Best Holiday Gift Guide for the Health Nut and Fitness Lover

January 07, 2019

Holiday gifts
Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN

During this time-strapped season, workouts and meal planning can go by the wayside — it can be easy to lose sight of total body wellness. Being mindful during the holiday season can help by slowing down and listening to your body, using a stand-up desk while you work, as well as giving your time by volunteering for an organization.

Take care of yourself, and your family and friends this season. Here's a holiday gift guide for those health-focused people on your list.

Gift Idea 1: Foot Massager

Put a new spring in your step with a heated foot massager. With kneading Shiatsu therapy plantar massage and heat function technology, this massager soothes your aching feet and may provide relief from plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. Plus, it may help alleviate neck and back pain, as well as headaches, as your feet are the foundation for your total body wellness. This is the gift that keeps on giving with every step.

Gift Idea 2: Green Tea

Want a relaxing, time-out during the holidays? Green tea is the perfect chill out beverage. Made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea offers the total body a bevy of benefits for your bones, brain, heart and cells. Green tea is an anti-inflammatory food that helps keep your body functioning in tip-top shape. Try Tazo tea for a variety of green tea flavor combos that are sure to please those healthy nuts on your list.

Gift Idea 3: Desk Bike

Keep your body in motion while you work with a desk bike. This is a no-brainer way to burn calories and stay alert throughout your work day, plus it will not distract others in your office as it operates quietly. An all-in-one desk bike is adjustable to move up, down, backward and forward depending upon whatever position you want. The best part is there are no tools or time required to put it together – it comes fully assembled. It's a great gift to easily up daily activity levels.

Gift Idea 4: Slow Fast Cooker

If you are looking for a home-cooked meal that you can set and forget, try Breville's the Fast Slow Pro. You can create convenient, quick and tasty meals while you're doing other things. Didn't plan ahead? This cooker has a fast, pressure cooker setting that can make a 20-minute meal. On the other hand, if you want to slow cook a meal while you're at work, there's a mode for that too. Plus, for the health-conscious cook, it's a magic bullet for whipping up nourishing meals for friends and family in no time. You'll be a meal planning hero by giving this gift!

Gift Idea 5: Sleep Mask

A good night's sleep is vital to overall health and well being — it's not only the quantity of sleep, but the quality that counts. Did you know that light seeping into your bedroom can interfere with your natural sleep cycle? This is where a sleep mask comes in handy. A sleep mask may feel like a luxury, but it's a wellness necessity. Give the gift of good quality shut-eye this holiday season.

Gift Idea 6: Fitness Watch

No holiday gift guide would be complete without a fitness tracker. Keep track of every step, skip and beat with the latest FitBit Versa Watch. This watch allows you to monitor your movements and heartbeat 24/7, plus offers coaching and phone-free music to keep you humming along throughout the day — whether pedaling your desk bike or typing at your stand-up desk. Fitness at your fingertips is the perfect gift.

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