Welcome to the ninth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. About.com’s Family Fitness Expert, Catherine Holecko, shares with us her favorite fitness holiday picks and healthy gift ideas for the whole family!
What are some of your favorite holiday family health & fitness practices/trends this season?
For adults, fitness trackers continue to be big. FitBit just came out with three new devices, although two won’t be released until after the new year. Kids can enjoy fitness tech too, with the LeapBand from LeapFrog and the KidFit from X-Doria. And ride-on toys are always a great holiday pick for active play. I always check out what’s new from Razor and Radio Flyer. For the whole family, I like board games that get everyone moving (like Twister) and outdoor kits, like a badminton set.
What items are on your holiday wish list? What is a must-have this holiday season?
I have my eye on that new FitBit (the Charge) as well as an Indo Board balance trainer. And our family would love to trade in our canoe for a couple of kayaks.
What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?
They consistently love ride-on toys for young children (like balance bikes, the Plasmacar, and the Mini-Kick Scooter). They want to know about toys and games that the whole family can share–from big-ticket items like a Ping-Pong table to smaller choices, like snow sleds or unique catch games like Squap or Djubi.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?
I wish I was ahead of the game but I am so not! I tend to do all my shopping in the month of December. I have a couple of local shops I love, but I also shop online for anything that I’d have to ship anyway. My husband likes to shop for our kids, and luckily he tends to stash a few things away throughout the year. For readers, I always recommend active toys or sporting goods for their kiddos and other kids they are buying for. If you are shopping for a child who plays a sport, definitely ask her parents what she needs. Youth sports are expensive and parents are always happy to share the load. And if you’re a youth sport parent yourself, I bet you can buy gift cards from your team as a fundraiser–either to give away, or to use as you shop for everyone on your list.
What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
Probably my treadmill, since I’ll have to be fitting in exercise at odd times of day and in bad weather!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
All over social media, from Twitter to Facebook to Pinterest to shopping sites and blogs. I follow so many smart, creative people who have tons of good ideas.
Catherine is the Family Fitness Expert at About.com writing about all the many ways that parents, kids, and families can share and enjoy physical activity. She has two kids, ages 9 and 12, who both play sports. For her own workouts, she loves yoga, bicycling, and walking her two dogs. You can hear more from Catherine on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.