Do you have a loser in your life? You know around here “loser” is meant only in the best of ways – a person who is successfully making lifestyle changes, losing weight, and improving her health. Know someone like that? Let me give you some suggestions, from a loser, for some of my favorite Christmas gift ideas.
1. Pay their monthly fees. If the loser in your life is utilizing a paid program, such as Weight Watchers, purchase their passes for a month or two. It will save them some money and help them stay motivated in the weeks following the holidays when so many people are struggling to get back on track.
2. Bodybugg. Yes, this falls in the “expensive” category, but if you’re buying for a spouse or close relative, a bodybugg could be an invaluable gift. I honestly don’t think I would have been successful in my weight-loss if it hadn’t been for my bodybugg.
3. Pedometer. I heard on The Biggest Loser this week that x-number of years ago (I wasn’t paying especially close attention, but it was at least a decade), Americans used to take an average of 15,000 steps a day. Now we take less than 3,000.
It’s a proven fact that people who actively try to take at least 10,000 steps a day are healthier than their more sedentary counterparts. Often, simply being aware of how many steps you’re taking begins to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle.
4. Water bottles. Drinking 64 ounces or more of water per day helps to increase a person’s overall health and helps to lose weight by creating a feeling of satiety. It may even help to increase metabolism. Brian got me a couple of great stainless steel water bottles that I love or you can look for BPA-free plastic bottles.
5. Magazine subscription. There are so many great health and fitness magazines out there. Subscribe to one that fits your loser’s tastes (two of my favorites are Runner’s World and Fitness). The great thing about a magazine subscription is that it provides new motivation every month.
6. Cookbook. A cookbook full of tasty, healthy, nutritious recipes in an invaluable gift because it’s always easier to make lifelong changes when you realize that healthy really can taste good and when you can find nutritious recipes that the whole family enjoys.
7. Inspirational books. When my motivation is waning, it’s always nice to pull out an inspiring read. I love all of The Biggest Loser books. I’ve got the Success Secrets one sitting on my bookshelf right now to keep me encouraged.
8. Workout gear. Some great walking shoes, a dri-fit shirt, some workout pants, or even a good sport bra will all be welcomed by someone trying to lead a more active, healthy lifestyle…especially if she is at the beginning of her weight-loss journey because, let me just tell you, it’s hard to find larger sized workout clothes.
9. Gym membership. Again, this could get pricey, but even some day passes or a month’s membership helps.
10. Equipment. Many of us find it very difficult to get to the gym, so at-home workout equipment is so important. Whether it be a big-ticket item – like a treadmill or an elliptical – or something on a much smaller scale – like dumbbells, a kettle bell, stability ball or workout DVDs – equipment to help make it easier, more feasible, and more fun to workout at home is always appreciated.
What items would you add to a great Christmas wish list for the loser in your life – even if it’s you?
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