Everything You Need to Get in Shape in the New Year
While we're looking forward to the holidays right now (and inevitably eating our weight in pecan pie), January is coming up fast, and it's never too early to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions.
For anyone who may be looking to tone up, try out a new sport, or lose those holiday pounds post-New Year’s Eve, we’ve rounded up some of the best activewear, fitness gear, and tech to add to your holiday wish list.
Fitness trackers are among the hottest holiday gifts of 2017, and the brand-new Huawei Watch 2 is one great option. The watch helps you log all types of exercise—walks, runs, bike rides, even swims (yup, it's water resistant)—and even provides mid-workout coaching, such as speed up/slow down alerts and distance markers. The watch is designed to work equally well with your smartphone or on its own, and features standalone GPS navigation, a built-in professional running coach, offline music storage, and much more.
The UA Mid Sports Bra is the perfect medium-impact sports bra for activities like cycling, barre, and Pilates. And it's available in dozens of bright colorways, so we wouldn't blame you if you stocked up on a few.
A quality and supportive workout tank is a must, and this one, with its interesting back design and supersoft fabric, is anything but basic.
Give your same-old black leggings an upgrade with this fun blossom print from Sweaty Betty. Bonus: The ultralight fabric is sweat-wicking and fast-drying.
The Columbia Women’s Cabled Cutie Beanie looks like your average wool hat, but it’s been built with an ear band made from omni-wick polyester micro fleece to wick sweat and disperse excess heat. Your head will stay warm but dry during your outdoor workouts.
The Under Armour ColdGear Graphic offers a flattering and supportive fit that can be worn as a base layer or on its own. The light, sweat-wicking fabric will keep you dry and warm during your winter workouts, plus the addition of anti-odor technology will keep your running partner happy.
The New Balance Accelerate Short Sleeve is a simple and affordable workout staple. The lightweight polyester and mesh combo maximizes ventilation and breathability, and includes moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry and cool, even during the most intense HIIT workouts.
The best-ever yoga mat
One of Health's editors is a hot yoga addict, and she declared the Gaiam Studio Select Dry-Grip Yoga Mat the best yoga mat she's ever used. The non-slip surface remains grippy throughout the sweatiest Bikram sessions, but never gets sticky. Plus, it's 5mm thick (a standard yoga mat is just 2 or 3), which means it's extra cushy.
Need somewhere to store your keys and phone? The FlipBeltcould be your storage solution—it keeps valuables secure while you sweat, and the simple design keeps things discreet.
Buy the Starwood Sports Exercise Resistance Loop Bands for those days you want to do a strength workout, but can't make it to the gym. Stash the four bands—light, medium, heavy, and x-heavy—in the included drawstring sack.
Save money and the planet by ditching store-bought bottled water. Instead, pick up a Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle, named one of the best water bottles by Health's editors. With a 32-oz capacity, this bottle will keep you well hydrated throughout your workout. It’s made from a tough, dishwasher-friendly material, and its screw-top lid and auto-seal feature will prevent any spills and leaks.