Holiday gift guide for the ultimate fitness chick
Black Friday is coming! Are you shopping for the ultimate fitness chick in your life this holiday season? Quit running around in circles! Set her up with all the goodies she won’t treat herself to – from attire to gear to equipment, we're passing the baton over to you to help make her New Year the healthiest yet!
For the marathoner
SpiBelt Race Number Belt ($13)
Running a Christmas morning 8K like me? Secure that race bib on the fly sans safety pins while stashing keys, a license (for registration of course!), iPod and up to five energy gel packs with SpiBelt's Race Number Belt. While it won't shift or bounce during your run, after burning those extra calories and indulging an in an extra slice of pumpkin pie, your belly just might!
For the "every day's a good day to stay fit" gal
She knows that better fitness is just a few jogs around the block, but while the pedometers of yesteryear have been able to calculate steps, distance traveled and estimate calorie burn, FitBit Ultra Activity Tracker is the first activity monitor to give her a full 360-degree picture of her health. FitBit adjusts calorie burn with a built-in altimeter – taking into consideration hill steepness and stairs – which can burn 400 percent more calories than running on flat land! Plus, this tiny tracker demystifies your sleep cycle. Slip it on at bedtime and it will track the efficiency of your snoozefest while sharing and tracking it all online, for free.
For the methodical exerciser
She won't need to pull over to the side of the road to check her heart rate anymore! Keep her in the race with New Balance HRT Fit Komen Heart Rate Monitor Watch. The touch-sensitive bezel measures heart rate and tells you whether you're on track or need to pick it up. The heart-rate zones let you know if you're above or below your target heart rate and the calories-burned mode calculates your energy expenditure based on your age, gender, heart rate and exercise time, to give you an accurate reading.
For the "need-to-be-ready-for-every-possibility" jogger
Armpocket Sport i-20 ($30)
Is she stowing away keys, cash and her phone in her sports bra? Warm up her winter (those keys are chilly!) with the Armpocket Sport i-20, which was specifically designed to safely carry multiple items such as keys, smartphones, energy bars and credit cards. Best part – it offers a touch-thru screen for easy tinkering through her playlist and includes an audio port for mp3 devices. We love that it's crafted from recycled water bottles and the armband from memory foam, making it comfortable and water-resistant, for when the jogging gets tough.
For the yogi on-the-run
Surely the yogi in your life has a bevy of mats stowed away for the next downward dog. Treat her to an invigorating acupressure massage for busy days or post-class with the Spoonk Mat. Based on the principles of the Japanese shiatsu massage, it increases circulation, removes stiffness and tension, and induces deep relaxation and sleep.
Simply lie down on over 6,210 acupressure points and let your body relax. The mat's spikes are said to stimulate blood circulation, relax tense muscles and induce "feel-good" hormones (endorphins and oxytocin) that release feelings of well-being and calm.
For the "I'm too humble to brag" milestoner
Jenny Present Mini Medal™ Hand-Stamped Necklace ($55 - $66)
The early-morning runs. The grueling training. Then race day. Help her commemorate her 5K, half or full marathon with Jenny Present's Mini Medal Hand Stamped Necklace. Personalize with the date and location of completed races or just the number of miles run or biked. Your medal will be handcrafted in about two weeks, so order early -- it's a race finisher medal she'll never want to take off!
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For the "one with nature" runner or for the granola hiker
Vibram Komodo LS ($110)
Run barefoot – almost! The newest, more rugged, Five Finger sneaks by Vibram, Komodo LS, offer better grip while still giving her a "barefoot-jog-through-the-woods" experience. Perfect for wintry runs, the stitch-free and seamless footbed reduces friction and accommodates wider feet with higher insteps, offering a comfortable "ground-feel" run.
For the fashionable "ready for powder at a moment's notice" ski bunny
Athleta Power Jean ($328)
Go from the slopes directly to an après-ski warm cider with Athleta's Powder Jean. These pants only look like fashionable boot-cut denim – they're actually windproof, waterproof, fleece-lined and ready for the slopes! With seven pockets, a D-ring, internal drawstring and back leg zips, she'll stay cozy, comfortable and dry while making a fashion statement as she cuts through the powder.
For the ever-hydrated, eco-conscious exerciser
Hydros Bottle ($30)
Your on-the-run fitness fiend doesn't have time to sit around waiting for her water filtration system for a boost of hydration! That's why the Hydros Bottle should be her first line of defense against Power Kickboxing perspiration. It filters super-fast – in just 15 seconds! – is anti-microbial, BPA-free and reduces chlorine, one bottle at a time. Never underestimate how thoughtful such a simple gift can be; plus the proceeds of a single bottle sold will provide clean water for someone in need for one whole year through the Operation Hydros sustainable water project.
For the water-phile amphibian
Got an extreme swimmer, kayaker or whitewater rafter on your hands? That many hours of splashing around needs accompaniment to the tune of streaming Gaga on Pandora. Now she can tote her iPhone or iPod along in the Amphibx Go Waterproof Case. The clear front and back allow for picture-taking fun as well. Don't' forget to splurge on the waterproof headphones, too!