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10 healthy holiday gifts

Dec. 7, 2016

10 healthy holiday gifts

While we all love receiving gifts, finding the perfect gift for someone — especially a family member — can sometimes feel like a chore. What if the gifts you give could help improve the life of someone you love? Wouldn’t that make shopping during the season feel a little jollier?

“Health and happiness are the best gifts of all,” says Megan Spurling, manager of Sharp Best Health, Sharp HealthCare’s employee health and wellness program. “While that sentiment may be a little overused, it’s still very true.” Here is a list of Spurling’s top 10 health, wellness and fitness gift ideas for the current (or aspiring) health nuts in your life:

  1. Wearable fitness trackers. A great way to track your movement and set personal goals, these devices have both high and low price points, and offer many useful app integration and social media features.
  2. Healthy snack box subscription or meal delivery. For the person who strives to eat healthy, but just doesn’t have the time, even a limited subscription can be a great way to give the gift of health and try new foods they wouldn’t normally buy.
  3. Home fitness gear. Help your friends and family start (or restart) a fitness routine with practical, inexpensive and effective home gym items such as a yoga mat, small weights, a medicine ball, resistance bands or a jump rope.
  4. Subscription to a healthy living magazine. In an increasingly digital world, there’s still something great about a good, old-fashioned magazine. Health and nutrition articles are particularly helpful in paper form because you can easily tear out workout routines and recipes for future use.
  5. Membership or gift card to a local gym, fitness studio or yoga studio. Simply covering one month of a person’s membership to their favorite workout facility is a guaranteed great gift. They may even be more inclined to use the membership knowing someone gave it because they care.
  6. Water bottle. Store shelves are stocked with hundreds of stylish water bottles. From metal, glass or plastic to fabric and foldable, all are great stocking stuffers for the people in your life who are active and eco-friendly.
  7. Fitness clothing. Not having the most in-fashion fitness gear shouldn’t hold a person back from exercising. But sometimes a new workout outfit is just the extra bit of motivation a person needs to get moving.
  8. Cookbooks. For those looking to be healthier in the new year, a cookbook geared toward better nutrition might be just the thing. Not sure which one to choose? The end of the year is ripe with “best of” lists, so a quick online search can help you get inspired.
  9. Good pillow. For those on your list who have trouble getting enough rest, a good pillow may help aid in a solid night’s sleep. Pair it with a relaxation gift package, which could include a new blanket, eye mask, chamomile tea and lavender spray.
  10. Subscription to a mindfulness meditation app. Research suggests that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve emotional control and support overall happiness. Most apps have free platforms, but subscriptions are also available for full access to all of the content.
“Health is about more than numbers on the scale,” says Spurling. “Show loved ones you care about them with these gifts and a promise of your continued support to keep them motivated and on track to health and wellness.”

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