We all have that person in our life who is a bit of a health and fitness snob. They are CrossFitters, runners, weight lifters, cyclists, swimmers and yogis. And they usually have the best workout gear, so when it comes to giving them gifts, it can be a bit intimidating.
But don't worry, we have 10 last-minute gifts that are sure to impress even the most committed fitness enthusiast.
1. 180s Urban Ear Warmers with Headphones
The cold winter can be brutal for outdoor fitness lovers. While some brave souls can weather any conditions without music, others use a pumped-up playlist to help them push through. The click-to-fit 180s Urban with Headphones ($35; currently on sale for $17.50) will keep those ears toasty and the heart beating to the drums of the music. The design fits comfortably behind the head, can be worn with glasses and other headwear and folds for easy storage.
2. The Perfect Pushup
For fitness lovers who enjoy working out at home, the Perfect Pushup Elite ($29.99) is a must-have. The grip helps distribute weight, while supporting up to 400 pounds. It's nonslip base grips the floor so the user isn't sliding with each set. The Perfect Pushup engages more muscles without making your hands hurt, the company says. It also comes with a digital workout to show you the moves. This just might be the best "As Seen on TV" product yet.
3. Touchfit: GSP
There are countless health and fitness apps on the market, so chances are your fitness-loving friends or family members already have a few on their smartphones. But those who are looking to really get kicked into shape may need some extra motivation. The Touchfit: GSP workout app ($4.99) coaches users through a series of 525 exercises from MMA World Champion Georges St-Pierre. After each set, users "touch in" to rate the workout so that you are constantly challenging your body without pushing too hard. The app requires iOS 7.0 or later.
4. Yummi Yogi Yoga Cookie Cutter
The perfect gift for a foodie or a yogi, Yoga Cookie Cutters ($9 each) allow you to find your inner peace while baking. Cookie-cutter options include Warrior 1, Downward Dog, Tree and Crescent poses. The yoga cutters can be used for cookies, pancakes, homemade granola, or even to make an ornament for the tree. Gift the cookie cutters along with yoga-inspired handmade greeting cards ($5) from Yogicards.
5. Fun Run
Ask any runner and they will tell you that registering for races can get pricey. Whether your fitness enthusiast is a long-distance runner or a laid-back jogger, gifting them with an entry into a race could be just what they're wishing for. Fun Runs have been exploding in popularity lately. They include Color Runs, Electric Runs, and Mud Runs, among others, that are typically 5K (about 3.1 miles) distances. Just make sure that you sign them up for a race close to where they live and at least six weeks away so they can properly prepare for the big day. Registration costs range in price depending on the race, but typically start around $30-$50. Check out Active.com to see local listings.
6. Pivotal Living App and Pivotal Tracker 1 Wristband
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than the Pivotal Living app with corresponding Pivotal Tracker 1 wristband ($12 ). The iOS and Andriod app is easy to navigate and tracks calories burned, steps, distance, sleep and hydration to help monitor healthy lifestyle choices. The Pivotal Tracker 1 is one of the few bands currently sold with an OLED screen for a clear display.
"Staying healthy and informed can be complicated and expensive," says David Donovick, co-founder and CEO of Pivotal Corp. "We want to take both of those factors out of the equation, and are proud to be introducing a new technology and a new pricing structure to the marketplace with Pivotal Living."
The tracker comes in one size that fits wrist sizes 6 to 7 ¾ inches in circumference. Orders come with a USB cable, the band and a one-year membership to the Pivotal Living app.
7. Wii Fit U
When the Wii Fit first hit shelves a few years back, it immediately sold out. Now that the hype has died down and Nintendo has released updates, it's the perfect time to give this gift. The Wii Fit U has 19 new activities and new editions like Scuba Search, Core Luge and Trampoline Target. Track your progress with the Fit Meter accessory or work out using the Wii U GamePad Controller (sold separately). The entire bundle costs about $75 on Amazon.
8. NutriBullet Magic Bullet
After that intense workout, fruit smoothies are so refreshing. The NurtiBullet Magic Bullet ($88, originally $120) makes creating a post-workout protein shake easy as pie. This blender is powered with a 600-watt motor and patented blade design. Simply add your favorite fruits and veggies with some water and you have an instant healthy snack.
9. Athleta Spring Tote
Any gym rat knows how stinky dirty gym bags can get. Give the fit female in your life the Athleta Spring Tote ($79) that has compartments that keeps dirty gym clothes separate from clean items. There is also a removable shoe bag, and enough room to place your yoga mat across the top for when you are on the move.
10. HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle
Bringing a new meaning to smart water, the HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle ($20-$30) calculates your personal hydration needs to make sure you drink enough water before, during and after workouts. Billed as "the world's first interactive water bottle," it tracks your water consumption in real-time, motivating you to keep hitting the (healthy) bottle. It's available in a range of prices, but for the cheapest option, check out Amazon.
There you have it, a selection of fun gifts for the fitness enthusiasts in your life, and all without you having to break a sweat looking for them!
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