Fitness gift guide for runners
The runner on your holiday gift list will appreciate anything that helps her run faster, go farther, and look good doing it.These fitness gifts fit the bill.
Injinji Performance Toesocks
Like the popular barefoot running shoes, these socks separate each toe with a thin layer of breathable fabric. The result: fewer blisters, more freedom of movement and less moisture build-up.
For most runners, running without music seems nearly impossible. The caveat: Earphones must be comfortable and secure enough to stay put on vigorous runs. These stylish Earjax do just that.
Price: $20 to $100
Stash Wrist Wallets
Running attire provides few options for carrying the essentials. These stylish wrist wallets contain hidden compartments for cash, keys and ID. Choose from animal prints, rhinestones and a host of other fun prints and themes. These also make great stocking stuffers for gym-goers.
Price: $15 and up
BodyMedia FIT Armband
Four sensors in these unique armbands track calories burned, steps taken, levels of physical activity and more. Runners can set activity goals, log daily food intake and track sleep efficiency with the armband's online component.
Flashbrite Reflective Stick-On Patches
Running in the dark can be downright dangerous, especially without reflective clothing. Give the gift of safety with these fun, reflective patches (or buy them for yourself). They enable cars to see you from more than 1,000 feet away when in contact with the car's headlights. At this price, you can stick them on shoes, jackets, clothing, even your four-legged running pal.
Price: $40 in most stores.
Reading glasses cleverly disguised as headbands will appeal to any runner over 40 -- no one will be the wiser. The stylish Eyebandz keep your hair off your face during runs (or workouts). When your running friends decide to stop in a restaurant for lunch, you drop your Eyebandz down to read the menu. Push them back up and you're good to go. Genius.
Staying well-hydrated during a run used to mean stopping for a drink or lugging along a water bottle. These unique water containers strap to your wrists, leaving your arms free. Just fill with water and hit the trail. Swiggies hold 11 ounces of water or sports drink and may be frozen for hot-weather workouts.
Run Pretty Far Armwarmers
Running gets blood flowing to your legs, but keeping your arms warm isn't so easy. These colorful arm warmers keep the chill off your arms during cold weather runs. Plus, the fast-drying Spandex with gripper elastic on the upper arm ensures they stay in place.