Holiday Gift Guide
Shopping to encourage fitness is easy and fun. Just think of how much of a boost you’ll be giving your loved one to get fit or stay fit. I’ve rounded up some great ideas that cover all price ranges. And, if you happen to get something for yourself along the way, well… it’ll be our secret.
- A Peloton bike. Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. After its latest TV ad caused a controversy, Peloton says it’s not worried about sales slowing down. Its premium bike isn’t priced for everyone, of course. But if you’re in that spending tier, then why not start at the top and make it easy on yourself? Starting at $2245. Another popular option for mature exercisers is a NuStep, which allows for seated stepping and also works the upper body. This is a bigger elephant, starting at $3945.
- A fitness tracker. Wearable tech ranks as the No. 1 fitness trend for the coming year, and you can find devices at many price points. The Apple Watch 5 remains the gold standard with a range of activity features and even heart-monitoring technology. It starts at $399. If you’re looking for something at a lower price point, check out one of the FitBit models. I personally use the Charge 2 and like it; the *Charge 3 is regularly $149.95.
- A Theragun. These hand-held massage devices, above, made a big splash and have been showing up in gyms and studios everywhere. They offer deeper muscle treatment to soothe chronic and acute pain, release tension and soreness, and improve circulation, flexibility and sleep. From $249.
- Daily Harvest Gift Box. Smoothies, soups, harvest bowls – all full of fresh, healthy ingredients – will be delivered so the recipient can mix for easy eating. Send a nine-item box for $75.
- Support wear. Compression garments are available for just about every body part. A common need is in the knee joint, and the RiptGear Compression Knee Sleeve ranks high for support and pain relief. There are many choices depending on need, but this is a good starting point. *From $27.95.
- “Destinations of a Lifetime.” Travel is one of the strongest motivations to stay in shape later in life. This magnificent photography book from National Geographic can help plan a trip or enjoy armchair adventures. Currently $22.70 for a hardcover version from Amazon*. If you’d rather have a picture for your wall, check out some of my outdoor photography at North Woods Photos. Professional prints, metals, and gallery wrapped canvases start at $22.97.
- Fitness Journal/Planner. Some people still prefer to write – you know, with a pen and paper – their goals, activities and feelings. For them, check out the Fitlosophy choices, which track exercise, diet, mood, sleep and more, in a variety of styles starting at $16.95.
- Lessons, classes or private training sessions. Give the gift of a new experience or expert coaching. Talk to me about options here in Minneapolis or online that would be fun. I’m also offering a FREE 30-day Eating Challenge starting January 6, 2020 for VIP members. Sign up and start the New Year right!
- Eat out – right. A local vegan restaurant has caught your eye. Or maybe that place with the quinoa burgers and organic salads. Make a reservation and enjoy it together.
- Your time. Of course, the best gift is your time. Take your friend or family member for a walk. Toss a ball in the backyard. Even better – bring them into the private Eden Prairie gym I train some of my clients at and let me show how we can make the new year their best yet.
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