12 Healthy Holiday Gifts

Whether your loved one is a gym rat, a weekend warrior or a reluctant exerciser, here are 12 presents that will enhance her well-being.
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Strike a Pose

Add a little elegance to your yoga practice with RoZCoo’s Ahimsa bag. Big enough to fit your mat and clothes, this rich, coffee-colored, faux-crocodile tote can easily transition from a business setting to a serene studio without raising any eyebrows ($75; rozcoo.com).

From the looks of this tour contract, Crow appreciates local color. Among the requests for her band are local beer, local homemade hors d’oeuvres for 8, and "6 postcards of local interest with stamps." Also on Crow’s must list: - a bowl of tuna salad with red onions, light on the mayo – a loaf of good crusty wheat bread – a packet of dissolving vitamin tablets – 8 pairs of black cotton gym socks -1 bar of soap Click here for a look at the document displayed by The Smoking Gun.

Control the Conditions

You expect a ski jacket to be waterproof, windproof and warm, but the Athleta Flurry Jacket takes multi-function to a whole new level. It’s lined with a lightweight technical fabric that acts as an internal thermostat-contracting to lock heat in when you’re cold and expanding to let it escape when you’re warm-eliminating the need to peel off layers as you go from steamy ski lift to cold summit to sweaty descent ($498; athleta.com).

Tool Around Town

Did you know that 40 percent of all trips are made within two miles of the home? Reduce ozone-destroying automobile admissions and increase your activity level by trading your car for a super-cute cruiser. Giant’s European-inspired, three-speed Via 1W combines flair and function with a 1920’s-style saddle, durable steel frame and front-rack flower holder. Don’t bother changing into workout gear: A chain guard and front and back wheel fenders spare your clothes from flying debris, giving you a worry-free ride down Main Street ($550; giant-bicycles.com).

Healthy eating and good vino (mostly red) are clearly priorities for Krall. Along with providing a 40-option wine list (which we’d try on her recommendation alone), she asked for the following on her 2007 tour: - no-sugar-added juices – whole almonds – non-acidic fruits – non-dairy, wheat and gluten free meal choices – Nestle’s "Good Start" baby formula (her twins were born in 2006) – one roll of Tums or Rolaids Also: a yoga room, large enough for five people lying down. With a very clean floor. Click here for a look at the document displayed by The Smoking Gun.

Ski in Style

Warm but breathable merino wool makes the Icebreaker Oasis Crewe Scroll the ideal base layer. Wear it under your coat when you hit the slopes or sport it solo while sipping hot cocoa in the ski lodge ($85; icebreaker.com).

Get Expert Advice

Written by Julia Schlam Edelman, MD, the North American Menopause Society’s 2010 practitioner of the year, this comprehensive bible cuts through conflicting reports on everything from hot flashes to hormones, providing evidence-based advice to help you navigate this often confusing transition ($13; juliaedelmanmd.com).
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Eliminate Extra Weight

Instead of starting your run wearing a jacket you’ll eventually take off and tie around your waist, pull on a pair of Lululemon Run Brisk Arm Warmers. No-slip silicone strips will keep them in place-and your arms toasty-until you heat up enough to bare more skin ($28; lululemon.com).

Intensify Home Exercise

Take your workouts to the next level with this virtual trainer. Compatible with the Xbox 360, Ubisoft’s Your Shape reads over 50,000 points on your body and then projects you into the game, providing instant feedback on all your moves. Work with a coach, compete with friends or take a class, such as yoga or cardio kickboxing. There are hundreds of expert-designed workouts (with the option to download more) that get harder as you get fitter ($50; bestbuy.com).

Bliss Out in the Bedroom

Don’t let this wireless mouse-looking sex toy fool you. The SaSi’s silky, silicone bottom stretches over a smooth ball that can both vibrate and apply pressure while it moves, simulating-yup, you guessed it-a human tongue. When you’ve found a speed, pattern or strength you enjoy, hit the "Don’t Stop" button; the device will remember your favorite self-love styles for next time ($149; goodvibes.com).
Good Vibrations

Choose Green Hydration

Get bottled-water taste without the waste with the new CamelBak Groove. A charcoal filter built right into the bite-valve cap removes more than 90% of chlorine, the leading cause of foul smelling and tasting water. Replace the filter after 300 refills-about 3 months of use if you drink 3 to 4 full bottles per day-to keep your H20 fresh ($25; rei.com).

Relieve Holiday Stress

Loosen knots on the go with the Yoga Tune-Up Full Body Series. Its 2-CD instruction set and visual guides will show you how to use the rubber therapy balls to target and release muscle tension, helping to improve your balance, flexibility and range of motion. Choose a full-body workout or concentrate on one achy body part at a time ($45; yogatuneup.com). Next: Calorie-torching Exercise DVDs
Yoga Tune-Up

First Published September 1, 2011

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