Even cold, wet weather won't keep a dedicated athlete from going on her morning run. This year, gift her with a running jacket that will keep her high and dry. Lululemon makes a wide variety of jackets (and other apparel) she'll love. Our favorite is the Nothin' But Run jacket. It comes in amazing colors and has soft, comfortable material that features a water-repellent finish.(Lululemon, $128)
After a tough workout, recharge with a protein shake in your personalized tumbler. This is the perfect give for you or any of your friends who are always on the go. Choose the color, design, and font you want to appear on the tumbler and give as a gift. The recipient can store his/her favorite drinks in this wonderfully handmade product. (One Good name, $9)
For the friend who loves to swim, you can't beat the Interval 4G Waterproof Headphone System. This iPod shuffle case is specifically designed for swimmers who love to train while listening to music. The headphones, powered by H20 Audio, attach to almost all swimming goggles and includes five sets of earplugs, so you can find the perfect size to stay in place while you swim. This is a gift any active swimmer will appreciate. (X-1, $100)
Give a useful gift to your athletic friend who loves strength and flexibility training. This moisture-resistant mat by ProSource is both easy to clean and extremely durable. Find the color that suits you and use the mat for every type of yoga. The thick, high performance material ensures comfort as well as safety from slipping; the carrying makes transportation from home to the gym or yoga studio easy. (Amazon, $21)
The Garmin foot pod is an ideal gift for friends who want to keep track of their steps without clipping a device to their clothes. Unlike traditional pedometers, the Garmin foot pod attaches to shoe laces and uses high-tech sensors to analyze foot motion. It is also compatible with various Garmin fitness watches, like the Garmin Forerunner 305, which makes viewing speed and distance convenient. The foot pod can be used for indoor and outdoor running, walking, and running cadence. (Amazon, $45)
Video games aren't just for couch potatoes these days. Game systems like Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect allow you and your friends to workout and play video games at the same time! The Wii Fit Plus package has something for everyone. The bundle comes with the game software and Wii Balance Board. With the new version of Wii Fit, you can personalize your workout with personal, elite level training, or try a variety of strength, balance and flexibility exercises that are 20, 30, or 40 minutes. (Amazon, 140)
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