Looking for a unique gift that will help your loved ones build healthy habits? Improve their health? Get them active? From fitness, to medical conditions, active lifestyles, non-active lifestyles, expecting mothers, gym rats, children, the home, portable, effective devices and more. Get insights on some of our favorite products this holiday season.
Super Pinky Ball by OPTP $4.50 from retailer, $5.99 Envision Sport
It seems so simple and that’s because it is! Most importantly - it’s incredibly effective! The Super Pinky Ball by OPTP is 6.35cm in diameter, easy to transport, the perfect firmness to roll out tight or sore muscles in your feet, to your back and more. PT’s even recommend this ball for patients who need to stretch out their plantar fascia, providing relief and prevention of plantar fasciitis. This product is not inflated (filled by air) and it does contain latex. This is quality product that gets the job done right at an affordable cost.
Kinesio tex gold tape $14.95-$21.95 from retailer, $17.99 Envision Sport
There are a lot of kinesiology tapes out there today, probably an overwhelming amount of them. I mean, tape is tape right? Does the brand even matter? The answer is “YES, it matters!” The materials of the tape can determine the comfortableness, how well it stays on, and whether or not it irritates your skin.
Kinesio Tex Gold FP differs from other kinesio tape is that it has fingerprint technology. This was designed to emulate human touch, what they refer to as Nano-touch stimulation on the skin. This product is professional-grade quality, it enables a longer lasting hold and relief. The materials in the tape are hypoallergenic (meaning there’s no latex) and come in a wide variety of colors. For more information you can click on the image to the left to visit their website.
Rangemaster Stretch Strap $10.45 from retailer, $20.00 Envision Sport
The Rangemaster Stretch Strap is a very popular stretching aid and patient guide. Whether you need to stretch your triceps, shoulders, arms, hamstring, thighs, calfs, quads, or lower back, this is a great tool for you! This stretch strap will help you lock in your form for a simplified, gentle and prolonged stretch. It is 6ft long, made of durable nylon webbing, and has tough elastic hoops that are secured and act as an anchor to properly position your hands or feet while stretching. It is 1 inch wide and comes with several exercises within the user guide.
ELASTO-GEL Therapy Wrap Hot & Cold, $10-$81 from retailer, $39-$89 Envision Sport
We are big fans of the Elasto-Gel Therapy Hot & Cold Wraps here at Envision Sport. They are not your average ice/heat packs! These wraps are super malleable to the body, very comfortable, and keep their temperature (both hot and cold) for the right amount of time. These Elasto-Gel Wraps are made with glycerin. When heated, this creates a mist-type of heat that prevent the gel from drying out (you will never need to add water to it). They are latex-free and thicker the average ice/heat pack. With the added thickness comes added weight creating the right amount of compression, durability and sturdiness. Unlike most ice packs, Elasto-Gel gradually transfers cold treatment to the desire area of the body, eliminating the shock of coldness to the body. If punctured, there will be no leaks because it is made with a solid gel, that will always be soft. This wrap can last decades if properly taken care of. For more information you can click on the image to the right to visit their website.
Body Sport Foam Roller, $7.19-$18.54 or $6.10-$22.29, $20.00 Envision Sport
The Body Sport Foam Roller is our go-to foam roller at Envision Sport. They offer foam rollers of different sizes, firmness, and color. It can help you improve your body awareness, balance, and flexibility. It also helps with muscle re-education and motor planning. From rehabilitation to strengthening exercises, this foam roller provides a multitude of benefits. If you’ve never used a foam roller before, we recommend starting off with the white foam roller which is typically less firm.
Balanced Body - Pilates Ultra-Fit Circle 27-34, $34.99 Envision Sport
The Balanced Body Pilates Ultra-Fit Circle is a common tool that we use for our patients during their physical therapy treatments. It provides for stability, resistance and is safer than a lot of other resistance tools out there. It is a flexible, plastic or metal circle with a rubber like shell. The padded handles make it comfortable to use and it comes with a 15 minute training guide on a DVD. An added benefit… it can be used to workout & strengthen most parts of the body!
Motiv Ring Tracker, $200.00, Amazon
There are a ton of fitness trackers out there and it is hard to compete with FitBit unless a company can differentiate themselves in specializing in a subcategory. Well, some companies are doing just that. Think of a sleek fitness and health tracker all within the luxury of a ring. Sounds unrealistic, but it is in fact a reality!
Motiv stands out in that it does not stand out and blends in with one’s everyday attire. It has a data storage memory and charge of 3 days, is completely waterproof up to 165 feet (so you can shower, wash dishes, and more), and adjusts your daily goals based on performance and overall weekly goals. The security features are becoming more advanced on it, from a two-step verification feature, to using biometric data, WalkID technology that recognized your personal gait, and a coming soon fingerprint and facial identification, you can feel secure with your Motiv Ring. It tracks the basic data you need (such as Active Minutes, activity intensity, sleep, distance, steps, type of activities, calories burned and heart rate). For more information you can click on the image above to visit their website.
EKG Monitor from AliveCor $100.00 from retailer
We are big fans of technological gadgets that can help improve the lives of those suffering daily from medical conditions that tend to make life far more difficult. This EKG Monitor from AliveCor is incredible for anyone dealing with AFib or other heart condition. This is an FDA cleared, clinical grade device that is compact, easy to store, transport, use and track your heart within 30 seconds, anywhere you are and at any given time. Within seconds you can know if your heart rhythm is in AFib and you can even email your EKG to yourself or doctor. There are no limits to the amount of EKGs you can take, you can track your weight, blood pressure and medications on the mobile application that the device syncs to.Their premium membership is available for $9.99/month, or $99.00/year and it includes unlimited history/storage of your EKG recordings and mailed monthly reports that you can customize and share with your doctor. This EKG monitor works with most smartphones, tablets and iOS. Monitoring and notifications can be set up through Apple Watch.
TechCare Massager, $38.00-$110.00
TechCare Touch Tens Units are a dream for many people. A lot of physical therapy patients have used a TENS machine during their time in physical therapy because TENS helps block our pain signals by utilizing electrical stimulation. The TechCare Massagers are a device that combines TENS with PMS to contract and release the muscles. This can help with reducing pain and getting “knots” out. These handheld devices are FDA cleared and deliver low-voltage pulses. Most of their devices have about 24 pre-programmed massage modes (i.e. tapping, acupuncture, deep tissue, Cupping, etc.) and are adjustable from 20 to 60 minute timers. They include a rechargeable internal lithium battery that lasts for up to 20 hours of continued use. These devices will come with a controller, electrodes, pads, cables, a user manual, USB, wall charger, electrode pad, a wire holder, a treatment points chart, a LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY and a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
SteriPEN Ultra water purifier by Katadyn $109.95 from retailer
Whether you’re at home, camping, or out and about, but want to ensure your water is purified against microorganisms, the SteriPEN is a fantastic option. It is great to use for 1-3 people, clear water, cloudy water, daily use, travels, stationary locations and more. It is lightweight and easy to transport. The SteriPEN is very user friendly, with a OLED display, utilizes a 8,000 treatment lamp, with an internal lithium battery that is rechargeable. It comes with a USB cable and neoprene case. For more information you can click on the image to the left to visit their website.
Verilux CleanWave UV-C Portable Sanitizing Travel Wand, $99.95 from retailer
If you travel a lot, but get grossed out by the thought of the germs in airplanes, hotel rooms, rental cars, or maybe you have little kids and cannot stand the thought of the germs on their toys, or maybe you just don’t like germs and want a little extra peace of mind - the Verilux CleanWave UV-C Portable Sanitizing Wand is a great gadget for you! This technology uses UV-C light technology to eliminate germs, viruses, allergens, bacteria that causes bad odors and even some molds. This chemical-free cleaning solution is great for cell phones, remotes, keyboards, toys, ATMs, or any surface that you want to have some extra sanitization on (BUT NOT TO BE USED ON HUMANS AND ANIMALS). This wand is easy to transport, has a safety shut-off, a wrist strap and a light to indicate when it is on.
The Skulpt Scanner, $99.00 from retailer
If you aren’t getting enough information from your “smart scale” in regards to a body analysis on your muscle analysis, you need The Skulpt Scanner. This is great for anyone who is an athlete, competitive, training, or super into their fitness. The Skulpt Scanner is a hand held device that measures body fat percentage and local fat percentage in 24 different muscle groups of the body. It will tell you which muscle groups need strengthening for peak performance, will give you workout advice customized to your physique and goals, what to work on to lose more fat, improve strength and be less prone to injuries and advance with you as you progress, all through the app that the device syncs to. This device comes with a charging cradle, spray water bottle and will sync to the app for your personal account.
Fitbit Charge 3, $149.95 from retailer
The Fitbit Charge 3 is your ultimate fitness and wellness tracker. There are so many features we cannot even list all of them on here (I mean we could, but it would take up way too much space). With that being said, we want to highlight some nifty features of this device. The Fitbit Charg3 has a 7 day battery life, is water resistant up to 50 meters (great for swimmer and can be worn in the shower), send quick replies to text messages, see smartphone application notifications, calendar notifications, automatic exercise recognition (i.e. runs, swims, elliptical, sports, etc.), can set goals for over 15 different types of exercise, cardio fitness scores, real time pace and distance tracking and Fitbit Pay (load your credit cards on there to use as a payment form on the go). Similar to other models, this particular Fitbit will track female health information, 24/7 heart rate, sleep cycles, calories, nutrition, steps, reminders to move, personalized guided breathing and more. This device work in 14 degrees to 113 degrees Fahrenheit and up to an altitude of 28,000 feet,
Withings (Nokia) Body+ (scale), $99.95 from retailer
If you are looking for a top-rated smart scale in your home, this Withings Body+ scale has been all the rave, making everyone’s list. This scale is good for your entire family, of up to 8 people, will give a body composition analysis of body fat percentage, muscle mass percentage, water weight percentage and bone mass), Wi-Fi synchronization to their Health Mate mobile application that connects with it, has a baby & pregnancy mode, shows your weather forecast for the day and shows trends of last 8 weigh-ins. Through the app you can see your data logged through the scale, track your nutrition, set goals, get rewarded for your fitness achievements and it coaches you along the way. This app can even pair with over 100 other nutrition and exercise apps! The Body+ scale can work for up to 18 months using 4 triple AAA batteries, has a 1 year warranty and 30 day return policy. This is a great scale to centralize your health and fitness information.
Trace, $199.00 from retailer
Trace is the Fitbit for Action Sports! If you are a surfer, skateboarder, windsurfer, snowboarder, mountain biker, or wakeboarder, this fitness tracker is for you. This is a circular device with a flat bottom that fits securely on your board and has a full battery life of up to 7 hours. The device runs separately from your phone - you simply lock it into the holder that is mounted on your board, turn, press the on button and go! As do all the other fitness trackers, Trace has a mobile application that syncs with the device to track your data and analytics. The coolest part about Trace is that it can automatically edit your entire day of GoPro footage to just the action - with no editing efforts on your part! It will GPS map your activity, number of runs waves, passes, top speeds, calories burned, turns, jumps, airtime and more. It has 10x the accuracy, is waterproof, durable and perfect for your fitness lifestyle if action sports is your thing.
6SensorLabs - Nima Starter Kit, $300.00 from retailer, starting at 0% APR at $25/month with affirm
Do you have a gluten allergy, or peanut allergy and stress out every time you try to eat something new, or go to a restaurant? Stress no more! Developed by MIT scientists, Nima is the world’s first portable gluten detector and a peanut one is also, available. In a small triangular device, Nima will take the first bite of food for you and test it for any 20ppm+ of gluten, or 10ppm+ of peanut (depending on which device you get), giving you results within 5 minutes. With this device you literally have a lab in a disposable capsule, for about $5 a test. What got me the most is that if you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and participate in a FSA, or HSA through your employer, you can get reimbursed for any Nima gluten purchase! There may be some coverage options or the peanut allergy depending on the plan and program you participate in through your employer. The starter package comes with the sensor device, 3 test capsules and a voucher for 12 additional test capsules. To learn more about the science, check out the website link above.
Finis Duo, $139.99
If you are a swimmer and looking to change up your swim routine with some underwater beats, this is the gadget for you. This is an underwater bone conduction MP3 player, that allows you to listen to music while doing laps in the pool. No earbuds to insert into your ears, their patented bone construction headphones, tie around your cap and goggles and are places outside and above the ears. It is compatible with iTunes, for all of your music, audio books, podcasts and more. It’s rechargeable, lithium battery lasts up to 7 hours and stores up to 60 hours of playback.
If you are a power-lifter, competitor, or just super into your weights and performance you want the Beast. This Beast device will quantify your weight lifting performance through data about your strength, power and speed per lift through your smart phone in real time. This device will then give you suggestions to improve training by adjusting loads, sets, or reps based on your personalized goals. Beast will also, tell you your explosiveness, volume, average power, reps, density, energy burn, set by set progress, tonnage and weekly stats. The online web portal is also, available for viewing your data and dashboard.
iHealth Smart, $64.99
If you are dealing with the daily struggles of Diabetes everyday can be quite overwhelming. Thankfully, there is better technology out there to help you! iHealth Labs has come up with a device and system to help you better manage your life each day and help take off some of the load you carry while trying to track everything. iHealth Smart does your typical glucometer readings, but it is also a digital log book of your data. The Device syncs to the app on your phone through Bluetooth, showing you an in-depth analysis. The information includes, sections that allow you to choose different factors, such as food, exercise, etc., that could impact a particular reading, color coded summaries to see your ranges on easy to read charts/graphs, and it allows you to set reminders for medications, insulin, or to take a reading. The results store through the cloud data and allows you to export reports that you can share with your physician, or loved ones. This handheld device is very portable, each strip test is just 25 cents, and with 5 easy steps, you can get your glucose results. Affordable, easy to use and all encompassing! iHealth Smart is FDA Approved, CE Certified and has been Clinically Approved Accuracy.