10 Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic
Got a fitness buff on your shopping list this year? Step into Santa’s shoes with a selection of gift suggestions that will help your loved ones break a sweat and burn calories. Here are ten must-haves for the exercise enthusiast.
New Balance Glow in the Dark 1400
Don’t let winter’s early evenings put an end to your outdoor running routine. Be visible to passing cars, and feel safer at night thanks to New Balance’s Glow in the Dark 1400 shoes. Featuring a fluorescent green and yellow mesh upper that reflects light sources, and glows in the dark, the 1400 is New Balance’s most visible footwear. Incredibly light, weighing in at only 201 grams, these shoes are built for speed with a REVlite midsole that’s both durable and responsive. Let the 1400s help you reach the finish line faster – and safer – this winter.
$129.99 at New Balance
Fitbit One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker
The Fitbit One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker is the perfect fitness buddy. Tracking steps, distance, stairs climbed, calories burned and sleep patterns, this tiny gadget conveniently stows in a pocket, or clips on a belt or bra. Rainproof and sweat-proof, Fitbit One can safely accompany fitness buffs during snowy winter runs, or strenuous gym sessions. Wireless technology allows the device to sync its data to PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones where goals can be set, and meals logged. Plus, the device allows you to share your accomplishments with friends to ensure you stay motivated. A USB rechargeable battery gives Fitbit One three to five days of uninterrupted power.
$99.99 at Best Buy
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Eat to Live Cookbook
Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Joel Fuhrman – famed New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live and The End of Diabetes – presents The Eat to Live Cookbook (HarperCollins Publishers, 2013) a tome of 200 taste-tempting, nutritious recipes. Fuel your workouts and maintain a healthy lifestyle with yummy, energy-boosting meals such as sweet potato black bean burgers, spicy Thai braised kale and tofu, and Creole chicken and spinach. These recipes will help you drop pounds and keep them off for good. Even the desserts (red velvet sorbet, chocolate cake, coconut carrot cream pie and several others) are low in calories, but big on flavour.
$24.99 at Indigo
Everlast Leather Medicine Ball
Searching for something new to spice up your fitness regime? Get your hands on an Everlast Leather Medicine Ball. Beloved by pro athletes, medicine balls feature a sand-filled weighted centre that can help boost flexibility, coordination, and overall fitness. Improve strength in the legs, arms, chest and core during squats, lunges and oblique twists. Everlast’s Leather Medicine Ball features a textured exterior for better grip. With two weights to choose from – 9 or 12 pounds – there’s a medicine ball for all ages and abilities.
From $34.97 at Sears
Two Way Pack Bag
Lululemon, Canada’s favourite destination for yoga gear has your holiday shopping in the bag. Not content to offer a fitness carry-all with only one job description, their roomy Two Way Pack can be employed as either a tote, or a backpack – a secret zippered pocket holds the back straps when not in use. Constructed from water-resistant coated cotton canvas, this attractively designed bag is extremely durable and can safely hold 22kg of belongings. Featuring a special padded pocket for your iPad or Kindle, and a removable inside bag for a pair of shoes, exercise aficionados won’t be the only ones asking Santa for this bag.
$128.00 at Lululemon
Tracy Anderson: Dance+Cardio DVD
Want to shape up with the fitness guru to the stars? Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, and Shakira have all been clients of Tracy Anderson, and now you can take advantage of her stay-slim secrets, too. Her Dance+Cardio exercise DVD features two fun yet challenging 30-minute dance routines that will benefit your entire body. Anderson’s mantra is that her program will allow women to sculpt lean, long muscles without bulking up, so you’ll be toned, energized and still feminine. Her choreographed steps get your heart rate pumping with an aerobic intensity that will burn plenty of calories. Best of all, Anderson’s DVD program is enjoyable and suitable for all fitness levels.
$12.99 at amazon.ca
Yurbuds Inspire Duo In-Ear Headphones
Say goodbye to headphones that continually tumble from your ears during workouts. Yurbuds Inspire Duo In-Ear Headphones are literally music to your ears. Thanks to Yurbuds’ ‘TwistLock’ technology, these red buds sit in place securely and comfortably regardless of how vigorous the activity. Equipped with a tangle and tear-proof woven cloth cord, these buds are both water and sweat resistant. Serving up clear sound with just a hint of ambient noise – so you’ll still be able to hear traffic during an outdoor run – these headphones come complete with a handy carry pouch, and two sizes of enhancers.
$49.99 at Best Buy
Best Health Magazine subscription
Give the gift of year-round wellbeing with a magazine subscription to Best Health, the sister publication to Reader’s Digest. Inside every issue, your loved one will discover inspiring articles featuring easy-to-adopt tips and the latest information on health, fitness, food and beauty. Want to learn the latest fitness moves, get the scoop on the best cosmetics, and uncover experts’ advice on staying healthy? Best Health covers it all with a witty, entertaining perspective. Look great, get healthy, eat well and embrace life with seven issues of Best Health magazine delivered directly to your friend’s mailbox.
Jade Yoga Harmony Professional Yoga Mat
Keep your zen-like state this shopping season! Your search for an eco-friendly yoga mat ends here. Jade’s Harmony Professional Mat is crafted in the United States from open cell natural rubber, and doesn’t contain any synthetic plastic, or non-renewable materials. Perfectly sized at 24 x 68 inches and a comfortable thickness of 3/16″, Jade’s most popular mat offers stability, traction, and cushioning for the most challenging of yoga moves. The natural rubber will minimize slips during sweaty hot yoga sessions, keeping your standing bow, eagle and balancing stick poses safe and on form.
$79.99 at Sport Chek
Nike+ Kinect Training – Xbox 360
Who needs an expensive personal trainer at the gym when you can have Nike+ Kinect Training in the comfort of your own home? Xbox 360 brings elite Nike trainers and the latest in sport science to your living room workout. Whether you’re buying Nike+ Kinect Training for an exercise beginner, or a seasoned pro, there’s a customizable program to suit all fitness levels and aptitudes. Get real-time feedback from the your own trainer, set goals, track progress, and compare your performance with fellow Nike+ Kinect users. Best of all, this game evolves with you, so there’s no exercise boredom. Please note: Kinect is required and is sold separately.
$39.99 at Indigo