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RainyDayGiftGuide 2016: Health & Wellness

Have fun shopping and Happy Holidays!!!

While the weather has been unseasonably warm in New England, the Holiday Seasons is definitely upon us again. As with years past, we have gather together an awesome collection of gift ideas for our RainyDayMagazine readers. Some of our suggestions are items we have reviewed during the year, others are new but looked too interesting not to pass along, and a few are so good that we continue to recommend them year after year. Of course, the selection criteria for all categories is the same every year: they are either things we have actually used or they are things we would actually want.


Conditioning Gear

Great cardio-workout doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Biking and rope jumping are probably the two cardio exercises that most people can do. We have some gift recommendations to make those activities a little more fun 🙂



Zackees’ award-winning Turn Signal Gloves are the latest, must-have safety innovation for cyclists. Simply press the thumb to the index finger to activate the LED blinker. Designed in California by a former Google Engineer, Zackees Turn Signal Gloves make it easy to communicate with cars. Put the power of signals under the tree!


RPM makes the toughest, fastest, most efficient speed rope ever. So whether it’s setting world records, getting someone their first ever double-under, helping an athlete crush a workout at their box, or propelling a games athlete to a win, this rope is ready for whatever anyone can throw at it. Give the last rope they ever need.

Data Acquisition Gadgets

In fitness, one needs the right data to help unlock the body’s potential. We have found a collection of gadgets that will not only record, track, and analyze all the data needed, but when paired with the right software, will also give recommendations on how to adjust, correct, and improve! You really can’t do better than that 🙂


Camile is a 1080p cycling video camera that also records GPS positioning, speed, altitude, and other data on a removable micro-SD card.


Clinically tested and FDA approved, the iHealth View Wireless Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor gives reliable readings at home or on the go. View blood pressure and pulse measurement instantly on the built-in display. Blood pressure readings are stored and can be shared from the smartphone, tablet or computer.

The iHealth Wave is a waterproof fitness device that measures swim, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep quality. Set goals and track results; use smart alerts to be motivate to move more throughout the day. This fitness device is fully integrated with the entire family of iHealth products to help support a healthy lifestyle.



The Skulpt Scanner provides the data needed for those interested in getting in the best shape of their life. Skulpt measures body fat percentage and muscle quality. The data can be used with the Skulpt app to create a personalized workout plan to burn fat and build muscle.


Lumo Lift is a tiny posture coach and activity tracker that works with a free iOS and Android app to help anyone sit straighter, stand taller, and look better. The vibrational posture feedback provides a gentle reminders to straighten up. It also tracks steps, distance and calories burned. Progress is tracked so it is easy to see how the posture and activity is improving over time.

Recovery Tools

Injury is a part of being being active. Proper recovery is important and here are some tools to help. We chose them because they can accelerating recovery time, reduce the pain, and enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself.


HyperIce Utility is known as “The Fixer.” Designed to go on almost anywhere. The compact design is fitted with a smaller ice cell for targeted cold and compression. The wrap delivers optimal cold to the ankle, elbow or shin. It will also provide excellent fit for the knee of smaller athletes.

Mary envisions a world without pain. To that end, Mary summoned a team of physicians, chemists, botanists and nutritionists to create an unrivaled line of products enriched with hemp extracts and other plant nutrients that nourish body, mind and spirit. What’s even better is they are legal in all 50 states!

…and One More Thing.

Inspired by the impact of the LifeStraw Guinea Worm filter, Vestergaard worked to develop a product that could filter out virtually all of the microbiological contaminants that make water unsafe to drink. The result was LifeStraw technology, introduced in 2005 as a personal “straw-like” filter. It was designed for people in developing countries who don’t have water piped in from municipal sources or other access to safe water and emergency settings following natural disasters when water is contaminated.


The LifeStraw Steel uses a 2-stage filtration process to remove bacteria, protozoa, and reduce organic chemical matter and chlorine. LifeStraw Steel is ideal for anyone who loves hiking, backpacking, camping, and travel!


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