Great Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic

We all know people who are absolutely bonkers when it comes to working out. Whether they are running marathons, body building, or trying out every new exercise program to hit the market, it seems that they just can’t get enough of physical activities. So when it comes to getting gifts for these fitness- loving friends, you have a wide range of options available to you. In fact, you might have a hard time choosing the right present. But before you go out and buy ephedrine, send them to a desert boot camp for a week, or latch on to whatever fitness fad happens to be the flavor of the month, perhaps you should consider just a few of these great gifts for the extremely active people in your life.

  1. Gym membership. You probably think this is a terrible gift idea; what fitness buff doesn’t already have a gym membership? But if you know they love going to the gym, just find out which facility they frequent and pay for a few months of their membership. You already know it’s something they love, so why not foot the bill for them? You could even get them a few sessions with a personal trainer.
  2. Adjustable wrist and ankle weights. If you’re looking for a way to help your friends enhance the exercises they already do, turn the intensity up to eleven by adding some weights for the wrists and/or ankles. TKO’s 210 AP weights start at five pounds each but can go up to ten with the inclusion of weighted bars (added in half-pound increments to pouches on the outside of the belts). They strap on with adjustable buckles and feature gel-foam padding for comfort and an extra pocket for keys, all for just under $40 (Amazon.com)
  3. Water belt. Those that partake of the splendors of nature while working out (hikers, bikers, joggers, etc.) likely get tired of carrying sloshing water bottles and hauling a heavy CamelBak. Make their lives a little easier by containing their H₂O to a handy utility belt. The Amphipod RunLite 4 Hydration Belt is the ideal answer to this exercise woe, with four small, BPA-free bottles that attach to an adjustable belt (along with a pouch to hold small food items, keys, and so on). These are available at REI for under $50.
  4. Wii Fit Plus. For the fitness-loving friends who have it all (from kettlebell weights to jump ropes to workout machinery), consider a gift that will spark their imagination as well as their metabolism. A bundle with the Wii console and the Wii Fit Plus (with game and balance board) will normally run you about $300. But you can save a little money by purchasing these items separately on Amazon (Wii console for approximately $175 + Wii Fit Plus for about $70 = $245) or go to your local GameStop to see about getting used models.
  5. Fitness stool. If you thought it was impossible for the fitness fanatics in your life to exercise even more than they already do, think again. With the Topstar Sitness Stools (variety of models available online for $150-$200), they can work out even while they’re at work! These ergonomic exercise stools force the user to engage the core muscles in order to balance, ensuring that the body is working even while sitting still.
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