‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! If you are looking for gifts for your fitness-minded friend or you want to add some wellness to your wish list, keep reading! Below you will find a few favorite fitness and wellness items that can add some healthy to your holiday. I do not get anything for these links (other than Reuna Fitness gift cards!).
The Gift of Good Sleep
Sleep is everything!!! Give someone you love - including yourself! - items that may improve sleep. A weighted blanket has been shown to reduce anxiety and may improve sleep quality in some people. I have one on my wish list for this year. (Check out social media for an upcoming post about the one I currently own that doesn't quite work for me.) Other sleep enhancing items include a white noise machine, noise-masking ear buds, and smaller items such as lavender sleep spray, a sleep mask, herbal teas, etc.
Easy Portions & Storage
Online Pampered Chef party invitations happen frequently. I don’t always attend but I’m glad I did several months ago. I bought the 1-cup prep bowl set and I absolutely love them! I use them when I want to bring a small snack to my desk. I use them to store chopped onion or bell pepper. I use them to portion out overnight oats. I use them all of the time!
With so many water bottles, jugs, and mugs on the market, you can find something for anyone. My hydration habit is supported by my Yeti. I love the Yeti 30 oz tumbler that I received from my sister-in-law for Christmas a couple of years ago. Why am I fan? It’s dishwasher safe, durable (I’ve dropped it more than once…), holds 30oz of water, keeps it COLD, AND it fits in my cup holder.
Write It Out
Taking pen to paper has always been a way to unwind thoughts, sort out feelings, and figure out a path forward. Journals for every aesthetic and desired focus are out there for you to find - everything from gratitude and fitness journals to travel or eating adventure journals. I plan to purchase the 2023 Self-Care Journal from Self-Love Rainbow. It's only $10 and supports a small business.
A great massage therapist cannot be replaced but a massage gun can help between appointments. These handheld miracle workers can loosen stiff muscles and improve blood flow. They are great to use during the warm-up before training or in between sessions to help with recovery. Reuna Fitness clients have access to the Ekrin Athletics B37. Find one that fits your preferences and budget. Check out this review of five top-rated massage guns.
Resistance Training Anywhere
You all know I’m a fan of the bands! Resistance bands are inexpensive, versatile and effective. An easy way to expand what you can do at home and on the go is to buy a couple of resistance band sets. And one of the ways to get more exercise variety from your resistance bands is to use an anchor. While a door anchor can work in some spaces, sometimes the door and the space around just doesn’t work. I purchased these wall brackets to solve that problem in my gym (formerly known as Tony’s garage). Since they come in a pack of three, you can easily create high, mid, and low anchor points and they work with flat bands or resistance tubing with handles.
Slam Ball = Stress Reliever
Slamming a ball against the concrete as hard as you can is not only fun but develops power – an important component of muscle function. A slam ball is a medicine ball that is filled with sand so that it doesn’t bounce when it makes contact with the floor. They can be used in many of the ways a traditional medicine ball can be used. Plus, you can hurl them at the floor and not worry about the rebound catching you in the face! I have a 15 pound ball but you can get a lighter or heavier one depending on your goals.
Find Your Balance
Balance training is a crucial component of fitness programming, especially for those over 60. It goes beyond single leg standing. Sometimes introducing an uneven surface can be beneficial. The balance pad is a simple way to do this. It can be used to decrease stability while standing or during exercises that you’ve perfected - like the bird dog or elbow plank.
Speaking of balance, I'm working on a small group program aimed at improving balance and power for those over 65. If you or someone you know would be interested in this, submit your name and e-mail address below and I'll send you more information in a few weeks.
So Many Ways to Support Local
Farmer’s Markets may not have an abundance of produce like they do in the summer but right now you can buy all sorts of other products like soaps, honey, dried flower arrangements, spice blends, etc. And instead of giving or receiving generic gift cards, what about gift cards to a local restaurant or a specialty grocery store?
You don’t have to wait until January to join a local fitness center or purchase gift certificates for personal training. A lot of group fitness studios have trial offers and trainers may have a starter package or other limited time offers. You will support a local business before the holidays and start building exercise consistency before the new year! That's win-win!
Reuna Fitness has online gift cards available. Gift card purchases will be applied to personal training packages. Contact me with any questions or check out my services page to learn more.
Springfield East Jazzercise currently offers a two week trial for $49. It's perfect to try a few classes. I teach a 30-minute class at noon twice per week and sub occasionally. Come dance with me!
If this post inspired you to add some wellness to your wish list, let me know. Share it with a friend if you found it helpful. Cheers to having a joyful holiday season!