We spend a lot of time thinking about other people this time of year. Whether it’s shopping for gifts, organizing a food drive or gathering toys for a needy family, there are plenty of things to keep you focused on others. That’s a good thing–genuine unselfishness is one of the keys to real happiness in life. (Maybe the best part of the holiday season is the greater concern for others everyone seems to have this time of year.)
While it’s good–even essential–to think about other people, you need to remember to think about yourself during the busy holiday season. Want an easy way to make number one a priority this December? Give yourself a healthy gift.
Why Healthy Gifts?
When you’re trying to reward yourself, why should you give yourself a healthy gift instead of splurging on something indulgent? Why not a giant block of chocolate or a new Blu Ray player? When you think about this, healthy gifts are actually the only ones that are actually satisfying. Healthy gifts improve the overall quality of your life and enjoy every moment.
Here are some of the most popular healthy gifts you can give yourself this holiday season.
Heart Rate Monitor
If you’re trying to keep track of your calories, having a heart rate monitor is essential. Using a heart monitor allows you to track calories burned and keep in your target heart rate zone. Heart reate monitors range in price from around $20 for a very basic one to several hundred dollars depending on what features you want.
Not ready for a heart rate monitor? Take it down a step–by tracking your steps. Pedometers are simple, inexpensive ways to track how much you move during a day. This can be an easy method of making sure you’re moving enough.
Here’s a thought: give yourself the gift of extra calories. Take a walk during your lunch break or in the evening to burn 100 more calories per day. That’s like losing a bonus pound per month and 12 pounds per year!
Do you eat breakfast? It’s one of the most important meals of the day and the key to jump-starting your weight loss. If you have a hard time forcing yourself to cook breakfast, consider trying a meal replacement shake–they’re a great way to start your day on a nutritious step.
New Workout Shoes
Sometimes, all we need to get us back in the gym is a little novelty. Go shopping and buy yourself a new pair of workout shoes to make exercising again a little more exciting.
How about a new gym membership to go with those gym shoes? The holidays are an excellent time to buy a new membership to the gym. Often, gyms are rushing to make year-end quotas so they’re willing to make a deal. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself!
A Diet Plan
Want to really give yourself a healthy gift that will last well past the holiday season? Give yourself a custom-developed diet plan. Are you trying to gain muscle or lose fat? Are you training for a marathon? Developing a custom diet plan takes a little bit of effort, but you’re worth it especially this time of year.
We’ll go into how to develop a diet plan that lasts soon (keep checking the blog!), but in the meantime, you can contact one of our diet coaches to have one of them help you design your own weight loss plan for free. Simply call us at 1-877-485-1030, and we’ll help you review your diet and develop a plan to get in shape. Call today and give yourself a gift that will last!