Holiday Gifts for the Health Nut

Give a head start to folks for their New Year makeover with these gifts that enhance health and sanity.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

November 21 2012 5:00 AM ET

Get Introspective
The iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale records weight, body fat, lean mass, muscle mass, bone mass, body water, visceral fat rating, and more, and it automatically detects who is using it so up to 20 different people can share a single scale and track their results on their mobile device (which you can then take in and show your doctor, trainer, or someone else you want to brag to). $69.95, iHealth99.com

This Toy Was Made for Walking
Striiv is the new "smart pedometer" that actually motivates users with games, challenges, and a point system that can be turned into cash donations to charity. Through a partnership with Global Giving, Striiv makes the donations, based on points users earn in a virtual walkathon, to Global Giving's vetted charitable causes (polio vaccines, rainforest preservation, clean water). Another bonus of using Striiv: You can sync up with a USB and compete (er, share your results) with friends. $99.99, BestBuy.com

Shake That Booty
Want to dance like Travis Wall? Naturally, a video game can help. The Hip Hop Dance Experience is the latest must-try installment in the chart-topping dance game franchise, and it works on the Nintendo Wii system and Xbox 360 Kinect. $39.99, Ubi.com/US

Love Him? Hate His Alarm?
Lark Pro Silent Alarm Clock with Personal Sleep Coach and Sleep Monitor is a vibrating wristband that connects to an iPhone via Bluetooth and wakes you (and not your bedmate) gently and silently. Even better, it also measures and analyzes sleep patterns and gives users a customized sleep report and tips for better rest. $159, Store.Lark.com

Your Own Personal Trainer
With the Nike+ Kinect Training for Xbox 360 you can have a personal trainer at home for one flat fee instead of having to hoof it to the gym every morning and fork out a lot of cash each month. Too sophisticated to be called a video game, this Nike+ program offers elite-level coaching, a workout plan you can personalize (and it evolves as you do), and the ability to work out with other friends who have Xbox Live. Real-time feedback tells you if you’re doing the movements right (just like a in-person trainer would, although you won’t be tempted to fall in love with the Nike+ Kinect Training program). $49.99,  Xbox.com/Nike
 
Downward Dog Stops Panting
Love hot yoga but hate the sticky, sweaty aftermath? Aurorae Yoga’s new Synergy Yoga Mat-Towel Combination fuses an eco-friendly 5mm PER yoga mat with a lush, ultra-absorbent slip-free microfiber towel. One product, two uses, and it’s machine washable. $69.95, AuroraeYoga.com

Recovery for the Tootsies
The Men’s Bryce Vionic Sandal by Orthaheel are already loved by Olympic athletes like triathlete Loretta Harrop. That’s because the motion control footwear make after-sport recovery easy by properly realigning the lower limbs. And the company is so sure you’ll like them, it has a “pain free in 30 days” policy; if you aren’t, you get your money back. $89.95, OthaheelUSA.com/Vionic
 
Keeping Warm in the Tundra
Are your workouts less gym and more snowshoe-trodden hikes? Or winter sports like skiing and snowboarding? Here’s something for you: Hammacher Schlemmer’s new 13 Hour Heated Jacket. The jacket has four hidden heating elements (embedded in its fleece lining) powered by  a removable lithium battery pack (which recharges via AC in less than three hours). The entire coat warms up to 13 hours, and the nylon outer shell is snow- and sleet-resistant. That’s hot. $299.95, Hammacher.com

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