After devouring all of mom’s buttery goodness and making a million excuses to bail on working out, the start of the New Year leaves many feeling out of shape and lethargic—and back at square one. At the same time, the holidays may have put some extra money in your hands (or gift cards in your wallet… or store credits after returning those ill-fitting clothes), and that’s why there’s no better time to invest in some motivation in the form of health and fitness products and services. From little indulgences to making more of a financial commitment, it’s time to give yourself the gift of health. LivingHealthy’s Curation Crew shares their favorites.
Top 15 Health and Fitness Gifts That Could Change Your Life in 2016
1. Got no time to work out? Try a high-tech jump rope at the office
If you truly can’t make it from the office to the gym, try working out in your office during lunch with a new state-of-the-art jump rope. The Smart Rope, priced at $89.99, is an LED-embedded jump rope that displays your fitness data as you work out, transmits all the data back to your smartphone via Bluetooth and tidies it up with a nice little app. Available with different colored handles, optional colored grips and X-small to X-large ropes.
2. Ditch your wired headphones
Wireless headphones will make a world of difference during your workout, as you won’t have to worry about getting your cords tangled up and jerked out of your jacks. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones ($199) are the crème de la crème of the industry, and their wireless Bluetooth enables you to connect up to 30 feet from your mobile device or tablet.
3. Kickstart your diet with a meal delivery program
You might not be able to afford signing up for months of meal delivery, but try setting some money aside for just a few weeks of service. Whatever your dietary goals are, it will be easier to get into a routine when all you have to do is heat up your meal. Once you start seeing the results and feeling better, it may motivate you to continue healthy-eating practices on your own. Many services also offer discounted introductory rates or deals on websites like LivingSocial and Groupon. Some of our favorites? Sun Basket (delivery within California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona and Utah), Paleta (Southern and Northern California, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Las Vegas) and Sakara Life (New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Southern California and Miami).
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4. Buy some attention-grabbing workout threads
Looking good for your workout helps you feel good (and inspires you to get your butt moving)! Just Live offers powerfully patterned workout tops and bottoms, like this “Snake Queen” sports bra ($52) and matching leggings ($86). Not only do they look cool, but they are also odor-resistant, antimicrobial, UV-protective and virtually fadeproof. And they feel silky soft on your skin. Prices vary.
5. Invest in a yoga mat that delights you
What better way to kick off your 2016 yoga goals than by investing in a fun new mat? Wildlings, a Los Angeles-based company that creates high-quality, eco-friendly yoga mats and accessories, offers some of coolest mat designs we’ve ever seen. These visually pleasing mats are $75 and sure to get you motivated to hit that new class you’ve been wanting to try.
6. Start journaling your 2016 workout progress
Most personal trainers and dietitians recommend keeping a written log of your daily workouts and diet. While this seems like a tedious task, you can make it more entertaining with the help of a splashy and spirited journal. The Dailygreatness Training Journal: 12 Weeks to a Rocking Fit Body, Mind & Spirit ($39.95) is the perfect partner and fill-in personal trainer for the woman who needs a little help staying motivated. It offers a 12-week fitness planner, goal planners, food and exercise journal, and inspiration for staying motivated.
7. Grab a new gym bag
You’ve been toting your old bag around the gym for years now. It’s time to treat yourself to something new! The Lululemon City Sweat Duffel, available for $138, is the perfect minimalist “man bag” for the guy on the go. Not only is it ideal for toting around all your workout gear (it even has a place for a yoga mat and pockets for your sunglasses and phone), but it also makes for a great weekend bag.
8. Splurge on a new method of transportation
Can’t find time to squeeze in a workout with your busy workday? Ditch your car, the subway or bus a few days a week and opt for a more butt-busting ride to work by investing some money in the Electra Loft 7D bike for both women and men. If your office is too far from your home, consider your new bicycle your leisure vehicle and use it after work or on weekends to run errands and cruise around town. Our pick for a chic, lightweight commuter bike? Priced at $549, it is available in a variety of colors.
9. Get a new fitness gadget
Take your workout to the next level by investing in a new motivational piece of fitness technology like the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch ($249.95), which offers heart rate monitoring and a GPS, and also tracks distance, steps, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. It also monitors runs, rides and other workouts and syncs with your smartphone and computer.
10. Invest in a piece of workout equipment
You’ll have no excuses to skip cardio if you have a machine inside your house! There are many quality treadmill models on the market for less than $1,000, including the LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill. If you’re an avid spinner, the Peloton Bike is the ultimate at-home cycling machine. Though the $1,995 price tag may scare you, remember it breaks down to $166 per month (plus $39-per-month class streaming, which you would most likely spend at your local spinning studio).
11. Join a new music streaming service
Music is always a good fitness motivator, and a good playlist can keep you sweating for hours. For a monthly fee starting from $9.99 (with a complimentary three-month trial), Apple Music gives you access to more than 30 million songs. You can create your own playlists or access curated and custom-made lists.
12. Commit to a hot and trending workout class or gym
There’s no better time to fork over some cash on fitness than the beginning of the year—when studios and gyms offer promos and new class lineups. Whether you prefer the variety of classes at bigger gyms like Equinox, Crunch and Exhale or more boutique-style specialty studios, do some research and find a place that excites you enough to get you there on a regular basis, and splurge on a membership, which will force you to make a mental as well as financial commitment. Prices vary.
13. Get your post-baby jog on with a new stroller
As a new mom, it can be difficult to make it to a workout class, but you’ll have no excuses if you invest in a new jogging stroller. Baby Gear Lab recently ranked the Thule The Urban Glide ($399) as their top choice for jogging strollers. Amazon reviewers agree, giving it four-and-a-half out of five stars for features like locking swivel wheels, covered storage, a huge canopy, an easy fold and a lightweight body.
14. Name your celebrity fitness inspiration and learn about their regimen
Celebrities don’t get their hot bodies on their own—they get sweating with the top trainers, nutritionists and fitness experts in the business. These days, everyone seems to be writing a book about their health and workout strategies. A few fitness-minded celebrities who’ve released books include Molly Sims, Khloe Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez. Kate Upton’s trainer, David Kirsch, and Beyoncé’s vegan guru, Marco Borges, have spilled their secrets as well. So head to your local bookstore or hop online, find a book that inspires you, read away and start working toward your fitness goals. Prices vary.
15. Kick off 2016 with a juice cleanse
Start the new year on a clean note by embarking on a juice cleanse. Many cities have local juicers: JUICE Served Here and Moon Juice in Southern California; Tiny Empire in Brooklyn and New York City; Juice Press in NYC, Boston and more; Harvest Juicery in Chicago; and Juice in Nashville are just a few. Or you can head over to your Whole Foods and pick up Suja or BluePrint juices. Do your research to determine which cleanse is right for you and decide how long you’re willing to commit to an all-liquid diet! Prices vary.