Show loved ones you really care this holiday by giving gifts that support their healthy fitness goals. Give a fitness DVD, a reusable water bottle, or a pedometer. If you have the budget to really splurge, go for a gym membership, tennis lessons, or golf clubs.
Another idea is to baby-sit or do errands for your loved ones, so they’ll have time to exercise. And it doesn’t have to take long. The American Cancer Society recommends adults get 30 minutes of physical activity, above and beyond usual activities, on 5 or more days per week.
Or offer to help a reluctant exerciser stay motivated by working out together. Whether you’re walking around your neighborhood or encouraging each other to eke out one more rep on the weight machines, the chance to socialize will help the workout seems more like a play date and less like a chore.
What can you do in 30 minutes? Take a walk, jump rope, dance to music on the radio, or ride a bike. The point is to get moving.
And the best thing about it? You can give the same gift year after year. So you’ll never be stuck without a holiday gift idea again!
American Cancer Society, December, 2011