Many people see the holiday season as a time of overindulgence, and with good reason. Holiday parties are accompanied by an abundance of high calorie snacks and drinks. Even worse, they can throw a wrench into your normal schedule, which keeps you from meeting your weekly fitness goals.
But, if your client is serious about that New Years resolution to lose some weight, run a half marathon or get in shape, the holidays are a great time to ask for workout treats they may have been ogling. From Fitbits to yoga classes, gifts that inspire health are truly the gifts that keep on giving. Here are our favorite picks and ones you might want to advise your client to avoid in order from "love it!" to "eh."
1. Fitbit ChargeHR ($149.99, available early 2015)
What it is: This is a new Fitbit model that tracks steps, active minutes, floors and continuous heart rate.
Why we like it: Unlike previous Fitbit models, this one flaunts continuous heart rate, so it knows exactly how hard you’re working and can recognize any type of activity that gets your heart rate up. Previous Fitbit gadgets only identified running as exercise so this gadget will help you get a more accurate calorie burn.
What we don’t like: I chose the Fitbit One because it clips on to my bra and I hate having anything on my wrist. While I dislike that the ChargeHR is a watch, I think that having something track your heart rate continuously makes it worth the annoyance of wearing it on your wrist. Hurry up, Fitbit, we're sick of waiting!
Bonus: Tory Burch has teamed up with Fitbit to make fitness look stylish. Check out these jewelry designs that look as good as they feel!
2. Gym membership / 10-class workout pass (price varies)
What it is: Exactly what it sounds like, this is the excuse to hop on the workout train.
Why we like it: So many people don’t like to exercise because it can be expensive and, to be honest, not really that fun. This eliminates both those factors. This gift can introduce friends and family to workout classes that are fun without burdening them with high price tags. Plus, around this time of year many studios do gift packs at a discount.
What we don’t like: Some class packs are non-refundable so if your gift-getter decides he or she hates the classes, they have to stick with them. Overall though, this is a great choice for your adventurous friend who wants to try something new or has a workout class he or she absolutely adores and only goes to as a treat.
3. Jawbone UP24 ($99, available now)
What it is: A step tracker that transfers information directly to your phone via your smartphone’s headphone jack.
Why we like it: Jawbone is sleek and simple. Because it uses your headphone jack instead of Bluetooth to transmit data, it doesn’t drain your battery at all. Plus, it vibrates every 30 minutes when you’re inactive and tracks sleep efficiently.
What we don’t like: Because there’s no face to the bracelet, you have no idea how many steps you’ve walked unless you’ve plugged the bracelet into your phone. It seems like the Fitbit Flex, a watch model currently on the market, is a better deal for $99.
4. iPhone 6 ($650, available now)
What it is: Apple has finally embraced the 21st century and added a health tracker to the iPhone.
Why we like it: There are many components of the Health app that are really cool. My favorites are the step counter, which runs in the background of your other programs to avoid draining your battery and the MayoClinic partnership, which makes health assessment and consequent treatment easy.
What we don’t like: While this app boasts some inventive features, I don’t know if it’s worth the $699+ price tag for the iPhone 6.
Go ahead! Make someone's holiday a healthy one.