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The Gift of Fitness

heart in handsYou may associate the holidays with overeating and weight gain, but it can also be a time for getting new fitness equipment that can make 2014 a healthier, happier year. Below are some gift ideas you may want to put on your wish list or buy for family and friends.

If you’re considering a more expensive gift, ask the person you’re buying it for what they prefer. For example, if you want to get someone a bicycle, first make sure they want it, and second, see if they have a particular brand or style in mind.

If the person you’re buying for is picky, gift cards are a great way to let them choose what they want, whether it’s worth $5 or $500.

Inexpensive Gift Ideas

  • Athletic socks
  • Badminton set
  • Bike gloves
  • Bike lock
  • Bike pump
  • Exercise ball
  • Exercise bands
  • Exercise DVDs
  • Golf balls
  • Fitness books
  • Fitness magazines
  • Free weights
  • Jump rope
  • Pedometers
  • Skateboard
  • Soccer ball, football or basketball
  • Sweatbands
  • Swim caps and goggles
  • Tennis balls
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga or pilates mats


More Expensive Ideas

  • Athletic shoes
  • Bike helmet
  • Bike maintenance
  • Dance classes
  • Heart rate monitor
  • MP3 player
  • Race entry fees
  • Series of exercise classes
  • Skates
  • Swimsuit
  • Tennis racket
  • Uniform for sports team
  • Workout clothes
  • Yoga sessions


Most Expensive Ideas

  • Bike (road, mountain or hybrid)
  • Golf clubs
  • Membership to fitness club or gym
  • Ski equipment
  • Swimming pool
  • Treadmill or elliptical machine
  • Weight machine