13 gifts to make this your healthiest, and cheapest, Christmas ever

You've smashed the office party, client gatherings, already washed back some beach beers. But somehow you've left the shopping to last minute.

Relax mate, cause I've got you covered. In my best Mariah voice hear me sing: "All I want for Christmas… is a healthier Australiaaaaaa."

There are few days left to shop and all you'll need for a healthier mate or lover is below.

Full-body fitness and tone

With a kettlebell. The only weight you need is a kettlebell. The versatile "bell" allows a cardio workout while building strength and tone. Swings, deadlifts, deadlift high pulls, squat thrusters, and one arm cleans are full body movements guaranteed to juice up fitness sessions.

Price: From $30.

A hydrated body

With a water bottle. Australia's ditching the plastic supermarket bags, and I'm optimistic water bottles are next. One million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the globe – cluttering landfills and poisoning oceans. Buy a BPA-free water bottle or a reusable glass bottle of Voss at the supermarket.

Price: $3.50 and up.

Smooth, glowing skin

With baking soda and coconut oil Avoid paying exorbitant sums for fancy facial scrubs. Mix half a cup of coconut oil with half a cup baking soda, and you've got a winner of a skin cleanser that yogis and greenies swear by.

Price: $12.


I tried it, and it works immediately. My skin is incredibly smooth and undeniably healthier.

A lean, solid chest

With push-up handles. A fit, lean chest is built with a classic exercise – the push-up. Push-up handles can be used in the home, gym, and hotel, and they allow for greater range of motion with neutral and safe wrist alignment.

Price: $20.

A whiter smile

With turmeric. Whiter teeth with turmeric? Indeed. A recipe contains two teaspoons of ayurvedic super-spice turmeric mixed with one teaspoon of coconut oil and one teaspoon of baking soda. Add a toothpaste-like amount and brush for two minutes.

I tried it, and it works immediately. Quick advice: rinse plenty, and be careful – turmeric stains everything.

Price: $2.65.

Healthier skin

With an avocado. Let skin absorb healthy potassium from an avocado face mask. It's simple – mash half an avocado then apply to a rinsed face and let settle for 15 minutes.

I tried it, and… I lie. I made salmon tacos with guacamole.

Price: $3.

Cardio health

With a skipping rope with weighted handles. A simple rope is all that's required to perform the best calorie burning cardio movement in fitness. Add the push-up handles and kettlebell to sit-ups, planks, lunges, and burpees and a home gym is cheap as chips.

Price: $20.

Less stress

With a meditation app. The link between stress and weight gain (and more serious medical complications) is scientifically documented. Stress less with meditation. The Mindfulness App, Headspace, and Calm are just a few of many free meditation apps that can calm and soothe the soul.

Price: Free.


By de-tech'ing the bedroom. Make it a rule in 2018: No television, smartphones, gaming, or tablets in the bedroom. Turn the bedroom into a peaceful abode for reading, sex, and sleep. Daily energy will change for the good in 2018.

Price: Free.


With a tennis ball. A foam roller is a great tool for stimulating blood flow and myofascial release. Similar rolling exercises can be performed with a simple, nearly free tennis ball.

Price: $1.99.


With a dog.  A furry companion adds love and healthy years to a life while getting outdoors for walks, Vitamin D, and exercise. Adopt and save a life at the RSPCA while changing a human's forever. But remember, this is a lifetime responsibility, not just for Christmas.

Price: Priceless.  


With a hug. Enough of the socialite faux-hugs. Get right in there and give a 20 second hug. Watch the heart rate slow and stress decrease while that feel good hormone oxytocin does its thing. A long embrace feels amazing for all involved.

Price: Free.


Give $5 to a homeless person. Give a Christmas meal or toys to a family in need. Give a cheer up session to a mate who had some mental struggles during 2017.

Your Christmas shopping list is plentiful and under $100. It's the gifting of a fit body, healthier smile and face, love and giving – less chocolate and chub, more health.

Price: Priceless.

I'll refrain from the standard "Happy Christmas, as that phrase evokes reminders of a gluttonous season filled with food comas, hangovers, and echoed New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I'll wish you a Christmas of Wellness, Smiles, and Giving.

Passion for lifestyle change is the cornerstone for everything Michael Jarosky does. A Sydney-based personal trainer, he cajoled thousands of Executive Style readers to undertake his "Cut The BS" diet, and champions a charity weight-loss event, Droptober.

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Are you ready to embrace a healthier Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.