With the holidays almost here, you’re likely faced with a seemingly endless variety of gift ideas and choices: Should you spring for the latest gadget? Are the kids at an age where they’ll actually wear the clothes you get for them?
This holiday season, however, why not consider buying a present that is not only enjoyable, but promotes health and fitness? The truth is that good health is the best gift you can give anyone, and, as the orthopedic doctors and sports medicine experts at IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health know well, proper fitness can be promoted in many fun and exciting ways.
So what are some options?
- Pedometer: This makes for a great stocking-stuffer because of how light-weight it is. Pedometers count how many steps you take so you can keep track on a daily basis. Some models even monitor the amount of sleep of you're getting, and are Blue-tooth accessible.
- Moon shoes: These pairs of shoes, mounted on mini-trampolines, are much loved by children everywhere. The “anti-gravity” effect of wearing them helps develop coordination and balance, and also exercises leg muscle groups.
- Trampoline: A trampoline is a great addition to any yard. It’ll be easier for you to convince the kids to get out of the house, and, without them even noticing, they’ll be developing muscle groups and balance, while getting a nice aerobic workout to boot.
- Bicycle: A bike is a can't-miss gift for kids of all ages. They’re a great way to get around, and to work out the legs, lungs and core.
- Barbells: These come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and are just as fitting for the body-builder in your life as for the more casual fitness enthusiast.
- Tread mill desk: This is a newer product, designed to allow you to walk or jog as you work at a desk. Americans tend to spend too long sitting during the day as we work on our laptops or PCs. Now, your home office can serve as a mini-gym.
- Jump rope: Lightweight and durable, these take up virtually no space and allow for a quick aerobic workout wherever, whenever.
- Step mill: You often see these machines at gyms, and they offer a great way to get some aerobic exercise into your routine. Most can be adjusted based on desired resistance, and can also motivate you during workouts.
- Badminton set: Badminton is a fun family game that requires speed and agility. With just a little backyard space, you’ll be able to have hours of healthy fun.
- Gift certificate for the gym: If someone you love needs extra motivation to start leading a healthier lifestyle, this just might be the perfect way to get them going.
As Honolulu's top experts in osteopathic manipulation, performance optimization, wellness coaching and orthopedics, the folks at IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health know that healthy living is a continual process. These gift ideas can make that process all the more enjoyable, improving quality of life in an immeasurable way.
To learn more about what IMUA can do for you, or to get more tips about health and fitness gifts, feel free to call them at (808) 521-8170. More information is also available online.