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The top healthy Christmas gifts of 2014

Publish date: 14/01/2015

Tags: back pain , fitness , gums , teeth

The top healthy Christmas gifts of 2014

So, what was under your Christmas tree? A big selection box of chocolates? Some slippers and a bottle of liquor? The chances are, many of us received something healthier this year. Some of the leading retailers say fitness and health products featured strongly in the ‘must-have’ items for consumers this Christmas.

A boost for juice

According to John Lewis, one of its most popular products was the NutriBullet[1] .They were selling at a rate of one every 30 seconds in the pre-Christmas discounting on Black Friday (November 28, 2014).

Unlike conventional juicers and blenders, the NutriBullet completely breaks down ingredients into a pulp-free smoothie, liquefying and mixing together all the essential nutrition to help you on your way to eating the recommended five portions a day of fruit and veg.

At Selfridges[2] , another fast-selling festive gift was the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband. During the day, this gadget will track how many steps you’ve taken, how far you’ve walked, and how many calories you’ve burned. At night, it will track your sleep quality and even wake you silently in the morning if you want.

Head to toe

Amazon’s most gifted health and personal care products included items to help keep you healthy from head to toe.

Take the Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush[3] . Its interchangeable head oscillates and rotates to remove up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Having healthy teeth and gums can help reduce your risk of health problems such as heart disease, say experts[4] .

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover[5] was the third most popular, promising to buff away hard skin from your feet in minutes.

The Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock was another popular Amazon gift[6] .

This medical device wakes you up gradually with a simulated sunrise. According to its manufacturers: ‘The brightening light brings you more gently out of sleep, prompting your body to reduce the production of sleep hormones such as melatonin, while increasing the levels of hormones like cortisol that help you get up and go.’

Banish the blues

While anyone can use it, Lumie says its alarm clock could be particularly helpful for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues.

‘Waking to natural light every day resets your sleep/wake cycle and has been shown to boost your mood, productivity and energy levels throughout the day,’ it says.

The Lifemax Heated Back and Seat Massager[7] was another popular present. It works on the hips and thighs as well as the upper and lower back to help soothe away aches and pains. Its five settings massage the muscles, and the penetrating heat to the lumbar area could be especially useful for back pain – something that 8 in every 10 of us will experience at some point in our lives, according to experts[8] .

Meanwhile, the Salter 9141 WH3R Body Fat Analyser Bathroom Scales[9] was the ideal gift for someone whose New Year resolution was to keep tabs on their weight.

These electronic scales measure more than just kilograms. They can help you understand what your body is made up of and in what proportions. By knowing your body’s composition you can work to achieve and maintain a healthier body, enabling you to fulfil your goal, says Salter. The LCD display can show the percentage of your body that is fat, and it will calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI ‒ the medically accepted measurement to indicate healthy weight for your height. And it has the memory functionality to store information for up to four users, so the whole family can use it.

Making the most of your Christmas gifts and gadgets

So now you’ve unpacked your healthy gift, how can you make sure you get the most out of it in 2015?

  • Build a routine and stick to it. If you make it part of your normal day you’re more likely to succeed. If it’s a juicer, for example, try using it every day at breakfast time.
  • Keep it visible. Out of sight is out of mind. If you store your gift away in the back of a cupboard the chances are you’ll forget to use it.
  • Recharge. If the device needs batteries, make sure they are charged. Buying spares could save you valuable time too.
  • Enjoy. The reason someone bought you the gift is hopefully because they think you will like it and have fun using it. If you decide it’s really not for you, perhaps you could ask for the receipt and switch it for a different healthy gift.

For more on the top tech trends of 2014 and what’s new for 2015 be sure to read our review of the best from the world of health tech in 2014. Find it in our health tech trends article.

References

[1]NutriBullet

[2]The Telegraph

[3]Braun Oral-B toothbrush

[4]NHS

[5]Scholl Electric Hard Skin Remover

[6]Lumie Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock 

[7]Lifemax Heated Back and Seat Massager  

[8]Back pain in adults

[9]Salter Body Fat Analyser Bathroom Scales  

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