Some expert gift givers steer clear of certain presents and make it a point to cross products off their wish list, most of which they consider somewhat insulting or inappropriate for the holiday season.
But where exactly does fitness and exercise related items fall within that perception?
Naturally, you wouldn't buy your dad a toupee or hair in a can if he's starting to lose his hair, right? So, with that logic, why would you buy a treadmill, elliptical or gym membership for a friend or family ember that is struggling with their weight?
The real fine line with giving the gift of fitness leaning from insulting to empowering truly falls into the lap of the person getting the gift, not so much the one giving it.
Everyone can look around during the holidays and see someone on their wish list that isn't happy with how they look, what they're eating and, ultimately, want to change that trajectory sooner than later.
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How much they voice their displeasure with all of those aspects of fitness and wellness depends on just how open and honest you can be with your gift of choice.
Let's say a friend of yours is always discussing how they want to join a gym, get in shape or change how they look for the purposes of staving off, for example, heart disease, obesity or the risk of getting any number of lingering health issues. That is the opening you would need to starting hinting around at the thought of this person actually buying a health club membership or asking them if they had any equipment at home if they'd use it.
You might be surprised to find out that when you present them with a gift that centers on them getting well they'll take it the right way and actually be appreciative that you care enough to help them achieve their goal of living longer and healthier.
Where the gift giver gets themselves in trouble is bestowing a holiday present at the footsteps of a person that really isn't either interested in exercising or changing their eating habits but more importantly doesn't talk about unhappiness about their lack of activity or healthy food choices. This person in question obviously is more than just content with their lifestyle.
Basically, if they're not worried about it, you still can be but without the gesture of giving someone a gift that suggests to them that they do something immediately to fix what you believe is a shortcoming.
Treading lightly would be advisable but only if you're picking up overt signs that fitness and exercise in general isn't something a person on your gift list wants to see under their tree.
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