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Fitness
Published Thursday Dec 10, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Gift Guide 2020: The Perfect Ideas for the Fitness Lovers in Your Life

Well, 2020 certainly wasn’t what any of us anticipated, to put it lightly. On top of that, we are about to enter one of the strangest holiday seasons of all time. What used to be a time we all looked forward to that was filled with holiday parties, family get-togethers, and questionable amounts of eggnog has now turned into sheltering in place and way too many Zoom hangouts.    

As of now, we can’t promise you that 2021 will be any better (I know, I wish I had better news), but we can try to spark a little joy in your lives by creating an Instagram poll so you could dish about your favorite fitness gift ideas—whether you’re working out at-home, indoors—wherever.  

So, without further ado, here is our 2020 Gift Guide for Fitness Lovers: 

For the “all I feel is rage at this point” person...

  • Gift them an endorphin boosting virtual HIIT class
  • Give them new boxing gloves to help them take their aggression out in a virtual kickboxing class (and hopefully not on their roommate they’ve been cooped up with for a year.
  • Give them a phone call or chat with them on zoom and let them rant. Sometimes the best gift is just you listening. 

Hey...odds are we’re all feeling a little rage-tastic at this point. So why not soften the blow that 2020 served us with a gift that helps us take our anger out on inanimate objects like a punching bag—and up our fitness game at the same time? 

For the “get me the hell out of my apartment” person

  • Get them a new pair of kicks to help them take their trail running game to the next level. 
  • Gift them with a cycling class at their favorite studio, new cycling gear, or biking accessories if they prefer to ride outdoors. 
  • Encourage them to explore more trails with a new hiking guide or map or be super unique and make a donation to their favorite national park in their name.  

With vacations and even going to the movies put on the back burner for what feels like forever, give that person who is itching to break free from their humble abode a gift that will let them escape this “new normal” for a bit. Even a 30-minute workout class, outdoor run, or hike can be enough to help your friends and family reset and recharge. 

For the “I’m just trying to stay calm AF” person:

Even the coolest, calmest, and collected-est person reaches their breaking point. For your pals who have focused on staying calm through this nightmare of a year, encourage them to keep up the good work by giving them the gift of self-care. Anything from a yoga class to a new spa treatment to aromatherapy can help them stay in a blissful state-of-mind. 

For the “I became a couch potato during quarantine” person:

  • Book a fun, virtual workout class for you and your virtual workout buddy. Do you usually opt for yoga? Try something new and check out virtual barre. No equipment? No problem! Barre3’s online shop has everything you need to get started.   
  • New weights so they can lift while they binge-watch Hallmark holiday movies.  
  • A foam roller—because those first few workout sessions will definitely make them sore.  

We are all guilty of watching one too many Netflix series this year—but that doesn’t mean the solution to that is canceling our subscription. I would never suggest that. Instead, we can all ease back into our workout routines by switching things up and working out together or simply working out while we catch up on The Bachelorette or whatever you’re into at the moment. 

For the “I already have everything I need” person:

  • They can’t possibly have enough wine, so that’s always a great gift. (Seriously, you guys all said that wine has helped you get through quarantine, and I’m not going to argue with you on that.) 
  • A gift card to their favorite fitness studio so they can book virtual classes with them right now or save it for in-person classes later.  
  • Any equipment to help them finish stocking their at-home gym. We love the “On-the-Go Packs” from McAlister Training that are chock-full of fitness goodies like resistance bands, mini bands, a foam roller, and more!

Just because the holidays look a little different this year, doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to look forward to. By giving your friend (and maybe even yourself) a gift from this fitness guide, you can begin 2021 on a strong note. And hey—if fitness just isn’t your thing at the moment, that’s totally okay! We have also put together a gift guide for folks who are focusing on relaxation, rejuvenation, and renewal.  

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Dec 23, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Unexpected Looks and Learnings from 2020

To put it bluntly—2020 was a real bummer. When we entered the year, we all had that “20/20 vision” mindset of making the year one of travel, joy, discovering new hobbies, and conquering our fitness goals. But come March, that vision became a blurry mess of sheltering-in-place and being forced to throw our normal routines and our aspirations out the window.  

Who would have thought that something like getting a haircut would be off-limits? Or that those monthly massages wouldn’t be around to help us unwind? 2020 forced us to get creative, and you blew us away with your stick-to-itiveness. 

We recently polled you on Instagram to see which beauty and wellness services you missed the most and how you’ve re-vamped your self-care routines to stay sane during this train wreck of a year. And I must say, as I read your responses in my sweats, rocking the messiest top knot of all time, I definitely felt like I need to take it up a notch when it comes to getting ready for the workday.  

Seriously—an alarming number of you have been on point when it comes to sticking to your daily morning routines and actually wearing work clothes while on Zoom calls. Kudos to you!  

Curious to see what the takeaways were from our Instagram poll? Keep reading.

Takeaway #1: All beauty services are missed equally 
beauty services missed 2020

According to your responses, you're all sick of your exposed roots and split ends equally, with 51% of you preferring to get a haircut and 49% opting for hair color. The numbers were also pretty close when it came to your nails—with 52% of you opting for a manicure over a pedicure. Due to the pandemic, the state of the beauty industry has been on a rollercoaster of openings and closings—and they need our help and support now more than ever. If you happen to live in an area where you’re able to enjoy beauty services, make sure you show your stylist or nail artist a little bit of extra love when tipping them.  

 

Takeaway #2: You miss massages, but are ready for touchless spa treatments 
touchless spa treatments

Anybody who knows me will tell you the thing I miss the most is getting a monthly massage—and 71% of you seem to agree. With most of us working from our beds or hunched over our laptops on our couches, our posture (if not our comfort) has taken a serious hit. While most of us either live in an area where massages are off-limits or we just don’t feel safe going in for one quite yet, there are some touchless spa treatments you're ready to try.  

  • 69% of you are interested in trying an infrared sauna treatment—no surprise during the cold winter months. This type of treatment uses light to directly warm your body to increase heart rate, help you sweat out the bad stuff (like all that wine we’ve been drinking), and treat chronic health problems.  
  • 31% of you are willing to brave the cold of cryotherapy. These sessions aim to decrease inflammation and speed up recovery time after an intense workout by standing in an extremely cold chamber of liquid nitrogen or dry, fresh, oxygenated air. 
  • 52% of you are down to try out salt caves. Turns out, Himalayan pink salt isn’t just for you fancy home chefs out there. By sitting in an entire room made of this salt, you can relax and potentially treat respiratory and skin issues.   
  • 48% of you are ready to suit up for a float tank sesh. If you love meditating, this is the perfect touchless spa treatment to try. Float tanks are filled with body-temperature saltwater—and they’re lightless and soundproof. You guys—I’ve tried this and it’s definitely the kind of R&R we all need right now.  
Takeaway #3: Your self-care routines are admirable 

Call it wishful thinking, but I was fully expecting most of you to say, “Zoom camera off” as your go-to beauty tip—but I guess that’s just me. Instead, you've all been pretty consistent with your morning routines—working out, showering, and dressing like you're actually going into an office. Some of you are even going the extra mile and putting on a red lip and some earrings. I’m taking notes.  

And even though this year’s challenges put a damper on our normal routines, it's inspired us to get creative with our skincare regimen. Some of you have added new serums and masks to your skincare arsenal, while others have tried out at-home facials for that quarantine glow. By far, one of the most popular answers was the incorporation of Gua Sha to help detoxify, brighten, and tighten your skin.  

This year was one for the books. But I think it made us realize there is always wellness—and that taking care of ourselves is crucial. If you're in an area where in-house beauty services are an option, book that appointment (if you feel safe to do so). If your only option right now is to stay at home, keep carrying on with your feel-good, at-home routines.  

If you're curious to see what some other wellness trends you should take note of in 2021, check out this blog 
 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.