I thought I’d change up my annual gift list a bit this year and invite my partners from Healthy Green Athlete over to help me create a truly one of a kind top-ten gift list for you. By the way, if you haven’t checked out HGA, you’re missing out on a game-changer. Our approach will shift the way athletes and beginners alike train, eat and think.
We know it can be extremely tough to buy gifts for family and friends who are into fitness, nutrition and wellness. So many brands, so many styles, so many dietary theories, so many options! It can be downright annoying. We created a list of things that WE LOVE and that WE ACTUALLY USE ourselves. The following list is made up of products that we would (and often do) suggest to our own clients. We’ve got you covered with phenomenal gift ideas your loved ones will actually want to open on Christmas morning.
Karen “Flamingo” Baird
Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Nutrition Coach
The Tiger Tail or what I refer to as the “magic stick” in our house. This tool works great for myofascial release of soft tissue, which means it shortens recovery time, increases muscular mobility and reduces soreness and tension after a rigorous gym sesh
Rbx Leggings not only make a girls’ butt look just as fantastic as a $100 pair of yoga pants but they are much less expensive, extremely comfy and don’t sag in the butt (or anywhere else) after an intense squatting session. Plus, they come in crazy patterns and fun colors which is so in these days
Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones. As soon as I started using these babies I started killing it in my workouts. There’s something to be said about a good set of headphones pumping the Top 40 of the 2000s in my ears while canceling out any other noise. Plus, they stay in my ears no matter what type of exercise I happen to be doing
Michael “Hoover” Anderson
Experienced Strength and Conditioning Coach
Rogue Tri-Blend shirts are so soft that they feel as if they are woven with hairs from a unicorn’s mane, and they nestle gently on muscles acquired from lots of time spent with a barbell
Chucks not only look super badass but they are completely neutral shoes and allow your feet to work properly when doing lifts like squats and deadlifts. Most gyms don’t let you go barefoot so these are a great / cheap alternative
Nike Pro Compression Shorts are by far the best training underwear in existence for men! They will gently and appropriately support you in the places you need gentle and appropriate support while allowing for a full range of motion in your hips and glutes. Compression shorts from other brands often bunch up and make certain movements feel funky.
While I can’t personally vouch for their comfort, Nike Pro compression training shorts are perennial favorites of female track, volleyball and CrossFit athletes
INHC, Pn1, founder Do Not Die Young – Integrative Health & Nutrition Coaching
Greens Plus is my go-to for clients who aren’t eating 5-10 servings of vegetables a day. I always have Greens Plus on hand for those days when I can’t get enough veggies in my diet. I also regularly add it to my little one’s oatmeal to start her day off on the right foot (and to ensure that she’s getting the antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that her body needs). The kicker? All the flavors taste great by themselves or added to a protein shake or smoothie.
Onyx Airtight Glass-Stainless Steel Containers are a stronger, safer way to keep your meals and leftovers stored. Other than plastic being TERRIBLE for our planet, plastic is hazardous to your health (sorry, even the BPA-free kind). Another finding that many people are unaware of is that endocrine disruptors found in plastics can even make you fat.
A coaching program will quite literally change someone’s life. Conquering goals is never accomplished without a proper support system. Ask any successful athlete, entrepreneur or someone who has sustainably kept weight off if they got to the top of the mountain alone. You will find that every single one of them had a knowledgable and supportive team that propelled them to greatness. The Healthy Green Athlete and Do Not Die Young have programs and options available to take you from average to elite. Giving a friend or loved one the gift of a happier, healthier life will never be forgotten.
Christopher Hostetler is the founder of Do Not Die Young – Integrative Health & Nutrition Coaching. He’s a proud father, gunshot survivor, musician, writer and Muay Thai enthusiast residing in Los Angeles. He has made self evolution through nutrition, lifestyle, and mental and physical wellness his life’s work.
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