The Holidays Are the Perfect Time to Bring Fitness to the forefront.
The holidays, a wonderfully festive time of the year, a time when most are cheerful, enthusiastic and jubilant. A time when we have an opportunity to spread joy to those close to us, and what better way to demonstrate our love and compassion, than with a gift to inspire and motivate? That’s right, give the gift of inspiration and motivation through fitness this holiday season.
Gifts can range from health and fitness literature (books or DVDs) to a membership at the local gym, and there are many other options to choose from. Workout apparel, running shoes, sporting gear or even treadmills are just some of the many choices available, but the gift should fit the recipient’s personality and lifestyle (I say that reluctantly).
Shopping for that special someone should be fun, here a few things you’ll want to take into consideration when choosing their gift:
- Have they hinted about any specific activity or items?
- Are they currently active? (You don’t want to hurt their feelings.) If not, you want to inspire and motivate.
- Do they have particular fitness interests?
Giving a fitness-related gift shows genuine interest and concern for the recipient, and from where I stand, we should be doing all we can to inspire and motivate one another. After all, momentum is to fitness what breath is to life. If you can help get your loved ones involved in an active lifestyle you will be giving a gift that last a lifetime.
Health benefits are something you just can’t put a price on. As they say in the commercial, they are “priceless.” And while you’re at it, consider giving yourself the same gift. I believe there aren’t too many things you can do without the benefit of your health. In surveys conducted by yours truly over the past 10 years, I have found the number one reason for not being physically active to be – are you ready for this?
“I don’t have time to exercise!”
This is by far the number one excuse/reason for not pursuing a physically active lifestyle. Don’t you think it’s interesting that the one thing that can actually enhance and quite possibly prolong your life is the one thing you don’t have time to do?
It is absolutely illogical, ridiculous, but alas, true! Study after study indicate as little as 30 minutes, five times per week of moderate physical activity is enough to reap numerous health benefits. A healthier you broadens your oppprtunities and options by reducing physical limitations. Give your loved one and yourself the gift of fitness this Christmas; there’s nothing like it!
“Physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” – Joseph Pilates