Sunday, 16 December 2012

Fitness Christmas Gift Guide

I recorded this video a few weeks ago on some Christmas gift ideas:



I apologise for it being such a rush job then but thanks to my
 friends over at Fitter London just releasing their first book (which is a great Christmas present idea), I’m making up for it with two blog posts ☺ 

I’ll start off with the more affordable options: 

  1. Fitness/Health Magazine Subscription
    I’m reading the latest issue of Red magazine and saw a subscription flyer for Red and a few other magazines including Women’s Health and/or Women’s Fitness. As it’s Christmas season, they’re offering a year’s subscription at heavily discounted rates – perfect time to get yourself and a friend one ;)
    Why this gift? Fitness/Nutrition news & articles, workout ideas, fitness deals & offers, workout gear, exercise class reviews, weight loss stories and more!
    - Women’s Health
    - Women’s Fitness
    - Zest
  2. Gift Vouchers
    If you’re not sure exactly what to get – shoes, tops, leggings, sports bras, accessories, the list goes on – this is the gift for you. Take advantage of the Christmas sales, a £20 voucher will go much further than it usually would. I personally go for stores that sell various brands as I like to mix and match my gym wear. I like c9 by Champion tops, Nike or Idealogy (and when I can finally afford them – Lulu Lemon) leggings, Asics shoes… you get the idea.
    Why this gift? It's easy! The only thought you have to put into this is how much you’re ready to spend ;)
    - Sports Direct/Lillywhites (UK)
    - Nike (UK & USA)
    - Target *for the c9 by Champion range* (USA)
    - Sweaty Betty (UK)
    - Lulu Lemon (UK & USA)
    - Macys (USA)
    - Dick’s Sporting Goods (USA)
    - Modells (USA)
  3. Exercise Classes
    Someone recently bought his friend a block of 10 Fitter London classes as a birthday gift. I think this is such a good gift idea. So many people need that motivation to get back in shape in the New Year and most companies have offers at this time of year to make them more appealing.
    I love classes as the atmosphere always keeps me motivated and I don't have to think about my workout plan, someone else does the work. All I have to do is wake up, show up and sweat!

    Look out for offers on flash deal sites eg Groupon, Living Social, etc but before that check out the Fitter London options: £60 for a month of unlimited classes, £85 for 10 classes.
    I’ll let you know if there’s a Fitter London offer in January ☺
    - Fitter London
    - Yoga eg Bikram, Hot, Vinyasa,, etc
    - Dance classes eg Zumba
  4. Workout DVD
    This is a great idea for someone you know WILL use this. I remember buying myself a Tae Bo DVD and using it for a couple of months before giving up. The poor DVD gathered dust until a few years later when I used it again for more than a couple of months.
    This is a great gift idea for:
    a. someone who is dedicated and motivated enough to workout on their own.
    b. Or someone you plan to do this with so you can motivate each other.
    c. And also someone who cannot afford the money or the time to train at a gym or exercise class.

    With this, you need to put some thought into what DVD you get. How fit is your friend? Does he/she exercise often? Have any injuries? Health conditions that they need medical go-ahead?
    - Jillian Michaels (Read more for the options available)
     
    - Cardio Kickboxing (Jeanette Jenkins)
    More Advanced
    - P90x
    - Insanity Workout
  5. Recipe Book
    There are quite a few healthy recipe books out there which show that healthy eating can be easy and tasty. Some of them are a bit pricy but very worth it. This is a good gift for someone who wants to make healthy eating more interesting and also enjoys, or is interested in, cooking.

    Everyday Paleo
    I got this as a birthday gift last year and I love it. Not only did it give me a whole new set of meals to try out, it also gave me some ideas on how to tweak Nigerian meals to make them healthier.


    Fitter Food (A Lifelong Recipe for Health & Fat Loss)
    After months of hard work, Keris and Matt of Fitter London are now done with their book and it's available for pre-order (click on the image below). I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I highly recommend it :)

The next post will be on the more pricy options so stay tuned.
I'll also share any other gift ideas I come across leading up to Christmas day.

1 comment:

The Frugal Exerciser said...

Cool thanks for your list and I like the breakdown of the vendors in the USA and the UK.