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4 ways to give the gift of health this holiday season
December holidays present wonderful opportunities for family gatherings of all kinds. That said, they can also be somewhat stressful, especially for those hoping to hand out the perfect present. If you’re one of the many people out there still searching for a great gift to give to that special someone, you may want to consider one of the following ideas – especially if your loved one is a health or fitness enthusiast!
Buy them a meal prep delivery subscription. When it comes to maintaining good health, the food that people eat is arguably the most important part of the process. No amount of sit-ups can shed the excess pounds brought on by nightly trips to the local pizza shop, but in this day and age, convenience and taste seem to overlook the long-term benefits of healthy eating.
Well, with the many different delivery services out there at your disposal, you can finally make a delicious, healthy meal in the comforts of your own home without sacrificing your precious time and energy.
Depending on the service you go with, heating your meals can take as little as five to 10 minutes. Services such as Trifecta, Paleo Power Meals, and Ice Age Meals send healthy, all-natural, pre-cooked meals right to your door in a disposable cooler, and these meals can be stored in your freezer for up to six months. When you’re ready to eat, all you need to do is microwave the container for the prescribed amount of time. Other services, such as Hello Fresh, offer similar services, but they only provide the ingredients (so the recipient still needs to cook the items included to make their meal).
Treat them to a massage (or another form of physical therapy). A lot of people who exercise focus too much on building muscle when they should instead be focusing on the quality of it. Sure, big and toned muscles may look great, but if the tightness that comes from lifting weights and performing other high-intensity activities is not released, you’re setting yourself up for disaster.
Massages can release trigger points, promote better blood flow, and ease joint pain. They are the perfect complement to an intense training regimen, especially if you know the person will not buy a massage session on their own.
Additional forms of physical therapy can make for awesome gifts, too. Treating your loved one to a session at Cryotherapy, a float spa, acupuncture, or a chiropractor can do wonders for their body, and they’ll have you to thank for their relief.
Give them at-home massage tools. Maybe you can’t afford physical therapy sessions for every person you know. If that is the case, why not give them the tools to massage themselves?
Self-myofascial release, otherwise known as “foam rolling,” is a great way to release knots in muscle tissues – and it can be done right on the floor in your living room. All you need is a foam roller and/or trigger point ball. Oh, and the best part? You can buy each one on Amazon for as little as $10 an item.
Make some healthy cookies to pass out at work or your neighborhood party. If you’re a bit tighter on money than you anticipated this year, don’t burden yourself by believing you need to buy everyone you know an awesome gift. Instead, save your spending money for the family and make your friends and co-workers some delicious and healthy cookies!
Remember, healthy cookies are not just healthy because they are labeled as such. Make small substitutions that still pack a powerful punch of flavor. For example, swap in some all-natural peanut butter to use as a sweetener, and maybe add a few dark chocolates or coconut sugar. Then, roll in some raw oats and boom, you have a power snack that tastes just like a peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookie! Check out the recipe here.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we’ll bring you information about the “Cause of the Month,” including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month.