Give Away Fitness Gifts
When the holiday season rolled around this past year, Jon and I gave each other fitness-related gifts. Jon got me really great sports sunglasses to protect my eyes from the bright Florida sun that I can use while running, and I gave him a Nike GPS watch that tracks how quickly you're running.
I love giving fitness-related presents because I want to encourage Jon – and all of my loved ones -- to exercise and be healthy. I've given sneakers, gym memberships, yoga studio memberships, gym bags, and more. You name it and I’ve probably given it to somebody in the spirit of health and fitness.
Sometimes, that's all it takes to get someone on the right track and back in shape. Everyone has a friend or relative that has been meaning to get healthier, but for one reason or another hasn’t been able to do so.
When you talk with him or her about the subject, listen carefully. "I haven't had the chance to buy new sneakers,” he might say -- or "I don't have a yoga mat.” When that person’s birthday arrives, get him or her what she needs to kick start the progress.
In many instances, overcoming the first hurdle might be mental. Getting a “Fitbit” or some swanky new Lululemon pants may be just the boost you need to get going. Another great idea is a gift card to Whole Foods, which might help somebody better his eating habits. Just make sure he’s buying fruits and vegetables there and not some “organic” potato chip! (Potato chips aren’t good for you, no matter if they’re “organic,” “skinny,” or “natural.”)
You don't have to spend a lot of money on a present like this either. Think creatively. Get an iPod and load it up with workout playlists. If you play a sport that your friend wants to learn, offer some lessons. That's what Jon did one year with tennis since I barely knew how to play when we met. He got me a tennis racquet, tennis sneakers, and offered to give me ten one-hour lessons. By the way, he still owes me a few!