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Seven healthy Christmas presents for 2017

Chocolate, rich food, alcohol – this is a time of year when many of us overindulge. Why not help ensure friends and family get off to a healthy start in 2018 by giving some health inspired Christmas gifts? Here are our seven suggestions.

  1. Rebounder
    Perfect for the cold months, when going out to the gym can be unappealing, this mini-trampoline lets you do a bouncy, low-impact aerobic workout in the comfort of your living room. Find out more

  1. FlipBelt
    For a sporty friend, a FlipBelt will probably be a welcome piece of gear. Worn as a belt, it helps you carry keys, cards and your phone securely while running or exercising.

  1. A spiralizer
    For someone you know who still hasn’t got one, a spiralizer might make a great gift. This kitchen gadget helps you create ribbons or strings of vegetables such as courgettes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and carrots and is a fun way to add more veg, vitamins and fibre to a meal – and to lower your calorie intake if you need to. For some healthy recipe ideas see BBC Good Food.

  2. Fitbit
    A Fitbit is a digital device worn as a wristband on which you can record exercise and activity, food intake, weight and sleep. It can help you to make small tweaks to your lifestyle that will have a big impact. Benenden members can enjoy a 22% discount on Fitbit devices. Go to My Benenden and sign in, and click on the rewards and discounts tab to find out more. You can also benefit from 20% off 2XU sports clothes.

  3. Book a healthy day out
    For someone who is hard to buy for, why not arrange a spa day, a kayaking or zorbing session, or maybe a balloon flight? Benenden has teamed up with Virgin Experience Days to offer a fantastic 20% discount on all full-priced experiences and Spa Breaks – that’s all 2,000 of them! Find out more about this member discount in My Benenden.

  4. Subscription to a vegetable box scheme
    Swap a box of luxury chocolates for a regular box of fresh veggies, courtesy of one of the many local and national delivery schemes up and down the country. To find an organic veg (and fruit) scheme that covers your area visit the Soil Association’s website.

  5. A luxury yoga mat
    If you’re buying a present for a yoga or Pilates fan (and have money to spare), a fleece-lined mat could be just the ticket. For those who like classes or practice that focuses on stretching and relaxing rather than the highly energetic variants, the Holistic Silk yoga mat is so cosy you could probably sleep on it too.