Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Fit Gift Guide!

They drop the bomb on you that they want to start working out in the new year. They tell you they want a step counter, this crazy workout program they saw online, new shoes, headbands, etc. You have no idea where to start. Here are  a few ideas to help you out! 

Water Bottle

     This is a non-negotiable  necessity  in getting healthier. Drink half your weight in ounces of water and you will be on your way to having a more hydrated life! We all know the benefits of drinking water but why is having a great bottle so important? Save money and waste, by purchasing a refillable bottle. Hundreds of thousands of styles of water bottles can be found literally everywhere. Think about the person the gift is for and get them one that fits their personality! Here are some popular bottles:

     A Travel Cooler is a great gift for those on the go or for people who are not always near healthy options. It allows them to stay on track while saving money as well! 

You can find a large selection of various sizes and styles at Target. 
Depending on fashion taste and the amount of meals the individual will be toting around, this bag below is a great option.  
These containers fit great inside a cooler and the ice pack in between keeps everything cool!
I also love these little reusable bags to put your individual items in!

Activity Tracker

Activity trackers are everywhere these days. I searched for the most popular trackers with the highest review rate and here they are!

Jawbone UP24
This midpriced tracker will also monitor your sleep. It syncs with your smartphone. The only downside people have mentioned is that it does not have a display. On the contrary, it is sleek in design and disguised as more of a wrap bracelet than a fitness band.

Garmin Vivosmart
The waterproof band can receive push notifications and "move" alerts. It is a bit pricier than the other options. Most bands have an LED display where this has an OLED display.

Fitbit Flex
With a battery life of 5-7 days and a sleep tracker as well, this band has increased in popularity.  There is a limited amount of info that can be displayed and it does not have an altimeter.

Fitbit One
Even though wirelessly syncing the device can be a bit bothersome, this is the most popular (by amount of stars and reviews on various sites) clip on device. For those who do not like bracelets or bands, this might be the go to product for them.

Workout Wear

There is something about putting on new workout pants or a new tank that just gets you pumped up to work out. Here are some of my personal favorites! Warning: you might spend hours looking at all of the fun designs on etsy!

I didn't buy into the hype of sweaty bands at first because I thought like all of the other headbands I have tried, these would slip or give me headaches too. I was WRONG. These fun bands that come in several sizes and styles stay put ALL day and do not give me any tension headaches.
Sweaty Bands

love fitness apparel

workouttanks on etsy

general workout tank search

Nike Women's Clearance

I found these waistbands online that would be perfect for runners or anyone active. Think of them as a fit person's fanny pack! 
Hips-Sister Waistband


They are going to need some gear! From stability balls to weights here are some ideas! Most of these items can be found at every local retailer for sometimes better prices!

Stability Ball


Full Workout and Nutrition Plans to Get Them Started!

 It seems that Beachbody always has the latest and most popular workout programs. For those who don't have the time or means to get to the gym, getting your sweat on at home is the best option. Some people actually prefer it since they don't have to do anything but roll out of bed and pop a DVD in. I think what makes these programs so popular other than the results that people get out of them, would be that they come with a nutrition plan and personal coach who gets you through it all. It can be overwhelming picking a new program so if you want some honest answers send me a message through the contact form or leave a comment!

Insanity Max 30 w/ Shakeology  

Now I know some seem pricey but take a look at the graphic below. I am already hearing that people are asking for the programs instead of a new purse or jewelry. I love it! This means the country is aiming to get healthier! Plus.....summer bodies are made in the winter!

In addition, here is a list of what NOT to buy! Thanks to Fitness Magazine for that list!