Whether you are trying to come up with gift ideas for your loved ones or something for yourself, these six fitness-related accessories are easy to wrap, affordable and may be just what the active people in your life never knew they wanted.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
We all know staying hydrated during a workout is important, but not all water bottles are created equal. A great choice is the Hydro Flask water bottle, a very light insulated stainless steel bottle that ranges in size from 12 to 64 ounces.
Hydro Flask bottles maintain the temperature of your water or sports drink (or even soup!) for hours. You also won't feel the temperature of the drink or any condensation on the outside of the bottle. $22-$55 at hydroflask.com.
Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller
A foam roller is great for every active person on your list. There are several brands out there but my personal favorite is the TriggerPoint GRID foam roller. It provides an all-over massage that focuses on releasing the soft tissue that connects our muscles, known as fascia. Depending on our type and level of activity, you may have denser fascia in areas such as the hamstrings or lower back. Breaking up the fascia using a foam roller can help you move more efficiently—you'll notice the person you give it to will be saying "my back hurts" less and less. That's what I call the gift that keeps on giving. $25-$65 at tptherapy.com.
For the runner on your shopping list you can show them how much you care by giving them a Road ID bracelet. The runner's personal information such as emergency contacts and important medical information are recorded on the Road ID bracelet which responders can use in the event of an accident or other emergency. There are various styles and ways to wear it including on any Fitbit product. If you don't have all the information needed to include on the bracelet, the Road ID gift card is a great alternative. $16.99-$25.49 at roadid.com
They might not be the first thing you think of as a piece of in-home exercise equipment, but fitness gliding discs have been around for years. If the athlete on your list has a hardwood floor or a workout space in their house or garage, this could be the addition they are looking for, upping the challenge of typical exercises by engaging your balance and working your inner core. Gliding discs are inexpensive and practically weightless as well as being an effective means to mix up any workout. You can buy them on any major online shopping site or in any sporting goods store for as little as $15, and find video workouts on the official site of creator Mindy Myrlea.
Pilates has come back in a big way with studios like Body Rock Pilates, 713 Pilates, Citizen Pilates and other gyms incorporating Pilates into their workouts. Someone that regularly practices Pilates can never have too many pairs of Pilates socks, special non-skid socks that prevent slipping on Pilates equipment. They are inexpensive, easy to pack and are a great gift to show you did your research to learn about that special someone's interest in Pilates. $15-$18 at toesox.com.
TRX Suspension Training Straps
A great gift for the advanced workout junkie is training straps. They are an incredible in-home or portable piece of equipment, using the body’s weight and a strap looped around a bar or anchored to a doorframe to provide an amazingly effective workout. All of the suspension training options come with instructional booklets and videos with full body workouts for the gym, at home or on-the-road workouts. $199 at trxtraining.com.
There's no need to shy away from fitness-related gifts for those on your holiday shopping list. There are more and more products coming out that are making workouts safer, more effective and provide variety whether at home or in a class, gym, or outside. Happy shopping!