10 Great Gifts to Give Yourself for Good Health

woman holding a giftAs a mom, it's easy to put everyone else's needs first. This year, give yourself the gift of good health. You deserve it.

Below, you'll find 10 terrific gifts to give your body and spirit a healthy boost. Reward yourself with at least one of these before this spring:

  1. Foam rollers: No, we're not talking about those little pink things that women used to stick in their hair. Foam rollers—made from dense foam and available in 1-foot and 3-foot lengths—massage sore muscles and help you stretch as well as increase balance and flexibility. "These are easy things you can have at home," says Tonya Gutch, senior personal trainer, Cooper Aerobics Center, Dallas. "They're great for stress relief, tight muscles and posture." You lie, sit or kneel on the foam rollers to perform movements. Some come with instruction sheets; gym trainers also can advise you on best techniques. Rollers sell for about $8 to $20, depending upon size and density.

  2. 100 more a day: Forget deprivation. Choose to give yourself 100 more calories of expended energy every day. All you have to do is add a little more movement to your day: walk around the room while you're on the phone at work or home, take a 15-minute walk at lunchtime, even just jiggling your legs or sitting on a fitness ball while you sit in front of the computer increases your energy output. So does standing instead of sitting, so stand when you can. The American Dietetic Association says burning 100 extra calories a day (without compensating by eating more, of course!) can help you lose 10 pounds in one year. And you don't have to think of it as "exercise" or a "diet." For five more sneaky tips for losing weight, click here.