Top gifts for the fitness nut
Having fitness gear and gadgets is half the fun of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Treat the fit father in your life to one of these gifts that will make him sweat happiness.
Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
Heart rate monitors are no longer just fancy gadgets that measure the pace of a heartbeat. Now, they're fancy gadgets that measure a whole lot more. Polar offers a wide variety of heart rate monitors that do some amazing things: GPS location, smart coaching, speed and distance monitoring and even keeping activity logs. We like the FT4 Blue model because it keeps things simple for the fit dad in your life while maximizing his workouts by measuring his heart rate and calories burned. Available from Polar for $100.
Jetflow Tomahawk Hydration Pack
Hard-core bikers and hikers usually know about water systems that are worn as backpacks. The typical backpack models usually have straps, a pack and a bladder system that can be filled with water. The problem with these models is that sometimes the water can start tasting funky if the bladder hasn't been washed properly or the water has grown stale. The Jetflow pack bypasses the bladder system and allows a fit father to sip directly from a beverage of choice while it's strapped into the backpack. Pretty clever! Available from Amazon for $35.
Flux Audio Mag Buds
Without doubt, a trek by Dad just isn't the same without his music. However, earbuds can prove really annoying when the cord tangles and snags during a high-impact activity. The Mag Buds are an exciting solution to the problem of tangled cords — they are magnetized, so the loose cord can wrap comfortably around a device or a wrist to stay out of the way. Available from Flux Audio for $59.
We all know that nutrition is just as important as exercise for keeping the body fit and strong. A lot of fit fathers have taken to juicing their fruits and veggies into a tasty beverage, but the Nutribullet takes juicing one step further. This gadget actually emulsifies whole foods so that all of the food's goodness and nutrition remain in the final product. Who doesn't love a delicious, healthy and satisfying puree for breakfast? Available from Nutribullet for $120.
Ahnu Moraga Mesh Cross Trainer
A good hiking boot is important for a fit father, but a traditional design isn't exactly fashion forward. The Ahnu Moraga cross-trainer looks like a running shoe and acts like a running shoe, but it's built so sturdily that it can double as a hiking boot for day excursions. It's comfortable, practical and attractive enough to work on a date or on the trail. Available from REI for $120.
OK, we'll be honest: The compression shirt from McDavid might be a selfish gift. But that's OK. If the fit man in your life has worked hard enough to actually look good in a compression shirt, he'll feel OK about the ogling. The shirt minimizes chafing, warms the muscles for improved performance, offers ultraviolet protection and keeps its wearer cool and dry (and looking hot, hot, hot). Available from McDavid for $55.
Eagles Nest DoubleNest Hammock
At the end of a long day of activity, relaxation is paramount. The DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest packs tightly into a small compression pack for easy portability and setup on a lakefront, mountaintop or forest glade. We love the relaxation it invites — and the fact that it's built for two-person cuddle sessions. Available from Eagles Nest Outfitters for $70.
Showers Pass Rogue
This isn't your mama's hoodie. The Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie is weather resistant, waterproof and designed for biking in all kinds of conditions. We like that it's fully functional for biking or working out in all types of weather but that it doesn't look like a storm shelter. Your husband or dad could wear this great-looking hoodie to a restaurant for a nice dinner, and no one would be the wiser. Available from Showers Pass for $160.