Holiday gift guide: Exercise, health and wellness gifts

By Connie Cone Sexton, First Posted on AZCentral, Dec 6, 2012

If you or the people on your holiday gift list are planning to make healthy New Year’s resolutions come Jan. 1, here’s a bounty of goods and gadgets to support fitness goals, stock a calorie-conscious kitchen, foster relaxation and more.

Less than $30

3-in-1 avocado slicer. If you’re watching your calories but want to incorporate avocados into your meals as a source of fiber and potassium, this device can help pare down the size of your portions. One avocado can supply five 1-ounce servings at about 50 calories an ounce. By OXO. $9.99.

Write it down. The DietMinder Personal Food & Fitness Journal will help you keep track of what you eat and what you do for exercise. Sections in the book include a “Favorite Foods” listing that provides food counts on more than 100 common foods and has space to add your own food information. The “Goals” section lets you list your starting statistics and goals. $14.95.

Kitchen shears. Yes, you can use them to rip up your diet plan when you’ve become too frustrated, but instead, aim them at some chicken bones. Buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself for healthful recipes, and you’ll save money. The Kuhn Rikon Multi Tool Utility Shears available at Williams-Sonoma also serve as a box cutter and a flat- and Phillips-head screwdriver. $19.95.

Calorie payoff. If you’re looking for a lot of food for the calories you take in, turn to the “Hungry Girl to the Max.” Written by the humorous Lisa Lillien (aka Hungry Girl), a New York Times best-selling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. $27.99.

Salad Spinner. Chances are, if you’re watching what you eat, lettuce is going to make a regular appearance at mealtime. Even with packaged greens, you’ll want to give them a rinse. Sure, you can use paper towels to sop up the water, but make life easy for yourself. Take the OXO Salad Spinner and just pump it. There’s even a one-touch brake to stop the action. Dishwasher safe. $29.99. Want to go fancy? There’s a stainless-steel model for $49.99.

Hand fitness trainer. The adjustable elastic bands on the fingers of this glovelike device offer gentle resistance to improve hand strength. From the Sharper Image. $29.99.

Less than $60

Cooking at home. “The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook” has more than 800 recipes to try. $34.95.

Adidas Organic Cotton Hat by Stella McCartney. Its mesh inserts and elastic sweatband will help keep you from overheating while keeping the sun out of your eyes during a run or walk. In blue. $35.

Get in on the craze. The Beachbody Insanity 60-Day Total Body Conditioning Program includes intervals and abdominal and core-training moves. No equipment or weights needed, but this is not for the faint of heart. $119.85.

Real-EASE relaxation tool. Promising to help ease pain in less than a minute, this cervical neck support is designed to gently and safely cradle your neck and head along the base of the skull, allowing for muscle relaxation in the neck, shoulders and entire back. By Gaiam. $40.

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