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Your 2017 holiday shopping guide for healthy gifts



This holiday seaon, instead of buying your loved one another sweater or trendy gadget, why not give them the gift of good health?

Does your significant other need a little variety in their workout? Give them the gift of a ClassPass. The ClassPass allows her to visit the gym or studio of her choice to try out without purchasing a long-term membership. Give her the gift of options with more than 8,500 facilities available nationwide. She can do barre one day and CrossFit the next! A $30 membership fee gets you into three classes of your choice during a one-month period. Note: ClassPass does not serve all markets in the U.S.

You could help the weekend warrior in your life step up his or her game with semi-personal or small- group training sessions. The adult training programs offered at Novant Health Sports & Performance Medicine powered by EXOS (Charlotte region)  use the same techniques used to train elite athletes. But EXOS applies these techniques to meet your specific needs and goals — whether it’s to run your first 5K or lose that last stubborn 10 pounds. Check out the options available to find one that suits you. Packages vary but start at $129 for group training twice a week for one month.

 Physical flexibility and balance are important factors to health, particularly as you age. So what better way to stretch out the kinks and get in the zone than yoga? Your special someone will appreciate a custom monogrammed yoga mat.  It comes in more than 20 colors and you can personalize the monogram style. Cost: $50.

Show them some love and get them a fitness tracker. 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. A Fitbit Flex2 costs $59.

Fitbit also offers wireless headphones for those who love to listen to music during their runs. The headphones provide premium sound and are comfortable and sweatproof. Cost $129.95, but you’ll find plenty of other less-pricy options.  

Does your runner prefer not to wear headphones? Then 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.

Help support their healthy water drinking habit by getting them a specialized bottle. Water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on how they will be used, you could pick a steel, insulated, glass or collapsible bottle. Bed Bath & Beyond has all sorts of water bottles with price tags as low as $9.99.

Want to help someone track their results? Get them a smart scale. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled scales not only measure weight, they also measure body mass index, bone density and fat percentage. The scales start at less than $50.   

Get your gym rat a well-constructed gym bag. It’s not always possible to get from work to home to change and then head out to the gym. Commuters in particular could benefit from a convenient gym bag that can carry all their gear. Here are some leads on well-constructed gym bags to suit your needs starting at $40.

Not sure what to get? For the person who seems to have all the gear they need, get them a gift card to REI or other sporting goods store. From hiking to cycling to kayaking to running clothes, they carry anything an exercise enthusiast would want. 


Published: 11/13/2017