Workout Toys

Workout Toys
Do you have a partner or member of your family that could lose a few kilos or get fit in 2004 ? Need some last minute gift ideas ?

Most people delay buying workout equipment in favour of the latest clothes , music, perfume etc Do them a favour and give them a push start with a ''healthy'' gift . Below are a range of items ranging from $5 to $500 that will all make a difference to the health and fitness of the people you care about

Exercise Ball- there are lots of products on the market that claim to "flatten your abs" but for an effective abs workout that can also be used for a huge range of other exercises go for the inflatable exercise ball. $30-$70

Skipping rope - portable, time and cost effective. It has been around for a long time so this in itself proves it gets results. $5-$20

Pedometer - Fitness experts recommend taking 10 000 steps per day for optimum health. If you have a desk job, chances are you don't get anywhere near this. Easy to use, lightweight and you will love it. $30-$80

Exercise videos- Choose from Pilates yoga, fat burner, Aussie fit and many more. Exercise at home, at your own pace, at a time that suits you. Workout videos provide variety, new ideas, instructions and motivation. $15-$25

Personal Trainer - surprise your partner with a personal trainer to kickstart the New Year. Too expensive?? Go online at and you can access an online trainer from as little as $16 per week.

Hand weights - portable and affordable. Work your whole body in the comfort of your home or even at your local or office. Essential for toning and strengthening the body. $5 and up.

Phillips Nike MP3 CD player - Nike and Phillips have designed the most functional MP3 player for people that want to workout while listening to music. Not only does it look good but it delivers superior sound while exercising. $400-$500

Exercise Bike - doesn't take up much space and is a great workout for people that suffer from bad knees, backs and other joint problems. It is a low impact workout that gets your heart rate moving while still being able to watch television at the same time !. $150-$800

Heart rate monitor - Monitoring your heart rate can be motivational and help your body burn fat by exercising in the correct zones. A chest strap (wireless) sends a signal to a monitor you wear on your wrist . This gives a constant heart rate readout and lets you know if you are taking it too easy !

Fitness Tip
Don't feel guilty if you go out for dinner or have pudding after your main meal. Weight control is about balance: if you over-indulge one day, simply make up for it the next time!