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Wellness Gift Guide for 2018

Posted by PartnerMD on Nov 30, 2018

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This year, we polled our certified health coaches for their top picks for wellness gift giving ideas. They gave us a list of great ideas to inspire and motivate or relax and unwind this holiday season.

Fitness Trackers

Hands-down, the top pick was a fitness tracker equipped with a heart rate monitor. Michael Stroud from our Richmond office says,

“If you’re trying to get more movement into your day, a step counter can be a powerful motivational tool. If you’re already a fitness pro, the data gathered by your fitness tracker can help you identify trends and improve performance.” 

There are loads of brands and options to choose from, and Caiti Nascarella in our Greenville office advises,

“I recommend Fitbits or various activity trackers over the Apple watch because many patients I work with don’t like the idea of having what is essentially a phone on their wrist. Some people find that overwhelming because they’re already so attached to devices. Fitbit makes it easy to turn notifications on and off so you can focus on activity instead of reading texts or emails.”

The Fitbit Versa Watch and Fitbit Charge3 are both solid and reliable options. The Steel line from Withings offers similar features with a more fashionable look. For a more sport-specific monitor, consider a tracker from Polar. With an increasing variety of options, price points, and features, there’s a perfect fitness tracker for nearly everyone.

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Myofascial Release

Recommended by Jaime Monsen in our Midlothian office, myofascial release simply means applying gentle, sustained pressure to connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Ahhhhhh. All sorts of tools and gadgets are available to help you release tension in key areas. Think foam rollers, muscle sticks and trigger point balls. Like the fitness trackers, there are tools and options for every budget and to find every pressure point. These tools are widely available in sporting goods stores and online. For specific recommendations and instructions on how best to use these tools, consult with your PartnerMD health coach. Unlimited health coaching is included in every membership at PartnerMD.

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Smart Scale

Looking for a scale that will track more than just weight? A smart scale can also monitor your lean muscle mass, percentage of body fat, heart rate and more. Most will also send the results directly to your fitness tracker to keep all your data in one place. The folks at GeekWrapped have a great comparison of smart scales on their blog to help you choose the right make and model.

Wireless Earbuds

Wireless technology is standard on new iPhones, but wireless earbuds are widely available and work with most any Bluetooth-enabled device. Many also include a built-in microphone, so you could take a call if you need to. For running, walking, and other activities, these are a welcome alternative to fumbling with cords. Simply put your phone in your pocket and go.

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Audio Subscription

Whether you’re on the treadmill or pumping iron, sometimes an audio distraction is just the right thing to keep you moving and motivated. Consider a gift subscription to Spotify to download music, create custom playlists, and listen without ads. You can even pre-load the account with personalized playlists your recipient will love. For the bibliophiles, a subscription to Audible delivers one audiobook and two Audible originals per month. And for great storytelling in short form, Stitcher Premium offers ad-free podcasts and exclusive content to subscribers. Pro tip: audio subscriptions are also great for stress relief.

Wellness Retreats 

Physically getting away from it all can help you mentally step away from daily stress to relax and refresh. A wellness retreat is an opportunity for self-care and to focus on being good to you. It's as simple as giving yourself permission to take a day off. Indulge in 8 hours of fitness, mindfulness, healthy eating, nature and art with no electronic interruptions. If you can manage it, a weekend or full week away can combine adventure and wellness for maximum rejuvenation. PartnerMD members enjoy exclusive, additional upgrades on trips organizes by b.Restored.  Download the brochure for the ultimate experience at Red Mountain Resort in the breathtaking canyons of southern Utah. Gift cards for wellness services, planning a retreat day, or arranging a wellness retreat vacation make for unforgettable gifts.  

New Gear

Something simple, like a new outfit, socks and shoes, a fun piece of equipment, or an insulated water bottle can inspire and renew. For people who are new to or getting back to exercise, some new gear can help in feeling comfortable and prepared to get moving. For the regular gym-goers, a new piece of gear or outfit can feel fresh, stylish and motivating.

Gift Certificates

A perennial favorite, gift certificates for wellness offer almost limitless variety. A few of our favorites include fitness classes (there’s always something new to try), stress relief with a spa or massage gift certificate, and less traditional wellness, such as cryotherapy or salt rooms.

And of course, we always recommend a gift membership to PartnerMD and advanced physicals. Give the gift of health and get peace of mind that your loved ones are receiving the most advanced and personal care. Through December 31, members receive incredible savings on gift memberships. Click here for details.

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