Fitness gifts for the workout newbie
Are there any fitness beginners on your gift list this year? If so, we have you covered with these useful items anyone new to working out will need. From gym gear to at-home fitness must-haves, there’s bound to be something here that newbie fitness pals will love.
ACE FitKit by SPRI
You don’t need a whole lot when you’re just starting out on the road to fitness, which is why this four-piece kit for beginners fits the bill ($100). The get-fit kit includes stability ball, braided tubing, mat and eight-pound medicine ball — all useful for anyone who’s vowed to start working out.
Manduka Beginner's Luck Package
Anyone on your list who’s been talking about taking up yoga (but still hasn’t taken the plunge) will appreciate this kit containing everything a beginning yogi needs ($112). It contains several key items including yoga mat, hand towel, yoga straps and a roomy mat bag for easy transport to and from class.
Towelmate Gym Towel
We suggest wrapping up this bold, ultra-absorbent gym towel ($25) to go along with any fitness-minded friend’s brand-new gym membership. The soft cotton terry towel also boasts Germ Shield technology and a handy hidden zippered pocket for keeping keys, phone or MP3 player close at hand.
Pear Mobile Training Intelligence System
Has your fitness newbie friend finally decided to bite the bullet and head to the gym regularly? If so, give her the boost she needs with this high-tech system that makes staying on track a cinch ($150). It's a nice splurge for someone, with iPhone coaching app, earphones, heart rate monitor, audio coaching and stat tracking.
CamelBak Delaney Fit Lumbar Pack
New runners (and experienced ones, too!) will be pleased to be gifted with this comfy waist pack ($25) with water-bottle holder (BPA-free bottle included) and space for all the on-the-move essentials like keys, phone and an energy bar. The durable pack also has reflective piping to increase visibility.
180s Urban With Headphones Ear Warmer
If your newly fitness-minded pal has vowed to walk or run all winter, then we suggest picking up this soft-shell, wind-resistant ear warmer with built-in headphones ($35). Music while on the move is essential, but so is keeping ears warm and dry.
ToneFitness 20 lbs. Hourglass Dumbbell Set
Not everyone wants to go to the gym or can afford a membership. If that sounds like someone you know, make it easier for them to get fit at home with this colorful dumbbell set ($24). The weights come in two, three and five pounds to make for a versatile workout without having to hit the gym.
GoFit Weighted Jump Rope
Another quick and easy way to get (and stay) fit at home is a jump rope. We like the added cardio kick that comes from this weighted option ($15) that offers a total body workout. Jumping rope for 10 minutes at a moderate pace is equivalent to running one mile in 12 minutes.