Choosing Fitness Gifts for Women
Stylish and practical fitness gift ideas
After more than 5 years in a fitness free zone late last year I re-entered the gym to take control of getting back in shape. As moms we are so busy that often keeping ourselves fit and healthy is last on the list. I am really enjoying the time out it gives me, I finally get those crazy women that go running, its perfect alone time.
I decided to put together this list of the latest and most wanted fitness gifts to help anyone wanting to get their mother a gift that she will love that will encourage her to take some time out too.
Tread carefully here... if your mom has not shown an interest in exercising this is probably not the gift list you should be using ;-) It could send completely the wrong message. You might want to try relaxation gifts, or gardening gifts, geeky gifts or a pre-made gift basket if time is short.
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The Top 10 Fitness Gifts for Women 2013
Manduka Yoga Mat
This is the Rolls-Royce of yoga mats. For over 12 years this has been considered the number 1 yoga mat for comfort and durability. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee so while it may be more expensive than many yoga and pilate mats on the market it will be the last one you ever need.
I love that this mat does not curve up in at the ends no matter how long you have owned it.
Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
My trainer suggested I get one of these so I can monitor how I am going when training. They are great for working out away from the gym and perfect for monitoring your heart rate when you are interval training.
This model displays your heart rate and counts the calories you are burning while you train. It comes with a chest strap that fits large and extra large bodies. It's also water resistant so you can wear it in the pool.
Moving Comform Gym Capri Pants
These pants look great and they have a pocket for your keys or phone making them pretty and practical - the two most important features of anything in a mom's wardrobe!
Choose either grey or blue in sizes x-small to x-large.
See the full range of Moving Comfort pants
Women's running tights
I was really unsure about these running tights when I first saw them. I usually wear cotton tights and I thought these might make me too hot but they are fine. The compression action supports my knees really well and I love them so much I wish I could wear them every day.
Sizes S- XL but I would recommend going up a size as they are a bit of a small fit.
Full range of compression running gear
"A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise."
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Fitbit One - Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker
This amazing little thing records all your exercise, your sleep and all your movements. You can then load your data to their website and create graphs and charts of your progress which is very motivational. You can wear it on your body in put it in your pocket.
I love the motivation that this little gadget provides. It works and it's reliable!
I really love that you can use FitBit with other apps like My Fitness Pal and Run Keeper
5 Great Women's Fitness Links
- Women's Health and Fitness Magazine
Keep up with the latest exercise techniques and research especially written for women.
- Muscles and Strength Women's Workouts Fitness For Her
Lots of workout routines designed for women - instructions and videos
I love this blog. Everything from exercise routines, tips, food and life.
- The New York Times Well Blog
If you want to stick to one source for your health and fitness information this is a pretty good place to start.
- Fitness Treats
Workout, eat well, repeat. This blog on tumbler highlight lots of great food and exercise articles from around the net.
Women's Health Magazine
This magazine feature good advice, great recipes and lots of motivation. A great choice for anyone getting into fitness for the first time or wanting to learn more about healthy lifestyles.
10 editions per year and currently on sale for under $20.
Asics women's running shorts - comfort and style while you run
These shorts are made of micro fibre and move with you. They have a small pocket with a zip which is prefect for your keys. They are made up of 2 shorts in one that can be worn separately; the inner body hugging ones are great for keeping you comfortable while you run.
The shorts are available in 3 color combinations and sizes x-small to large