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Fitness Gift Ideas for Your Other Half This Christmas

Fitness Christmas Gifts for CouplesFed up exercising on your own?

It’s true that it’s much easier to maintain motivation and enthusiasm for exercise if it is taken with a group or another person. Hence the popularity of team games: good healthy exercise with social intercourse thrown in.

Those that do exercise alone often use distraction techniques – such as when solo joggers use their iPods to alleviate the boredom. If you’re not the team-games type but you have a partner who is unwilling to exercise with you, why not try some encouragement this Christmas?

This is an ideal opportunity to encourage your spouse to join you on a run or at the gym by buying an inspiring Christmas gift.

How about a pair of expensive running shoes or new clothes to wear at the gym, some exercise equipment to be used at home or your own at-home fitness program? There are plenty of options available to spark an interest in your partner so that you can enjoy exercising together.

  • Exercise at home

You might ask why you should buy fitness equipment when it’s just as easy to attend a gym together on a regular basis, but the truth is that gym fees are expensive, and they don’t necessarily offer a better deal for a joint membership.

It can be far less burdensome on your bank balance to invest in quality fitness equipment or an at-home program that will be used regularly by both of you.

  • Fitness gifts for men

Weights make a great gift for men, helping to strengthen their muscles and tone their body. Weights can take up a great deal of space, however, which may not be ideal for a smaller home, but there are some dumbbells on the market that have taken this problem on.

Dumbbells are available that contain a set of different weights in one handy unit. All that is needed is a turn of a dial to adjust the weight.

If your other half already has a set of weights but wants to work on his upper body, help him to achieve perfect pushups with a pair of pushup handles. These enable the user to engage in a smooth arm rotation; making it easier on the hands and working more muscles than are averagely used in a normal pushup.

As a bonus, they will not take up much room either.

  • Fitness gifts for women

Make fitness fashion-conscious with some trendy workout gear. Include tops in a material that allows the skin to breathe and not overheat, as well as items that can actually have medical as well as fitness benefits, such as running socks.

These can enhance muscle performance, improve circulation in the legs and, if the person wearing them has had an injury, help to cut down recovery time. Search online for ‘running socks women’ for more information.

Another gift that many women (and men) will enjoy receiving is a fitness tracker. Worn like a wristwatch, a fitness tracker calculates the number of laps a runner has completed, the distance traveled, how slow or fast they have moved, and perhaps most importantly, the number of calories that have been burned.

Such a device can let you know just how much benefit you are getting from your fitness regime, whether you are pushing yourself too hard or not hard enough.

  • Fitness gifts for both of you

A gift that can be bought for your other half, but from which you can both benefit, is the Wii Fit console. A fun and interactive device, you can continue your fitness workouts by indulging in skiing, stretching with yoga practices or playing tennis with a superstar.

Christmas offers a wonderful opportunity for you to buy your spouse or partner a fitness gift that will not only be useful, but also welcome, as an incentive to carry on with the good work of keeping fit and healthy.

Whether you exercise at home or at an expensive health club, the experience will be more fulfilling if your partner enjoys keeping fit with you.

7 Sexy Reasons Your Marriage Needs Exercise

You’re married.  You may have kids.  You’re almost certainly BUSY.

So, why would you of all people put an emphasis on exercise in your already crazy life?

Well, if you want to get all official about it, you can check out the Mayo Clinic’s article outlining the Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity.

However, instead of following their lead and talking about how exercise helps you personally, makes your heart beat more efficiently, yada, yada, yada, we are going to give a little thought to how these Benefits relate to our marriage.

After all, this is Fit Marriage, right?

So, here are the Mayo Clinic’s Seven Benefits with my own commentary explaining why you should actually care about this stuff (other than that whole heart that beats good thing):

1. Exercise Improves Your Mood

Have you ever had a small issue turn into an all-out fight with your spouse for what seemed like no good reason? Chances are one of you was just in a rotten mood to start with and things spiraled out of control unnecessarily.

Physical activity stimulates chemicals in your brain that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be looking good and feeling more self-confident (and perhaps a bit less defensive).

Bottom line: you don’t pick silly fights when you’re fresh off a “runner’s high”.

2. Exercise Combats Chronic Diseases

This goes back to the heartbeat issue and well beyond it. If you stick to an exercise ritual, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina agrees that you will greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a host of other major diseases.

You will be around longer, enjoy lower health insurance and other costs, and enjoy a higher quality of life with your spouse. Heck, maybe you’ll even win an Anniversary Dance at a wedding one day if you really get in gear.

3. Exercise Helps You Manage Your Weight

Do you think your spouse would find you more attractive if you lost a few pounds?

To me, that’s not even the real question. The key is that you feel attractive and confident about your looks. That will have a huge impact on your marriage and your sex life.

It’s pretty simple: when you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to keep your weight under control.

No beer belly = more confidence!

4. Exercise Boosts Your Energy Level

Personally, this is probably the biggest benefit I see from regular exercise.

After a long day of work, I will spend time playing with the kids, getting them ready for bed, doing chores around the house, trying to maintain a connection with my hobbies and all of the other duties I need to fulfill as the man of the house.

My wife has even more to do. Where does that leave us at the end of the night when we need to spend some quality time together?

With the need for more energy! The good news is that your cardiovascular efficiency and your overall energy levels will improve with regular exercise.

Here’s to late night bonding (and “quality time”)!

5. Exercise Promotes Better Sleep

I don’t know about you, but the core of most of the “disagreements” in our marriage stem from my wife or I being crabby due to a lack of sleep. With all of the demands of modern life, sleep is the easiest thing to give up.

But it doesn’t stop with your sleep schedule. You need to have quality sleep during the precious time that you devote to rejuvenation. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

And that will help your marriage.

6. Exercise can put the Spark Back in Your Sex Life

Do you like sex? Then exercise. Enough said.

Okay, so I guess I should provide some facts here to clarify how this correlation occurs (although all you really need to know is that time doing HIIT improves time in the sack).

Not only does exercise leave you feeling energized and looking better, but it can actually lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men with regular fitness routines are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise (especially as they get older).

Do you really need any more reasons?

7. Exercise can be Fun!

While I love trying a variety of intense workouts and the results the provide me, you really don’t have to be as intense and overt with your fitness routine. Your activity can be purely fun as long as you do it consistently.

You could take dance lessons (not my cup of tea, but maybe that works for you). On the more manly side of things, you could try rock climbing or take a long hike.

Get your whole family involved with a trip to the park. Plan a neighborhood kickball or touch football game. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and go for it. If you get bored, try something new.

If you’re moving, it’s exercise!

There you have it – seven very sexy reasons your marriage needs exercise.  What would you add to the list?

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