All those holiday parties can lead to weight gain and bad habits. Luckily, Get-Fit Guy has 10 holiday gift ideas to help you and your loved ones with fitness, weight loss, muscle gain, and healthy living.
#3. Cool Fat Burner – In the episode Tips For Burning More Fat With Cold, you learn that cold exposure can help boost your metabolism by both lowering blood sugar and increasing formation of very metabolically active Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT). While you can certainly take cold baths, cold showers, or swim in cold pools, I’m also a fan of wearing a vest called a Cool Fat Burner, which allows you to place specially designed cold packs on your upper back and shoulder blades – two areas where BAT tends to be highest. I simply wear a Cool Fat Burner vest for about 20-45 minutes in the morning as I’m hanging around the house or eating breakfast.
#4. Gymstick – Regular Get-Fit Guy readers know that I’m a big fan of portable exercise gear, and the Gymstick certainly falls into that category. As a simple lightweight aluminum bar with elastic tubing and handles attached to either end, the Gymstick allows you to do a muscle toning or balance workout just about anywhere. I keep one in my car and do a series of exercises when traveling. Here’s a video of me demonstrating how to use the Gymstick for a chest, butt, and core routine.
#5. FIT 10 – Here is yet another portable travel exercise device that can also easily be used as an addition to a home gym. The FIT 10 attaches to any door, and allows you to “sprint” in place (which is a fantastic calorie-burning and testosterone-building exercise). You can also do standing crunches and straight arm pulldowns that work your chest, back, abs, and arms.
#6. Fitbit – The Fitbit is a simple wireless device that you wear during the day, and it records data such as the number of steps you’ve taken, calories burned, hours of sleep, and more! It is both a good way to inspire you to stay physically active, and also to learn about your health and what your body is actually doing while you’re awake and asleep. The device also comes with a phone app, a website account, and other tools you can use to upload, track, and share your activity. If you’re trying to lose weight or learn more about how many calories you’re burning, the Fitbit is a great tool.
#7. ElliptiGO – No holiday fitness shopping list would be complete without a “big ticket” item. The ElliptiGO is very similar to the elliptical trainers you might see at the gym, but it has wheels and it is designed to be used outdoors similarly to a bicycle – with far less joint impact or knee and low back stress. As a matter of fact, many competitive runners, marathoners, and triathletes (such as myself) use the ElliptiGO to not just get around or burn calories, but also as a very effective form of cross-training. This type of machine is perfect as an alternative means of transportation, something to use if you’re bored of bicycling, or as a way to run less but still stay fit for running.