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Health and fitness essentials to help you tackle your New Year’s resolution – CNN

Posted: January 4, 2021 at 6:52 pm


At one point or another, most of us have resolved around January 1 to exercise more, eat better or focus on our health somehow. Though its a tricky resolution to start and even more challenging to keep up some preparation and the right tools can help set you up for a year of healthy exercise.

Whether youre looking to start exercising or to take your routine to the next level, you need the right at-home workout gear to motivate you to move frequently and consistently. If you need some extra motivation to head to the gym, treat yourself to some new sweatproof Bluetooth headphones like the AirPods Pro. And if youre trying to improve your diet? Kitchen gadgets like a Vitamix blender make meal prep quicker and easier, and the results yummier.

To help determine the best products to invest in heading into 2021, weve chatted with health and fitness experts to uncover their secrets. After all, if the professionals swear by them, you know theyre good. Below, find our favorite picks to meet whatever wellness goal youre focusing on for the next lap around the sun.

Trx All-in-One Suspension Training: Body Weight Resistance System ($149.95; amazon.com)

Trx All-in-One Suspension Training: Body Weight Resistance System

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If you dont have a ton of space but want to work up a major sweat, personal trainer Miriam Fried recommends this TRX suspension training kit. As she explains, you can easily work out your entire body without building out an entire gym. Win-win!

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike ($228.33; amazon.com)

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike

Building out a home gym or investing in substantial at-home fitness equipment doesnt have to cost an arm and a leg either. If youre looking for a super-solid bike option that wont take up too much space, this editor-favorite option has 14,000 reviews on Amazon.

Ativafit Yoga Wheel ($45.99; amazon.com)

Ativafit Yoga Wheel

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Regardless of whether or not youre a yogi, this wheel will increase your flexibility and range of motion and release minor aches and pains, according to Dani Schenone, a holistic wellness expert for Mindbody.

What I love most about it is the support it offers in spinal extensions, giving my heart center all the expansion it needs, she explains. However, its not just for the spine. The yoga wheel is excellent for developing better balance, improving inversions or amplifying any pose too. I pull out my yoga wheel weekly, and it has transformed my yoga practice, she says.

Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves (starting at $27.04; amazon.com)

Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves

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Sometimes say, every week of 2020 you just feel the need to punch something. If you have a boxing bag at home, you need gloves that allow you to cross, hook, jab and uppercut your stress away. Travel and fitness guru Cacinda Maloney recommends these lightweight training gloves. They wick moisture, so your hands wont feel sticky and you can keep moving.

Bala Bangles ($49; dickssportinggoods.com)

Bala Bangles

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Youll be impressed by how adding a little more resistance to your daily workouts or chores can shape your stamina and overall fitness level. Danielle Cote, the director of training operations at Pure Barre, recommends these functional and fashionable bangles that fit snug on your wrists or ankles.

Whether you are wearing them during your favorite sweat session, while youre out for a walk or cleaning around the house, these 1-pound or 2-pound weights pack in a sneaky punch to your day, she says.

Gaiam Yoga Mat ($23.98, originally $29.98; amazon.com)

Gaiam Yoga Mat

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For yogi and founder of Sequential Body Emilie Perz, theres no better yoga mat than this pick from Gaiam.

My favorite features include the cushioned rubber backing for joint support and stability, the dry-wicking surface that absorbs moisture and prevents yogis from falling during a mega sweat sesh, and the thick backing that adheres to the floor so that the mat doesnt crinkle, curl or move across the room while flowing, she explains.

Plus, its made with natural rubber, so it wont peel like a synthetic mat.

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller ($44.96, originally $59.99; amazon.com)

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

Foam rollers are a real game changer when it comes to post-workout recovery. They work to loosen up muscles and act as a massage after a trying session, plus youll be able to work on your quads, calves, lats, back and much more with this top-rated option.

BalanceFrom Neoprene-Coated Dumbbell Set ($45.24; amazon.com)

BalanceFrom Neoprene-Coated Dumbbell Set

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This set of classic dumbbells is available in two weight levels, a 32-pound set with weights of 3, 5 and 8 pounds or a 50-pound set with weights of 5, 8 and 12 pounds. Each set features six weights coated with neoprene (which prevents slipping) and a convenient storage stand.

Buddy Lee Aero Speed Hyperformance Jump Rope ($39.95; amazon.com)

Buddy Lee Aero Speed Hyperformance Jump Rope

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Jump rope: It may be one of the simplest workouts, but its an effective one. Fitness and wellness coach Gideon Akande says this is an ideal product for anyone who wants to turn up their cardio speed. Thanks to the weight of the rope, the ergonomics and comfort of the handle and the swivel-bearing technology, he says youll have a perfect turn each time you hop.

This high-quality rope takes a beating and lasts! This is a must-have in any home gym or fitness travelers luggage, he says.

Dynamax Soft-Shell Medicine Ball Standard (starting at $85; amazon.com)

Dynamax Soft-Shell Medicine Ball Standard

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If youre looking for a medicine ball, Akande says to look no further. Its perfect for core work and sport-specific training, he explains. These medicine balls are impact-absorbing, built to handle high velocity. Plus, theyre just fun to toss around.

AmazonBasics Medicine Ball ($34.99; amazon.com)

AmazonBasics Medicine Ball

This cheaper medicine ball option is a classic, featuring a textured finish thats easy to grip and a rubber build so you can bounce the ball off hard surfaces.

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike ($116.90, originally $155; amazon.com)

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

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As a podiatrist who frequently works with athletes, Dr. Velimir Petkov knows what aids a workout routine and what can cause injury. If youre a fan of indoor cycling but dont have the space for a Peloton, he says to try out this at-home bike.

It is relatively light and portable but also sturdy enough to stay in one place while being used, he continues. It does have a digital monitor and various levels of resistance in order to make even the most passionate exercise aficionados happy.

Ab Roller Wheel ($21.97, originally $24.97; amazon.com)

The ultimate tool for building up ab strength, this roller is well loved on Amazon for its high quality and low price point. It comes with a knee pad and two bonus e-books that cover everything from ideal diets to different types of ab workouts.

Hyperice Hypersphere Mini ($99; amazon.com)

Hyperice Hypersphere Mini

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Since you only have one body, its vital to protect and nurture it, which is why a vibrating massage ball like this one is so important. As fitness manager for Red Mountain Resort, Kim Watters says using this before a workout can help prepare muscles and soft tissue around the joints, and after a workout it helps in the recovery process.

It fits easily around/close to joints like in the pocket between the chest and the shoulder joint or in the hip crease. Its also handy in those hard-to-reach areas like around the shoulder blades or SI joints, she explains.

Gruper Thick Yoga Mat (starting at $33.99; amazon.com)

Gruper Thick Yoga Mat

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Whether youre going through a vinyasa yoga flow or doing a 10-minute core series, you need a sturdy mat to keep you in place and focused on movement not slipping. Thats why Jeremiah Maestre, a certified personal trainer for Performix House, recommends this thick mat. Not only can you use it indoors, but its suitable for outdoor workouts too!

NutriBullet 1,200-Watt Full-Size Blender ($99.99; nutribullet.com)

NutriBullet 1,200-Watt Full-Size Blender

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Tommy Duquette, the co-founder of FightCamp and a former USA National Boxing Team member, reminds us that nutrition is one of the essential components of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, you could work out all day, every day, but if you dont focus on a balanced meal plan, you wont see the results youre hoping to achieve. For those times when you dont have the time or energy to dedicate to meal prep and cooking, Duquette recommends this blender.

If I know that I have a full day of meetings after filming my workouts, I will blend up organic fruits and vegetables, coconut water and protein powder for an easy-to-drink smoothie, he explains. This NutriBullet is big, so I put it in the office fridge and keep refilling my glass until I can get a full meal.

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer ($25.97, originally $27.99; amazon.com)

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer

Healthier eating resolutions often call for few to no carbs. The Spiralizer vegetable slicer enables you to turn vegetables into noodles for your next spaghetti dinner and stay true to that keto or paleo diet. The Spiralizers revamped blades are even stronger than before and can cut through hard root vegetables like sweet potatoes and turnips for unlimited vegetable-noodle possibilities. Check out our full review.

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($16.99, originally $19.99; amazon.com)

For the egg lovers out there, theres no easier way to scramble, hard boil, soft boil or poach eggs than with this Dash egg cooker. It has an auto shutoff function, so your eggs will never overcook and you wont have to babysit them if youre short on time. Whether its for a quick breakfast or a protein-packed snack, cooking eggs has never been this over easy.

Cosori Air Fryer ($119.99; amazon.com)

Cosori Air Fryer

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There are plenty of rave reviews for air fryers and many loyal fans of the devices, like Cote. In fact, she says she uses this for everything: frozen food, fresh produce, creative recipes or go-to basics. It provides a necessary crunch to healthy food while using little oil, ultimately resulting in 85% less fat than deep-fried food.

Until I bought this, I had never considered all of the things that you could use it for, she says.

Utopia Kitchen Glass Food Storage Container Set ($32.99; amazon.com)

Utopia Kitchen Glass Food Storage Container Set

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When it comes to food prep, storage sets like this option from Utopia Kitchen are a must-have.

Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison (starting at $14.99; amazon.com)

'Anti-Diet' by Christy Harrison

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Schenone says this one read changed not only her understanding of health and wellness but her life. If youre someone who has struggled with body image, yo-yo dieting and weight loss, this can provide the fundamental shift you need.

It provides a historical look at the diet industry and uses scientific research to combat common beliefs about the body and health, she explains. It also offers usable strategies to reclaim your life and find true personal health and wellness.

Vitamix E310 Explorian Professional Grade ($349.95; amazon.com)

Vitamix E310 Explorian Professional Grade

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Hands down, Schenone says, a Vitamix is the best kitchen investment shes given herself. I love being able to make myself a nutritious smoothie in the morning, some nut butter on sourdough toast for lunch and a hot, hearty vegetable soup for dinner all with the same appliance, she says.

Besides coming with a plethora of recipes and active Facebook groups you can follow for advice and secrets, itll also allow you to easily cook good-for-you meals. And it self-cleans, so you can spend less time scrubbing and more time focusing on your health.

SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker ($79.99; amazon.com)

SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker

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Though we all know how vital it is to drink plenty of water, sometimes good old-fashioned H2O gets boring. To spice it up and still remain hydrated, Perz recommends this sparkling water maker. You can add natural flavors or fresh fruit to create yummy and healthy beverages.

Also, you can feel good buying this because by creating sparkling water with this product youll be limiting plastic waste, she adds.

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