Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Fitness Gift Ideas for 2008!

If you're in a bind and don't know what to get your friends or family for the holidays, then why not get them a fitness gift. While you're at it, why not put some fitness gifts on your own holiday wish list. After all, who doesn’t want to look or perform better? Here is a good place to start with my list of 10 of the best last minute fitness gifts for 2008:

1.) A Foam Roller

Do you spend a good part of your day nailed to a desk? If you're like most people you probably do. And when you actually do have time to workout, all you usually can fit in is the workout itself, am I right? Really, with people's busy schedule most don't have time for daily stretching.

Well that’s where a foam roller comes in. It’s a phenomenal corrective self-massage tool that will dramatically bolster injury prevention and improve performance. It’s ideal to use for at least five minutes pre-workout to loosen up tight muscles and help release sore spots and post-workout to promote healing of the small micro-tears in your muscles that result from high-intensity training to jumpstart the recovery process. Plus, a foam roller both kneads out and lengthens your muscle and connective tissues thus alleviating, if not eliminating, nagging aches and pains in your back, knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows. Think of it like ironing your muscles.

If you’re going to get a foam roller, get a decent one. The cheaper options tend to wear down into a limp noodle for larger individuals after a couple of months.

2.) Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are one of the most simple, convenient, and affordable equipment options in the fitness industry. They supply total portability for amazing workouts that can be done anywhere and unlike dumbbells they're not heavy. If you are a busy professional who does a lot of traveling, bands are the perfect lightweight training tool to take your workouts with you on the road as they can fit in the smallest of bags without a problem. If you are a busy Mom looking to workout in the comfort of your own home, bands can make this happen too. Bands provide the perfect compliment to your body weight circuit training workouts for added variety, allow for multiple levels of resistance with practically zero transition and set-up time, are easy on the joints, and are fun to use!

3.) A Gift Card to a Sporting Goods Store For Fitness Equipment and Apparel

You can’t beat a good sporting goods store to provide the best fitness equipment and apparel on the market today. Its always a safe was to go with a gift card here because everybody has their own preferences, particularly when it comes to clothing sizes and styles.

4.) A Gift Card to Premium, Organic Grocery Stores

Want to help a friend or family member get good, healthy organic food? Why not give a week’s worth of groceries to a 100% organic grocer to a friend or loved one. After all, everybody’s got to eat, but how many of us actually eat the right stuff to support our fitness goals?

The key is to go in with a budget in mind (e.g. spend $50 bucks on protein, $20 on fruits and veggies, and $10 on miscellaneous items) only buying what you need.

5.) A Gift Card to a Massage Therapist

Particularly during the holidays, people are more stressed and busy then at other times of the year so a good way to help a friend or family member eases the tension is provide them a gift card to a good massage therapist. This is one of those can’t go wrong gifts, unless you know someone who doesn’t like to be touched. We all enjoy a little pampering on occasion, and though the foam roller I mentioned above can do wonders for the majority of your body in helping alleviate pain and tension, why not give them a gift that offers the two in one.

I didn't want to overload you with too much today so I'll send you the final 5 gift ideas tomorrow!

Look your best for the holidays!

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