Gear Up for the New Year: Everything You Need to Get in Shape in 2018
New year, new fitness gear
While we're looking forward to the holidays right now (and inevitably eating our weight in pecan pie), January is coming up fast, and it's never too early to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. For anyone who may be looking to tone up, try out a new sport, or lose those holiday pounds post-New Year’s Eve, we’ve rounded up some of the best activewear, fitness gear, and tech to add to your holiday wish list.
To buy: $300; bestbuy.com
Fitness trackers are among the hottest holiday gifts of 2017, and the brand-new Huawei Watch 2 is one great option. The watch helps you log all types of exercise—walks, runs, bike rides, even swims (yup, it's water resistant)—and even provides mid-workout coaching, such as speed up/slow down alerts and distance markers. The watch is designed to work equally well with your smartphone or on its own, and features standalone GPS navigation, a built-in professional running coach, offline music storage, and much more.
To buy: from $15; amazon.com
The UA Mid Sports Bra is the perfect medium-impact sports bra for activities like cycling, barre, and Pilates. And it's available in dozens of bright colorways, so we wouldn't blame you if you stocked up on a few.
To buy: $50; athleta.com
A quality and supportive workout tank is a must, and this one, with its interesting back design and supersoft fabric, is anything but basic.
To buy: $135; sweatybetty.com
Give your same-old black leggings an upgrade with this fun blossom print from Sweaty Betty. Bonus: The ultralight fabric is sweat-wicking and fast-drying.
To buy: $30; columbia.com
The Columbia Women’s Cabled Cutie Beanie looks like your average wool hat, but it’s been built with an ear band made from omni-wick polyester micro fleece to wick sweat and disperse excess heat. Your head will stay warm but dry during your outdoor workouts.
To buy: $30; llbean.com
Keep your fingers toasty warm during outdoor winter runs with the L.L. Bean Multisport Power Touch Gloves.
To buy: $55; underarmour.com
The Under Armour ColdGear Graphic offers a flattering and supportive fit that can be worn as a base layer or on its own. The light, sweat-wicking fabric will keep you dry and warm during your winter workouts, plus the addition of anti-odor technology will keep your running partner happy.
To buy: $30; newbalance.com
The New Balance Accelerate Short Sleeve is a simple and affordable workout staple. The lightweight polyester and mesh combo maximizes ventilation and breathability, and includes moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry and cool, even during the most intense HIIT workouts.
The best-ever yoga mat
To buy: $42; amazon.com
One of Health's editors is a hot yoga addict, and she declared the Gaiam Studio Select Dry-Grip Yoga Mat the best yoga mat she's ever used. The non-slip surface remains grippy throughout the sweatiest Bikram sessions, but never gets sticky. Plus, it's 5mm thick (a standard yoga mat is just 2 or 3), which means it's extra cushy.
To buy: starting at $12; amazon.com
Need somewhere to store your keys and phone? The FlipBelt could be your storage solution—it keeps valuables secure while you sweat, and the simple design keeps things discreet.
To buy: $15; amazon.com
Buy the Starwood Sports Exercise Resistance Loop Bands for those days you want to do a strength workout, but can't make it to the gym. Stash the four bands—light, medium, heavy, and x-heavy—in the included drawstring sack.
To buy: $26; amazon.com
Save money and the planet by ditching store-bought bottled water. Instead, pick up a Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle, named one of the best water bottles by Health's editors. With a 32-oz capacity, this bottle will keep you well hydrated throughout your workout. It’s made from a tough, dishwasher-friendly material, and its screw-top lid and auto-seal feature will prevent any spills and leaks.
Apple Watch Series 3
To buy: $359; macys.com
Go phone-free with the Apple Watch Series 3 ($399; apple .com). Everything you need—calls, streaming music, logging workouts—is right on your wrist.
Chalke Lux Bold Tights
To buy: $55; nordstrom.com
The celestial print on the super flattering, high-waisted Reebok Lux Bold leggings will have you dreaming big when it comes to your workout goals.
Splits59 Jordan Tights
To buy: $115, bandier.com
Don’t be afraid to sweat hard in the Splits59 Jordan tights—they wick water and dry superfast. Also awesome: the white side-piping, which creates instant curves.
Jimmy Multi Camo Oxford
To buy: $265, mzwallace.com
The roomy MZ Wallace duffel—which you can carry as a cross-body or tote by the handles—stands out in a room full of basic black gym bags.
Fitbit Flyer Headphones
To buy: $130, target.com
The wireless Fitbit Flyer headphones help you say buh-bye to tangled chords and hello to six hours of playlists jam-packed with your favorite power songs.
APL Techloom Pro
To buy: $140, zappos.com
Bold kicks like the APL TechLoom Pro knitted sneaker brighten up even the most dreary winter runs.