13 Health and Fitness Products Our Editors Love
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We can't stop raving about these health and fitness products—so we're sharing them with you. Here are our favorites that we can't live without.
Our editors are always on the lookout for the best health and wellness products, including everything from slip-on sneakers to exercise bikes. So when we find something really great that we love, we always want to share it.
Here are some of everyday fitness and health products that we can’t live without. If you want to fire up your exercise routine, they might be the investment you need.
Bonus: They also double as great gift ideas for the fitness lovers in your life. Here are the products that really stand out and truly live up to the hype, according to our team.
Via amazon.comTitiroba Wake-Up Light, Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock
“In the summer, I generally wake up at dawn without a problem, and since the pandemic started, I have been able to get a run in before work. But I knew I needed a better solution when dark mornings made it super-hard to get out of bed when my regular alarm clock went off. I did a ton of research on light therapy devices and light alarm clocks before choosing this one from Titiroba. It avoids many of the pitfalls of others that have a confusing number of settings and buttons or don’t allow you to block the light from the clock completely. (Yes, I read a lot of reviews.)
Plus, it’s not expensive. You can wake up to the light getting gently brighter starting about 30 minutes before the alarm time, which can be set to five different nature sounds, a traditional alarm, or no alarm at all. The only drawback is that if you go through all three snooze cycles, it shuts off completely—no light at all.” —Theresa Tamkins, Editorial Director
Via Amazon.comRosran Pull Up Bar
“This simple device from Rorsan is sturdy, easy to hang at a moment’s notice, and is there as a reminder that there’s always time to do a few pullups. For the price of one month at the gym I get year-round strength training.” —John Hastings, Managing Editor
Via Amazon.com90 Degree By Reflex Women’s Squat Proof Super High Waist Ankle Leggings
“These 90 Degree By Reflex leggings are my absolute favorite and I bought them in three colors. They’re high waisted, yet the band is super comfortable and gives you so much flexibility for working from home, running errands, exercising, and just lounging around the house. The material is also comfortable, thick, and not see-through! It’s my ideal legging for days where I don’t want to wear jeans, but I still want a sporty and polished look.” —Lizette Borreli, Senior Editor
(Here’s my full review of 90 Degree by Reflex leggings.)
via amazon.comSling Shot Mark Bell Hip Circle Resistance Bands for Exercising
“One of the products I can’t live without is my Mark Bell Sling Shot Hip Circle. I used to buy bands that weren’t great quality, but I tossed them all once I bought this one. I’ve had mine since January 2020 and it’s still just as strong and not outstretched at all. It also stays firmly put and doesn’t slide. I highly recommend it for at-home resistance band workouts and bringing them to the gym to add extra resistance to your workout. I’ll never buy another type of band.” —Emily DiNuzzo, Associate Editor
via amazon.comGarden of Life – Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily
“I bought the probiotics from Garden of Life because I needed to reset my gut. I realized I was drinking a coffee creamer that had dairy in it (even though it was labeled as non-dairy—it was not dairy-free!). These made my stomach feel so much better and now they’re apart of my daily routine.” —Mackenzie Williams, Photo Editor
via amazon.comBosu Balance Trainer, 65cm “The Original”
“This Bosu Balance Trainer makes at-home workouts a breeze: I do crunches (side and back, too) on the soft side; then I flip it and do wobbly pushups and one-footed squats to improve my balance.” —John Hastings, Managing Editor
via amazon.comBowflex SelectTech 552 – Two Adjustable Dumbbells Black
“I have the older version of these, and they’re incredibly versatile: Rows, bench presses (on the Bosu!), shoulder presses, lunges, you name it. It’s a breeze to find the proper weight and do the move.” —John Hastings, Managing Editor
(Here are 11 other pieces of exercise equipment for home workouts you need.)
via bombas.comWomen’s Performance Running Merino Ankle Socks
“These socks are so soft and gentle for everyday use, especially for long walks, indoor cycling, and everything in between. They don’t slide down either when you’re running back and forth.” —Lizette Borreli, Senior Editor
(These are the other best fitness gifts for women.)
via amazon.comGaiam Yoga Mat – Premium Extra Thick Non-Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat
“While I have other yoga mats, I really needed a slightly thicker one I could use on a wooden floor. I wanted it to be on hand, front and center, to do a quick stretch, yoga flow, or meditation. I wanted it to look good and be inviting, because I planned to leave this out, not rolled up in the corner.
Working out is hard enough, so I wanted to give myself a little encouragement to use it. I wasn’t disappointed. This mat from Gaiam is extra thick, has a good non-slip surface, and is a nice, soothing color.” —Theresa Tamkins, Editorial Director
(Here are the best Amazon yoga gifts.)
via amazon.comChlebem Jump Rope
“I do like to get my heart rate up for cardiovascular health, and jump rope is my favorite way to do so. I picked up one of my old ropes but quickly upgraded to this Chlebem one. Although I’d rather be at the gym, if I want a fast sweat, I jump. The rope takes up almost no space, and I use a spare yoga mat to limit the noise. Plus, it makes me feel like a kid just jumping around.” —Emily DiNuzzo, Associate Editor
via amazon.comApple Watch
“I bought my Apple watch during the summer to start tracking my workouts and daily activity. I love it because it motivates me to stay active throughout the day. There are so many features, and I would definitely recommend an Apple watch to anyone who wants to track their workouts and progress. I like knowing that I’m getting stronger!” —Mackenzie Williams, Photo Editor
“I bought an earlier Apple Watch model, but it has most of the features of the newer models, and you can get it for a lot less. I always track my workouts, steps, and heart rate. One of my favorite features: the reminder to stand up every hour. I find it even more useful since working from home.” —Lizette Borreli, Senior Editor
(Here are 11 other top fitness trackers to gift this year.)
Fitbit Versa 3
“My Fitbit has been a fun little treat this year. I never want to obsess over numbers when it comes to health (weight, calories, etc.), but the Fitbit appeals to my competitive side. I always want to do better than the next day and beat my personal best goals. It’s also helpful to remind me to get up and move as I’ve been more sedentary this year than normal.” —Emily DiNuzzo, Associate Editor
via gopherperformance.comAlpha Kettlebells
“Kettlebells work multiple body parts and muscle groups at once. I knew they had to be part of my home workout equipment stash. At the height of the pandemic, it was tough to find any weights for a reasonable price and delivery time. These bells from Gopher Performance came to my rescue. My 18-pound bells arrived right on time. (Options range from 9 to 88 pounds.)” —Emily DiNuzzo, Associate Editor