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Gifts for Fitness Lovers

Fitness enthusiasts welcome gifts that support an active lifestyle, whether it’s a new piece of gear or a reminder to keep moving. Make the new year healthier by adding these gift ideas to your shopping list.

Custom Yoga Mat

Whether the person on your list is a yoga guru or simply needs a good spot for crunches, a custom yoga mat makes workouts more fun. Many companies allow you to customize mats with initials or names in various cheerful colors and fonts.

Massage Gun

Massage guns can help exercisers prepare their muscles before workouts, and they can soothe sore muscles and speed up the recovery process after workouts. There are many options available ranging in price from $40 to $600. Theragun is considered by many to be the gold standard, but their products can be pricey.

Reflective Gear

As winter days grow shorter, finding time to exercise during daylight hours can be difficult. Whether your loved ones are bike commuters or early morning walkers, dependable flashing headlamps, bike lights, and reflective vests are the perfect gift for keeping them safe and fit.

Foam Roller

Foam rollers have become an essential piece of fitness equipment. Various styles are available, but they all operate the same way. The foam cylinder is rolled against the muscles to massage and ease soreness.

Motivational Books

Even the biggest fitness fanatic can't be on the move all the time. Grab the latest book on running, cycling, or yoga to keep them engaged during downtime. From books by ultramarathoners to mountain climbers to yogis, there are many options on fitness and motivation available at your local bookstore.

Compression Sleeves

Compression gear helps with recovery and blood circulation. A pair of compression socks or compression leg sleeves is a great gift for the athlete and avid exerciser in your life. Not only are they beneficial workouts, they can also help with blood circulation on long flights or road trips.

Race Number Belt

For competitors, pinning race numbers to shirts can be frustrating. Number belts are thin belts of elastic with holders for attaching the race number near the waistline. This keeps the numbers secure and out of the way.

Sports Headbands

There is nothing worse than sticky strands of hair in your face during a workout. Sports headbands are made of comfortable, elastic materials that hold hair in place no matter how vigorous the activity. They make great stocking stuffers for fitness lovers.

Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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