Sports gift ideas for fourth-quarter run to the stores

Fitness Q & A

December 24, 2004|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,Special to the Sun

Please recommend a few sports-related gifts for a young teenager. This will be my son's main gift, so I'm willing to spend up to $200.

For you last-minute shoppers, here is a handful of the hottest sports toys on the market this holiday season, along with approximate prices.

* Lazer Tag: Deluxe 2-Player System, $43.

* Arcade Alley Electronic Hockey Goal Game, $50.

* 4-Wheelers (sneaker skates) by Skechers, $33.

* Night Owl Night Vision Monocular, $160.

* Novara Dirt Rider SS 20-Inch Bike - 2005, $149.

* Razor Electric Go Kart, $198.

What can I do to boost my metabolism? My twin brother has the same genes as me, and he has developed a faster metabolism, so I know it's possible.

We all know people who are always noshing on Cheetos or candy and somehow manage to stay trim. Instead of envying those people, do something about it. Luckily, you do have the power to alter your metabolism. To turn your body into a calorie-blasting machine, try these five metabolic enhancers:

1. Don't skip breakfast.

2. Develop lean muscle through exercise and weight lifting.

3. Add spicy foods to your diet.

4. De-stress (stress causes the release of the metabolism-slowing hormone cortisol).

5. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

What are the best sports bras for larger women? I'm a D-cup, and most athletic bras in my size don't offer enough support, and often cut into my skin.

Exercise is tough enough without having to worry about your sports bra. Here's a sampling of the best of the best when it comes to maximum support:

* Champion Action Shape Sports Bra (www.champion.ie).

* Title 9 Frog Bra (www.title9sports. com).

* Enell Bra (www.enell.com).

If you are still having problems after buying one of these bras, try doubling up and wearing two. That often does the trick.

Do you have a fitness question? You can submit questions via e-mail to fitness@baltsun.com, or online at baltimoresun.com / healthscience, or in writing to The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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