If you’re stumped about what to give your friends and loved ones for the holidays,
why not consider a present related to fitness?
Just for fun, why not add a few fitness gifts to your own wish list this holiday
season? After all, who doesn’t want to look or perform better?
Here are my top gift ideas for the fitness enthusiasts on your list:
1. A Foam Roller
If you happen to be like the majority of people, you are glued to your desk most of
the day. And when you actually do have time to work out, all you usually can fit in
is the workout itself. In today’s fast paced world, who really has the time to stretch daily?
A foam roller is useful at this point. This self-massage tool is remarkable and it greatly
helps to avoid injury along with also improving performance. It’s optimal to have five
minutes after workouts to help speed up the healing of very small tears in muscle tissue
that can result from a strenuous workout. Foam rollers can rapidly start the recovery process.
And a foam rolling session feels great!
Plus, a foam roller both kneads out and lengthens your muscles and connective tissues thus
alleviating, if not eliminating, nagging aches and pains in your back, knees, hips, shoulders,
and elbows. If you’re going to get a foam roller, get a good one. The really inexpensive
versions have a habit of wearing out and turning into limp noodles within a few months. The
brand that I prefer is the Rumble Roller, I use them often and I stand behind it! Check Amazon or Rogue Fitness.
2.) Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are far and away the most simple, handy, and least costly choice of gear in
the fitness equipment arena. They allow you to do quick and effective workouts no matter where
you are. Traveling professionals do well to use bands as a lightweight training tool for workouts
on the road because the bands can easily fit in very small bags. Bands are useful too, for stay at
home Moms (or Dads) who would like to work out in the comfort of their own home. For a bit of added
variety to your weight training, try bands, which need no set up, are joint friendly and they’re
fun to use.
Find them at your local sporting goods store, Rogue Fitness or Amazon. Speaking of which…
3.) Gift Card!
It doesn’t get much better than a gift from your local sporting goods store for YOU or the weekend warrior
on your list. Amazon, Starbucks, Rogue Fitness are also great choices. It’s never a bad idea to opt for a gift card in this case since everyone has their own tastes, especially in terms of fashion sizes and styles.
Since everyone has to eat, consider giving 7 days of healthy food from an organic grocer like Whole
Foods to a friend or loved one instead of throwing away money at an overpriced restaurant. Years ago,
I had the impression that Whole Foods was some elitist store for wealthy folks or hippies. Boy was I
mistaken. I shop there somewhat regularly these days, particularly when buying produce to avoid foods
that are typically loaded with hormones and/or pesticides. The key is to plan ahead and stay on a budget.
I aim for $20 on fruits and veggies, $10 on miscellaneous items and spend $50 bucks on protein.
My boot campers hear me mention this one a lot. Most of us are busy and stressed during the holiday season and nothing eases the tension like a good massage. This gift is as close to being a can’t miss idea as they get, unless it’s for a person who can’t stand being touched! It feels good to indulge once in a while,
and while the foam roller I mentioned above can do great things for most of your body, nothing can relieve
stress in your upper back, neck and head like a highly trained massage therapist!
I’ve overcome many nagging minor injuries with just one or two massages. If it feels good, do it.
There you go, there’s my top 5 Holiday Fitness Gifts for 2013!