Gear Up for the New Year: Everything You Need to Get in Shape in 2019
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: from $17; 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: $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: $50; 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: $58; 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: $44; 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 and subtle camo print from Sweaty Betty. Also good: The ultralight fabric is sweat-wicking and fast-drying.
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.
To buy: starting at $22; 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
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 4
To buy: From $399; walmart.com
It’s no surprise that the newest Apple Watch Series 4 has everything you need—calls, streaming music, logging workouts— right on your wrist, but it also has some incredible new wellness features. The Series 4 enables users to take an electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG or ECG test, to measure heart rhythms, while a built-in heart rate sensor can detect atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rate). Plus, it’s able to sense if you’ve fallen down and will call 9-11 if you’re unable to get up within a minute!
Sport phone case
To buy: $90; amazon.com
This splurge-worthy case gives you total peace of mind, so you can adventure, hike, camp, climb, swim, and ski without fear of breaking your phone. Lifeproof’s FRE phone case has a built-in scratch protector (buh-bye, cracked screens), and the case itself is water-, snow-, dust-, and drop-proof. Have an iPhone 7 or 8? Try these vibrant two-toned and accident-proof FRE phone cases.
To buy: $255; fossil.com
Fitness trackers are among the hottest holiday gifts of 2018, and the brand-new Fossil Gen 4 Smartwatch is not to be missed. The sport watch helps you log all types of exercise with Google Fit—walks, runs, bike rides, even swims (yup, it's water resistant)—and even provides heart-rate tracking and health coaching. The watch is designed to work equally well with your smartphone or on its own, and features standalone GPS navigation, text, email, calendar, and social media notifications, offline music, Google Pay, and so much more. Also great? Personalize your Gen 4 fitness tracker with interchangeable watch bands and endless customizable dials.
Cozy studio-to-street layer
To buy: $210; aloyoga.com
Alo Yoga’s oversized, teddy bear Norte Sherpa Coat is perfect for throwing on to hit the gym, or slipping into after your barre or yoga class for your office commute. Not only is it super cozy, but the coat has zip pockets to store your keys, credit card, phone, and gym fob, and the hood detaches turning it into a chic bomber.
Fashion-forward gym bag
To buy: starting at $125; dagnedover.com
A Health editor favorite, store everything from your workout clothes and sneakers to your laptop and books in this perfect gym-to-office sleek neoprene carryall. Bonus: it comes in a dozen colorways from cool, muted solids to understated camo print, and can be used as a stylish weekender.