20 Products SparkPeople Members Obsessed Over This Year

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We asked and you delivered. From sports bras to blenders, heart rate monitors to training shoes, and everything in between, you let us know which health and fitness purchases from the last year have made living your healthy lifestyle easier. Our members are out there putting products to the test year round, and these 20 products all received gold stars and rave reviews from our members. If it makes you happy, then we know it will make our other health-conscious members happy, too.

1.Meal Prep Containers (Mealcon, $16.99)


Photo courtesy of Amazon. 

"I purchased some meal prep containers with three dividers on Amazon that I love!" –Amy Breaux
 
2. High-Rise Compression Leggings  (Old Navy, $26.94)
  
"[I love my] Old Navy high-waisted compression leggings. I have lost over 170 pounds and they keep everything tight with no jiggle. And they are reasonably priced." – Cherish Patterson
 
3. Food Scale (Ozeri, $12.22)
 
"[I] bought a new digital scale in 2016 [when] my old one died after it got wet. It is my most essential item for weight loss. No "estimating" on how much you're eating—you can track accurately!" – Janet Rogers

4. Training and Running Shoes (New Balance Vazee Transform and New Balance 680v3, prices vary)
 

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"Two new pairs of shoes: a Vazee mesh (light and flexible) to wear with my trainer during strength training [and] a New Balance running shoe (more support) for when I do cardio on the treadmill." – Patricia Dzuagis
 
5. Resistance Loop Bands (Phantom Fit, $9.47)
  
"I started using this brand [of resistance bands] at physical therapy after knee surgery and continue those exercises and more in my workouts now." – Gloria Capetillo
 
6. Treadmill (LifeSpan, $1,415.01)
 

Photo courtesy of Amazon. 

"When I starting researching treadmills, some were too big with too many features I wouldn’t use; some were too flimsy to support my running miles and had few features. SparkPeople’s suggestion of the one in your gym was just right. It fits nicely in the corner of my basement, lifts easily to move, is sturdy enough to support my running and had a mid-range price. Quality and value—can’t beat that. I bought it because I trust SparkPeople and I LOVE it." – BROOKLYN_BORN
 
7. Gym Membership (prices vary)
 
"I bought a gym membership! [It has] a swimming pool, indoor track, climbing wall and more. I realized that as much as I could do things on my own, I missed the group classes and facilities that this place provides. There's so much to do that I change my workouts frequently and thus have not gotten burned out. It's never just the same old grind. So yes, I couldn't live without it." – Liz Reep
 
8. Muscle Massage Body Stick (The Stick, $42.45)
 
"[This] muscle massage tool works wonders for over-worked and sore leg muscles! [It also] helps prevent injury for this runner!" – COUNTRYNETTERS
 
9. Food Dehydrator (Hamilton Beach, $49.99)


Photo courtesy of Amazon.

"My dehydrator, for [drying] fruits and vegetables for easy, healthy snacks on the go."
– Katelynn Davis
 
10. Activity Tracker (Fitbit Blaze, $198.95)
 
"My Fitbit Blaze. I'm always trying to hit my 10,000 daily step goal and push myself past it." – THILL11 
 
11. Bike (Trek Verve Bike, $439.99)
 
"'Heads up' for my Trek road bike. I'm not a racer and the bent-over position [of a traditional road bike] isn't really comfortable. I love the increase in height of the handlebars, [which] allows me longer hours in the saddle for each ride." – Debra Faulconer
 
12. Smoothie Maker (SharkNinja, $97.99)


Photo courtesy of Amazon.

"I purchased the Ninja Nutri smoothie maker. Admittedly, I bought it for my health-conscious son, but it was too cumbersome to pack to go to college so he left it here. It's easy to use and has a permanent spot on my counter top." – Mary Theresa
 
13. Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot, $99.99)
 
"I bought an Instant Pot pressure cooker. It makes making healthier dishes easier." – ALICEONE
 
14. Heart-Rate Monitor (MYZONE, $149.99)

"[My] MYZONE heart-rate monitor keeps me motivated, working through my specific zones and pushing me harder." – CDISHMAN8
 
15. Sports Bra (Under Armour, $54.00)


Photo courtesy of Amazon.
 
"[My] Under Armour sports bra is amazing! It's hard to find one for [size] DD that keeps any bounce to a minimum – Susan Gordon
 
16. Personal Trainer (prices vary by gym)
 
"My personal trainer, Tracy. She's the best…changing my life." – Phil Kabza
 
17. Fabletics (starting at $49.95 a month)
 
"Fabletics. I always get compliments [and the clothes] are a good quality and price."
– Mandee Wheeler Ross
 
18. Yoga Strap (prAna, $14.90)


Photo courtesy of Amazon.

"[I] use a yoga strap for stretching…it has really helped!" – RHAL1462
 
19. Hiking Boots (Merrell, $130)
 
"My Merrell hiking boots…absolutely love them!" – Sandy Robertson

20. Blender (Vitamix, $435.70)
 

"Vitamix! I love my veggie protein—veggie and fruit smoothies every day!" – HOTROD53
 
What are your favorite health and fitness purchases from the past year? Share them in the comments!
 
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Comments

  • 25
    Thank you for all the wonderful products! - 4/30/2017   9:19:23 AM
  • 24
    Awesome info. Thank you. - 4/30/2017   8:00:02 AM
  • PLCHAPPELL
    23
    My step counter is inexpensive but it does the job. - 4/30/2017   7:54:42 AM
  • 22
    My Fitbit. It keeps me on track and pushes me to be more actuve. I can also track how well I am sleeping. - 4/29/2017   9:09:21 PM
  • 21
    I have been wearing Old Navy Compression tights fir several years but the full length straight leg version are hard to find, in fact the site your blog used won't do for Canada so is off to the mall again. This product compares to any other mid range priced tight I have . Maybe Lulu's are better but these prices mean I can have several pair to rotate. - 4/29/2017   2:17:40 PM
  • 20
    New balance shoes. My whole family wears them. They got all sizes. - 4/29/2017   10:57:49 AM
  • 19
    Stationary bike, rebounder, free weights to exercise at home and not have to deal with plastic phony people at the gym!! - 4/29/2017   8:53:32 AM
  • 18
    My favorites?
    1. Moving Comfort Fiona running bra- worth it's weight in gold.
    2. My Asics running shoes- worth their weight in platinum.
    3. Alta FitBit- since my SPAT was discontinued, I've gotten accustomed to
    this activity tracker- I love the automatic reminders to move. - 4/29/2017   7:44:26 AM
  • 17
    For me, it was the new gym. Love the options and really enjoy my workouts even more. - 4/29/2017   7:05:11 AM
  • 16
    Question? I'm looking for a step tracker that I can wear on my wrist that will not track steps while I'm working at my desk all day. I've tried many expensive to cheap. I've calibrated them (several times) I've gotten help from the companies but none of them are close to being accurate. They all show I walk thousands of steps more then I do. Any suggestions? - 4/29/2017   6:25:47 AM
  • 15
    New Balance is about the only company that makes shoes in my size--long & narrow. (My feet stay slender no matter what!) - 4/29/2017   1:12:26 AM
  • 14
    I have the women's Verve bike, and I LOVE IT! I ride part-way to and from work (I use public transit where it is not safe to bike) and it rides like a dream. - 4/29/2017   12:55:37 AM
  • 13
    Great, great list. I'm making some purchases based on these recommendations. - 3/26/2017   10:07:33 AM
  • 12
    I have an Ozeri Food scale also, and I just love it!! I went through three other scales fairly quickly, and this one has lasted! - 3/25/2017   10:06:00 PM
  • NYLAURA1
    11
    I love my Samsung Gear Fit Tracker. In addition to tracking my steps and keeping me motivated, it gets text and phone call notifications. - 3/25/2017   4:29:53 PM
  • 10
    I use amazon Suscribe and save and to get several different shapes of whole wheat pasta that I can't get at my suppermarket. They come automatically every 4 months! - 3/25/2017   4:27:44 PM
  • 9
    Polar M400 watch with GPS. It tracks over 120 different exercises that can be downloaded to my computer. Unfortunately, SparkPeople has not added Polar to the list of fitness trackers that can be downloaded directly to the site. - 2/10/2017   7:48:12 PM
  • 8
    The Green Kitchen Soy Milk Maker - makes plant based milks (nuts, soy, etc.) automatically like an automatic coffe maker would do - 2/10/2017   7:10:54 PM
  • 7
    Body Glide - great to use before any activity that has a lot of friction involved. I use it when I run longer distances. - 2/10/2017   4:50:38 PM
  • 6
    pants #2 are on a good sale. limited sizes. - 2/10/2017   12:41:19 PM
  • 5
    Good to read what others think about these things. I'd defnitely encourage going into a sports store and getting fitted for different brands of running shoes. I eventually settled on Saucony. I keep my favorite styles bookmarked on Amazon and buy them whenever they go on sale. (I typically swap them out every 100 days, I know it seems crazy, but, trust me, once you get used to being in good, supportive shoes, you'll be able to tell once the bounce starts to leave, and I put a lot of miles on mine. Very little in the way of foot, shin and hip problems since I started paying more attention to good shoe support.) - 2/10/2017   9:46:16 AM
  • 4
    I have several of the listed items. I also have a meal prep bag and 3 resistance bands. One at work, home and in my travel bag. - 2/10/2017   9:22:04 AM
  • 3
    I love my resistance band set with door anchor. Such a handy travelling exercise item, also my ever increasing range of dumbbells, and go course my PT who not only sets up regular programmes I can follow at the gym, but also with my home equipment in France. - 2/10/2017   2:59:19 AM
  • 2
    My foam roller. I paid about $25 for it and it was the best money I've spent on fitness gear. I use it every day to release the tension between my shoulders and upper thighs. It's almost as good as a massage. - 2/10/2017   2:51:28 AM
  • 1
    I love my RUNKEEPER app. Keeps me running everywhere (gotta hit my goal of at least 100 km monthly). I travel a lot and this app reminds me not to stop. So far I have run in 10 different cities in Europe and keep going. I started setting small goals two years ago out of curiosity, first goal was to run 30 km in a month, then 80, then 150. It also showed me that when I have a goal nothing stops me, not an unknown terrain, not a snow storm or a heatwave. And I have learned that the friendliest joggers are in Prague - always give you a wave and a smile. - 2/10/2017   1:40:15 AM

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