Give the Gift of Health

GiftHealthby Kimberly Olson

Branching out from traditional gifts and encouraging an active lifestyle is a great way to spread positivity and wellness. Gifts related to health and fitness will be much appreciated by athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone who is trying to be fit and healthy. You can also give such gifts to promote health to the people you care about that are transitioning to a more active lifestyle.

There are a lot of gift options to choose from, but the perfect gift of health will consider the person’s interests, needs and hobbies. Here are a few ideas to get you going:

Relaxation Treats

Being treated by a spa treatment, aromatherapy or a full body massage are great ways to break free from stress and rejuvenate the mind and body. Gift certificates to these relaxing treats are wonderful options. You can also opt to buy relaxation and meditation CDs or DVDs.

Books or Magazine Subscriptions

Additional knowledge on wellness is always useful. Try giving books or magazines on health, nutrition and fitness. You can buy books and magazines online and in bookstores, or purchase magazine subscriptions.

Gift Certificates

A person who enjoys group activities will love to join classes for Yoga, Pilates, aerobic exercises, dances or martial arts. A gift certificate will give them the opportunity to learn a new type of exercise or activity without plunging into a membership or monthly cost right away.

For someone who would like to try a new sport or wants additional training, gift certificates to a sports class, such as rock climbing, is a good gift option. Depending on their interest, choose the right type of sport that they will surely enjoy. If you’re not sure, check with someone close to them and see if they can innocently find out.

Exercise DVDs

As a gift, exercise DVDs are available for individuals who are not interested in outdoor or gym activities, or are more comfortable working out at home. There are DVDs for kickboxing, Yoga, cardio dance, aerobics and even for exercises for specific conditions. It pays to check if the DVDs are made by reliable fitness organizations or experts and also take a look at online reviews.

Gym Memberships

A gym membership for a few months or a year can encourage a person to engage in physical activities. Be sure to choose a gym with the type of amenities that will match the receiver’s interests and that the gym has certified and reliable trainers on staff if the person is new to the gym atmosphere.

Exercise Equipment and Clothes

Exercise equipment and items such as stability balls, hand-held weights, exercise bands, squeeze balls, Yoga or Pilates mats, pedometers or heart rate monitors are great gifts. Workout clothes, towels, water bottles, sports accessories and safety gear are other valuable options.

Food, Kitchen Appliances and Tools

Diet and exercise come hand-in-hand, so kitchen appliances or kitchen tools that allow for easier preparation of healthy foods is a good way to go.

Sessions with a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist

One-on-one sports or exercise training with a certified fitness professional, or a session with a nutritionist is a thoughtful gift that will make a person feel special. Although a personalized approach to fitness and health is more expensive, it’s absolutely worth it.

Sign up and Pay for Fitness Events

Pay the registration fee for competitive and noncompetitive events such as a running or cycling race, triathlons or a “Warrior Dash” is an ideal gift for individuals who often participate in such events. Know their schedule and make sure that they are interested in participating in the event prior to purchasing.

If you are not sure what to give, get ideas from their loved ones and friends. If all else fails, try asking the person directly or indirectly. This way, you will be sure that your gift is something that they will be delighted to receive.


Nutrition and fitness expert Kimberly Olson, PhD, CNC is the creator of FitKim, a nutrition and fitness blog that teaches people how easy it is to be healthy.



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