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As people continue to look for ways to stay active without setting foot in a gym or studio, one of the best gifts you can give this year is a way to help your loved ones freshen up their home workout routine and boost their motivation to stay active.
From dumbbells and yoga blocks to fitness trackers and smart home gyms, there are plenty of at-home fitness gifts to suit everyone on your list.
We rounded up the best at-home fitness gifts to suit a range of ages, fitness levels, and budgets using the following criteria:
- Recommendation. First and foremost, all of the products on our list come highly recommended by our trusted colleagues.
- Quality and value. From water bottles and headphones to cardio equipment and virtual fitness subscriptions, we included high quality items that are useful on a daily or weekly basis.
- Price. We know budgets can vary, so we included gifts at a range of price points.
- Vetting. All the products included have been vetted to ensure that they meet Healthline’s medical and business standards.
Here are our picks for the best at-home fitness gifts of 2021.
Te-Rich Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are great for building strength and improving alignment. They’re also lightweight and portable, so you can stash them in your bag for quick, on-the-go workouts.
What’s more, resistance bands are highly versatile, making them suitable for intense workouts and gentle stretches.
While there are many resistance bands to choose from, Healthline Senior Nutrition Editor Lisa Valente recommends the Te-Rich Resistance Bands, remarking, “I’ve had rubbery elastic resistance bands before that ripped or never felt great. These fabric ones are such a nice upgrade for doing some basic strength training at home. I even keep one in my office and just do banded walks down the hall for some extra movement between meetings.”
The bands come in three resistance levels and are made of comfortable cotton material with latex grips to help keep them in place.
Free weights are an excellent way to build strength, increase stability, and improve coordination. They also make a great gift for people looking to incorporate more strength training into their routine.
The Spri dumbbells are available as singles or in pairs with weights ranging from 3–50 pounds (1.36–23 kg).
The rubber dumbbells protect the floor and reduce noise, while the textured chrome handles offer a comfortable grip.
These dumbbells are a go-to piece of equipment for Healthline Editor II Chelsea Logan who raves, “They’re easy to grip, and the hexagonal shape means they stay put when you set them down. Plus, they’re really durable, and the metal grip is easier to clean than vinyl.”
Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block
Lightweight and portable, the Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block is ideal for any yoga lover on your gift list.
Blocks offer support, stability, and safety during your yoga practice and are especially helpful for poses such as Bridge Pose, Supported Fish Pose, and Reclining Bound Angle Pose.
You can place a block under your hand to make it easier to reach the floor during poses such as Triangle Pose or Half Moon Pose.
Yoga blocks are a key part of Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane’s yoga practice.
She explains, “I have super tight hamstrings, so having a pair of yoga blocks allows me to perform poses that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to do with proper form. These blocks are also great for supporting your hips during Half Pigeon Pose.”
Shandali Stickyfiber Hot Yoga Towel
Anyone who does a mat-based workout or even gentle stretches will appreciate the Shandali Stickyfiber Hot Yoga Towel.
It has an eco-silicone bottom that grips your yoga mat and prevents slippage, allowing you to focus on building strength and maintaining alignment.
Healthline copy editor Jen Anderson sings its praises, saying, ”I always slip around on a yoga mat — even when I’m not taking a heated class. This sticky fiber yoga mat towel is the best thing ever. I don’t slip and slide anymore, and my yoga mat is less sweaty and dirty. I’ve lugged this towel around from outdoor yoga classes to indoor core classes to simple workouts in the comfort of my apartment. I honestly don’t think I could take a mat-based class without it.”
Takeya Originals Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles such as this one from Takeya make great gifts for anyone who is on the go and likes to bring along water or healthy concoctions.
It’s a favorite of McGrane’s, who reports, ”I’ve tried a lot of water bottles, including the popular Hydroflask. However, the Takeya Originals is my all-time favorite.”
She goes on to say, “Not only does it keep my water cold, but it also fits in most cup holders, is easy to clean, and has yet to leak, even when it gets tipped upside down in my bag. Plus, it’s designed to be easy to grip, which is super helpful during sweaty workout sessions.”
McGrane also shares that a water bottle can be a great way to package additional fitness gifts, such as a new pair of workout shorts or running socks.
Goodr Bosley’s Sunglasses
Goodr Bosley’s Basset Hound Dreams sunglasses are a stylish yet functional gift for the runners and cyclists on your list.
The lightweight frames stay put during workouts, while the classic tortoiseshell style is suitable for daily wear.
Healthline Senior Market Editor Jamey Powell gives the sunglasses high marks, saying, “They’re my absolute favorite for so many reasons: They don’t budge while I’m running, they’re polarized, they’re inexpensive, and they come in a bunch of fun colors.”
Gaiam Yoga Mat
From yoga and stretching to strength training and high intensity interval training (HIIT), a yoga mat is a versatile piece of home exercise equipment
The Gaiam Yoga Mat is a great gift for anyone on your list, as it’s available in several colors and patterns. It’s also extra thick, providing added support for your knees, spine, and forearms.
The cushioned mat has the seal of approval from McGrane, who says, “I love how plush and comfortable it is. My knees aren’t the best, so having the extra padding really helps during certain yoga poses.”
The Peloton app offers a vast amount of live and on-demand classes, making it easy for users of all fitness levels to find a style of exercise that suits them.
It’s also a fantastic gift for anyone who enjoys dynamic workouts and prefers the experience of trainer-led workouts.
The Peloton Digital app costs $12.99 per month or $155.88 per year. While many classes don’t require equipment, you can also use the Digital app with a treadmill or spin bike from another company.
For people with a Peloton bike or treadmill, you’ll want to purchase an All-Access membership, which costs $39 per month or $468 per year.
Psych Central Editor Kristin Currin-Sheehan swears by the app, saying, “Peloton Digital saved my whole quarantine! I don’t have the bike yet, but the digital app has allowed me to stay active and engaged for 54 weeks straight now!”
Healthline Editor II Chelsea Logan agrees, commenting, ”The Peloton app has been a lifesaver for me throughout the pandemic. It has been a good replacement for the gym since it allows me to keep up with regular workouts without stepping foot outside my home. I love that I can access tons of strength workouts as well as cardio, and at $39 per month, it’s cheaper than a gym membership. Some of the workouts don’t even require any equipment.”
Wahoo Cadence Sensor
A great gift for cyclists, the Wahoo Cadence Sensor tracks your speed, cadence, and heart rate.
Seeing your results may help to increase your motivation and set achievable goals.
Plus, the lightweight device mounts to your bike or shoe and displays workout data on connected devices, including popular training apps like Strava and Peloton.
Psych Central Editor Kristin Currin-Sheehan uses the sensor during her Peloton workouts, commenting, “Mobile access to the Peloton Digital App allows users to see and augment their cadence according to the class directives! The cadence sensor helps me stay engaged with other Peloton users.”
Beats Studio Buds
The Beats Studio Buds are a great gift for people who enjoy listening to podcasts or music while exercising, gardening, or cleaning.
The wireless noise-canceling earbuds pair with your digital device and offer 8 hours of battery life per charge.
McGrane says, “I admit I was resistant to buying earbuds, as I assumed I’d spend most of my workout trying to keep them from falling out. However, after receiving the Beats Studio Buds as a present, I’ve changed my tune. I love how comfortable they are and how quickly and easily they pair with my smartphone.”
She adds, “Plus, after wearing them on jogs and during cardio kickboxing workouts, I can vouch that they stay put.”
For more workout headphones, be sure to check out our list of the 10 best options for every type of exercise.
Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 is Ideal for anyone on your list who wants an advanced fitness tracker.
As the device tracks metrics such as cardio health, physical activity, and stress, it can help boost motivation to take better care of your physical and mental health.
The Charge 5 is on McGrane’s wishlist. She notes, “A new release from Fitbit, the Charge 5 is the perfect fit if you’re interested in learning more about your health but don’t want the bulkiness (or cost) of a more expensive smartwatch. I love the sleek design, vibrant color display, and built-in GPS.”
Looking for a smartwatch instead? The Fitbit Sense is a feature-packed smartwatch with a relatively affordable price tag. You can read more about the Sense in our hands-on review.
The Theragun Mini is a great choice for anyone who could use a bit of TLC in the form of a massager. Perfect for traveling, this small portable device may help ease aches and pains between workouts.
Healthline Senior Market Editor Jamey Powell appreciates its multiple uses, saying, “The Mini is the least frilly option of the Theragun line, but I think it relieves tension and increases blood flow just as well as their more high tech — and higher priced — options.”
She goes on to say, “I love how small and relatively quiet it is. I use it after a run to kick-start my recovery and also before I lift to wake up my larger muscle groups. I’ve even brought it on road trips to bring some life back into my legs after sitting for a long time!”
The Theragun Mini weighs just 1.4 pounds (0.6 kg), yet offers 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of stall force. It also boasts a quiet motor and lasts for up to 2.5 hours on a single charge.
Garmin Fenix 6s Pro
Shock, water, and thermal-resistant, the Garmin Fenix 6s Pro multisport watch is a highly useful gift for the fitness enthusiast on your list. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors, allowing you to choose an option that best fits your loved one’s style.
In addition to monitoring your physical activity, the device tracks more than 20 activity types — including running, rowing, climbing, hiking, and skiing — for detailed insights into your performance.
The watch also provides sleep data, as well as keeps tabs on your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, VO2 max, and stress levels.
Healthline Editor II Chelsea Logan finds it highly useful, explaining, ”This is a great watch for tracking runs, rides, and swims, especially if you’re training for a race. Paired with the Garmin Connect app, you can access training plans, and the watch will even help you figure out what workout to focus on each day. You can also track your fitness level to see improvements over time. Plus, it’s perfect as a daily watch to track your steps and health data, like heart rate.”
The Peloton Bike is an indoor spin bike that offers a huge range of live and on-demand classes.
Equipped with speakers and a 21.5-inch (54.6-cm) touchscreen, many people agree that the Peloton Bike pays for itself in pure joy and increased workout motivation. In other words, if someone at the top of your list has their eye on this bike, it’s probably worth the investment.
Healthline Senior Nutrition Editor Lisa Valente confirms the value of the bike, saying, ”I love the variety of classes and types of workouts, but I mainly recommend it because I can get a really great workout at home in 30 minutes or less. It’s pricey, but it has been a great fit for me and given me tons of stress-busting endorphins over the past year.”
The Tempo Studio is an armoire-shaped smart mirror that’s equipped with a 42-inch (106.7-cm) touchscreen for streaming live and on-demand classes for all levels, making it the perfect gift for beginner and advanced exercisers alike.
Additionally, the device features 3D sensors, which allow for real-time form corrections to ensure proper alignment.
Depending on the package you choose, the Tempo includes a variety of high quality exercise equipment, such as dumbbells, a workout mat, resistance bands, and a folding squat rack.
Healthline Editor I Mellanie Perez says, ”Although it’s an expensive piece of equipment, the Tempo is worth it if you have the room for it in your home. For fitness junkies who like weightlifting, I would say it’s the best home gym equipment currently available. I like that the equipment gives you feedback about your form and pace.”
She also notes, “The program also keeps tabs on your progress, meaning it records your max weight load and recommends your weight load during every workout, so you know you’re not plateauing. Plus, the equipment looks like a pretty piece of furniture!”
Using this list as a guide, we recommend giving the gift of movement this holiday season.
From stylish sunglasses and yoga blocks to a smartwatch or high tech spin bike, at-home fitness gifts make it easy and enjoyable to stay active, regardless of your budget and fitness ability.