What to Buy for Fitness Lovers for Christmas?

Shopping at Christmas time is a bit of a chore for many people. Coming up with the perfect idea is hard.

Fitness gifts can be a good choice… PROVIDED the person will not be offended. If you are shopping for someone sensitive about their weight, it might be better to get something else. But if they’ve been commenting on how much they want to get fit, and seem sincere, not the type to take offense that you noticed, fitness gifts can be extremely welcome.

Most budgets won’t allow for anything fancy, such as a treadmill. However, there are a lot of things you can buy that will help with working out at home and not be expensive.

Fitness Balls

As a parent, I love my exercise ball. Not only can I work out on it, my kids love playing with it too. I just have to be careful that they don’t abuse it too much.

Yoga Gear

Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise and relaxation. Most people will enjoy both. Much of the gear is quite affordable.

There are a lot of options when you want to help someone with their home gym that are extremely affordable. For the person in your life who is genuinely interested in improving their fitness, it can be a great gift choice.

“As Seen on TV”… Worth It?

My husband detests products from infomercials. He figures if something ends up with the “As Seen on TV” label, it’s likely to be low quality. He knows there are exceptions, but considers this to be true for the most part.

Exercise equipment is often advertised on television. There are plenty of infomercials touting the latest equipment, from large pieces to small. And of course all of it is one of the secrets to fitness.

But do they really work? Are they worth it?

I’ll admit to a fondness for the Gazelle and similar products. I’ve used them, they’re fun, and they do a decent job. You can shift your balance so that you work different muscle groups. They also aren’t badly priced.

I always like shopping for these things on sites such as Amazon, where you can get consumer reviews on them, rather than relying on the hype presented in the infomercials. Products such as the Billy Blanks Boot Camp are quite well rated by reviewers. Other products definitely justify my husband’s opinion.

The key factor to buying any exercise equipment is to remember that it’s up to you to make it work, even if you buy the best product, beloved by dozens of reviewers. Many infomercials make claims that can get them in trouble with the FTC.

There’s no such thing as effortless weight loss or fitness. You have to work at it.

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A Personal Trainer to Go

Ever wish you could have a personal trainer help you? You don’t have to hire one if you try a service such as Podfitness, which you can check out on the Podfitness Homepage.

Their service is quite interesting. You get fitness routines customized to your profile, which you can download to your iPod or MP3 player. You can even choose a trainer as well as the music you work out to. You are limited t 3 workouts per day, but that should be plenty for most people.

And best of all, you can try it free for 10 days. You’ll have to share your credit card information, as with any trial, but you can cancel if you find the service is just not for you.

Do You Need Fitness Gadgets?

Tracking your stats is one of the challenges of working out. That is where gadgets can be a lot of fun. They give you some solid numbers to work with. But they are not always cheap.

Take the CS600, for example. It’s a great gadget for keeping track of your heart rate and the speed of your bicycle. It’s a great way to know how you are performing, giving you numbers rather than just a feeling. It sends the data wirelessly to your computer.

But it can cost up to about $700 from what I’m seeing on Amazon. This tool gives you a ton of information to help you with your training, but it is decidedly not for amateurs. Continue reading “Do You Need Fitness Gadgets?”