• ACTIVE DATE TIPS
  • This entry was posted in on February 14, 2018

  • In honor of Valentine’s Day – we are going to provide you with a few date ideas that get you and your significant other out and active.  These ideas are great for Valentine’s Day Weekend or just a surprise date.

    Hiking

    It may depend on your location, but getting out and going for a hike is a great date.  You get some fresh air; use some team work to help each other through the difficult sections.  You can even pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic view as you make your way up the mountain or around the lake.  You’ll break a sweat, but your date will appreciate the thought.

    Ice Skating

    What better excuse to hold your dates hand than to go ice skating.  Even if you’re not a professional and keep falling, your date will want to help you up (or vice versa).  Best of all, afterwards you can cozy up afterwards with a nice cup of hot cocoa. 

    Dance Classes

    It’s not Dancing with the Stars but taking a class at your local dance studio could be a great date.  If you take a salsa class you get to be extremely close to your date, give them a twirl, and then bring them back close to you. It seems like a win-win situation for any date.

    Cooking Classes

    So this is not your typical active date, but it is outside of the box.  It’s always fun to learn something new and you and your date can learn to cook a new dish.  Check out a few locations that offer cooking classes and pick one that will introduce you or your date to a new cuisine.  Working together to create a meal can be more romantic than splurging on an expensive dinner.

    Run a Race

    Many cities offer a Valentine’s Day/Lovers race where you and your valentine can team up and run the race.  You get in your exercise and can celebrate together at the finish line.  Best of all, running can help relax you and relieve any stress you may have around Valentine’s Day. 

    Kayaking

    This is another great date for some teamwork, especially if you get a 2 person kayak.  You can work together, talk the entire day and you can even pack a lunch and post up on a beach for a nice romantic lunch.  You can enjoy the views, talk and enjoy the silence of the outdoors together.

    Paintball

    This is definitely outside the scope of a typical date, but for the extreme couple who enjoys a little bit of friendly competition and an adrenaline rush, this could be a great date.  Just be careful to not shoot your partner too much!  You can team up together and take on another team and see who wins at the end. 

    Golf

    Nothing like walking 18 holes with your date to spark up a great conversation!  Plus, what if they need a little help with their swing? You can help them, get a little close and show them what the proper golf swing looks like.  It’s a relaxing date that includes a bit of exercise, some (hopefully) sunshine, and lots of YOU time.

    Arcade

    Adult arcades are just as fun as regular arcades were when you were a kid.  Nothing beats playing a game of Skee Ball, or basketball to see is the best! You can hop on a racing game, try to win tickets, and—since it’s for adults—you can grab a drink at the bar.  Either way, you’ll be running around the arcade, playing games and collecting tickets like a little kid again. It’s fun and you can combine tickets to get your date a cute gift!

    There are plenty of ideas out there to help get you and your date out and active.  It doesn’t have to include sweating, or getting in a work out.  Working together, communicating, having fun and doing something outside of the box will make for a memorable date.  What kind of active date would you suggest to add to our list?




  • WINTER WORKOUT TIPS
  • This entry was posted in Fitness on January 10, 2018

  • As the majority of the country just experienced a “polar vortex” and has been dealing with frigid temperatures – it definitely can be a challenge to drag yourself to the gym.  There is no need to bundle up, trek through the snow (or freezing temperatures) to your local gym; you can get a good workout at home until the weather takes a turn for the better. 

    Cardio               

    AskMen suggests running up and down a set of stairs in your home.  This is a great way to increase your heart-rate without bearing the bitter cold.  If you invest in a jump-rope, that’s another way you can get your cardio in.

    If you have oversized boxes that you are able to stand upon (the higher the better) then use it for step-ups. If you’re able to do one (or all) of these for 30-60 seconds hard, then rest for a minute and repeat.

    Weight-Training

    Legs: If it’s too cold to go outside, and you have too many chores to get done around the house, that’s okay.  While you’re washing the dishes, do some standing calf raises.  See if you can lift and lower your heels for as long as possible, try to start with 20 a day and increase a little each day. You get a work out, and your dishes are now clean.

    It’s easy to do lunges at home.  Find a space where you can stretch out a bit or, if necessary, you can use your hallway.  Go back and forth a few times and get a really good stretch. 

    Abs: If you could add one piece of “furniture” to your home, it should be a fitness/exercise ball. Whether you’re watching TV or doing some work at home, if you can manage to sit on an exercise ball you are giving your abs a workout.  For more of a challenge – try doing some sit ups using the exercise ball.

    If you do not have an exercise ball available, then see about doing a few oblique crunches.  You’ll work out your abs and you can even do it while watching TV at night, or in the morning before you get ready for the day.  

    Arms: If you do have an exercise ball at home, then a simple solution is to do a few sets of push-ups on the exercise ball.  In addition to working your upper body, you will also sneak in an ab workout.

    Doing some light weight-lifting is another way to get fit at home.  Whether you have a few light free weights, or if you just want to use household items such as milk, can of corn, or laundry detergent.  Do a few reps and start sculpting your arms.

    It is important that if you’re not going to venture to the gym in sub-zero degree weather, that you still manage to keep up with your fitness.  There are definitely more options for workout routines at home, what is your favorite at-home fitness tip?




  • WHY ACTIVE GIFTS ARE GREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 04, 2017

  • It’s no secret that active people live healthier - and often longer - lives. Since you want your loved ones to not only stick around for as long as possible, but enjoy and make the most of their lives, active gifts are the ultimate way to show you care.

    There’s an active present appropriate for everyone on your list. Just make sure the gift matches up to their interests and fitness level. An avid runner might love a new pair of sneakers, while someone just getting into fitness might be interested in a step-monitoring device to help them on the journey toward better health.

    From improving wellness, to encouraging fun and adventure, here are a few reasons why you should consider active gifts for your loved ones this season.

    1) They’re fun. Kids love anything that gets them moving, and adults savor the chance to let loose, play, and relax. No need to wait – active gifts are often the first ones put to use on Christmas morning, with outdoor walks and adventures frequently part of holiday family traditions. Table tennis sets, and bikes, scooters, and other toys all make great active gifts.

    2) Active presents send an inspiring message. Regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and even cancer in your loved ones. Encourage them to improve their lives with functional and fun presents that can make a momentous difference in their wellbeing.

    3) Movement makes happiness. Exercise helps us process and handle stress more effectively. Regular movement puts things in perspective, and helps people see the world in a larger scope. Setting and achieving fitness goals creates a confidence that transfers over to many others areas of life – from school, to work, to personal relationships. Give a gift that will guarantee greater life satisfaction.

    4) Activities make memories. Items that involve activities are the best presents, because they give something that’s hard to lose or top – memories. Active gifts give families and friends ways to bond, explore, and grow together in good health.

    5) They’re unique. It’s easy to forget who gave you a mug or a gift card, but you’ll always remember who gave you a fitness gadget or toy you use at least once a week.

    From outdoor games to exercise equipment, help your friends and family reach their optimum levels of health and happiness this holiday season with gifts from KETTLER USA that incite adventure, inspire growth, and foster confidence. It’s no contest: active gifts are the best!

    It’s no secret that active people live healthier - and often longer - lives. Since you want your loved ones to not only stick around for as long as possible, but enjoy and make the most of their lives, active gifts are the ultimate way to show you care.

    There’s an active present appropriate for everyone on your list. Just make sure the gift matches up to their interests and fitness level. An avid runner might love a new pair of sneakers, while someone just getting into fitness might be interested in a step-monitoring device to help them on the journey toward better health.

    From improving wellness, to encouraging fun and adventure, here are a few reasons why you should consider active gifts for your loved ones this season.

    1) They’re fun. Kids love anything that gets them moving, and adults savor the chance to let loose, play, and relax. No need to wait – active gifts are often the first ones put to use on Christmas morning, with outdoor walks and adventures frequently part of holiday family traditions. Table tennis sets, and bikes, scooters, and other toys all make great active gifts.

    2) Active presents send an inspiring message. Regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and even cancer in your loved ones. Encourage them to improve their lives with functional and fun presents that can make a momentous difference in their wellbeing.

    3) Movement makes happiness. Exercise helps us process and handle stress more effectively. Regular movement puts things in perspective, and helps people see the world in a larger scope. Setting and achieving fitness goals creates a confidence that transfers over to many others areas of life – from school, to work, to personal relationships. Give a gift that will guarantee greater life satisfaction.

    4) Activities make memories. Items that involve activities are the best presents, because they give something that’s hard to lose or top – memories. Active gifts give families and friends ways to bond, explore, and grow together in good health.

    5) They’re unique. It’s easy to forget who gave you a mug or a gift card, but you’ll always remember who gave you a fitness gadget or toy you use at least once a week.

    From outdoor games to exercise equipment, help your friends and family reach their optimum levels of health and happiness this holiday season with gifts from KETTLER USA that incite adventure, inspire growth, and foster confidence. It’s no contest: active gifts are the best!




  • GIFT IDEAS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
  • This entry was posted in Table tennis on November 13, 2017

  • Growing up, each of my siblings received their gifts under the Christmas tree, as did I. But, then there was always a pile or a big box hidden away somewhere else that was from Santa and was for the whole family to enjoy, even my parents! We never knew what to expect, was it a new board game or a pack of movie tickets or in my wildest dreams, a trip to Disneyworld. But, every year without fail, we received a family gift. It was a great way for all of us to come together at the end of the day and really enjoy the holiday together and celebrate what Christmas is all about, spending time with family, not about what Santa may have left under the tree.

    Here are some great gift ideas that will surprise your family and provide hours of fun!

    Table Tennis Table

    Nothing says holiday cheer like a friendly game of table tennis. If you’re like my family, then this ultimately turns into a bracket style challenge, where winner takes all! It’s a fun way to be competitive, have fun and cheer each other on. You can get an indoor table or an outdoor table (depends on your home, location and preference), but either way, you can have hours of fun playing singles or doubles against the whole family.

    Board Games

    It may seem a little old-school considering there are so many different video games or apps out there that help foster family-time and game nights, but breaking out the good old-fashioned board games for a family fun night can be a great way to disconnect from technology and have fun with the whole family. From trivia games to word games, there are so many different options out there. So if Monopoly gets too competitive for your family, opt for something a little more light-hearted.

    Just Dance Games

    So while we just said that it’s great to disconnect from video games and technology, there are some really fun games that will not only be fun for the whole family, they’re actually really great ways to stay active while being stuck indoors during the cold winter months. Just Dance lets the whole family show off their dancing skills, and video play-backs definitely provide some great laughs. See who has the best moves in the family!

    Popcorn Maker & DVD set

    Movie nights are always fun! And while going out to the movies is always a great time, it can get a bit pricey for the whole family. So, why not bring the movie-night experience home. Get a cool popcorn maker, pick up different types of movie candy and then choose different DVDs for a full-on movie marathon. You can even pick your favorite childhood movies to share with your kids, they’ll love watching the oldies.

    The holidays are really about being a family and spending time with your loved ones. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Do you plan on starting a new tradition this year?

    Growing up, each of my siblings received their gifts under the Christmas tree, as did I. But, then there was always a pile or a big box hidden away somewhere else that was from Santa and was for the whole family to enjoy, even my parents! We never knew what to expect, was it a new board game or a pack of movie tickets or in my wildest dreams, a trip to Disneyworld. But, every year without fail, we received a family gift. It was a great way for all of us to come together at the end of the day and really enjoy the holiday together and celebrate what Christmas is all about, spending time with family, not about what Santa may have left under the tree.

    Here are some great gift ideas that will surprise your family and provide hours of fun!

    Table Tennis Table

    Nothing says holiday cheer like a friendly game of table tennis. If you’re like my family, then this ultimately turns into a bracket style challenge, where winner takes all! It’s a fun way to be competitive, have fun and cheer each other on. You can get an indoor table or an outdoor table (depends on your home, location and preference), but either way, you can have hours of fun playing singles or doubles against the whole family.

    Board Games

    It may seem a little old-school considering there are so many different video games or apps out there that help foster family-time and game nights, but breaking out the good old-fashioned board games for a family fun night can be a great way to disconnect from technology and have fun with the whole family. From trivia games to word games, there are so many different options out there. So if Monopoly gets too competitive for your family, opt for something a little more light-hearted.

    Just Dance Games

    So while we just said that it’s great to disconnect from video games and technology, there are some really fun games that will not only be fun for the whole family, they’re actually really great ways to stay active while being stuck indoors during the cold winter months. Just Dance lets the whole family show off their dancing skills, and video play-backs definitely provide some great laughs. See who has the best moves in the family!

    Popcorn Maker & DVD set

    Movie nights are always fun! And while going out to the movies is always a great time, it can get a bit pricey for the whole family. So, why not bring the movie-night experience home. Get a cool popcorn maker, pick up different types of movie candy and then choose different DVDs for a full-on movie marathon. You can even pick your favorite childhood movies to share with your kids, they’ll love watching the oldies. 




  • FUN WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE WITH YOUR KIDS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on October 02, 2017

  • Making sure your kids grow up healthy and fit is every parent’s top priority. As important as encouraging active healthy behavior is, finding a balance between work, family, school, and physical activity can be tough. Setting a healthy example and getting kids excited about getting active is a good place to start. Here are some tips and fun ways to engage your kids in physical activity.

    Bike Ride

    Bike rides can be relaxing and also a great strengthening and aerobic workout. Riding a bike works all the major muscles groups of the body.

    At KETTLER we make bicycles of all types and sizes to best suit each member of your family.

     

    Weekly Sports Nights

    Whether it’s Tuesday night or Sunday afternoon, get the whole family in the backyard or at a neighborhood park for a ball game. Take turns choosing what sport or game to play that week. From soccer to table tennis, you’ll get a good workout in and make lasting memories with your family.

     

    Charity Runs

    Give back to community while getting active. Team up with your children for a fundraising race. Walk or run races and have fun training with fitness games and challenges in the weeks before an event. Children will enjoy seeing their progress from race to race and earning medals and certificates.

     

    Family Fitness Classes

    Swimming, biking, canoeing and hiking are great in the summer and into the early fall, while sledding, ice skating, building a snowman or skiing are winter fun. Depending on the season find fun mini adventures your family can plan and look forward to. Many gyms and community centers offer family fitness classes designed for parents and children. Or create your own backyard regiment on the swing set or in the grass.

     

    Even chores around the house or something as simple as a walk around the neighborhood can be turned into fun games and a chance to get active, even if only for a few minutes. Nature walks are great in any season. For fall make a game out of catching leaves on a windy day - see who can catch the red, yellow, and green leaves. Let the kids help out in the yard by having them rake the leaves into piles – then have fun jumping in them or taking turns covering one another in leaves.

     

    Making sure your kids grow up healthy and fit is every parent’s top priority. As important as encouraging active healthy behavior is, finding a balance between work, family, school, and physical activity can be tough. Setting a healthy example and getting kids excited about getting active is a good place to start. Here are some tips and fun ways to engage your kids in physical activity.

    Bike Ride

    Bike rides can be relaxing and also a great strengthening and aerobic workout. Riding a bike works all the major muscles groups of the body.

    At KETTLER we make bicycles of all types and sizes to best suit each member of your family.

     

    Weekly Sports Nights

    Whether it’s Tuesday night or Sunday afternoon, get the whole family in the backyard or at a neighborhood park for a ball game. Take turns choosing what sport or game to play that week. From soccer to table tennis, you’ll get a good workout in and make lasting memories with your family.

     

    Charity Runs

    Give back to community while getting active. Team up with your children for a fundraising race. Walk or run races and have fun training with fitness games and challenges in the weeks before an event. Children will enjoy seeing their progress from race to race and earning medals and certificates.

     

    Family Fitness Classes

    Swimming, biking, canoeing and hiking are great in the summer and into the early fall, while sledding, ice skating, building a snowman or skiing are winter fun. Depending on the season find fun mini adventures your family can plan and look forward to. Many gyms and community centers offer family fitness classes designed for parents and children. Or create your own backyard regiment on the swing set or in the grass.

     

    Even chores around the house or something as simple as a walk around the neighborhood can be turned into fun games and a chance to get active, even if only for a few minutes. Nature walks are great in any season. For fall make a game out of catching leaves on a windy day - see who can catch the red, yellow, and green leaves. Let the kids help out in the yard by having them rake the leaves into piles – then have fun jumping in them or taking turns covering one another in leaves.