Having a fitness enthusiast on your Christmas, holiday, or birthday shopping list actually makes gift giving easy. There is always a new gadget or latest trend in exercise that you can give. Here are some of the best and most popular gift ideas for fitness buffs in most every price range.
Bosu Balance Trainer
This looks like an exercise ball cut in half. Because there is a flat side, it sits on the ground with more stability than an exercise ball. You can do several different exercises on it that work core muscles, shoulders, legs, and more. It’s a common piece of exercise equipment found at the gym and even in physical therapy that won’t break your budget, and any fitness buff will appreciate having at home as well.
Popular Exercise DVD
If your gift recipient enjoys working out with a DVD, then you can’t go wrong with buying one of the popular exercise DVDs. Popular ones include anything Zumba, the Insanity series, P90X, the Brazil Butt Lift series, and TurboFire. Exercise videos also let you choose your price range as you can buy a single DVD for less than $25 or buy the complete workout set for less than $150 depending on the program.
Heart Rate Monitor
Whether the person on your shopping list works out at the gym, home, or is an avid runner, they can put a heart rate monitor to good use. Best sellers include the Polar brand heart rate monitors and ones made by Timex. Prices range from about $25 to over $100. Less expensive models will track the heart rate and calories burned. More expensive models can also develop an individualized training program.
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FitBit The One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker
This fitness gadget goes beyond just being a heart rate monitor. It’s a mini-computer the size of a USB flash drive that you keep on your person at all times 24 hours a day. It tracks your activity level and calories burned during the day and your sleep cycle at night. It can even be set to wake you in the morning with a silent alarm. Through Bluetooth technology, it can then upload the data to your computer or mobile device for analysis. Add your food diary and you have a complete health monitor that fits in the palm of your hand. You can even use it with a workout buddy for some friendly competition. The price is about $100.
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If the person you are shopping for enjoys running or biking year round, then consider getting him or her a personal safety device. This could be a small safety light that attaches onto the clothing, reflective vest, or reflective bands that wrap around the wrists and ankles so that cars can see the person in the dark. Another idea is to give a phone case for running. These are cases that can hold a phone and wrap around the arm. A safety device is a relatively cheap gift that can fit into any holiday budget, but will be invaluable to any outdoor runner or biker.
Do be careful as to you who give a fitness gift to come holiday time. A fitness enthusiast or someone who has openly stated that becoming more fit is on their New Year’s resolution list will appreciate any of these gifts. However, giving such a gift to a friend or family member who may need more exercise, but hasn’t expressed an interest in such gifts, will likely not bring you the appreciation you expected.