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Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Santa always has great gift ideas, but are you still trying to finish your holiday gift list? Give your loved ones a gift of good health. .

Santa always has great gift ideas, but are you still trying to finish your holiday gift list? Try something new this holiday season. Forget that basket of homemade cookies or fudge this year. Give your loved ones a gift of good health that will help them stay active and eat a little better.

Here are five healthy holiday gift ideas that your family and friends will actually enjoy:

VIDEO GAMES

Did he say video games? Yes, but not the kind that give your thumbs a workout while you sit on a couch. We’re talking about motion-activated video game systems that get you moving. These game systems get everyone up on their feet and moving with interactive games. Whether you’re rushing down a ski slope, playing tennis or dancing to the music, these games will help get your heart pumping and burn a few calories while everyone enjoys the fun.

MASSAGE / SPA GIFT CERTIFICATE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that relaxation and stress relief are important for good health. You can help melt that stress away with certificates for a spa treatment or massage. It will help your loved one feel oh so relaxed.

A HEALTHY COOKING CLASS, BOOK OR GADGETS

Many stores, community organizations and local schools offer easy classes on how to cook healthy foods. It’s a great way to get together with friends, taste new food and learn something that will last a lifetime. Celebrate the “graduation” with a healthy recipe book or kitchen gadget that helps the graduate expand on what he or she just learned. Nonstick cookware cuts down on the need for added fats and oils. Slow cookers, rice cookers and steamers also help prepare healthy meals.

A CHALLENGE

Do you know someone who has always wanted to learn ballroom dancing? How about fencing or golf? Give him or her a gift of lessons to make that dream come true. Don’t limit yourself to an exercise class or some other physical activity. Classes that stimulate the mind and keep people socially connected with others can be just as good for their health.

HEALTHY FASHION

Athletic clothes that double as stylish casual wear are great for everyone. They can be used for group workouts or running errands around town. You can find these healthy doses of fashion at sporting goods stores, department stores and many big-box stores. Complete your fashion choice with an accessory like a pedometer or a portable GPS (Global Positioning System) that helps runners keep track of their pace and distance. A GPS is also popular with hikers, along with other items like walking sticks or filtered water bottles.

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