As you know, getting mail that is not a bill or your college asking you for money is objectively fun. And by now, you’re used to having monthly payments automatically drafted from your account. From streaming services like Netflix and Hulu to that rent or mortgage payment that never gets easier to stomach, subscribing to services or paying bills is part of the modern to-do list.
But have you considered opting into services that dedicate a bit of time, energy and resources to your health? It’s not just healthy food companies that are making getting nutritious meals on the table easier. Everything from vitamins to products that help you live a vegan lifestyle to kits geared toward mental healthcare are available via subscription.
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If you want a seamless way to make sure you think about your health at least once a month, try signing up for one of these, stat.
For gym rats who want to stay cute: Sweat & Sparkle Box
Finding a fitness-geared box that doesn’t make you want to roll your eyes and cancel your gym membership is a challenge. But this Sweat & Sparkle Box is designed to help you with your fitness and nutrition goals while also giving you some beauty and self-care products to love up on yourself along the way. Plus, by signing up (for about $39.95 a month) you also get an invite to their Facebook community, if you need a bit of moral support and want to connect with likeminded fitness fans.
For vitamins: Care/of
You’ve rolled your eyes at your mom more times than you can count when she says that you “should really be taking a multivitamin!” — but with new supplement startup Care/of, you’ll make her day. Getting started is super-simple. You take a quiz based on your lifestyle and habits, along with any deficiencies you suffer from (lack of vitamin D, lack of iron) — and they recommend what types of vitamins and supplements you should take. If you decide to go with their picks, they’ll mail you individual daily packets each month, making packing your vitamins for business trips a no-brainer. Your once-a-day vitamin party rings up at different monthly prices, but you can expect to pay around $40.
For vegans: Vegan Cuts
If you’ve opted out of eating meat, you might find it difficult to keep your diet interesting and to secure products that are in sync with your values. Enter: Vegan Cuts, founded by self-proclaimed vegan sleuths who do the dirty work for you, finding snacks, accessories and more that get their vegan seal of approval. You can choose from a few different types of monthly subscriptions, including snack boxes, beauty boxes and special edition boxes based on seasonal availability. Prices start around $20 a month.
For therapist-approved self-care: Therabox
Therabox is a monthly collection of wellness activities and products curated by therapists to try and give your heart, mind and body a bit of TLC. Each box comes with a “happiness activity” and 6-8 wellness goodies (ranging from bath products to skincare to other cool items to try). Each box has more than $100 of retail value, but you can get it for as low as $30.99 a month.
For finding the best snack: Bestowed
Ever wonder what nutritionists actually eat? Now you don’t have to guess. Bestowed only uses products in their Discover Healthy gift box that are recommended and approved by healthy-eating experts. You can expect items like Hemp Pro, The Good Bean, Fiber Love and other pre- or post-workout goodies. Arguably even better than actually trying the snack is getting to know exactly what’s in it. Their website includes nutritional information, descriptions and user reviews for everything they’ve put in their boxes. Get started for around $25 a month.
For getting cozy: Hygge Fem Box
If you still want to get in on the cuddly Danish tradition of Hygge, this monthly Hygge Fem Box is something you’ll want to snuggle up with each month. Complete with treats, books, aromatherapy and self care items inspired by the Danish approach to celebrating the little things and living in a comfortable, cozy moment, this one is worth a try when seasonal affective vibes start coming for you. The monthly subscription runs $25 a month too, which is pretty affordable for a lifestyle box like this.
For CBD fanatics: Hempa the Explorer
Hemp Crate Co has three different curated CBD boxes (one for health and wellness recovery, one for your pets and another that’s a sampler of all sorts of different products.) As we’ve said over and over forever, the extent of CBD’s benefits still require a bit more research and you should always read up on the ingredients before putting them in, on or around your body (and know that it is not a replacement for medical care!) — but, if you’re into CBD already and want to see some of the cool options out there, this sample box (Hempa the Explorer) starting at $44.99 is a way to try a bunch of new things each month.
A version of this story was published in March 2017.
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