This is the time of year for spreading love and joy across the globe. It’s also the season for giving holiday gifts to our friends and loved ones. The spirit of generosity is truly in the air.
With that being the case, I thought I’d offer some suggestions for great fitness gifts. Whether it’s for your mom or dad, husband or wife, a friend or even yourself, a healthy holiday present is a great way to show your loved ones how important they are.
You should know that, in most cases, tact is essential. If you give an obese cousin a gift certificate for a food management service, you may come across as insensitive. But if it’s done the right way, with the right gift and the correct amount of discretion, you will be thanked indefinitely.
If you’re interested in giving a gift of exercise, you should consider the cost. If your price point is limitless, think about a piece of fitness equipment. There are great options for treadmills, exercise bikes and resistance equipment. My biggest piece of advice is, don’t go too cheap. If you buy cheap equipment, you’ll get cheap equipment. You can pick up good used equipment if cost is an issue, but the key is to visit a reputable fitness dealer.
If you’re looking for something a bit smaller and easier on the budget, try simple items like jump ropes, resistance bands, medicine balls, or a new pair of running shoes. They even make great stocking stuffers if you’re just looking for one last present.
Those are all great exercise items, but there are plenty of other things that can please the health conscious in your family. Consider a membership to a local fitness center. But remember, unless the membership is asked for, just handing your wife a gym card might upset her. Instead, purchase his-and-her memberships and go together. Mention that you’re looking to improve yourself and you’d like her help, that way, you both benefit.
As I mentioned earlier, you can give the gift of food in the form of a healthy meal plan. But again, a tactful approach is important. If you order the service for the whole family, you give the gift of health to everyone, without insulting anyone.
Rather than a fit mini recipe this week, I wanted to take a moment and ask that if you have the means, give a little healthy food this holiday season. There are thousands of families looking for a meal, and food banks around the country are doing their best to reach everyone. So when you’re loading your grocery cart with fruits and veggies, consider grabbing a couple cans of soup or vegetables to donate. The appreciation you’ll receive both externally and internally will far outweigh any other gift you’ll receive this season.
If you have questions, comments, recipes or information you’d like to pass on, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and remember to check out, “Butterscotch Dreams,” my healthy living and lifestyle blog; and don’t forget to chat with me on Twitter @bduewel.