**Thanks to Kiqplan for sponsoring this conversation and encouraging health and fitness this season.**
One of the most loving and thoughtful gifts you can give someone this Christmas is the gift of health. Whether you are buying for a fitness fanatic or someone who wants to make permanent changes to their lifestyle, you can give them a festive health boost by putting one of these great gifts in their stocking this year.
- A heart rate monitor
The ability to monitor your heart rate during workouts is crucial. Not only does it ensure that you aren’t putting undue pressure on your heart, it also helps you to assess your current level of fitness in order to improve it. Although heart rate monitors are now built into gadgets and gym equipment, wearing one on your wrist will ensure you can gather long-term data with ease. Available for as little as $6 for one like this, a heart rate monitor is the ideal stocking filler for someone who is just starting out on the road to fitness. You can find how to calculate your target heart rate here and get the most out of your workout.
- Electronic jump rope
Jumping rope is a fantastic way to get your heart racing and burn calories. Modern ropes are now lighter and more discreet than ever. Made with durable materials, they can be rolled up and stored in a bag or pocket in seconds. This low-tech gadget is a rigorous workout that can be enjoyed in the office, at the beach or anywhere there is sufficient space. The latest models have built in digital counters, which help you to monitor your progress. Expect to pick up an electronic jump rope like this one for as little as $10.
- The Kiqplan fitness app
The Kiqplan fitness app is both a dietitian and a personal trainer in the palm of your hand. Using personal health data, specific health and fitness goals and data harvested from a fitness tracker, this intuitive digital coach provides the user with workout videos, recipes, motivational tools and progress reports over the course of a 12-week program. Compatible with most mobile phones and the Fitbug Orb fitness tracker, Kiqplan guides you through a regime of healthy eating and exercise – with the ultimate goal of achieving weight loss, improved body shape and increased fitness levels.
- Gym gloves
A pair of leather gym gloves help people to lift weights and operate resistance equipment without developing calluses and sores on their hands. As well as high-quality leather options, there are now gel versions that provide added comfort and support. Gym gloves like these can be picked up for as little as $10.
- Ankle and wrist weights
Strapped easily to the ankles and wrists, these weights give added resistance during leg exercises and cycle rides. If you are buying for someone who is trying to build on an already considerable level of fitness, ankle and wrist weights are ideal – and they won’t cost you the earth.
- The Fitbug Orb
The Fitbug Orb is a discreet activity tracker that records and stores your workout data. Not only that, this intuitive device can monitor your sleep, calculate your net calorie consumption and provide you with advice and feedback via a user-friendly app. Wear it on a belt clip, a lanyard or a wristband – or simply put it in your pocket. The Fitbug Orb can stream data in real-time to the accompanying app, or simply store it for access later. Compatible with Kiqplan programs, Android phones and most Apple devices.
Powerbreathe is a small device that helps you increase your lung strength and control breathing more effectively during exercise. Requiring just 30 breaths a day, users can expect to see significant improvements in their lung capacity within just four weeks. Expect to pay between $20 and $75 for the basic model this Christmas.
- Hand grips
Hand grips are great for working on your hand and lower arm strength. Whether you are on the train or at your desk, they can deliver a discreet and effective workout without any fuss. Shop around this Christmas, and you should be able to pick up a set of hand grips for less than $15.
The gift of health and fitness this Christmas will be the gift that continues giving well into the New Year.
What’s on your fitness wish list this Christmas?