The holidays are a notoriously hard time for anyone who is trying to stick to a diet. They also happen to be the perfect time to treat yourself or someone you love to a gift that can keep you on track. Here are a few of our favorites.
Fitness trackers have all kinds of cool features for the active minded. They track your steps, distance traveled, active minutes, activity by hour and stationary time throughout the day. Some allow you to receive calls, text and calendar notifications so you can stay connected yet focused on the task at hand. A few also have SmartTrack™, which automatically recognizes and records exercises for you, so you can keep track of your workouts with ease, as well as auto sleep tracking, which detects how long and how well you sleep. They will even buzz with a reminder to move if you’ve been still for too long.
A bike is a fun gift with all sorts of health benefits, both physical and mental. It gets your legs moving and offers a solid cardio workout, but it’s also easy on your joints. It helps you get out and about in the fresh air, and it reduces stress and provides a sense of freedom. Plus, there’s something really impressive about presenting someone with a shiny new bike with a big bow on the handlebars!
Whether you’re looking for a workout that challenges your entire body or just wanting to increase flexibility, you can get it all with yoga. A yoga kit is a great way to get started. Most kits contain a mat, a yoga block to use to modify difficult poses, a yoga strap to increase your range of motion and a DVD with suggested poses.
Paying for a class or two for someone is a great way for them to find out what forms of exercise they like without having to commit to a series. Plus, the recipient can branch out and try something they wouldn’t have otherwise.
A juicer is one of those items that someone might not spring for themselves but would love to receive as a gift. It offers plenty of health and nutrition benefits — eating right, feeling better, losing weight — but a lot of people also like to juice because it tastes good. And juicing is something even non-cooks can do and enjoy. As far as specialized kitchen appliances go, a juicer is fairly affordable but it’s also a gift that’s substantial and thoughtful.