Exercisers ask us all year long to tell them the “best” fitness-related items. The holiday season seems a great time to share some of our recommendations. Of course, “best” is a relative term, depending on your needs, so we decided to focus on gifts under $30 that give you a lot for your money.
Disclosure: The Koss FitBuds and FitClips are sponsored by FitFluential LLC. Which means we get to work with a brand and product we really like! We received the Harbinger PowerAmp Tubing and Action Wipes as gifts with no requirement that we include them in any post or list. Our Lorna Jane clothing and the Bani Bands are both purchased and gifts. All opinions are ours, and are positive because why else would we put these things into our recommended list? Hmmm?
Kymberly: Just over a quarter century ago I celebrated my first Christmas with the man who would later become my husband. (We hit 23 years of togetherness this year). His gift to me almost made that our last holiday as a couple. The gift he thought would be “perfect” involved walking, the color pink, and a dog. Sounds fitnessy and fun, right? Wrong. I unwrapped a dog leash to walk HIS dog. I did not own a pet at the time. That thoughtful present went over well, as you can imagine. In a way it was the best gift EVER as he has been making up for it ever since.
You can give the right gift for the active person on your list and avoid the dog house by taking advantage of products we have tested and ferreted out.
Action Wipes: The fact that I use these after I teach group fitness workouts is really my gift to anyone who comes near me after class. Are you one of those exercisers who barely sweats even during intense workouts in a sauna in the desert? I’m not. I’m the person who sweats just reading that last sentence. If someone on your holiday list doesn’t always have time to shower post workout, give these. Not as a hint or anything. But for under $25, these wipes are worth it, especially as they contain no synthetic fragrances, no harsh chemicals, no drying detergents, no alcohol, no calories. (just checking if you’re still reading).
Bani Bands: Sticking with the theme of sweat, this headband for athletes and exercisers will make your gift recipient happy. And pretty, oh so pretty. Just like Maria in West Side Story. The velvety lining absorbs sweat and prevents the headband from slipping off. Of all the headbands I have tried, this is the only kind that stays put and does not pull my hair. You don’t have to know how big your gift recipient’s head is as the tri-glide adjuster allows for individual fit. Caveat – I am referring to the wide and medium bands, as skinny ones tend to slide off me despite having fairly thick hair. Prices range from $8 – 18 so put a few on your own list. I wish these had been around in my soccer playing days. As it is, I am highlighting my baby boomer —
— attitude (did you think I was going to say “hair?”) by proudly flaunting the bright colors and fun patterns.
The brand new book, The Ultimate Booty Workouts written by our very own friend and certified fitness trainer, Tamara Grand offers a 12-week progressive-resistance training program targeting the the backside. Remember this strength training mantra: what you work gets round; what you ignore gets flat. Who wants a flat behind? I didn’t think so.
One teensy weensy really important point — you can pre-order the book, but you’ll have to write a card that says “coming soon” as the book is available mid-January. Or cut out magazine pictures of the booty-to-be and wrap them in a box with a note. Be creative because you know that as part of a loved one’s holiday loot-y, she’ll give a hoot-y when you help her get a better booty for under $12. Pre-order this gift at Barnes and Noble, and elsewhere.
Koss Fit Clips and FitBuds: Designed by women, for women, these little beauties are little, just like my ears (oh, so dainty). And even if you run (I walk quickly, by which I mean I try not to break a sweat!!), they don’t fall out! They’re sweat-resistant too, just like me! I actually broke into a bit of a lope, just to verify. Yup – stayed in my ears better than my fingers did when I was a kid and my siblings were hassling me! They come in five colors, but who cares about all those wannabe colors? I am all worked up because they come in ORANGE! Guess my favorite color!! Normally $29.99, you can get them for $19.99 right now at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Sears, and Kmart. That’s just $10 per ear!
Lorna Jane Activewear – Swap Shop: Not only is the quality of their fitnesswear really high, the customer service is excellent and consistent. At first we thought the styles would only appeal to young exercisers, but we found a LOT of stuff perfect for Boom-Chicka-Boomers, and we even look super foxy (a 70s term that is quite the compliment)! To help you save money, they offer the “Swap Shop” program – bring in 3 pieces of used activewear per transaction (1 per 24 hour period), and swap them for a $15 credit. Don’t confuse “used” with “nasty” or “torn and disgusting” or they might refuse you! As part of their famous service, Lorna Jane is offering you all a 20% discount till 12/31/2013; code RUNGIRLRUN.
Harbinger PowerAmp Cable (Tubing): I love tubing because it is so versatile, portable and effective. I’ve taught tubing exercises to my students for years, and they always end up preferring the tubes to free weights. My son has been using the medium 20 lb. resistance blue cable to rehab a shoulder that got messed up from his high school wrestling days. I’m really glad I have the knowledge and equipment to help him, as he was using the wrong equipment in the wrong way while away at college, which of course made it worse. Score one for Mom! You can find the cables at most sporting goods stores for about $17.99.
That’s it for me. Three items that provide you with music, muscle work, and foxy fashion! Happy shopping!
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