For the fitness enthusiast on your list, there is so much to love at Vitacost. Help your health-focused loved one get a head start on their goals with the best gear. Here are some of the most-wanted gifts to give, whether your friend or loved one is new to working out or a seasoned fitness pro.
1. Activity tracker
One of the best ways to monitor weekly progress is to track activity. Whether the recipient is a runner or simply trying to increase their total steps (or measure activity overall), a fitness tracker is the perfect gift. They come in a variety of styles with tech that fits their lifestyle.
For runners: Garmin Forerunner 245 GPS Running Smartwatch
This smartwatch is enabled to plan and track running courses along with all of the vital stats such as pace, distance, cadence, stride length, ground contact time, balance and time. It’ll also give reports on current Vo2 Max, an important measure of cardiovascular fitness.
As with other fitness trackers, it’ll also provide record of heart rate. What’s more, there are adaptive training plans to challenge and progress toward any running goal. Intuitive programming advises on how hard one should be training and whether to cut back and recover.
This watch is made from sleek sweat-proof silicone and is more lightweight than some other high-tech running watches, and is encased in tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3.
For basic fitness: Fitbit Inspire 2
For anyone aiming to work in enough steps in the day, a basic activity tracker such as this one is an excellent choice. This smartwatch will track steps, heart rate, active zone minutes, activity and time asleep so the person wearing it can keep track of their healthy habits.
For workout buffs: Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker
This tracker has multiple workout modes for those looking to track specific workouts in more detail, including automatic detection of activities, active minute counts, heart rate monitoring and in-depth sleep cycle tracking. The recipient can set their own goals and receive a personalized report in their inbox each week to see how they are progressing.
The Charge 4 also has a built-in GPS for running, walking and cycling workouts that can assist in planning routes and report on performance.
2. Gaiam Loops
Resistance bands are versatile tools for strength, mobility and functional training. This kit from Gaiam comes with three bands in a variety of resistance levels, including light, medium and heavy. These bands are perfect for warming up muscles for more significant lifting tasks ahead or on their own for a beginner strength training routine.
If a rehabilitative approach is needed, resistance bands are known for therapeutic use. For heavier bands that can build strength in the lower body, try the Gaiam Restore Hip Bands, which are thicker and provide greater resistance.
Nothing feels better after a tough training session like a massage. This deep tissue massage roller allows your gift recipient to reap the benefits directly after their at-home workout. This handy device has a textured wave-like surface that works into the muscle beds to increase blood flow and improve recovery.
This tool is made from solid steel and has non-slip grips, and comes with a guide so your lucky loved one can make the most of their recovery process.
Kettlebells are an excellent choice for strength training. They are suitable for beginners to advanced fitness enthusiasts and can be used for just about any movement you can do with dumbbells and more.
Kettlebells provide more functional fitness training options with movements like windmills, Turkish get-ups, loaded carries, and of course, kettlebell swings.
A proper blender is a must-have for any fitness enthusiast. Getting in enough protein, vitamins and minerals will help your body recover and have you performing at your best. A high-powered blender like this one will crush ice and blend frozen fruit with ease for delicious post-workout smoothies and shakes. Add some protein powder for the perfect gift pairing.
A pair of wireless noise-canceling earphones are essential for fitness enthusiasts. Whether at the gym or on the trail, music can motivate and invigorate, increasing the effort and length of the training sessions.
These earphones stand up to sweat, rain and ambient noise so your fitness buff can focus on their form and pace. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
A warm bath is a top choice for soothing sore post-workout muscles. Kick their experience up a notch with some bath salts. The formula is based on Ayurvedic tradition developed to soothe sore, achy muscles and joints while relieving stress. It’s packed with four types of mineral-rich salts and essential oils like eucalyptus, clove and peppermint.
It’s apparent that many fitness lovers also happen to be nut butter lovers. With creamy, rich flavor and plenty of healthy monounsaturated fats, and some protein, what’s not to love? The only thing that can make peanut butter better—more protein and a variety of delicious flavors.
This high-protein peanut spread is the perfect stocking stuffer. It contains whey protein isolate, a high-quality protein source, flax to boost anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and addictive flavors like Birthday Cake, Toffee Crunch and Cookie Butter. Not a fan of peanuts? They make an almond variety too!
Remind your gift recipient that eating healthier doesn’t have to mean giving up fried food cravings. Air fryers have revolutionized the deep-fried texture and taste without heavy grease or excess calories.
This one has plenty of room for meal prep and has multiple functions. They can use the top rack for delicious, never-soggy asparagus or broccoli and the bottom for healthier breaded chicken. (Hint: chicken parmesan comes together in a flash, much less calorie-dense in the air fryer).
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