Healthful Holiday Gifts

The holiday season is upon us. It’s the time of year for festive parties, family get-togethers and, of course, gift giving. Finding the perfect gift for those on your list is not always easy. Choosing gifts that are fun and healthy is even tougher. Here are some suggestions for the health conscious people in your life.

Training Sessions: Even the most seasoned athlete can benefit from the input of a professional. Incorporating weekly sessions with a fitness trainer is a great way to perfect your form and integrate new workout ideas into your fitness routine. Most gyms offer the option to customize a package of training sessions that works with your budget and will provide you with a gift certificate.

Massage gift certificate: While taking an hour out of our hectic lives for a massage always sounds great in theory, we rarely put the thought into practice. What better way to let your loved ones know you care about them then by giving the gift of relaxation. The benefits of a massage are long lasting and extremely beneficial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Stress reduction, easing of muscle pain and detoxing the body are all residual effects of getting a massage that last long after your loved one has left the spa.

Private Cooking Lesson: Meal preparation is one of the most important keys to a healthy home. It can also be one of the most daunting. Learning the proper techniques to cook delicious and nourishing food takes time and patience. Giving the gift of a private class or two with a chef is a unique and fun way to let your loved ones learn to cook in their own kitchen.

Bluetooth Ear buds: Anyone who has tried to listen to music while running on the treadmill or lifting weights knows how annoying the wire from your ear buds can be. Headphone companies have finally designed wireless models that provide excellent sound quality and convenience. These ear buds sync easily to your smartphone to make it easier than ever to rock out to your favorite tunes during your workout.

Fruit of the Month Club: It can be difficult to find fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months. Giving the gift of a monthly delivery of fresh produce is a healthy and convenient idea. You can choose from a variety of fruit and vegetable packages, including bi-monthly deliveries and organic options.

Magazine Subscription: People love opening their mailbox each month and finding a new issue of their favorite magazine waiting for them. A subscription to a fitness magazine is a great gift for the health conscious friend in your life. Filled with innovative diet, fitness and workout ideas, these magazines offer monthly motivation and inspiration.  

 Fitness Tracker: Nothing keeps you more motivated to keep up your exercise routine then a daily fitness tracker. These electronic heart monitors are extremely popular these days. Different models offer options based on various types of exercise, including running, swimming and weight lifting. Many brands of fitness trackers will sync to your smart phone, making it easier than ever to monitor your steps and daily calories burned. 

Whether a long-time fitness lover or just beginning a healthier lifestyle, your friends and family will thank you for your thoughtful and health-conscious gifts this holiday season.