Looking for the perfect gift for the movement and body nerd in your life? I’ve put together a list of some of the best gifts for the food-loving, barefoot shoe wearing and movement lovers in your life. Or maybe it’s for you (pretty much all of these are on my list if not already in my house!)
What’s on your gift list this year? Let me know in the comments!
The newest Fitbit model, the Ionic, has all the features you want in a step-tracker and smartwatch. You can have dynamic personalized workouts right on your wrist, plus store and play 300+ songs, so you don’t have to lug your phone with you on your long walks or runs.
It has a built-in GPS to track pace, distance, and routes and you’ll also get continuous heart rate tracking. You can download your favorite apps for sports, weather and more and it even has a built-in NFC chip so you can store a credit card.
That way, when you pass the delicious smoothie bar but don’t have your wallet, you can still get a Sweet Greens juice!
The Instant Pot was on the list last year, and I’m fairly sure it’s secured a forever spot from now on! If you haven’t heard of the Instant Pot, it’s a digital pressure cooker. That also slow cooks. And makes rice. And steams. And sautés. And makes yogurt. Seriously!
If there was on kitchen gadget to rule them all, it would be the Instant Pot. My slow cooker is now a fruit basket and my ricer cooker sadly collects dust.
The benefit of cooking at high pressure is that the flavors intensify and blend together beautifully in just a fraction of the time they would on the stove. Tough meats that would normally need to cook low and slow are fall apart tender in 1/3 of the time they would need on the stove.
If you’re still picturing your grandma’s pressure cooker that would jiggle when it came to pressure – this is not that. It’s super easy to use, has a digital interface, and is almost idiot proof. It won’t even turn on if you don’t have the lid on right!
You will not regret this addition to your kitchen, and if your favorite body nerd doesn’t have one of these yet, she’ll be squealing for joy to get one!
Perhaps the best gift ever? Give yourself the gift of self-care with a holiday after the holidays!
You deserve the gift of:
// Getting away
// Hitting reset
// Throwing out your daily to-do list
// Laughing until your abs are tired
// Drinking margaritas
// Feeling like yourself again, as opposed to the current state of frazzled, fried and over committed.
It’s all going down January 13-20 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Since being barefoot 24/7 is not always a possibility, especially in winter, it’s inevitable that your feet will be stuffed into shoes at some point. Shoes are great for protecting your feet from the cold and elements, but they don’t do much in the way of foot health and letting your feet spread as they were designed to do.
Toe spreaders are a great way to stretch the space between the toes and alleviate pain or stiffness associated with bunions, plantar fasciitis, neuromas and other foot related issues.
The YOGABODY version is lightweight and comfortable and can even be worn inside some wide toed athletic shoes. Slipping your feet into these at the end of a long day will leave your feet feeling refreshed!
Working out at home is amped up with TRX. TRX is a suspension training system that now can be hooked within a doorway for a full body workout at home or on the road.
I love using the TRX for improving upper body strength, building my grip strength and fun core work. TRX even has an online training portal where you can follow along with a ton of workouts.
As many of you know, I gave up drinking coffee a while ago and now enjoy a cup of tea in the morning. Decreasing the amount of caffeine I am consuming has dramatically helped with my energy levels as I am able to fall asleep quicker and wake up feeling more well rested!
But I don’t always have time to brew a pot tea when I’m running out the door. Enter the MIU glass water bottle – it has an insulated sleeve so your hot beverages stay hot, glass means nothing will leach into your drink and the handy infuser at the bottom means I can put in my favorite loose leaf teas to enjoy on the go!
If tea isn’t your jam, you can also put fresh fruit in the infuser to boost the flavor of your water naturally. And (this is a big one) IT DOESN’T LEAK. No more wet wallet, ruined planner or soggy iPhone – this bottle doesn’t leak! YAHOO!
If you’re serious about performance, your mobility products should be serious about self-care. This is the perfect kit for any athlete and includes every size and style of therapy ball you need to keep yourself refreshed and ready 24/7. It also comes with access to my Self-Care Startup Guide, where I’ll guide you through 15-days of mobility, movement, and mindfulness to help you incorporate self-care into your daily routine.
A regular self-care practice will maximize your mobility, improve posture, improve sleep and help you live a pain-free life.
I am so happy that high waisted pants are in again. The higher waist means you aren’t constantly pulling your pants up and they squeeze in at all the right (and flattering!) places.
Normally, leggings run anywhere from $40 – $98, so you can imagine my surprise when a few of my friends mentioned they found these “ahhhmazing leggings online that I absolutely had to check out!”
And at a price point of about $20 and 30+ colors to chose from- you really can’t go wrong. They come in capri or full pant length and all have the high waist and POCKETS! No more carrying your phone, keys and life in your hands – stuff it in the pocket!
I was on my way to a leadership summit when a rabbit ran across my path. Now, for many of you, this is probably not odd, but in Los Angeles? On the freeway?
This was not a coincidence.
I called my friend who pulled up this deck of Animal Spirit Cards for the meaning of the rabbit and it was exactly what I needed to hear.
This was not the first nor last time these Animal Spirit Guides have given me guidance on what I should be working on or on the lookout for!
If you (or your gift receiver) are a spiritual junkie and into oracle reading, this is a beautiful deck with wonderful descriptions of the meaning for each of the animals.
While there are many blenders on the market, there is only one Vitamix. Having a high powered blender will make your smoothies creamy as can be and veggie soups that are packed with nutrients.
You can blend, mix, chop, knead dough and more with a Vitamix. Mine has been going strong for the last 5 years and I would never consider another brand! I’ve made pesto, smoothies, butternut squash soup, pie dough and vegan ice cream with my Vitamix and this only scratches the surface for what it’s capable of!
11) MY FAVORITE BOOKS
Whether you want to whip up a delicious smoothie, pressure cook an super fast dinner or get the courage to stand in your truth, these books will surely delight your body, mind, and spirit.
Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there’s time to prepare or just minutes to spare. Whether you’re a fastidious planner or a last-minute improviser, you’ll find plenty of deliciously nourishing options, from make-ahead feasts to lightning-fast leftover makeovers. Presented in Nom Nom Paleo’s deliriously fun comic book style, Ready or Not makes Paleo cooking easy, no matter how much time you have.
Delicious and easy recipes for smoothies, juices and nut milk. These are the templates I use for all of my smoothies and the only time I’m disappointed is when I miss a step! With enough recipes to keep your juicer and blender humming through every season, Kris shows you how to fit veggies into your life, helping you make health deposits—instead of withdrawals!
“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.”
In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.
- Ongoing weekly group classes in Glendale and Encino
- January 13-20: Wellness + Self-Care Retreat (Puerto Vallarta, MX)
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