Health & Fitness

By Amanda Vasilikos

Have a fitness-savvy friend or family member on your holiday gift list? These top four fitness finds will guarantee loads of gift appreciation and quite possibly a workout buddy for the New Year!


Sharper Image stores come to the rescue for runners and walkers alike with its new FM Pedometer. This pedometer doubles as an FM radio while it counts steps, measures distance and estimates calories burned. The device is motion sensitive for either walking or running and comes with ear-bud headphones. It features a clock with a stopwatch and clips easily onto your waistband.

Available at Sharper Image stores nation-wide.


For the family member always complaining of back aches and pain – come on we all have one – try Brookstone’s new Inversion Bench. This contraption promises to improve posture and blood circulation, while relaxing the muscles in the neck, shoulders and back. A gift that’s sure to ease and please for years to come.

Available at Brookstone stores nation-wide.


For the stressed ones on your list why not try: Shiva Rea: Radiant Heart DVD. This brand new calming, energizing yoga has been dubbed: “life-transforming.” Shiva Rea offers three ways to experience yoga’s refreshing heart-centered focus. It is said that starting or ending your day more centered within your heart will have a profound effect on your body and life.

Available at


The Xflowsion DVD set is the perfect present for the energetic family member who is eager to shed some pounds, while still having fun. Eric Paskel, fitness expert and personal trainer from NBC’s hit reality show The Biggest Loser, is bringing his workout to the public with his Xflowsion Triple Training system. This high-energy workout combines yoga, freestyle dance and martial arts to deliver speedy, but impressive results.

Available at

Originally published December 2007
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