If you are trying to figure out a last minute Christmas Gift, here are some ideas for your fitness minded loved ones.
A foam roller is one of the tools that I have to use on a consistent basis, and if you have used one long enough, I am sure you feel the same way. It’s not always fun to use, but it does make you feel much better after you use it.
Pros: This is a great way to release tight muscles in the legs, hips, and back. It’s simple, quick, and you can do it yourself pretty quickly.
Cons: You have to know that it is the right thing to do for yourself before you start using it. Occasionally we run across clients that we recommend stay away from specific stretches for their safety.
The foam roller is a great tool when used properly, but make sure someone takes a few minutes to explain to you how to use it properly.
Source: Medical Fitness Pros $35
call us at 281-500-6055
I’ve been playing with the this watch for a few weeks now, and I really do like it. It’s not perfect, but it does offer some unique features that you just can’t find with other watches.
Keeps track of workout time, types of workouts, heart rate, calories burned, etc…
Tracks the type of activity I am doing, plus gives me route I take on a map (shows streets, etc..) while walking, running, and cycling via GPS
Monitors my step count and calories burned throughout the day
Let’s me sync my phone with it to listen to music
Can pull in Facebook, Twitter, and text message updates as well as phone calls. (I don’t use these features, personally)
Can download golf courses and track my distance to the hole, score, etc…
As much of a tech geek as I am, even for me it’s a bit overkill at times. I have no desire to have my facebook and twitter updates to come to me via my watch.
It does require charging every other day if you are actively using it.
Source: Motorola $149.99 and up
This is another great tool for releasing tight muscles. The most common way people use this device is associated with neck pain, however it can be used for the entire body.
Pros: Simple way to release tight muscles. Easy to pack and travel with.
Cons: It’s not always used correctly by people. You have to realize that you are dealing with nerves in the neck area, and you can hurt yourself.
As with all things, make sure it is an appropriate exercise for you.
Source: The Back Store @ LaCenterra still has some
This is a really unique device. Jawbone came out with device a while back but had to recall them; this is the second release of them. The problem with the first ones was determined that they were not waterproof nor flexible enough. This lead to components getting damaged in the unit. The new device is still not waterproof (But they do warn you about that this time) but it is more flexible.
Pros: This is a great activity watch. It tracks your movement and syncs with your iphone or ipad.
I believe it also helps you monitor your sleep patterns as well, which is rather unique.
It comes in a variety of colors, which makes it easier to wear than a bulky watch.
Cons: At this time it is only iphone or Ipad compatible; android devices are not compatible.
It is not waterproof, so you have to remember to take it off.
It does need to be charged.
Source: Jawbone $129.99
TRX Suspension Trainer
I have heard more and more people gifting this item. For those of you who work out with us at Medical Fitness Pros, you have probably used the TRX suspension trainer once or twice. It is a great device with a ton of variability for a variety of exercises.
Pros: This device does everything. You can work out the entire body relatively easily with just simple adjustments.
Great for fitness levels from injured to advanced.
Easy to travel with and workout inside or outside.
Cons: Mounting it can be an issue. It has a door mount, but how secure it feels depends on the door.
You still need to learn exercises and routines to get the most out of it.
Personally I have one that my wife and I use when we travel. We absolutely love it for working out outside.
Source: Fitness Anywhere Regular $199.95 and up (use coupon code TRXNOW for 20% off today; not sure how long it will last).
Zoko Single Pop Maker
I admit, I have never used this device, but I still thought it was a great thing to share. It seems like everywhere we turn, Popsicles and other treats are loaded with high fructose corn syrup. This is a great way to make your own that only has the ingredients you want in them.
Pros: Add fruit or your own juice for a healthy treat.
Small size so you don’t eat too much at once.
Comes in a variety of colors.
Cons: Probably has a learning curve on what things make great popsicles.
Like I mentioned, I haven’t tried these yet, but I would love to hear your opinions of what you think about them. I know other products like this exist already, so I’m curious to know how you feel this compares to other products you have tried.
Source: Williams Sonoma
Personal Training Gift Certificates
Pros: You can either choose a certain denomination or purchase a group of sessions. Either way, it can be customized with as much or as little details as you would like.
You are setting up your loved one to work with the top trainers in the Katy area. You can’t go wrong with that!
Cons: The gift is for someone else, which means you still need to purchase some sessions for yourself.
Source: Medical Fitness Pros or call 281-500-6055. Amount is up to you. Just let us know how much you would like the gift certificate to be.