Holiday Gift Guide Series: Fitness


With 2020 still going strong, I find myself looking forward to the holiday season more than ever before. Our family has always been a huge fan of Christmas – the lights, the food, and all the joy with family and friends. I absolutely love shopping for everyone on my list, and there’s no better time than now to start looking for the perfect gifts.

I’ll be kicking off the Holiday Gift Guide Series with a few key items for the fitness fanatic in your life. My husband and I are those fanatics in our family, so we’ve used many of these items ourselves and swear by them. So whether you’re filling stockings or looking for higher ticket items, there’s something for everyone.

My Garmin watch has been a staple piece in tracking my fitness goals. This links up with my phone, and has a rubber wrist strap for optimal comfort. My watch tracks everything: steps, heart rate, elevation, weather, etc. It detects motion and will begin tracking your workout activity after a certain heart rate is achieved. It also tracks progress and will link up with the Garmin Connect app to track your distance, duration, and intensity. I know the Fitbit watches are super popular, but I was drawn to the larger watch face that the Garmin provides.

Another key piece to tracking my progress has been finding the perfect journal for my goals. I loved this one from Erin Condren that tracks my goals, habits, and milestones, and the pretty colors certainly don’t hurt! This set is on sale right now, and would make the perfect gift to help your friends and family dive into the New Year.

With everything going on, it’s been a while since I’ve had to use my gym bag. But this set from Target will always be one of my best fitness purchases. It’s fairly simple and affordable, but has some great features that make it the perfect gym and/or overnight bag. My favorite part is the separate compartment for my sneakers so I can keep any sand/dirt out of my clothes. These come in various colors, ideal for anyone on your list.

Some other items you could include with this gym bag are the Flip Belt, fitness towel, Stasher, and shaker bottles. These are essential to gym-goers and adventure seekers alike, and are great affordable options to fill this gym bag. You could also include a tub of Isopure, which is my absolute favorite protein to fit any lifestyle.

Lastly, if you’re looking to gift some equipment for the fitness lover in your life, I have included 3 great options depending on price and experience. For beginners, I love this basic set. It has a little bit of everything, and is all body weight based for minimal resistance. For those with a bit more experience, Rogue Fitness provides some great dumbbell and kettlebell options – including these. You could purchase a whole set, or just your basic 10, 20, and 30 pound options.

For those who already have the basics, you could consider more complex equipment. Squat racks are a great way to start building your at-home gym, especially since many of us are staying home for now. This power cage has multiple options to add on, so it’s a gift that you could build off of if you wanted to.

10 Reasons Why I Chose A Personal Trainer

The gym is not for everyone. I’ve known that since the day I walked through its doors, and I’ve watched it prove true on multiple occasions. Some of us don’t have the mindset for a normal gym-going routine. Sometimes it’s a lack of discipline, or maybe not knowing where to begin. No matter the reason, it often leads to not going at all. About 7 months ago, that’s where my mind was at. I had given up, physically and mentally. I was tired of the repetition and the never ending hamster wheel I was on.

So I quit..

I don’t condone quitting – not at this, not at anything. But at the time, it was the right thing for me. It opened the door to a new opportunity; one that I was very reluctant to dive into. But once I accepted that I had hit a wall, and that I needed this, the choice was already made.

Here are 10 Reasons Why I Chose A Personal Trainer

Because my heart wasn’t in it anymore

That’s hard to admit. Fitness has been a huge part of my health and wellbeing for as long as I can remember. But it became a task rather than something to look forward to. It was no longer an outlet, but something to “get over with”.

Because I was doing the same thing, day after day

Or atleast it felt that way. I would change my routine every few weeks, but it still felt very similar. My muscle memory didn’t allow me to even feel soreness anymore, no matter how hard I worked.

Because I was bored

I mean BEYOND bored. I would walk around the gym and just stare at machines thinking, “I already did that one, and that one..”

Because I was wasting my time

It’s never a waste to work out. Whether it’s 10 minutes, or 60, you’re doing good for your body. But when you no longer have a plan or any inspiration/drive, it turns into wasted time. I had to get my mind right again.

Because I needed to hit the reset button

I used to have this burning passion for working out. I mean, I woke up at 4:45am to do it, and you don’t get up that early for just anything. Sometimes I went twice in one day. But I didn’t feel that way anymore. I just did it because I had to – for the little nagging reasons we all do it.

Because my mind was weak

Over the last 10 years of growing my workouts, I have gathered a lot of material on what works and what doesn’t, for my body. But I had very little knowledge on what works for my mind. They say that fitness is 10% physical, and 90% mental, and they’re 100% right. I learned how to push myself to get to the gym (half the battle) but not to do what I needed to do when I got there.

Because I didn’t know HOW anymore

I didn’t know what I was doing. There were all of these workouts that I saw in magazines and on Pinterest that looked so great, but I never tried them. I never expanded my knowledge or gave my body the challenge that it needed. I had forgotten the basics entirely.

Because my body was unbalanced

Little do most of you know, I struggled with a serious injury at the beginning of last year. I was in the beginning stages of compartment syndrome in my right leg, and soon to be left leg. It’s not common, but it does happen when you perform repetitive, high impact exercises, while ignoring what your body is trying to tell you. And I did just that. I went through 6 months of physical therapy, and focused on bettering myself. Listening to myself. They told me it would take about a year for my legs to recover, because of the nerve damage that I had caused. So needless to say, things were a bit uneven in the strength department.

Because the pity party was over

I’ll admit, I did throw a small pity party for myself. Not proud of it. But then I buckled down, and I let someone kick my ass a few days a week. Pity party: over.

Because I needed to accept that I needed help

That’s right. My fitness lifestyle that I was so proud of was coming down around me, and there was nothing I could do to help myself anymore. Looking back, I think I was a bit hopeless, honestly. My legs weren’t recovering, my spirit was broken, and I felt incredible sluggish. I could still recite the list of excuses that I probably had at the time. But I needed someone to tell me it wasn’t impossible. And that person was me.

I’m still on the mend, but miles from where I once was. And my mind is even further ahead, with all the hope in the world that this is still my lifestyle, not my hobby. A personal trainer is not for everyone, BUT I would highly recommend trying it atleast once in your life. If anything, it may provide you with a new outlook on what you’re trying to achieve, or teach you a new way to approach it.

Have you tried a personal trainer?