Gift certificates for a health club membership, personal training or a massage are always nice, but why not give your favorite health and fitness enthusiasts Christmas gifts they can immediately put their hands on. To help you with your Black Friday and Cyber Monday Christmas shopping game plans, here’s a fun list of health and fitness gifts, including fitness gadgets and gear, fitness DVDs, and gifts that make you say ahhhhh.
Christmas Gifts: Fitness Gadgets, Fitness Wear and more
Long-gone are the days of the boring blender-only appliance for fruit smoothies and protein shakes. The Living Well with Montel HealthMaster is the one-machine answer to blending, chopping, pureeing, juicing and grinding fresh foods for healthy meals and drinks. It features a 1100-watt, dual horsepower motor and commercial-grade culinary angled stainless steel blades that emulsify at over 3000 RPM, which reduces graininess and results in mixtures that don’t chunk or separate for extended periods of time. The HealthMaster processes both wet and dry ingredients, and can be used to make everything from energy drinks, natural nut butters, and batters for healthy baked goods to wholesome homemade soups, dips, and even ice cream. The HealthMaster comes with recipe books and healthy living tips.
Boom Board Body Shaping System
Your fitness enthusiast will love the Boom Board, a portable body sculpting system that boosts endurance, muscle tone and flexibility with a variety of cardio and resistance exercises. The patented push-button technology allows individuals at all fitness levels to quickly move from one body shaping exercise to another with easy control of the resistance level. The base of the Boom Board is equipped with a special track to safely and securely hold the leg of a chair for those who need or want to exercise from a seated position. The versatile Boom Board allows users to do dozens of exercises while seated, standing or lying on the board, making it a great body sculpting and overall fitness tool. The Boom Board, available in orange, pink or blue, also comes with a 15-minute instructional DVD, 42-page workout guide, 7-day eating plan, convenient carrying case, exercise mat and an easy-to-install door module that allows for additional body sculpting exercises.
BodyMedia, the pioneer in developing wearable body monitoring progams, delivers the ultimate system for online fitness and weight loss tracking (perfect for those who are avid computer users). Different from a simple pedometer, accelerometer or heart rate monitor, GoWear Fit is a lifestyle and calorie management system that tracks key physical characteristics that can directly affect health and weight. Your fitness-minded friends and family members can set goals and keep track of calories burned, calories consumed (user logs food via an integrated online system), physical activity, steps taken, and even sleep duration and efficiency. No other comfortable, convenient, continuous body-monitoring products can measure physical activity and calories burned with BodyMedia’s greater-than-90 percent accuracy.
Available: www.GoWearFit.com, www.Amazon.com, and Dick’s Sporting Goods
Retail: $199.95 for the GoWear fit Armband; subscription rates for the Online Activity Manager range between $6.95/month and $12.95/month
Personal Trainer: Walking
Another tech fitness gadget, the Personal Trainer: Walking is part of the Personal Trainer series of fun and easy-to-use software products for the Nintendo DS. Personal Trainer: Walking uses an Activity Meter accessory (similar to a pedometer), which measures daily steps and steps taken per minute and can record up to a week’s worth of step data (and stores up to 5 years of information). Users simply slip the Activity Monitor onto their belt or into their purse. At the end of the day, the data can be quickly and easily transmitted to an infrared game card that converts information into fun, interactive graphs that give users their “life rhythm,” allowing them to track progress and set new goals. Users can keep track of their own step counts, compete with others, and even click an Activity Meter onto their pet (pets need exercise, too!). Accountability and fun are key in keeping people motivated to exercise — the Personal Trainer: Walking is a great device that delivers both.
Available: Visit www.PersonalTrainerWalking.com for a list of online retailers
Retail: $50 for two Activity Meters
Ibex Outdoor Wear
For the avid outdoor exerciser, Ibex Outdoor Wear offers merino wool and organic wool sportswear, baselayers, travel clothing and technical wool apparel, for women and men. All of Ibex’s fabrics are designed to repel odor, wick moisture, and provide comfortable support. Offering every piece of fitness attire, from undergarments and tights to shirts and outerwear, Ibex has just what you need to delight the snow junkies and year-round hikers, bikers and runners on your gift list. Ibex clothing is also stylish, giving your outdoor exerciser even more reason to get out there and move.
Retail: Prices vary depending on item of clothing
DryMax Sports Socks
With exercise comes sweating, and perspiration can often lead to chafing, blisters, odor, and even athlete’s foot and toenail fungus; in winter temps, sweating can even cause feet to become painfully cold and at risk for frostbite. DryMax Sports Socks, made with a Dual Layer Sweat Removal System, are designed to keep feet dry, blister-free and comfortably warm in all weather conditions. DryMax socks are also made to last; fibers have a comfortable springiness and do not get stiff, shrink, or lose shape over time.
Available: Visit www.DryMaxSocks.com to find a retailer near you.
Retail: $7 to $16 per pair depending on sock and retailer
LaCorte Tennis Bags
For the chic tennis pro on your gift list, the LaCorte Tennis Bags are designed for fashion-minded players who have been searching for a functional tennis bag that reflects their sense of sophistication and passion for the game. Designed to give the appearance and feel of a stylish handbag, LaCorte bags are made using only top grain leathers, fine canvas and beautifully crafted hardware. The entire LaCorte line offers an element of surprise with chic fabric and inventive ways to stow tennis racquets. Every bag is proportioned to fit a woman’s body, bringing comfort and confidence to every trip to the court. Three collections are currently available: Belvedere, Sonoma, and Marina. Each is designed with a blend of practicality and luxury.
Retail: Bags start at $295
Banglz are fashion ankle and wrist weights light enough to wear all day, yet substantial enough to feel the difference! These half-pound and one-pound accessories come in a variety of fashionable prints and can turn your daily routines into daily exercise or worn to maximize your workouts. By providing ongoing resistance, the Banglz wrist weights help to strengthen arms, shoulders, chest and core, while the ankle weights can help with lower body strength and tone. This is a great gift for busy moms that are the masters of multitasking.
Price: $24.95 per half-pound pair; $27.95 per one-pound pair