The best gift you can give your body is the gift of health: strength, cardio, flexibility, and stress release. Give the gift of fitness to yourself and your loved ones this holiday season.


  • Jamming to your favorite holiday tune or your favorite music can enhance and improve your overall workout performance by 15%.
  • Cardiovascular exercise helps create new brain cells. This enhances brain activity and brainpower. This increases the production of cells that are responsible for learning and memory. We all need this during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!
  • You use up to 200 muscles to take just a single step forward.
  • Regular exercise helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the two major risk factors for heart disease. Protect your heart. Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It beats approximately 110,000 times per day, pumping almost 2,000 gallons of blood.
  • The average person walks about 7,500 steps per day. If you continue with that average and live to be around 80 years old, you will have walked about 110,000 miles in your lifetime!
  • Your mental health and mood will improve with exercise. It may seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise will relieve mental stress.

Stretching can reduce problems in your vascular system and decrease risk of heart attack and stroke. Stretching increases blood flow to your arteries and decreases artery stiffness.

We believe here at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center that the best gift you can give yourself is the gift of fitness. I asked some of our certified trainers what gifts they will be giving their loved ones this holiday season.

Bekki Jo Tressler, certified pilates instructor at Milestone, believes the best gifts to give and receive are: a yoga mat from lulu lemon, Shashi Barre Socks,and Snarky Tea for her tea-loving friends! She also loves to give Oasis spa gift cards to help release stress during the holiday season.

Robb Beyer, certified personal trainer at Milestone, believes if he could give a gift that is fitness related, it would be the ability to push past what someone thought possible.

Jocelyn Duke, a personal trainer and fitness specialist at Milestone believes the best gift she gives her clients during a workout is physical release, which in turn releases endorphins and overall mood. Jocelyn recommends exercise bands as a great fitness gift to give or receive.

Kettlebells, dumbbells, and even breathable exercise masks from Adidas or Athleta are also wonderful fitness gift ideas to help keep you safe and active!

So indulge in the gift of exercise this holiday season. Improve your overall health, release stress, and make 2021 your year to make a positive change.

Happy Holidays and Merry Fitness!

Posted on 2020-12-02 by By Allison Cardoza | Photos by Dick Arnspiger