Show your favorite fitness queen a little love this holiday season by buying a gift that pertains to her interests. This list has gift ideas for yogi's, gift ideas for fitness gurus and even gift ideas for those new to athletics. From hip workout videos -- like celebrity favorite "Zumba" -- to quality yoga mats, eco-friendly water bottles and snazzy athletic gadgets, I've covered all the bases.
Zumba Exhilarate DVD setEven those who aren't in the fitness loop have probably heard friends or family talk about Zumba . This celebrity-favorite workout program incorporates dance moves into each and every session and is perfect for both gurus and those new to fitness.
The Zumba Exhilarate DVD collection ($89.95) is a 7-disc collection chock full of contagious, easy-to-learn choreography set to Latin-based rhythms.
"[Zumba] helps build up confidence for those who may be shy about taking a Zumba class without ever experiencing the program," notes Ashley Smith, spokesperson for Zumba Fitness, LLC. "It's also a great way for regular Zumba class participants to get an amazing at-home work out when their schedules are too busy to take their regular class."
Manduka's Traveling Yogi Gift Set
Whether the Yogi in your life is traveling inward or simply traveling, the Traveling Yogi Gift Set from Manduka will point them om-ward. Priced reasonably at $64, this package includes Manduka's eKO SuperLite Travel Mat, eQua Hand Towel and a practice journal for tracking thoughts, workouts, inspirations and more.
The SuperLite Travel Mat is true to its name. It's very light, making it easy to tote from home to the gym or across continents. In addition to its compact size and weight, the super grip material means no sliding around (a major flaw with many yoga mats). Buy the set, or individual products, at Manduka.com.
Skincare for Athletes
Every fitness enthusiast knows that a bit of pain comes with a good workout. From excess sweat to aching muscles, Skincare for Athletes has got your back. Gift the athlete in your life with a product like the Tri-Body Muscle Rescue Wash ($18), a 3-in-1 wash loaded with Shea butter that eliminates grease, chlorine and dirt from the hair and body. Also worth mentioning are Skincare for Athletes' gift collections which range from $57 to $115. All products are organic and smell ultra fresh (a must for athletes who sweat buckets).
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Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker
With the Fitbit Ultra in tow, better fitness is only a few steps away (pun intended). This handy little connects to your phone and/or computer wirelessly and improves fitness by tracking steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned and distance walked. It even lets you keep track of the food you eat and how much sleep you get every night. Because it's tiny and lightweight, the owner can wear it discreetly all day long and also while sleeping.
The Fitbit makes an ideal gift for anyone trying to lose, maintain or gain weight. It retails for $99.95 and can be purchased at Fitbit.com and in Best Buy, REI, Finish Line and 24 Hour Fitness locations across the US.
Click Protein Drinks
"The protein drink has officially been redefined," is the motto of Click protein drinks. Crafted for both men and women, this espresso-based protein drink features both mocha and vanilla flavors, packs 23 essential vitamins and minerals into each serving and is low in saturated fats and sugars. Each serving has 120 calories.
Any fitness lover understands the importance of getting protein throughout the day. Click helps them accomplish just that -- and in a very tasty way. Unlike many protein drinks, click takes on smooth texture (not chalky) and is rich in espresso flavor. For the perfect gift, purchase a canister or two ($26.95 each) along with a shaker ($7.95).
Skeletal Fitness Workout Program
Your fitness lover may work out muscles all over the body, but what about the skeletal system? This Skeletal Fitness set from lifestyle makeover pro Mirabai Holland, M.F.A. does exactly that. The idea behind this workout is that bones are living tissue and become denser with weight bearing and weight resistance exercise. The program focuses on increasing that density to ward of Osteoporosis and brittle bones later in life. The set, priced at $19.95, includes a workout DVD and water-filled weights.
Any fitness guru will tell you just how important it is to stay hydrated. Heading to the gym? Better have water in tow. Hiking all morning? Proper hydration is key to a successful trip. Let your fitness queen pass on humdrum plastic water bottle and offer her an upgrade this season.
She'll love the lightweight, aluminum designer bottles made by Liberty Bottles. Each bottle features a sport top cap that'll keep hands free, an easy to pour spout and a patent-pending 1/4-turn cap that clicks to let you know it's sealed. Also, and this is very important, all Liberty Bottles are BPA-free inside and out and are made from 100% recycled aluminum. Plus, the designs are super hip and always changing. Buy online at LibertyBottles.com for $16 (24 oz.) or $18 (32 oz.).
Let your fitness queen say farewell to tangled earphones with a little help of Zipbuds, a fashion-forward set of earphones that boast equal parts functionality and style.
Not only is the sound quality of Zipbuds boast-worthy, but their zipper design pretty much eliminates any possibility for a pesky tangle fest. And we all know how much of a nightmare tangled earphones can be, especially when mid-workout.
Colors include electric blue, black, green, white, purple, pink and red. They're compatible with all media devices that accept a traditional 3.5 mm headphone output, including phones, iPods and computers, and retail for $39.99. Buy them at zipbuds.com or amazon.com and gift your man a tangle-free jam session.