How to Give a Fitness Gift Without Offending a Friend

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Jenn, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

We are people who love receiving fitness gifts for the holidays. Gym membership? Protein powder? Fitness activity tracker? Funny fitness shirts? Sign. Us. Up. And we also love gifting all things workout-related. But we know that doing so can be a bit, well, dicey. After all, you don’t want to be the jerk who gives something fitness-y and then makes the person feel like you’re saying that they need to do something that they’re not doing already . . . like go to the gym, or eat healthier or be funnier. Because, we can all agree that giving fitness gifts is about giving awesomeness and not judgey-ness, right?

So, how the freak do you give a fitness gift without it being perceived as a “you-should-do-this” kinda thing? Oh, we have tips.

Step 1: Make sure the person actually wants fitness gifts.

This kind of goes without saying, but although you really, really love all things fitness-related and want to give the gift of health, that doesn’t mean everyone does. And gift giving should be about the person you’re giving something to ¡ª not you. So hold back the inner health pioneer in yourself (believe me, we understand ¡ª we want to make EVERYONE healthier, too!) and make 100 percent certain that your recipient really does want those compression socks and that giant big-ass salad bowl.

Also, if you’re going to gift workout clothes, make sure the size is right. There’s nothing more awkward than giving them something they have to return to get a bigger size for, especially if they are trying to lose weight.

2. Pick fitness gifts that aren’t tied specifically to weight-loss.

Even if your gift recipient is trying to lose weight, it’s best to leave the whole topic of weight-loss out of the holiday gift-giving process. (So a diet book or scale? Totally out of the question for a variety of reasons ¡ª unless it’s this book, of course.) Instead, consider fitness gifts that will help inspire and motivate them to have fun with fitness and healthy eating.

You can check out all of our gift guides here and definitely also consider gifting one of those monthly subscription boxes or fitness concierge services ¡ª they’re like having Christmas come every month. Most offer gift subscriptions last anywhere from one month to 12. Here are a few of our faves:

StrengthCrate and BuffBoxx: Best for weight-lifters and those smitten with CrossFit.BuluBox: Great for those just getting started on their healthy journey (and you can get 50% off with coupon “FBG411” ¡ª we’re an affiliate).SweatStyle: Fantastic for women who love their athleisure wear, but don’t always want to go out shopping.FabFitFun: We love this one so much we’re an affiliate. Perfect for those who love fit fashion and beauty.Cairn: Get this one for the outdoor-adventure lovers in your life.Bestowed & Women’s Health Box: Give a subscription to Women’s Health magazine and healthy snacks. Great for the fit foodie!3. Include a really nice note with your true intention.

Just so that there is absolutely no misunderstanding whatsoever, hand write a note with how much the person means to you and why you think they’ll enjoy the gift. Need some inspiration on what to write? Include one of these awesome and positive quotes.

Do you give fitness gifts? Share your experiences! I’ve found that activity trackers are a pretty good way to go if the person you’re shopping for does work out or walk a lot!

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How to Give a Fitness Gift Without Offending a Friend

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Jenn| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

We are people who love receiving fitness gifts for the holidays. Gym membership? Protein powder? Fitness activity tracker? Funny fitness shirts? Sign. Us. Up. And we also love gifting all things workout-related. But we know that doing so can be a bit| well| dicey. After all| you don’t want to be the jerk who gives something fitness-y and then makes the person feel like you’re saying that they need to do something that they’re not doing already . . . like go to the gym| or eat healthier or be funnier. Because| we can all agree that giving fitness gifts is about giving awesomeness and not judgey-ness| right?

So| how the freak do you give a fitness gift without it being perceived as a “you-should-do-this” kinda thing? Oh| we have tips.

Step 1: Make sure the person actually wants fitness gifts.

This kind of goes without saying| but although you really| really love all things fitness-related and want to give the gift of health| that doesn’t mean everyone does. And gift giving should be about the person you’re giving something to not you. So hold back the inner health pioneer in yourself (believe me| we understand we want to make EVERYONE healthier| too!) and make 100 percent certain that your recipient really does want those compression socks and that giant big-ass salad bowl.

Also| if you’re going to gift workout clothes| make sure the size is right. There’s nothing more awkward than giving them something they have to return to get a bigger size for| especially if they are trying to lose weight.

2. Pick fitness gifts that aren’t tied specifically to weight-loss.

Even if your gift recipient is trying to lose weight| it’s best to leave the whole topic of weight-loss out of the holiday gift-giving process. (So a diet book or scale? Totally out of the question for a variety of reasons unless it’s this book| of course.) Instead| consider fitness gifts that will help inspire and motivate them to have fun with fitness and healthy eating.

You can check out all of our gift guides here and definitely also consider gifting one of those monthly subscription boxes or fitness concierge services ¡ª they’re like having Christmas come every month. Most offer gift subscriptions last anywhere from one month to 12. Here are a few of our faves:

StrengthCrate and BuffBoxx: Best for weight-lifters and those smitten with CrossFit.BuluBox: Great for those just getting started on their healthy journey (and you can get 50% off with coupon “FBG411” ¡ª we’re an affiliate).SweatStyle: Fantastic for women who love their athleisure wear| but don’t always want to go out shopping.FabFitFun: We love this one so much we’re an affiliate. Perfect for those who love fit fashion and beauty.Cairn: Get this one for the outdoor-adventure lovers in your life.Bestowed & Women’s Health Box: Give a subscription to Women’s Health magazine and healthy snacks. Great for the fit foodie!3. Include a really nice note with your true intention.

Just so that there is absolutely no misunderstanding whatsoever| hand write a note with how much the person means to you and why you think they’ll enjoy the gift. Need some inspiration on what to write? Include one of these awesome and positive quotes.

Do you give fitness gifts? Share your experiences! I’ve found that activity trackers are a pretty good way to go if the person you’re shopping for does work out or walk a lot!

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Between the Holidays – Skip the Weight Gain and Stay on Track

Between the Holidays u2014 Skip the Weight Gain and Stay on Track

We’re knee-deep in that three-week period leading up to Christmas that is notorious for being full of fun holiday parties u2014 and excess. Instead of resigning yourself to gaining an extra few pounds yet again this year| you can use these tips to help keep you on track so you can still enjoy everything the most wonderful time of year has to offer. The added bonus? You’ll look smoking hot in your favorite LBD when New Year’s Eve rolls around.

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| Opt For 80/20

A December without any holiday indulging is not a December we want to be a part of| but that doesn’t mean you need to go overboard at every meal. If you want to leave space for indulgences and still stay on a healthy track| the 80/20 technique lets you do just that. It allows you the space to go out socially and enjoy a meal| and it makes the whole clean-living thing feel doable during (and long after) the holiday season.

The breakdown is simple: 80 percent of the time you focus on eating clean| good-for-you foods| and 20 percent of the time you have the freedom to indulge as you please. The math is simple: if you eat three square meals a day| three of those meals every week are your 20 percent cheat meals; if you eat five small meals a day| then seven of those small meals are up for grabs.

Jessica Alba‘s trainer Yumi Lee credited the 80/20 rule when it came to Jessica’s ability to maintain her healthy weight. “”You can’t be 100 percent all of the time| but you can be 80 percent all of the time|”” she explains.

| Amp Up Your Workout Schedule

Combat indulgent nights and all that partying with an amped up workout schedule. Tacking on extra workouts will help you burn more calories| stay on track with your healthy eating routine| and beat the inevitable stress that comes along with holiday shopping and party planning.

Spend a few minutes mapping out your weeknight schedule for the upcoming days| and write them down in your calendar to help them stick. This way you’ll be able to strike the ideal balance of fitness| fun| and relaxation during this busy season.

| Stay Hydrated

Most people already know that drinking water in Summer’s heat is important| but getting yourself to drink enough water in the Winter is a totally different story. Staying hydrated through the cooler months can suppress your appetite| keep your skin looking gorgeous| and even boost your metabolism.

You probably know to fill up your water bottle during the day| but it’s just as important to stay hydrated when you’re out and about| and the technique of water backing is a great way to make that happen. After each alcoholic libation you consume| back it with an 8-ounce glass of good old H2O. Drinking booze dehydrates your system| and drinking water helps your body recuperate faster.

| Never Go Out Famished

When you arrive at a big| potentially indulgent meal famished| you’re much more likely to overeat and grab whatever is in sight. Instead of showing up ravenous| snack on high-fiber fruits| veggies| and whole grains before you go out to keep your hunger in check for meals. If you can avoid arriving feeling starved| you’ll prevent some major overindulging and postparty guilt.

| Booze Wisely

Alcohol is full of empty calories and tons of sugar| which can mess with all the hard work you put in with eating clean and working out. We’re not saying that you need to skip out on the libations all season long u2014 we’ll certainly be enjoying our fair share of cocktails over the next few weeks! u2014 but it’s important to choose wisely. Those random glasses of late-night wine and happy-hour cocktails add up; once you have a little buzz going on| making unhealthy choices about food doesn’t seem all that bad.

Instead of hitting up every happy hour or boozing night out| save your calories for special occasions. And once you’re out| choose smarter with a low-calorie cocktail or go for a glass of brut champagne| since it only clocks in at 91 calories per glass.

| Get to Bed

Even though it can be tough to drag yourself away from late-night festivities| do your best to get home at a decent hour and aim for at least seven hours of shut eye a night. Sleep is precious; it resets your body and keeps your immune system strong| so you can stave off cold-weather bugs and infections and keep on having fun. For the best sleep quality possible| try to maintain an environment that is between 60u00baF and 68u00b0F in your bedroom.