Holiday shopping: the source of a potentially anxiety-ridden November and December. 

When it comes to gifts for the fitness fiend in your life, you know you need something unique and, more importantly, useful; candy canes and cheese-of-the-month club ain’t gonna cut it. No pressure. 

Luckily, we have a team of fitness fiends who take this very seriously, so consider your holiday season saved. Here are a few suggestions for gifts that encourage and enable a healthy lifestyle.

 

Some baggage is welcome

For most fitness fanatics, a regular, ole’ gym bag just won’t do. Sweaty, stinky shoes can’t be thrown in with clothes, towels, and cosmetics.  Let’s keep germs to a minimum, shall we? Gym bags come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so there’s truly something for everyone. If you’re in the mood to splurge, look for a gym bag with a separate shoe compartment, your friends will thank you later. 

 

This is how we roll 

If you haven’t heard the moans and groans of a sore back or tight shoulder, are you even really friends? 

Foam rollers are having a bit of a moment, and if you’ve ever wondered what the spikey torture device all over Instagram is about, look no further! A foam roller is a major recovery tool for tough workouts, but you can go one step further and look for a Trigger Point Roller. This tool adds ridges to help get those hard-to-reach points of tension by applying extra pressure to trigger points. 

 

Friends don’t let friends get dehydrated

The human body is 60% water, which makes drinking it vital to our health. It’s recommended that adults drink at least sixty-four ounces of water a day, and if you’re working out, hydration is especially key. That being said, we know quality water isn’t always available. For those unsure scenarios, give the gift of convenience AND hydration by ordering a water bottle with a built-in filter. Chlorine-flavored or strangely-colored water, be gone! 

 

Just keep spinning

If you have a spin class fan in your life, they’re probably shared a story or two about the handlebars becoming slippery halfway through class. Here’s your chance to be the hero: Handle bar covers for spin bikes. Yes, those exist. Terry-cloth, washable, fit a variety of bikes - you can’t go wrong!

Pro tip: if you have another friend who complains about their Yoga mat becoming a Slip N Slide in their class, you can also purchase washable, terry-cloth, Yoga towels, too! 

 

Don’t sweat the small stuff 

HIIT classes and boot camps can work up a sweat, especially if they’re held outdoors. An overheated friend consider you a lifesaver once they try out a cooling towel. Post-workout, the towel can be soaked in water and then wrapped around the neck for an instant decrease in body temperature. Ahhhhhhhh. 

 

Try surprising one of your fitness friends with one of these gifts this holiday season. Not only will they appreciate it upon opening, but each time they work out after! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. 

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