Give the gift of good health this holiday season. Fitness gifts are meaningful because they’re meant to be used. It's a great opportunity to show how much you support your loved one's healthy lifestyle, or how you might want to direct them toward one.
TytoHome is a lightweight and portable medical exam kit. Using TytoHome, patients can connect to a Novant Health provider who can virtually examine the heart, lungs, skin, ears, throat and abdomen from wherever they are – potentially eliminating a rush to the emergency room or the doctor’s office. This could be especially handy for parents of young children prone to ear infections and other common afflictions.TytoHome is FSA eligible and available at NovantHealth.org/TytoHome.
Jumping rope is a great way to break up your exercise routine of a treadmill, gym or running outdoors. And, the jump rope can go anywhere you do, which limits the reasons you can create to skip a workout. You double Dutched as a kid; now, burn calories as an adult. Here are 10 options that are less than $30.
If you’re into strength training and don’t want to invest space and money in heavy lifting equipment, these bands are for you. They are lightweight and easy to carry anywhere. You can use them on their own or add them to normal exrcises for variety to your workout. Here are 12 options, starting at $10.
You can use an exercise ball during a workout, and it can double as a chair at a desk or table to improve your posture and core strength. Here are six top-rated exercise balls, starting at $11.
Eating correctly is a key component of healthy living. A good source for wholesome, complete meals in just one bowl is Nourishing Superfood Bowls: 75 Healthy and Delicious Gluten-Free Meals to Fuel Your Day. If you want dishes that can help increase your energy, reduce inflammation and prevent diseases, try Meals That Heal: 100+ Everyday Anti-Inflammatory Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less.
If you want to eat healthy, but occasionally mix in some decadence, read Healthyish: A Cookbook with Seriously Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but not too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life, which offers more than 130 satisfying recipes with straightforward instructions and easy-to-find ingredients. You won’t have to destroy your kitchen while you’re cooking the meals in Dinner’s in the Oven: Simple One-Pan Meals, which should make for easy cleanup. Each recipe can feed four people, with enough for leftovers. Each book costs less than $20.
If your special someone is a hot yoga enthusiast, they likely already have their own mat. A key accessory to add is a yoga-specific towel, which will help keep their mat slip-proof and themselves dry. Yoga towels fit the length of your mat and are made of absorbent material that dries quickly. Some towels have rubber nubs on the bottom to further prevent slipping. Here are five choices, ranging from $11 to $49.
A fitness tracker is a wearable device (on your wrist) that enables your health-conscious loved one to record their progress. Trackers vary and monitor a variety of activities including steps taken, heart rate and even your sleep. Quality sleep is essential to good health. Many Americans don’t get adequate sleep, which can lead to an increased risk of diabetes and obesity. You have a wide variety of options, but the Fitbit Charge 3 for $137 is a solid combination of features.
Most of us strive to get more fruits and vegetables into our diet. Using a juicer is a quick, easy way to whip up a nutritious drink that’s fresh. They don’t take up a huge amount of space on your counter. Here are nine options, starting at $85, that include slow juicers, centrifugal juicers and citrus juicers.
Does someone on your list need a little variety in their workout? ClassPass allows them to visit the gym or studio of their choice to try it out, without purchasing a long-term membership. It covers more than 20,000 facilities worldwide. They can, for example, practice barre one day and CrossFit the next. ClassPass starts with a 14-day free trial, then you can choose from plans ranging from $9 per month to $199 per month.
You could help the weekend warrior in your life step up their game with semi-personal or small-group training sessions. The adult training programs offered at Novant Health Sports & Performance Medicine (in the Charlotte region) use the same techniques used to train elite athletes. Coaches apply these techniques to meet your specific needs and goals — whether it’s to run your first 5K, or lose that last stubborn 10 pounds. Packages vary but start at $129 for group training twice a week for one month.
Fitbit offers wireless headphones for those who enjoy listening to music during workouts. The headphones provide premium sound and are comfortable and sweat-proof. Cost $129.95, but you’ll find plenty of other less-pricy options.
Does your workout enthusiast prefer not to wear headphones? Instead, get them a lightweight, compact Bluetooth wearable speaker. The speaker clips onto your clothes, which allows you to run or cycle and still hear traffic or other possible hazards. The Polk Boom Bit Wearable Bluetooth Speaker costs $29.99.
Not sure what to get? For the person who seems to have all the gear they need, get them a gift card to a sporting goods store such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, REI or Academy Sports + Outdoors. From hiking to cycling to kayaking to running clothes, they carry anything an exercise enthusiast would want.
- Michelle Thomas contributed to this article.