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A Christmas Gift Guide for Healthier Kids

By Brandi Goodman 

Toys fill the store shelves and show up in commercials. Though your kids may ask for these items, most do little to keep your child healthy and well. Sure, imaginative play is important, but there's only so much space in your home for all the toys they're asking. Try some healthier gift options instead to better your kid's well-being.

A Mini-Trampoline

A trampoline in the backyard is the dream of every child. Not every home has a yard though, or little space. Try a mini-trampoline instead. It can fit in the house, on the porch, or you can bring it to the driveway when your kiddo wants to use it. Either way, they'll get to hold on as they bounce and jump to their heart's content. It's a great option for toddlers to work off some of their energy.

A Fitness Tracker

A fitness tracker is a solid gift option for older kids and teens. They can use it as a watch and keep track of their steps at the same time. If you have a child on the heavier side or who struggles to get any physical activity into their day, helping them out with a fitness tracker can be beneficial. Encourage them to get their number up to 10,000 steps per day and offer a reward if necessary.

A Basketball Hoop

Bouncing a ball and making it into a hoop is a good skill to have. It improves hand-eye coordination and can burn some calories. Get your kids a basketball hoop so they can practice. You can get a large one for outside or a small one to keep indoors, perfect for tots. There's even over-the-door hoops that work great.

A Personalized Water Bottle

Drinking water is necessary for optimal health. It isn't always easy to encourage kids to drink it, though. Get your child a personalized water bottle for Christmas and it will offer some encouragement to actually drink the zero calorie option. This also works well if you have multiple children to ensure each one has their own bottle to drink from daily.

A Body Pillow

Health isn't all about being active. Getting adequate sleep each night can also improve your well-being. Get your child a fun body pillow that they'll want to cuddle with. It can help them sleep better and ensure they're getting their eight hours nightly.

Don't forget about stockings. Skip the candy options and opt for nutritious treats instead. Paired with healthy gifts, the healthy snacks in the stockings will work well to keep your kids safe and well this Christmas.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kingwood, Tex.

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