One of the coolest fitness tools is the kettlebell, which burns calories and strengthens muscles simultaneously. It's a great gift either for home use or for the fitness buff using it in the gym.
Foam rollers are the poor man's massage therapist because they work out post-exercise muscle soreness, increase circulation and hasten recovery.
Present a gym membership to a loved one who just can't seem to get motivated but wants to be active and needs professional support.
For someone who wants to move their fitness to the next level, consider giving sessions of personal training.
You'll never go wrong wrapping up equipment that supports an active life. Examples include bike helmet, backpack, survival kit, lantern, hiking boots, ski gear, gardening tools, polarizing sunglasses, GPS navigation, hula hoop, skates, baseball glove and golf gear.
Ear buds that stay put in the music lover's ear will motivate any runner or walker -- and are now available for the lap swimmer.
Thrill the techies on your list with an activity tracker. They'll love the instant gratification of having feedback of their efforts at their fingertips.
From the novice to the athlete, a massage therapy certificate will be one of the most appreciated gifts. Massage benefits can never be underestimated in their ability to manage daily stress and aid in circulation and muscle recovery.
There are plenty of healthy apps available to assist in the quest for an energetic life. They can count calories, motivate, track activity, de-stress and even offer up healthy recipes.
A gift from the heart
Whether the people on your list are young or old, active or not, wrap up a fit gift for the ones you love. While good health will never magically appear beneath your tree, the tools and the motivation to acquire it certainly can.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to cindys...@aol.com. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.