Another late hello! It might take a few weeks for me to get into the working (away from home) groove again, but I am confident that I will eventually get onto a normal blogging schedule again. Not to worry!
Jumping right into it, let’s continue on with the 2014 edition of Holiday Gift Guides. I have received great feedback from the two I’ve previously posted:
I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying this series!
This one highlights items anyone interested in active living might enjoy. From group fitness enthusiasts and runners to yogis and CrossFitters, this list should be broad enough to cover them all.
Do you have a great gift idea I’m missing?
Feel free to share at the bottom!
FlipBelt is an easy and extremely lightweight belt that allows you to be equipped with things you might need during a workout or long run, completely hands-free. I got one a couple months ago and I’m obsessed.
I purchased the pink one specifically for running, but this could easily come in handy for anyone taking their workouts outside, or even those who don’t want to carry a bag into the gym!
• pullovers or layering tops
Anyone active or interested in any kind of workout or fitness activity could use a comfy and practical pullover to layer with. My personal collection of them range from lightweight and 1/4 zip to shirts to thicker and full zip.
I have especially been loving comfortable hoodies with drooping necklines like the PUMA French Terry Sweatshirt and Reebok YO-GA Hoodie lately. Also, zip-ups with thumbholes are always a bonus in my book! I just bought the New Balance “Impact” Hooded Half Zip and wear it every chance I get.
Popular/Personal Favorite brands include:
• foam roller
Foam rollers are an essential part of stretching and workout recovery. Using them frequently can have the same effect as a deep tissue massage!
Foam rolling, also called self-myofascial release, uses deep compression to literally roll out fixed knots or muscle pains that develop in deep tissue. The hard cylinders come in all different sizes and intensities. There are even gridded ones to trigger pressure points.
I have this high density roller on my Christmas list and can’t stress the importance of anyone working their body having one to use at home enough.
• athletic or running socks
Any gym goer can never have too many athletic, running and/or compression socks… especially when the dryer likes to steal half of them. Am I right?
My favorite kinds are no show with the tabs on the end to prevent rubbing and blistering. For running, my go to brand for socks is Brooks.
• quality water bottle
It’s seriously the best.
I have also been eying the Groove Insulated CamelBak Water Bottle that has a built-in filter. It would be nice to have a water bottle with a filter, or even a bottle made specifically for fruit infused water as well!
I have been using these Koss FitClips for over a year and haven’t put another earbud in my ear for a long run or workout ever since. They’re awesome and don’t leave the exact area you put them!
(I don’t know about you, but I’ve previously had issues with my earbuds staying in my ears.)
They are smaller than your typical earbud and are made for women by women. Koss Fit Series came out with two different versions of an earbud for active women: FitBuds or FitClips. Both versions come in a variety of adorable colors with three different ear cushions to ensure the perfect fit for your ear size. They are sweat resistant, extremely lightweight, and are covered under a lifetime warranty.
• stability ball
You can do so many things with a stability ball! Beyond using them for workouts at home, it’s good for you to use a stability ball as a chair if you are sitting for any length of time. I purchased a cheap one a couple years ago, but really need to invest in a quality ball.
• activity tracker/fitness watch
I have yet to own an activity tracker, but it’s been on my wish list for years. From what I’ve heard, the Fitbit Flex, Polar Loop, and the Jawbone UP would all be great options to track steps, calories, activity, and even sleep levels!
I have the Polar FT60 heart rate monitor and love it for group fitness classes and workouts. For running, however, I would prefer one that tracked pace and distance as well.
You really can’t go wrong with a traditional black, bright, or even fun printed pair of leggings. Just like I mentioned in a previous holiday gift guide, you want to stick to a pair of leggings with material that won’t go see-through during your squats and stretches.
Good pairs of fitness leggings usually run on the expensive side, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about lululemon Wunder Unders.
Popular/Personal Favorite brands include:
• Lorna Jane 2015 MNB Diary/Planner
I was blown away at the response I got to this giveaway!
I absolutely adore this active living diary and can’t wait to crack it open and put it to use after the New Year. Inside, you will find workouts (move), recipes and healthy eating tips (nourish), and inspirational quotes (believe) to get you through your days.
There’s numerous writing prompts and places to take notes throughout it! I recommend getting this planner for anyone who currently lives or wants to get into living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle.
Additional ideas worth checking out:
>> giftcards to a sporting goods store, fitness apparel store, or iTunes
(hook up their playlist!)
>> giftcards towards a massage and/or pedicure (<- the best after a race!)
>> cover a month of their gym/studio membership (<- I would have loved this when I paid for my Lifetime Fitness membership!)
>> a quality yoga mat, because even if they aren’t a yogi, they still might use it for workouts at home
>> Reebok Skyscapes: my all-time favorite runaround shoe!
>> massage stick roller (great to have at home and use with foam rolling)
Fitness lovers: I invite you to share some of your favorite fitness gift ideas in the comments section too. Happy Shopping!
*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Holiday Gift Guide series features items I genuinely want to share with you, and have possibly purchased myself. Please understand, however, that affiliate links are included, and this post in particular includes affiliate links that help donate to the Red Cross. As always, I really appreciate your support! <3