The best gifts to get healthy in 2021
This story is part of, CNET’s gift selection with expert advice, reviews, and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.
If all of your health and fitness goals (and those of your loved ones) went out the window this year, I don’t blame you. 2020 turned our world upside down and changed everyone’s priorities.
But this year has also brought us a lot of great products that can help us, and even keep an eye on ours . No matter what health and fitness goals the person you are shopping for has, there is a fitness gift out there to support them.
The following fitness gift ideas can help your friends and family get back on track, whether you’re shopping for your super-athletic sister or your friend who usually prefers to stay on the couch.
ClassPass is a fitness app that gives you access to millions of fitness classes in more than 2,500 cities worldwide. Members can sign up for a monthly workout subscription. However, you can also give someone a ClassPass Gift Card to use at any time. This makes it one of the best fitness gifts that you can give someone, whether the recipient is a fitness fanatic or someone looking to start a fitness routine.
Since many gyms and gyms are still closed, you can take on-demand or live streaming exercise classes and pay for each class. Many studios also offer outdoor courses to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
The idea of ClassPass is really smart as anyone can try a variety of fitness classes and experiences without having to commit to a particular gym or workout facility. It’s the perfect workout gift for anyone wanting to try yoga, dumbbells, weight training, resistance bands, acrobatics, boxing, dancing, and more, before embarking on a program.
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The Hydro Flask took first place on our list of the best water bottles for a reason. They’re durable, colorful, and the insulated design keeps hot liquids hot and cool liquids cool for hours. These water bottles come in many sizes and colors to suit every style and need.
I can confirm that the insulation in the bottle and in the flat cap really works. I filled my Hydro Flask with ice water and then left it in a car in the 105-degree Arizona heat for four hours. When I got back it was just as cold as it was when I put it in, ice cubes and everything.
Each bottle comes with an insulated flat screw cap. Depending on which model you buy, you can also opt for a sports clasp, a snap clasp or a straw lid.
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Since the spas were closed for most of the year, at least where I live, I couldn’t get a massage to get rid of the lingering lumps in my neck. That said, I relied on this massager that I have owned for over a year for some relief.
It has two massage heads perfectly spaced to relieve sore muscles or tension in the neck, shoulders and even between the shoulder blades. In my experience it is worth every penny.
Fitness trackers are great tools to encourage you to exercise your body and keep track of basic health stats like heart rate. However, if you don’t have the budget for an Apple Watch or Fitbit, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good tracker.
At only around $ 45, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is a great, affordable alternative to the Fitbits and Garmin Vivofits. It tracks your steps, sleep, heart rate with up to 11 different exercise types, and more to help you meet your fitness goals. The design is slim, the screen is bright and legible, and there are several fitness watch faces to choose from. The battery life of this Xiaomi Mi band can be up to 14 days on a single charge. The Apple Watch can’t even come close to that.
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The 4mm B Mat Everyday from B Yoga is our best yoga mat overall and a great gift for anyone who loves yoga. With a thickness of 4 mm, it offers sufficient padding and support. The natural rubber surface is slightly structured and has a good grip.
In addition to yoga, you can use this mat for Pilates, stretching, and other floor exercises like sit-ups and push-ups.
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These Wunder Under Leggings are a popular workout clothing in the CNET Health and Wellness Team because they are durable and versatile. You can wear them for any type of workout without feeling too restricted or hot.
What’s even better is that they come in a variety of colors, sizes, and lengths, like this trendy pair of tie-dye.
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Unless you’re a professional athlete, the Theragun is something you would probably never buy. This percussive massage gun uses a quick whipping motion to reduce inflammation. Basically it gives you the deep tissue massage experience, but whenever and wherever you want. Perfect for the weight lifter or workout and fitness enthusiast in your life.
Theragun has released new models for 2020 that start at $ 199 and go up to $ 600. Despite its small size, the $ 200 Theragun Mini offers a powerful massage that anyone would enjoy. If you don’t want something that powerful, check out our other percussive massagers.
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If you are looking for a feature-packed fitness tracker that is not the Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is your best bet. This fitness watch is packed with health and wellness features, including blood oxygen and EKG sensors, and a treadmill. It also has advanced sleep tracking, something the Apple Watch doesn’t quite have.
This is a good buy for someone using an Android phone as they cannot use the Apple Watch. Read our Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review.
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If you’re looking for someone who likes the best of the best, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the way to go. It can measure your activity level, heart rate, heart rhythm, blood oxygen levels, and even the ambient sound level around you.
You can use the watch wirelessly from a phone with built-in GPS and LTE data support (however, you need a separate SIM card for the watch). That means you can leave your phone at home when you’re walking. Pair it with wireless earbuds for the perfect running, fitness or training experience.
It also has fall detection so it can call emergency services for you if you spill something while running (or right around the house). That makes it a great buy for anyone who has mobility issues.
Are you looking for a lot of the same features for a lot less? The Apple Watch SE is $ 279 and has almost all of the 6 Series features. You’re just missing out on the EKG and blood oxygen sensors. Continue reading.
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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions about a disease or health goals.