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10 Gifts for the physically fit (or those hoping to be!)

10 Gifts for the physically fit (or those hoping to be!)

By Elaine Munn

As 2012 comes to an end, no doubt many people will be committing to a healthier lifestyle in 2013. If this includes someone on your gift list, here are a few gift ideas that can help make workouts more enjoyable. You may even find something to put on your own wish list! (Prices are low-end, found at a local discount store.)

  • Gym bag ($19.99). Keeping workout clothes and shoes packed and ready helps avoid arriving at the gym missing a sports bra or pair of shoes. Add a small bag with body wash, shampoo and conditioner for the post-workout shower.
  • Shirts made of moisture wicking fabric ($12.99). The fabric wicks away sweat during workouts, which helps the body stay cool. Most are also seamless, which helps prevent body chafing. Socks specifically designed for workouts are a great stocking stuffer.

    A Brita water filtration bottle is an inexpensive gift for the wellness-minded person on your list!

    A Brita water filtration bottle is an inexpensive gift for the wellness-minded person on your list!

  • Brita bottle water filtration system ($8.89). This reusable BPA-free bottle filters 20 ounces of regular tap water, reducing chlorine taste and odor. One filter that lasts approximately 2 months is included; replacement filters cost $6.89 for a box of two.
  • iPod shuffle ($46). This affordable little device is made of lightweight aluminum, is only 1” X 1.5” in size and clips conveniently to clothing. With 2 GB of storage for songs and audio books, it has a fitness feature and AM/FM radio. (A computer is needed to sync the iPod with songs.)
  • DVD ($9.69). No need to order expensive programs offered on TV infomercials. There are a variety of workout DVDs from famous trainers (Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper) as well as dance, yoga and pilates favorites.
  • Stretch bands, kettlebells or dumbbells ($4.19). Some people may not be ready to join a gym. These items require little storage space and are perfect for strength training and muscle toning at home. Travelers can easily pack stretch bands in a suitcase for on-the-road workouts.
  • Yoga mat ($19.99). Designed to avoid slipping during yoga poses, a yoga mat also provides cushioning and a clean spot for other floor exercises such as crunches, sit-ups and pushups. Price increases with extra length, cushioning and anti-microbial materials.
  • Magazine subscriptions (Women’s Health, Shape, Prevention). An affordable gift that keeps on giving with once-a-month motivation and tips by fitness and health experts for people who work out. Magazines sold on newsstands usually have cards inserted for starting a new subscription. The magazine can be wrapped and given as a gift with a note informing the recipient that you started a gift subscription for them.
  • Single Serve Blender ($16.99). Last Christmas I gave one to my mother-in-law who is in her 80s, as well as one to my 24-year old son, and both put them to good use. I included some nutritious post-workout smoothie recipes as well as flavored protein powder.
  • Pedometer ($9.99). The American Heart Association recommends people walk 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) a day. The basic pedometer accurately keeps track of steps and distance; a model that also measures calories and fat burned is available for $5 more.

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