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Top 10 Gifts for a Health Nut

written by Head Health Nutter December 17, 2007

It’s less than a week away and if you’re like me, you’ve only just begun picking out gifts.

So I thought I’d help you (and my friends and family) out a bit with some suggestions for the health nut on your Christmas list:

  1. A Health o Meter weight tracking and body fat measuring scale ($35 – $60). Everyone knows by now that fat content is how you measure fitness levels. This cool fitness tool does exactly that! Check out the different features between models but it’s hard to know what’s good for another. I’d guess and hang onto the receipt.
  2. A year’s subscription to Life Peak holistic magazine ($25). Awesome Toronto magazine published by a Naturopathic Doctor. It’s about three years old and has four sections of articles covering health, indulgences, relationships and eco-perspectives.
  3. Heart rate monitor ($60 – $400). Since the fat-burning zone is barely noticeable, most people workout harder than they have to, surpassing the level of activity which yields the most effective results. Although not included in the review I just linked to, the Acumen EON Basix (got it on eBay for about $60) and it was perfect for me as a beginner.
  4. A gift certificate at their favourite health-conscious restaurant ($25). Mine happens to be Fresh on Bloor and a stone’s throw away from work. Oh, the food is SO GOOD there! Yummy.
  5. Fitness or Resistance Band ($7 – $100). Compact and convenient, these things are great for traveling. Especially useful for your loved ones just starting a regular routine who find vacations and trips interfere with developing their healthy habits. Resistance bands come in different colours which indicate the level of resistance . Look for strong handles.
  6. Stainless steel water bottle ($30). For your health nuts concerned about plastic leaching chemicals into their consumables, a stainless steel water bottle should do the trick. I know I would love one…hint, hint?
  7. A trial yoga class ($15). Is your health nut a little on edge? Maybe you’ve noticed that they’re getting a little bored with their current routine? Have they tried yoga yet? Enable their fitness adventures by purchasing a gift certificate for a class or two at a yoga studio close to their home or work.
  8. Gary Null’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Book ($20). I loved this book and although it came to me a little late (I had already started my own health regime), I nevertheless used many of the 100 anti-aging recipes and found it extremely interesting and helpful. I plan on rereading the book after New Year’s and adopting some of Dr. Null’s anti-aging program .
  9. Exercise videos for the cold winter months ($5 – $15 each or $35 – $60 for packages). The cold is a great excuse to fluff over the importance of regular exercise. But not if you have fun and effective workout videos you can sweat to in the comfort of your own home! Great for any level of health nut, my favs are the Self Magazine’s Body Bonus Fitness Series and The Firm series.
  10. Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fourth Ed. ($30). This massive, backbreaking health manual is divided into three parts: Understanding the Elements of Health, The Disorders and Remedies & Therapies. A comprehensive coverage of health and how the human body functions, complete with drug-free remedies using vitamins, minerals, herbs & food supplements. I highly recommend this source for every health nut.

That’s 10, eh? Wow, and I have so many more to share with you! Well, these will have to do for this year. I’m positive your health nut will go ga-ga over any one of these suggestions.

All the best for keeping your sanity in mad consumer rush – Merry Christmas!

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Darius Bashar December 19, 2007 at 1:04 am

Great list Stephanie. My favorite (don’t laugh) was the yoga. I don’t know what it is but I really enjoy yoga. I can always seem to focus better after yoga. Now keep in mind the longest I have ever engaged in yoga exercises was probably for a grand total of 10 mins.

P.S. You missed a really great one; therapeutic massage. You don’t really do much when you are getting a massage but I am fairly certain there are many positive health benefits from a professional massage. 🙂

Damien V December 19, 2007 at 11:48 am

Great list, there are certainly some items there my girlfriend you appreciate. You should come up with a list of your favorite healthy eating places in the city!

Steph January 3, 2008 at 9:48 am

Glad the list was helpful and enjoyable, Guys.

Thanks for the idea of the therapeutic message, Darius.

And Damien, thanks for the post idea of favourite healthy restaurants.


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