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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Dec 4, 2017 | The Pointe

The popular slogan, “the gift that keeps on giving”, has been used for many years to promote items that last. This holiday season consider this slogan when choosing gifts for family, friends, and most importantly, yourself. There are a variety of ways to give fitness, but there is only one way to give that gift to yourself.

When considering gifts in general a quick rundown of gifts that don’t last include items such as any type of food (chocolates, candies, jellies, jams, cookies, meats, cheeses, etc.), flowers, and perfume. These types of gifts don’t lessen the thought, which does count, but don’t fit this issue’s narrative. Gifts that keep on giving and promote better health are abundant in today’s tech world and there are some ‘old-fashioned’ options as well.

When considering gifts for others, today’s technology offers a maze of fitness trackers of all shapes, sizes, and prices. Features will vary from one to another, so it’s important to know what your gift recipient’s needs might be. For beginners a simple activity tracker may be just the motivation they need. Competing with one’s self from day to day to increase steps or calories burned is a great way to improve health through increased activity. Other features include GPS, heart rate monitor, waterproof, and no need for smartphone pairing. Some of the additional features may benefit individuals with more experience that would like more detailed tracking of their activity for motivation.

Fitness trackers can be extremely useful for many, but there are other types of gifts that can be just as helpful. There was a time when information could be obtained from things called books…..wait…..books still exist! Handing a friend a book about fitness may not send the message that your thought intends. The reaction could be similar to handing them a book on how to clean a house or how to pick out stylish clothes. However, if you have a friend or family member that is interested in a specific fitness topic, a book can be a wonderful gift that would last. Specific topics on strength training or marathon and triathlon training can give your gift recipient information that they may not have seen before. Those that are training can always learn from others. Books, although archaic to some, can be very useful.

Now that you have a couple of ideas on how to give the gift of fitness, it’s time to focus on you. Whether you purchase a fitness center membership, a fitness tracker, books about training, or home fitness equipment, there is only one way to truly give yourself the gift of fitness. The only way to give yourself the gift that keeps on giving is through consistency. No matter the mode of exercise, consistently performing it is the only way to reap the benefits. This holiday season give gifts that keep on giving and give yourself the gift of fitness.

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