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When it comes to gift shopping, sometimes it's just better to capitalize on what your loved ones like best! There's bound to be at least one health and fitness guru in your life, whether they're a former dedicated gym-goer who is now doing workouts at home or someone who has taken up running to stay active while they're social distancing.
Liz Plosser, the editor-in-chief of Women's Health magazine, joined TODAY to discuss the fitness products that everyone will want to receive this season.
If they like a sweaty HIIT workout, a healthy salad or are trying to reach a new goal in the new year, we've got you covered — from fitness trackers and running sneakers to meal delivery kits. Help them in their pursuit of health with these gifts, suited for a range of abilities, goals and interests.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
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1. YBell Neo
If you're limited on space, this 4-in-1 tool will be a lifesaver. You can do dumbbell, kettlebell, medicine ball and push-up stand exercises using the YBell simply by switching your grip, Plosser says. Choose from 9- to 27-pound options. It also has an app for people of all fitness levels, with easy-to-follow workouts.
If you're looking for an app that will make you feel like you're working out with a trainer IRL, this is it, Plosser says. You can choose from a variety of class types, including strength and HIIT. Plus, you can interact with others on the app's message board to discuss workouts you love and get some motivation when you're in a rut. Start with a seven-day free trial to see if you like it before committing.
This bike is a great pick for any budget or space. It features eight levels of resistance and heart rate sensors in the handles that will help you monitor your progress. When you're done, simply fold up the bike to store.
Resistance bands can be intimidating, Plosser says, but this is a great model for people at any level since it allows you to change your grip and resistance by grabbing the different loops. Pre-order it now so you can get it when it's back in stock!
There are plenty of fitness trackers to pick from, but Plosser loves this model because it features a battery life of up to one year — no recharging needed! The band tracks steps, distance and calories burned. It also monitors sleep and provides a personalized daily step goal. All your data can be viewed and managed via the accompanying app.
Masks have become essential for outdoor workouts and this is one is the best, Plosser says. It has great airflow, which is key for running and training, plus it sits slightly off your face for breathability. It’s also waterproof, has built-in UPF 50+ sun protection and is coated with an anti-microbial treatment to keep the mask fresh inside, she adds.
Some mornings, Plosser says, she simply wears this top on its own. But as the temperatures start to drop, it will make the perfect base layer. The shirt is made with Merino wool, which wicks moisture and regulates temperature.
With a high waist and tons of fun colors and patterns, these leggings will look flattering on anyone. They're perfect for pairing with a sports bra for a workout or cozy sweater for lounging, Plosser says.
"I am coining Allbirds the 'pandemic shoe' because I literally haven’t taken mine off," Plosser says. They're both comfortable and functional, and runners will appreciate the high level of support and stability they offer. The shoes are made from renewable materials and are machine-washable so they're easy to clean after super sweaty workouts.
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This 26-ounce bottle will take them back to their high school sports days. This time, the signature bottle has been transformed into a stainless steel one, which will keep contents cold. The orange spout is now twist-to-open, an upgrade that means they don’t have to touch the mouthpiece to open it.
You don’t have to love CrossFit to be obsessed with this jump rope. Its super-fast spin means that it can gain speed for a great cardio workout. It's available in 10 colors, too.
This sleek tote is the perfect size for going from work to the gym and even dinner afterward. It’s roomy enough to hold all your essentials but small enough that it's still easy to carry around. This well-made bag is so sturdy it’ll stand up even after being constantly stuffed into a locker. Another major plus: You can toss it into the washing machine if it gets grimy over time.
Get them started with this quarterly sock subscription box, which sends them three pretty grip socks in both strap and full foot. They’re made with a blend of cotton and silver/antimicrobial threads to stop stink.
A rugged, portable speaker, this thing not only packs big sound but it’s durable, too. Starting from $21.65, it provides 12 hours of play time, can be paired with two other BRV-Minis and has a microphone in case they need to take work calls while on the golf course, out kayaking or on their morning hike.
All fitness enthusiasts know that recovery is almost as important as the workout itself. At half the price and size of the popular massage guns on the market, this one makes the perfect gift. But don't let its small frame fool you, it still provides a super powerful targeted massage to help release muscle tension and relax tense areas. They can switch between the four massage heads and speeds to get relief wherever they need it most.
If they golf, they’re always in need of more golf balls. These balls, created by Dean Snell (who has more than 40 patents on golf ball design), are made for performance. Plus, they’re a better value when pitted up against comparable brands.
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Because the era of single-use plastic is so over, make it easier for them to commit to plastic-free eating. This stainless steel travel set comes with a fork, spoon and knife in a silicone holder that they can easily throw into their bag.
While they may not be going into the office anymore, their meal prep game is still going strong. These gorgeous stainless steel bowls are an eco-friendly way to pack leftovers.
Other juicers can be pretty cumbersome, but this compact juicer can easily stay out on their counter —and it’ll look good doing it. The machine can juice whole fruits and veggies and can also tackle nut milk and sorbet. What more could they need?
This box allows them to choose nine of their favorite smoothies, soups and bowls, all packed with a slew of superfoods. Best of all: They’re quick to whip up, perfect for when they finish a workout and need to eat something stat.
Known for its wine with a lower sugar content, this is for the person who likes to crush a spin session and then head to happy hour. The holiday red is fruity, chocolatey and super smooth.
There are so many meal delivery kits out there but this one stands out for being farm-to-table — it features organic produce and responsibly raised meats and provides eco-friendly packaging. Recipients can choose a classic menu (three weekly recipes that feed two to four) or a custom menu catering to paleo, gluten-free, lower calorie, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and Mediterranean diets. Without a discount, it costs just under $72 per box weekly (three recipes for two people).
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
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This article was originally published on Nov. 28, 2017.