Little Life Changer: 5 Affordable Gadgets That Will Boost Your Health in 2019

January 05, 2019

Little Life Changer: 5 Affordable Gadgets That Will Boost Your Health in 2019


Be sure your self-care game is strong in 2019 with these health-improving essential items.

If the holidays didn’t gift you that shiny new item you’ve been eyeing to change your self-care game this year, don’t fret–now’s the time to give yourself the best gift of all: A healthy, happy 2019. Fitness trends can be overwhelming, so we’re offering you a simple checklist of items that can easily overhaul your everyday health, from cooking to working out.

Fitbit® Versa™ Smartwatch

The smartwatch field is crowded, and pricey. But if you’re simply looking to track your progress toward your daily fitness goals, you don’t need to drop a month’s worth of groceries to do so. Fitbit is a health-tracking leader and can help you improve everything, from your nightly sleep to your daily steps, and for women, even your monthly cycle. Bonus for swimmers: This one’s got you to a depth of 50 meters, so you can use it to track your laps.

DASH™ Family 6qt Air Fryer

Air fryers are all the rage in the home chef realm, and for good reason. They quickly crisp your favorite veggies and snacks without the slick, greasy guilt that comes with fried food. This DASH model comes in splashy hues like aqua and has a price tag under $100. You can reduce your cooking fat by 80 percent and make either individual or entire family meals in the six-quart basket. Best of all, it’s dishwasher-safe.

Jamie Oliver Carbon Steel 10-Inch x 15-Inch Jelly Roll Baking Tray

Sheet pan recipes abound on Pinterest, touting an abundance of healthful meals such as shrimp fajitas and curried cauliflower steaks. A jelly roll pan is simply a slightly smaller version of a sheet pan and more likely to fit in your dishwasher. This lovely blue-enameled carbon steel version from our fave, healthy food chef Jamie Oliver (oh, how we still adore our Naked Chef recipes!) is perfect for a quick paleo or plant-based meal on a chilly winter night. Mushroom and Gruyère flatbread pizza, anyone?

Sunny Health & Fitness® Chain Drive Indoor Cycling Bike

We’ve all seen the ads for indoor bikes, where a steely-faced woman glistening perfect droplets of perspiration powers through a 12-resistance sprint, while snow softly falls in the penthouse window behind her. But hey, we’re living in the real world, where in-home treadmills and dumbbells often become the most expensive clothes hangers and foot-trippers. Still, the $30-plus price tag for a spin class or even a commitment to a monthly gym is steep. And what’s best is what’s going to get you out of bed and working out on the darkest, slowest of mornings. This budget-priced model boasts solid steel construction with a quiet chain drive for smooth workouts; the handlebars and seat are totally adjustable. Just add playlist and hit the virtual road, no weather excuses!

Ninja® Professional Grade Blender

Hitting “ice crush” on the morning smoothie routine is a tried-and-true formula for success, whether pre- or post-workout. Sure, juicing has been all the rage for the last several years, but its high-sugar, low-fiber content isn’t a favorite of nutritionists, who prefer the protein and low-glycemic options. Plus, if you down one right after a high-intensity workout, it can help your muscles rebuild while your nutrient levels rejoice. The beloved Ninja makes quick work of whole fruits, veggies, and big-boy ice cubes in a flash. You can also use it to make vegetable-rich purees and sauces, as well as dips like hummus. It’s sleek and doesn’t take up too much precious counter space–and can double duty as your favorite new food processor.

–Kristy Ojala




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