the best part of having a fitness fanatic on your holiday
shopping list is that you likely won’t be stumped when
creating your gift list.
do you get for somebody who already has everything?"
doesn’t really apply in an industry that is perpetually
producing new exercise gadgets.
shopping season already underway, here are eight ideas to help
ECHO WATCH $149, MAGELLANGPS.COM
Magellan Echo Watch links to a smartphone so you can check
exercise stats with a glance at your wrist rather than
fumbling with your phone. The watch is compatible with
applications such as MapMyRun, Strava and Wahoo Fitness, but
it is not a standalone device. The watch works with your phone
via a Bluetooth connection and also allows control of music
from your wrist.
SPORTRUNNERS $39.95, 32NORTH.COM
runners and walkers, icy roads and trails often mean choosing
between two evils. One, hit the road and risk slipping and
injuring yourself. Or, two, the dreaded treadmill. Stabilicers
SportRunners are chains for your feet. These ice cleats strap
to running shoes, allowing you to log miles outdoors even when
conditions are nasty. You’ll have nine cleats from heel to
toe on each foot, designed to improve traction throughout your
XINGLET FLASH LED VEST $44.50, REI.COM
outside is a great way to keep your fitness routine from
getting stale over the winter. But if you run, walk, bike or
do anything else that requires sharing the road with vehicles,
it can get dangerous. With early sunsets and gray weather,
motorists can have a hard time spotting runners and cyclists.
The Amphipod Xinglet vest is designed to help reduce that
risk. The vest has flashing red LED lights on the front and
back, plus reflective material on the shoulders and waistband.
IPOD SHUFFLE $139.95, WATERFI.COM
decades, runners have used music to help pass the time during
workouts while swimmers have been on their own. Waterfi’s
Waterproofed iPod Shuffle allows users to clip the tiny device
on their goggles and listen to up to 2 gigabytes of music in
the pool. According to waterfi.com, the device is
"completely waterproof down to 210 feet."
you’re carrying a pack on a day hike or sending kids off for
a day of school and sports loaded down with textbooks and
athletic gear, a good backpack is important to maintaining
good back health. AirBac claims its design not only reduces
back stress by automatically adjusting to your body, but it
will feel as if you are carrying half of the weight. I’ve
used one, and I’m not quite sure I can vouch for "half
the weight," but it definitely feels lighter than I
expected and very comfortable when worn properly (use both
straps). The trick is a large air compartment in the lumbar
area that changes the way the pack rides on your back and acts
as a shock absorber. The packs come in various styles,
including those for backpacking and hunting, and others for
school and work.
$40 OR MORE PER HOUR
gym membership can be a waste of good intentions. For many
people, a fully loaded gym can be a confusing and intimidating
place where they’re left to wander and guess the right way
to exercise. Instead, consider hiring a good, certified
personal trainer or sports-specific coach who can teach the
right way to train toward their goals. Then, when they find
themselves adrift in a sea of exercise equipment at the gym,
they’ll know precisely what to do.
the most common excuses I hear for not working out is "I
don’t have anybody to work out with." It’s totally
unnecessary, of course, but whether you are ripped or just
starting down the road to good fitness, exercise always is
more fun and less intimidating with a trusted partner.
yourself up as a workout buddy can be a great gift for several
reasons: First, it’s a cheap gift. Second, you’re bound to
benefit from it too. Finally, if it works out, the person who
received the gift still will be enjoying it long after they’ve
forgotten about all their other Christmas presents.