Here’s a great way to add a challenge to your typical cardio routine. Add some variation an shock the body!
Featured Exercise: Burpees
Primary Muscles: You name it, it’s working.
Ok, I think the name says it all. Don’t ask me the etymology of the word, but the image you’ve conjured up in your mind probably fits the bill. If you’re not familiar with the Burpee, it is a great total body exercise that does not require any equipment, yet leaves you feeling like you’ve just completed a full gym workout. There are a few variations for all fitness levels, which you will find in the video below. Give this one a try, if you dare…
So you want to give someone a gift that they will not only enjoy, but will make a positive difference in their physical life. Here are a few great ideas for some at-home fitness aids that I recommend, most of which will cost you less than a month’s membership at your local gym, listed from least expensive on up (complete with links to the brands I would choose):
1: Resistance Band Set $30: They don’t have the money or the space to outfit their garage with a full set of dumbbells? Give them a set of resistance bands like the one linked here. Train the whole body with the dozens of exercises available to them, with 7 different resistance levels possible. A must for increased metabolism and muscle toning, and in a space-saving package!
2: Stability Ball $30: Not just for abs, this workout implement can enhance both upper body and lower body training, as well as supply flexibility variations. Improve neuromuscular coordination while eliminating the need for a workout bench. Give them an extra challenge to push them to new exercise heights. Get the 65cm for most men and 55cm for most women.
3: Pull-up Bar $40: You no longer need to destroy your doorjamb to get a great back workout. Not only for pull-ups, this versatile workout tool can enhance your push-ups and ab work as well. It makes for a great anchor for your resistance tubes too, and paired can even allow you the option of doing assisted pull-ups for those that struggle to crank even one rep out.
4: Body Weight Trainer $60: Get all the benefits of the $200 TRX Body Weight Trainer for a fraction of the cost. Add a functional component to their workouts. Strengthens shoulder, hip, thigh, and core stabilizers while stressing all the major muscle groups. This implement hardly takes up any space and is guaranteed to give them a challenge unlike anything they’ve experienced before.
5: Non-Bouncing Medicine Balls $45-80: They will work up a sweat while slamming and tossing this tool around. Or they can use it as a regular, stationary weight to increase the difficulty of body-weight exercises. Not only will it make their workout more effective, but more fun and varied at the same time. 10-15 pounds for most women, and 20-25 pounds for most men should do the trick.
6 (Bonus): 2 Months of Personal Training $99: OK. I couldn’t resist. The star on top would be a personalized exercise program complete with strength training, flexibility work, cardiovascular training, and a nutrition plan. Help them put those tools that Santa brought to good use with my help. Give them a head-start to a new year and a new “them”.
Stuff their stocking with the gift of better health, and don’t break the bank at the same time! Enjoy!