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Holiday Gift Ideas for Fitness and Health



Hello Ladies, ( and possibly a  few gents)

I thought I would do a Gift Guide for people who are into fitness or want to improve it.  We know every year, people make their Jan New Years Resolutions to get fit, start to exercise, join a gym, eat better. I have loved fitness, working out, and sports since I was young. I was on the basketball team, softball team, swimming, biking and played street hockey with my brother and his neighborhood friends in our driveway, and football on the street in front of our house. Then, I joined a gym and loved lifting weights. When the step classes and spinning classes came along, I was there. Now, with Ehlers-Danlos  being a muscle disease, I have to workout, but do it differently. I use therabands, fitness bands, balls, dumbbells, and walk/swim in the pool. The idea is to get moving, and not only does it help one’s health, but energy level and state of mind.

I want to give you some Gift Ideas for people who are into all types of fitness. The key is to make it something that is fun so it doesn’t seem like drudgery or a chore.  Not only should fashion be fun, but so should fitness! So with that in mind, here are some ideas:

1 Medicine Ball: Start off slowly, but this is amazing for the abs. A mat of incline bench is what I used. You can cross your arms with the ball and do crunches on the bench. Plenty of ways to use it from beg to advanced.


2. Most people have one, but this one is a Tory Burch Fitbit, combining fashion and fitness.


3. Asics Gel Nimbus; my favorite sneaker. Great support, cushion. I love the stability too.



4. Like low impact: I swim and get cold even in the “warm water pool” but this jacket is great! Keeps body heat in.

Billabong jacket for women.


5. Sports Block Adjustable Dumbbell Set. Instead of having all different weights lying around the house, one can adjust the weight lifted with this set.



6. If you run or walk outside in the cold weather, these look great, plus you get wireless and can listen to tunes.( Don’t you hate when the wind hurts your ears?)

Wireless warmers


7. If you need to de-stress, I have used these and they help in visualization. Guided Relaxation, find a room in your house, turn out the lights and listen.


8. We all need to feel good when we work out, we can be motivated by wearing nice gym clothes, instead of borrowing a white tshirt to sizes to big from the husband and a pair of elastic shorts.

Nike Dry-Fit workout pants  in this blue print or black. 


9.Nike Sports bra for running, the gym ..


10. If you like a workout  but just want to work out at home and not pay for the  gym. Once a routine is established, you can move up in progression.

Workout DVD


Last, if you like healthy smoothies, a great blender is a  fun gift. Maybe incorporate it with some smoothie recipe cards, or a book on smoothie recipes.

Westinghouse Smoothie Blender


Happy Holidays?

How do you enjoy fitness?

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  • Reply
    January 3, 2016 at 1:17 am


    Love reading your blog. Have a nice week.

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    December 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Happy Christmas, dear Jess to you and all your loved ones

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    hanna marie
    December 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I love those shoes. Great picks! –Hanna Lei

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you! I would use or wear anything i listed. Glad you liked them. x

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    December 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Nice post dear, very nice pieces I love the dry-fit workout pants.

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    December 19, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Your article is so helpful. Many people nowadays are conscious about their health and they want to get fit. Having these tips in mind will cut my gift hunting time. Thanks!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 19, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Great! I am glad you liked the gift guide. For me with EDS< I find some weight lifting ( more reps not a high weight), and swimming to be very helpful. Happy Holiday!! xx

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    Anna Parkes
    December 19, 2015 at 2:43 am

    What a good idea to flag up the idea of health and fitness before Christmas – most of us get to mid January to review the damage done with the excesses of the holidays. Having a long term illness does impact on your life every day, therefore looking after your fitness becomes an every day priority too. I hope you continue to manage your symptoms through a healthy lifestyle. Well done, a very useful and informative post. Happy Christmas!
    Anna’s Island Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you Anna, I think it is something people should just make a part of their lifestyle, not just once a year think about being healthy. I am glad you liked my guide and it was helpful to you! Merry Christmas to you as well! xx

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    Posh Prime
    December 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I love the Tory Burch Fitbit! I got one for my mom last year and she loves it!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      THANKs Megan, stylish and practical, nice gift!! Happy Holidays xx

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