Healthy Life­style

Look for gadgets or ser­vices that get peo­ple mov­ing.

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Ro­bust gift­ing ideas

Agift that ben­e­fits health can have a last­ing im­pact. It may be es­pe­cially help­ful to some­one who wouldn’t nor­mally pur­chase such an item or doesn’t know about avail­able op­tions. A few guide­lines to keep in mind: The gift should be easy to use. Con­sider the re­ceiver’s in­ter­ests, and ac­com­mo­date pre­vi­ous in­juries, surg­eries, med­i­cal con­di­tions, or func­tional lim­i­ta­tions.

A wear­able fit­ness mon­i­tor is help­ful to track ev­ery­thing from heart rate to the num­ber of steps walked per day. You’ll find it at sports’ stores.

1 Ser­vices Health club mem­ber­ships pro­mote year-round health, but they can be pricey. Al­ter­nately, con­sider a gift cer­tifi­cate for a few ses­sions with a per­sonal trainer. Costs vary, but you can find lower ones too. Look for a per­sonal trainer who’s cer­ti­fied.

2 Gadgets A wear­able fit­ness mon­i­tor is help­ful to track ev­ery­thing from heart rate to the num­ber of steps walked per day. You’ll find it at sports’ stores. Al­ter­nately, an au­to­matic pill dis­penser makes stick­ing to a med­i­ca­tion reg­i­men eas­ier for some­one who takes sev­eral pills daily. The de­vices are avail­able in drug­stores and on­line.

An ex­er­cise class makes a good gift, es­pe­cially if you of­fer to come along. Some­times peo­ple are more in­clined to ex­er­cise with com­pany. Plus, hav­ing some­one with you adds an el­e­ment of safety, and you can share a com­mon goal.

3 Work­out equip­ment

For peo­ple who like to ex­er­cise at home, con­sider giv­ing a new set of re­sis­tance bands, hand weights, a yoga mat, or ex­er­cise clothes with fi­bres that wick away mois­ture.

4 Classes

An ex­er­cise class makes a good gift, es­pe­cially if you of­fer to come along. Some­times peo­ple are more in­clined to ex­er­cise with com­pany. Plus, hav­ing some­one with you adds an el­e­ment of safety, and you can share a com­mon goal. Con­sider tai chi, ball­room dance, or yoga. Classes are usu­ally sold in pack­ages. You’ll find them in ex­er­cise stu­dios, hos­pi­tals, and com­mu­nity cen­tres.

5 In­for­ma­tion

Don’t for­get the gift of knowl­edge. Give a yearly sub­scrip­tion of a health mag­a­zine. There are re­ports on dozens of top­ics, each of­fer­ing in­sight and ad­vice for im­prov­ing your health, such as gain­ing bet­ter bal­ance, boost­ing en­ergy, and los­ing weight.

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