Last-Minute Gifts for Fitness Enthusiasts
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Snow covers the ground, temperatures are in the single digits, and there are only a days left before the holidays. This can only mean one thing — it’s time for last minute shopping! The time has come to cross those tricky-to-buy-for names off your shopping list. Although a new car with an over-sized bow may be out of your budget, these last-minute gift ideas are sure to make the fitness enthusiasts on your list merry and bright this holiday season.
$20 stocking stuffers
» Fashion and music trends come and go, but reading and learning never go out of style. For those on your list with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, consider purchasing a magazine subscription in their name. As the fitness and exercise field continues to evolve, your recipient will stay up-to-date on all the hottest topics. Consider the following magazines: Silent Sports, Outside and Experience Life.
» Never underestimate the value of a nice water bottle. The right water bottle helps make hydration a priority while adding a little fun to your routine. Check out “Sip” by Swell for your stylish gym-goer, any bottle made by Nalgene for one that is classically rugged and durable, or Polar Insulated for those with temperate-sensitive palates.
» Honorable mention: Consider a 2017 State Park or local trail pass to allow your friends and family members to get outside and enjoy nature.
» Ever consider upgrading your gym membership or adding on a premium service, but cannot get yourself to spend the extra money? Chances are this is exactly how your friends and family feel. This year, surprise them with a gift they are not willing to buy themselves. Check their go-to fitness facility for options including yoga punch cards, unlimited specialty classes for three months, or post-workout smoothies.
» Nobody likes cold toes. Nobody. Treat your secret Santa recipient to a new pair of socks, and they will be singing your praises with every step they take. Designed for pure warmth and comfort, check out Smart Wool socks. Available in multiple styles and lengths, these socks stay warm in wet and cold conditions. For those looking to elevate their training performance, consider Pedestal footwear. Designed with enhanced grip and cushioning, users are able to safely and effectively work out, even without shoes.
» Honorable mention: Consider a self-temperature-regulating pillow, such as “Casper” or “Iso-Cool”, to allow your fitness buff to sleep comfortably after a tough work out.
$100 and up
» The time for making New Year’s resolutions is right around the corner, but even the best intentions lead nowhere without action. This year, consider giving the gift of a personal trainer to make the health and fitness dreams of your loved ones a reality. Certified fitness professionals help their clients properly set goals, develop an action plan, and provide the accountability necessary to make the effort worthwhile. Trainer’s Tip: Personal trainer’s schedules fill up fast, especially in January. Whether purchasing training sessions for a family member or yourself, make the commitment to schedule your sessions ASAP.
» To maximize return on sweat-equity, the effort put into exercise and fitness must be matched in the kitchen. There is no greater tool in a fitness enthusiast’s kitchen than a nice blender. A few options include the “NutriBullet” for small counters, “Ninja” blender systems for multi-function uses, and “Vitamix” for the ultimate in kitchen performance.
» Honorable mention: If your budget allows, a new bicycle is the gift that keeps on giving. Learn early, ride often, and enjoy forever.
Don’t fret if you haven’t yet found a meaningful gift for the exercise enthusiast in your life. Consider the recipient, make a thoughtful selection, and your gift will help ensure your loved ones will enjoy a happy holiday and a healthy 2017.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
Workplace Wellness Coordinator & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist