Healthy Holiday Gift GuideFill Your Wish List with 50 Healthy Gift Ideas
-- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer
Want to be really motivated to start or continue reaching your health and fitness goals in the new year? Then fill your holiday wish list with gift ideas that will motivate you and make it easier to stay on track. Your friends and family will be happy to encourage your pursuit of health with gifts of fitness equipment, cookbooks or even that cute hoodie you've had your eye on! Here are 50 fun ideas:
- A vegetarian cookbook if you want to try meatless Mondays.
- A slow cooker cookbook for when you need to save time.
- A vegetable cookbook to help you get more delicious veggies into your diet.
- A low-cal cookbook, like The SparkPeople Cookbook, to help you lighten up your favorite foods.
- A soup cookbook for those super cold days when you just can't get warm.
- A new set of knives to make chopping vegetables easier.
- A crockpot for slow cooking on busy days.
- A set of glass storage containers to make freezing and reheating healthy meals super easy.
- A food scale for weighing portions.
- A nonstick pan for oil-free cooking.
Lunch Packing Essentials
- A bento box to inspire you to pack cute, healthy lunches.
- A freezer pack to keep your food cold on your way to work.
- A set of packable utensils so you don't have to rummage around in the break room for some plastic ones.
- An insulated lunch bag to help keep your food fresh.
- A thermos for when you want to pack hot soup for lunch.
Healthy Gourmet Food
- A box of heirloom apples you've never tasted.
- A bottle of fancy extra-virgin olive oil for making fresh salad dressing.
- Gourmet nut mix for a healthy on-the-go snack.
- Gourmet jerky to get your protein fix on the run.
- An assortment of tea for a relaxing treat in the afternoon.
- A mini trampoline for a fun new way to get in some cardio.
- A set of kettlebells so you can build muscle and cardiovascular fitness at the same time.
- An exercise ball that you can use to work out or just engage your core while you sit at your desk.
- A foam roller to massage sore muscles.
- A jump rope so you can build strong bones and increase cardiovascular endurance at the same time.<pagebreak>
- A cardio DVD for when it's too cold to go for a run or a walk (like Coach Nicole's series of DVDs).
- A yoga DVD for when you just can't drag yourself to class in the morning.
- A dance DVD to have fun while you feel the burn.
- A bodyweight training DVD to build muscle without a bunch of equipment.
- A high-intensity interval training DVD to burn maximum calories in minimum time.
- A pretty headband to keep your sweaty hair out of your face!
- A new pair of sneakers for running and walking.
- A pair of yoga pants that make your butt look great.
- A new sports bra to support you through your hardest workouts.
- A great pair of socks to keep your feet from feeling sweaty.
Cold Weather Gear
- A pair of convertible gloves to keep your hands warm but still allow you to skip to the next song on your play list.
- A pair of insulated leggings to wear under sweats or yoga pants on particularly cold days.
- Traction cleats for your sneakers so you don't slip on the ice or snow.
- A fleece gaiter to keep your neck warm on the coldest days.
- A light-weight but heavily-insulated jacket with cooling vents you can open when you start to warm up.
- A book of inspirational quotes to help you keep your journey to health in perspective. To learn about the inspiration behind SparkPeople and how it can change your life, check out The Spark.
- A biography of someone you admire to inspire your own life.
- A book about the latest science behind healthy eating to help you make good choices (like The Spark Solution).
- A book exploring a new kind of exercise you'd like to try.
- A manual about beauty or style so you can start looking your best right away!
- An activity tracker to keep track of steps and fitness minutes effortlessly.
- A new pair of headphones so you can listen to music while you run or walk.
- An armband for your phone to make it easy to carry with you.
- A digital bathroom scale to help you keep track of your progress.
- A heart rate monitor to see how hard you're actually working when you exercise.