A Few Last-Minute Healthy Gift Ideas

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Christmas is now upon us – where did December go? Perhaps you will be one of those who will be out fighting the crowds of last-minute shoppers looking for gifts. Since the top New Year’s Resolutions for most Americans is to lose weight or begin an exercise program, why not give the gift of health to someone you love this year? Here are a few ideas which are easy to find, and will not break your holiday budget.

Exercise and Fitness Options

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• Exercise videos - According to Amazon, some of the top selling fitness DVD’s of 2009 include “Women’s Health: Total Workout in Ten!”, “10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Dance Mix”, “Denise Austin: Boot Camp – Total Body Blast”, and “The Biggest Loser Workout”
• A pedometer – Consumer Search has listed their review of the top three. Omron Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 is rated best overall ($23), The Accusplit Eagle AE120XL is the best basic pedometer (only counts steps - $17), and the Timex Ironman Triathlon Fitness Tracker, which is a pedometer and wrist monitor ($65).
• A stainless eco-friendly water bottle – SIGG has a wide variety of fashionable water bottles that start around $20. These bottles are tough and sturdy, and the special lining reduces bacteria buildup.
• Yoga or Pilates Mat – Gaiam has a wide selection of colors and styles of yoga mats plus accessories such as blocks and straps for beginner yogis. The products are easily found at retailers such as Target in the Sporting Goods section. You may also want to include a gift certificate for a few classes or a personal instruction session to ensure your loved one does the moves safely and effectively.
iTunes Gift Certificate – Exercise always seems a little easier when you have a good beat to move to. Give someone the opportunity to add to their iPod selection with a $10, $25, or $50 gift card.

Healthy Diet Options

Magic Bullet – this blender is great for whipping up a smoothie or protein shake for the dieter-on-the-go. It is small and compact and won’t take up much counter space. It may be a bit more pricy than a standard blender, but makes single servings more easily with less mess and waste.
• A healthy cookbook – Most dieters become frustrated because of a lack of ideas for tasty meals. Some of the more popular books this year were “Hungry Girl”, Gordon Ramsay’s “Healthy Appetite”, and the “1500 Calorie a Day Cookbook”. Perhaps you have a budding vegetarian to buy for – try “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone or “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”.
Magazine Subscription – For healthy living all year long, try “Eating Well”, “Cooking Light”, “Prevention”, or “Self”.
• Of course, everyone would love a healthy homemade gift basket. Pull one together with fresh fruit, herbal teas, and healthy snacks in single serving packages.

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