As you are checking items off your holiday shopping list are checking it twice to make sure that you are not going to be stuffing the underside of your tree with presents that will only promote a sedentary lifestyle? It is important that you are buying items that will help keep your family healthy as well as entertained. I have come up with some great items that will really help your family stay fit and still feel festive!
Scooters are great outdoor activity to keep kids active. This particular scooter features a wider platform for more stability, and also features a wave motion which adds a twisting motion, which provides core workout. Don’t forget the helmet and pads if you get this present!
Water intake is extremely important when exercising, especially for kids. There are a number of reasons for a child to have a reusable water bottle of their own – one it is better for the environment as it eliminates waster, and two it lessens the chance that s/he will drink from someone else’s bottle or cup by mistake, exposing them to germs. This cleaver bottle changes color with the temperature of the water. It is also dishwasher safe and comes in a variety of patterns
Jump Roping is becoming something of a lost art. It is truly one of the best full body exercises as it requires strength, stamina, and coordination. It also requires a very small space and only one piece of equipment, can be done alone or with others. This great kit includes a jump rope and video to help teach your child basics and tricks with skill levels from beginner through advanced.
Disc Golf is sweeping the nation. And actually requires quite a bit of physical fitness as most courses do not have carts to take you from hole to hole requiring quite a bit of walking, over rather rugged terrain. It also requires a bit of upper body strength and tone to both throw the disc the distant and with accuracy. With a little bit of research, you are bound to find a disc golf course close by, as they are popping up all over , especially in college towns.
What better way to work out than when you are doing something else? The new trend in shoes that help shape and tone your lower body every time you walk, is wonderful! And these shoes from New Balance do not look quite as crazy as some of the other brands, but mostly just look like any other sneaker, while providing the extra spring system to tone muscles and lose weight.
Lot of times people wish they could have their own free weight system at home, but just don’t have the space. These unique dumbbells provide all the benefits of having a free weight system (with weight selection from 5 -52.5 pounds per dumbbell), while only taking up the space that a weight rack or full set of weight in that range would need. Dumbbells are an incredibly versatile piece of fitness equipment that allow for a wide range of exercises.
Heart Monitors because increasingly important with age, especially for men, as a spike in heart rate can mean trouble, but if noticed early, can be easily treated. But who wants to wear a separate heart rate device and watch? No one, that’s who – so get him this very nice Timex watch and Heart Rate Monitor. It is water resistant for the swimmers, and keeps track of your heart rate throughout your workout for later analysis.
Having your own Yoga mat is important for both home and gym participation. Yoga mats are also great for other types of exercise – like Pilate’s or even general floor aerobics – also. This kit includes a mat, brick (used in certain poses) strap (to help with stretching) and DVD.
You gotta have the right gear to workout, which means that woman headed to yoga or any other fitness class, needs a really great pair of yoga pants. A good yoga pant is snug but not tight, and allows plenty of free movement to bend stretch and move with the rest of class. And Danskin is a top supplier of quality fitness and exercise apparel.
For the Whole Family:
If you have a Wii Console go for the Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Price: $79.96). If you have the Xbox go for the Kinect (Price $199.99). Both of these allow your family to get their video game fix without parking it on the couch, as both of them require actual movement to play the game! There are a number of different games and feature that are all great family fun night activities.
A treadmill is something that benefit everyone in the family. It allows cardio work out any time of day or year, regardless of weather. It is a great way to get your 20 minutes of walking in each day, or your one hour marathon training done. This model offers speed ranges from 0.1 to 10 mph and adjusts up to a 10% grade. It also has an extra wide belt to give more room for movement, as not everyone runs on a straight and narrow track for the duration of their exercise.
I also hope that you will reconsider all of the candy that usually comes with the holidays. Sweet treats can be good for your too! Like did you know that oranges are a traditional Christmas treat? So please don’t stuff the stocking with sugar filled treats, and look for some healthier options.