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Healthy Gift Ideas for Holidays & Special Occasions

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For the Runner or Walker

If someone on your gift list has expressed interest in running or walking an upcoming race (such as a 5K or 10K), consider signing him up and paying his race entry fee. Perhaps he doesn't want to do it alone or just needs a little push to register. Another idea is to pay entry fees for your whole family and to start a family tradition of completing the "Holiday Race" each year. There are a variety of races throughout the year in most areas (including kid-friendly "fun runs") and most of them benefit a charitable cause. This is a great way to do something nice for others—both the gift recipient and those benefiting from the charity!

Similar gift ideas: Entry fees for other competitive and non-competitive events (cycling, triathlon, swimming, etc.), a race day gift box for someone who regularly completes races (water bottle or camelback, energy drinks, gels, or bars), gift certificate to a running or cycling store, outdoor workout apparel for your climate.

Now you've got plenty of gift ideas for the health-conscious people in your life, as well as the loved ones who you'd like to encourage along a journey to health and fitness. Hopefully this will make your shopping a little easier this year. Happy Holidays!
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

    this is a good way, good articles.. love it so much http://www.ayamko thanks.. - 9/22/2014 8:27:00 PM
  • Also, I have read and find it to be true, that having fun with someone and being happy, is a memory treasured, while gifts are easily forgotten. - 9/28/2009 11:50:57 PM
  • I was given a tip that there were easy, quick recipes in Men's Health. I also found great health ideas for my spouse, fun things to do, and easy to hard exercises that I found I could do. So, maybe if a male were to buy himself a subscription, and start working out, easy enough for her, and make it fun (pretend to be having a hard time?), she would be happy to join him. A team effort is always helpful! - 9/28/2009 11:46:09 PM
  • What would be a good gift for the appropriate person - is a gift certificate that could be applied towards various 5K /10K/etc events.. I try to do one a month and while it's for charity and you get a tshirt -the entry fees add up...
    - 12/17/2008 6:54:53 AM
  • Nothing says Honey I think you're FAT than a gym membership.. Unless they asked for it -not exactly a great gift for some folks.. (

    a guy at the customer site I am currently stuck at - bought his wife a pair of workout pants... I joked wiht him when he bought them that she's going to think that he thinks she's fat and needs to workout.. He scoffed... the next day he came in and said how did I know.. (i've never met his wife, however it's fairly common reaction for some women :)
    - 12/17/2008 6:51:22 AM
  • My MIL gave me a gift subscription to Runners World this year for Christmas! I'm so excited about and totally look forward to getting it each month. - 12/8/2008 3:36:16 PM
    Great article! Loved the links to charities! - 2/10/2008 8:09:33 AM
    Two years ago my sister gave me a subscription to Prevention magazine. At first I was offended but then I remembered how I was only telling her how much I needed to get healthy.
    Good news is that I found SparkPeople through Prevention earlier this year. - 12/9/2007 9:53:42 AM
  • This is a good way to tell an out-of-shape relative that s/he needs to take care of his/her health. - 11/27/2007 9:35:09 AM

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