Forget about aftershave and slippers this holiday season. Give the one you love the gift of health. Whether you’re shopping for a fitness freak or someone who could use a gentle nudge toward better health, there are lots of options.
One of the easiest is a gift certificate. Think massage, pedicure, manicure or facial. Or if your budget is bigger, a few sessions with a registered dietitian (about $100 an hour) is a great way to start the new year. Or help a friend sort through the clutter with a professional organizer (Tampa’s Betty Arnold the Organizing Queen, www.orgqueen.com, charges $60 an hour). And because learning new things is great for brain health, give lessons in a foreign language, a long-neglected musical instrument, or a body-mind activity like tennis or yoga.
Need more ideas? How about: A beautiful bound journal for tracking diet and exercise (include a sleek new pen); deck of cards and game book (since learning new games sharpens the brain); books on healthy cooking, organic gardening; elastic bands and light hand weights for body toning; basketball, soccer ball, inline skates for activity and fun.
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