10 Holiday Gift Ideas That Promote Fitness

Every New Year is the same story: You plan to lose weight, workout for a bit, eat healthy for the first few days and by the end of the month, you’ve gained five pounds. Keeping yourself fit, healthy and slim isn’t easy and takes more than one day’s worth of commitment from that New Year’s resolution. If you find yourself making excuses for getting fit, make it easy on yourself by writing a Christmas or holiday list chock-full of gifts that are fun and promote fitness at the same time. That way, you’ll want to work out, and when that happens, you can’t help but get in shape.

1. Xbox Kinect/Wii

Everyone has fun playing video games, but playing video games isn’t good for your waistline – unless you’re playing interactive games for the Xbox Kinect or the Wii. It’s a great way to get the entire family off of the couch. There are a variety of games for each platform that will keep you fit, including celebrity workouts, Zumba dancing, yoga, bowling, tennis and golf. The best part about these games is that they enable you to work out in the comfort of your own home, when you want to, with whomever you want to – and once you start, you won’t want to stop.

2. Desk Bicycle

Sitting behind a desk all day, whether at work or at home, is not doing your waistline any favors. So take the initiative and ask Santa for a desk bike. It’s a mini, wheel-less bike that easily fits under your desk, or in front of the couch, so you can pedal while working or while watching TV. It’s great for turning even the laziest moments of the day into a workout.

3. WaterGeeks Water Bottle

Want to re-hydrate in a safe and healthy way? Use a WaterGeeks water bottle. They offer a variety of bottles that are BPA-free, stainless steel and filter water of impurities. These bottles are great for the gym, home workouts and even for traveling.

4. Yoga Socks

If you’re a fan of yoga, get some yoga socks to help you practice your positions. These socks have a no-slip grip on the bottom so you don’t slide out of position. They also have separations for each of your toes so you can stretch every part of your body from your head to, well, your toes.

5. Pedometer With Panic Button

If you like to jog through secluded nature trails or simply like power-walking down the street alone, this pedometer is for you. Not only does it track how far you’ve walked, jogged or ran, it’s also equipped with a built-in alarm system that will scare even the mosquitos away.

6. Resistance Bands

It’s crucial that you stretch before exercising so that you don’t pull a muscle. These stretchy bands will prepare you for your workout and come in a variety of lengths and colors.

7. Harbinger Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a favorite exercise of children, but it’s also beneficial for adults. It’s a great way to burn calories, strengthen the body and build endurance. The Harbinger Jump Rope is perfect for the jump rope enthusiast. The rope is double-corded and coated in PVC so it won’t stretch out. Best of all, the handles are anti-microbial, meaning it will stop bacteria growth and eliminate any odor from sweaty hands. The treatment is non-toxic and won’t wear away over time. So if you’re a germaphobe who likes to jump rope, this product is for you.

8. Gym Gift Card

Many gyms offer gift cards that can be used for membership, classes and personal training services. So if you want to go to the gym but need a little incentive to step outside the front door, a gift card should give you the motivation you need to hit the gym.

9. BodyMedia Fit System

A helpful tool when losing weight is a food journal. It helps you track what you’ve eaten during the day, how much you’ve eaten, and even the amount of fat and calories you’ve consumed. But most people don’t have the time or the discipline to keep a food journal. If you’re one of those people, ask Santa for the BodyMedia Fit System. It’s a digital tracking system that monitors how many calories you’ve burned and even your quality of sleep. The BodyMedia armband also monitors the amount of calories you’ve burned and can help you keep track of your diet online. These items are also a bit pricey, but worth it if you’re meticulous about your health.

10. Adjustable Dumbbells

These dumbbells used to be exclusive to gyms but now you can use them at home or take them on the go. They’re perfect for the weightlifter who doesn’t want to invest in increasingly heavier weights once they’ve built up muscle and strength. These dumbbells come with a set of weights on the end that you can take off or add on, depending on how much weight you want to lift. Weight can be adjusted from 2.5 pounds to 12.5 pounds of weight. There are a variety of manufacturers who make these adjustable dumbbell sets.

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