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If you need to holiday shop for someone who wakes up early to run or always posts sweaty selfies on Instagram, then you’re in luck. With gyms closing and people social distancing, there’s been a surge in at-home fitness products this year — and many would make awesome gifts.
Check out these best fitness gifts to get your loved one who never misses a workout. Some of these recommendations are viral sensations, while others have been editor-tested and approved. But all will challenge one’s physical (and mental) strength.
The easiest way to add intensity to any workout is to add resistance. With Bala Bangles, you can add resistance in the form of 2 lb. weights. Wear them on your wrists or ankles for a variety of workouts.
Jump roping is a great cardiovascular workout, and this smart jump rope makes it a little more fun. The SmartRope LED by Tangram connects to a free mobile app that tracks your jump count, calories burned, workout times and interval training.
These Amazon best-selling yoga pants went viral on TikTok as a “Lululemon dupe.” Three In The Know editors recently tried them, with all applauding the buttery soft-stretch fabric and seamless high-waistband. And for the price, you can’t beat ’em.
A Theragun is a percussive massage device you can use to treat sore muscles. Not only that, but you can use the gadget to warm up before a workout and cool down after. Therabody’s most portable (and cheapest) Theragun is the mini version. Compared to the bigger, more expensive pro models, the mini still packs a big punch with three speeds and 150 minutes of battery life. It comes in black or red.
(Editor’s note: The Theragun mini was a gamechanger in my marathon training. Plus, it’s great for treating stiff muscles caused by sitting on the couch while working from home.)
Drinking water is essential, especially when it comes to fitness. “Proper hydration is going to lubricate your joints,” Dr. Alok Patel told In The Know on an episode of “Wellness Lab.” “And for you body building types out there, it will help you build muscle and burn fat.” And this water bottle will help anyone keep their hydration on track.
The MYXfitness bike rivals Peloton’s famous model, offering virtual classes via a screen attached to the bike — but it costs a whole lot less. Use the bike to take spin classes and then swivel the screen while you do strength training, yoga, stretching, HIIT classes and more on the floor.
Garmin’s latest fitness tracker and smartwatch is the Venu Sq., which tracks everyday wellness. It has a built-in GPS for tracking miles and steps, as well as other features for monitoring heart rate, hydration, breaths per minute, stress, menstrual cycle and energy. The watch also has more than 20 built-in sports apps and preloaded workouts. Plus, it can even be used to pay for things on-the-go.
The original version costs $199.99, but the music version costs about $50 more, allowing you to connect your watch to Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer. Plus, you can download playlists so you can workout without holding onto your phone.
Thanks to quarantine causing at-home fitness gear to sell out, dumbbells have been especially hard to find. Luckily, Gaiam recently restocked its hand weights online, selling this handy set of weights — including a 3-lbs. set, a 5-lbs. set and a 8-lbs. set — and a rack for holding them all. You can also purchase individual dumbbells in various sizes starting at $6.98.
Professional marathon runners like Meb Keflezighi (who won first place in the 2014 Boston Marathon and 2009 New York City Marathon) and Desiree Linden (the 2018 Boston Marathon winner) wear Brooks shoes, so it’s fair to say the brand makes really good running shoes.
The Adrenaline GTS 20 shoes offer support and cushioning for a smoother, softer run. The shoes also have what the brand calls GuideRails, which keep extra movement in check and help prevent knee injuries.
If you know someone who’s looking to build a better at-home gym, Hyfit’s Gear 1 is the perfect gift. Gear 1 is the first-ever smart strength-training resistance band system that connects with a mobile app to provide personalized workouts and tracks fitness. It’s small and portable, so you can take it on-the-go or use it in an apartment with little space.
The Gear 1 includes two bands with built-in fitness trackers, anchors for strapping onto doors and other objects, wrist and ankle straps and a charging cable.
Time seems to slow down when you’re in a plank, but this fitness device can help pass the time quicker. The Stealth Portable Plankster is a core fitness training device that turns planking into a game on your phone. It uses your core strength to control the action on your mobile screen using a free app that includes four games (no subscription required). All you need is three minutes and your abs will feel like they’re on fire.
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