As you prepare for the holidays, I know the top question on your mind is, “What healthy, fitnessy gift can I give my mom/dad/sister/brother/best friend/mail man?” Well friends, we’re here for you! As you head out on your quest to check items off of your holiday to-buy list, keep these fun fitness items in mind!
101 Things To Do Before You Diet
A play on the also-awesome books of the 100 Things to Do Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See Before You Die variety, 101 Things to Do Before You Diet is a new set of diet rules to live by. With 101 (surprise!) tips, tricks and figure-flattering solutions, the author’s goal is to show the reader how small changes to your lifestyle can impact your look and your life in a major way. With an insanely sane and FBG-like approach to eating right and working out, this book is perfect for anyone who has hinted that they’d like to improve their appearance. (Comment below for a chance to win it!)
10 Minute Solutions – Pilates
I have a love/hate relationship with Pilates. I tend to love it live, in a class, but I tend to get bored with Pilates DVDs. The fix? 10 Minute Solutions, with toning ball. Ten minute, easy-to-digest segments with an accessory? It’s the perfect way to spice up what can be a repetitive practice. (I know it’s effective, but doesn’t it feel like you’re always doing the same moves?) This is the perfect gift for a Pilates lover or Pilates-lover-wannabe because the ball is a great accessory to have around. My dog fah-reaked out on me because I had to blow the ball up (one second it was this flat boring object, the next it was BALL! BARK!), but other than that entertaining distraction, I thoroughly enjoyed the workout. It always amazes me how Pilates gets you burning so quickly, and this one definitely did. The DVD incorporates Pilates from head to toe, and I learned several new and awesome moves. Two thumbs up!
The Shake Weight
Looking for that perfect white elephant gift for your friendly gift exchange? We’ve got the gift for you! The Shake Weight, which does work your arms, is also just too funny to take very seriously. The 2.5-pound dumbbell is big and wobbly, and I’ve yet to meet someone who thinks that using one looks G-rated. At just $19.95, the Shake Weight makes a funny gift, but make sure the recipient has a good sense of humor.
As any seasoned yogi will tell you, yoga is not just for the hippity-dippity. Yoga can be a serious physical and mental workout. Now, Yogaletics is available for the serious athlete in your life. With the collaboration of a sports trainer, Yogaletics is for athletes who want to improve performance, build a better body and decrease injury. The Yogaletics DVD is filmed in an industrialized gym setting with modern music—perfect for those who may not be into the more spiritual yoga practice. The entire set includes the DVDs, a mat, yoga straps and a block, giving athletes a full yoga kit. If you have an athlete in your life who doesn’t always make time for stretching or thinks yoga is an easy workout, this kit will set them straight (and bendy).
I know many women who swear by Spanx, the body-shaping undergarments. But what about the men? Now, promising both health, cosmetic and sport benefits, the Equmen Core Precision Undershirt enters the picture. The shirt claims to use athletic compression technology to improve posture, support the back and slim the core. The moisture-wicking fabric promises comfort while giving a more streamlined look for the gentleman in your life. Also available? Underwear to support the male tush in your life!
Groove Ear Buds
I’ve shared my enduring problems with finding the right ear buds for my freakishly small ears. Even my marshmallow headphones stopped working after a period of time. Now I’ve added another pair to my quest for the perfect bud, the Groove by 2XL. These hanger buds are designed to fit to the head, not jammed into the ears, to avoid harmful bacteria that can be found on in-ear buds (um, gross). I love the adjustable fit of these buds: You can swivel the entire hook around to where it needs to be. Fancy!
Daisy Fuentes Pilates
Need a new game for your Wii? Try Daisy Fuentes Pilates (and comment below for a chance to win your own copy!) You don’t need a Wii balance board to get your Pilates session going, but you do have the option of using one. The game is simple to start up with an easy-to-navigate menu and options. While the exercises are great Pilates classics, I do wish that Daisy coached a little more as I did the exercises. Instead, I’d just get a red light when I wasn’t going fast or slow enough. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a great Pilates workout for all levels, if you don’t mind a cartoon character coach instead of a real person.
And for the perfect last-minute item, check out the FBG store! With a massive variety of tees, tanks, underwear, boxers and hoodies (and the brand-new “I don’t glisten, I sweat” performance tees), you can find the right gift to complete any friend’s fitness wardrobe! And, for a limited time, get free holiday shipping, too. Enter coupon code FREESHIP1 at checkout!
Leave a comment within the next week, and we’ll pick two readers to win 101 Things to Do Before You Diet or Daisy’s Pilates workout for the Wii. If you don’t have a Wii, let us know if you’re only entering for the book. All winners will be notified by email. U.S. residents only please! —Erin & Jenn