Weigh

Simple, stylish and strong spring to mind when using the Salter Disc Scales. Available in a range of colours, there’s a reason this nifty kitchen accessory is a Salter bestseller! Designed with ‘Add & Weigh’ and Aquatronic features, you can measure multiple ingredients in one bowl and even measure liquids! Save time on the washing-up and get accurate measurements from something that looks trendy on the kitchen surface. Make baking easy and fun with a Salter classic!


It’s a match!

A metallic kitchen scale is a must-have for the modern mum who needs an upgrade. Designed with a copper or black glass surface, this stylish scale is eye catching and matches a range of Salter pans and accessories – just in case mum want’s to kit our the whole kitchen ;). The smooth touch sensitive buttons make it a dream to clean, no corners or cracks for dirt to hide!


Last but not least, we have the Salter Vintage Retro Scale! Getting back to basics, this mechanical scale comes with a dishwasher-safe stainless steel (1.3 litre) bowl. Ideal for those that love the retro look and feelings of nostalgia it brings, you can measure in metric or imperial units fast and easy. This is perfect for the mum that prefers to measure ingredients the classic ‘weigh’. No batteries, no buttons, no hassle ;).

We’re also running a competition over on our Facebook page for the chance to win the Salter Cook range! Get #BakingWithMum to win your very own recipe scale and thermometer now!