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10 Best New Years Gifts For the Fitness Junkie In Your Life

10 Best New Years Gifts For the Fitness Junkie In Your Life

Fitness junkies are probably the easiest people to shop for! I am not just saying this, there are all kinds of things out there on the market for the cross trainer in every circle. You just have to think out of the box and try not to bring the same present as everyone else.

We compiled a list of the ten best and appealing new years gifts for fitness junkies.

1. A Pair Of Running Shoes

You can’t go wrong with these. Workout junkies can never have enough running shoes. Get them a new pair, and you will be in their thoughts every time they go for a jog. Focus on getting a pair that’s ideal for running, taking into consideration heel support, cushioning, water resistance, weight, and the heel-to-toe drop.

Do not worry about the jargon. Just ask your retailer for a pair that contains these details. You can always rest easy with renowned brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and Saucony.

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2. TRX Bands

The word TRX bands come from Total Body Resistance Exercises. If the person has dumbbells, kettle bells, a treadmill and a stationary bike, this is the missing link. TRX bands do wonders for the tummy, and they work arms too.

So, if they have been talking about upping their game in the abs department, these bands will leave them in your debt for a while (or until next year when we give you an exciting new list).

3. The FitBit Charge

This activity tracker is the perfect gift for those who are obsessed with data. The FitBit keeps track of every movement you make, it is super light and easy to wear. It counts the steps, alerts you when you stay idle for too long (60 minutes), acts as an alarm clock, has a feature for telling time, the screen is backlit, and, of course, it counts calories. It also monitors your sleeping patterns. Does it get any better? With those features, this gift will never be out of style.

4. Subscription For A Personal Trainer

Nothing beats working out with a professional trainer. They know what your problem areas are and they take the proper measurements to know your levels of fitness. They ensure that you are working out in line with your goals.

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The most memorable gift you would give someone this year is a subscription for a trainer with FitnessTrainer.com. It doesn’t matter which part of the country the receiver of the gift is in. They will connect them with a coach in their area.

5. Hylete Cross-Training Convertible Backpack

Everyone needs a backpack that won’t give up on them every few months. This particular brand is the Swiss-army knife of gym backpacks. It has compartments for everything you could think of; wet clothes, your laptop, a temperature controlled compartment for your meals, your phone, shoes, everything. It is made of heavy-duty nylon, so it has the endurance of seasoned gym-goers. This thoughtful gift will win you a place of honor in their lives.

6. Protein Powder

Anyone who lifts heavy weights will tell you that protein supplements are their best friends. They would rather run out of food than be out of their protein powders (em..kidding. Food is a basic need). The good thing about these supplements is that they have a long shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad before they are used. Whey protein is a winner.

7. A Mountain Bike

If they work out at the gym every day, then you could give them a bike that gets them outdoors whenever the weather allows. “A bike is a great way to engage in an activity together. You can get one for them and another one for you. You can then challenge each other over the weekends,” says James at Bike Ambition. You can get a great bike from brands such as Cannondale, Yeti, and Ibis.

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8. A weekend at the parlor

Even heavy lifters and cross fit queens need a weekend of pampering. They probably need it to soothe those sore muscles. You can get them a spa weekend in a place that offers deep tissue massage. Go for that or get a regular Swedish and hot stone massage. It’s their prerogative, but you will have given them the opportunity to be spoiled.

9. Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle

Staying hydrated cannot be over emphasized. This bottle reminds even the busiest person to take water. It calculates your water intake goals, measures the temperature of the water, and recommends how much you are to take for the day.

It syncs with your FitBit account and iPhone to alert you whenever you are due for hydration. With this bottle, even the busiest techie will meet their water intake goals.

10. Skullcandy Earbuds

Who doesn’t love some music as they workout to stay motivated? Get them a pair of sweat free ear buds so that they can pump up the jam to some funky music. You can be sure that those ear buds will be treasured until they totally wear out.  Skullcandy has a variety of cool colors.

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It’s A Wrap!

There you have it. I told you it would not be so hard to find the appropriate gift, didn’t I? Now go and end someone’s year in style.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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