Over 40 Fitness and Exercise Gifts

Best Fitness Gift Ideas At Any Budget

‘Tis the season for giving! Make this holiday season one that keeps on giving, with fitness gifts for everyone on your list! With over 40 great exercise gifts to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect sporty gifts to fit your budget for friends, family and co-workers alike. You’ll provide new motivation for their workouts, inspiring them to get fit and stay fit. Active friends and family from beginners to fanatics will thank you for months to come!

Magazine Subscription

Magazine subscriptions give back all year and are very affordable! To name a few: Shape, Fitness, Self, Women’s Health, Natural Health, Prevention, Health, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness. Check out these magazines at their websites and order gift subscriptions conveniently online. Some have holiday bonus subscriptions – buy one and get one free!

Gym Membership

A year’s membership to that fancy new gym is sure to get a big smile. Check for membership deals during the holidays – you’re likely to find one you can swing without breaking the piggy bank.

Private Trainer Sessions

How about a month or so of private trainer sessions? Your best bet in finding a good certified trainer is to ask friends and co-workers for recommendations. Most gyms have personal trainers on staff, as well, available for an additional fee with membership.

Mp3 Player

A portable mp3 player loaded with upbeat workout music will boost energy for any workout! Available at practically every price point, you’re certain to find the best one to pump up the jam for your fit friend! Try Best Buy, Amazon or Target for players by SanDisk or iPod and iTunes for music.

Home Fitness Equipment

Home fitness equipment keeps exercise within reach: fitness ball, hand weights, resistance bands, weighted ball, Bosu balance trainer or yoga mat. Your local sporting goods store will have a selection of all these items.

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart rate monitors keep cardio junkies in-the-know during workouts. Brands like Garmin, Polar and Omron get good reviews. Find them at Sports Authority or HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

Sport Watch

Sport watches do more than just keep time. Cool colors, shapes and a variety of functions makes for a fitness staple on anyone’s wrist. Those by Freestyle and Nike are fashionably functional.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are great for the outdoor sports enthusiast. Try Oakley, Smith, Nike or Adidas for some cool, sport-friendly choices.

Home Gym

For the more extravagant gift, surprise your loved one with a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike. Before you choose, check ConsumerSearch.com or Amazon.com for reviews of many popular equipment brands. Consider space, features included and delivery options when deciding on the perfect equipment. Shop SmoothFitness.com, NordicTrack.com, Precor.com, LifeFitness.com, FitnessBlowout.com or Amazon.com.

Indoor Cycle Trainer

Indoor cycling trainers turn any bike into a stationary bike – great for saving space and portability. Check out Lemond Fitness or CycleOps for good options.

Fitness Apparel

Fitness apparel and shoes – really, can we ever have enough?! How about cycling shorts or clipless pedal shoes for the indoor cycling enthusiast, warm moisture-wicking running gloves and beanie for the avid runner, colorful new walking shoes for the strider, comfy yoga pants for the yogi or a soft hoodie for apres-workout errand running? Lululemon, New Balance, Asics, Nike, Athleta, Lucy, Zappos and Dicks Sporting Goods have a large selection of fitness apparel for every sport.

Gym Bag

A groovy new gym or yoga bag packs motivation for the gym! Puma, Nike and Lululemon make great bags in a variety of sizes to suit everyone.

Water Bottle

Green gifts, like eco friendly BPA-free water bottles, are the carry-with-me-everywhere gift. Those from Nalgene and SIGG come in an array of styles and colors, available at REI.

Fitness DVDs

Fitness DVDs are perfect for those winter days when you can’t exercise outdoors. With an infinite number of exercise videos available, you’ll have no problem choosing the perfect gift. Your fitness friend who likes a challenge might like the P90X series. Virtual DVDs, bring a tropical outdoor paradise right into your home during treadmill walking, indoor cycling, elliptical training or simply walking in place. Search Amazon.com for a wide variety of fitness DVDs for every interest.

Fit Traveler

For the frequent traveler, think compact and lightweight gadgets, like exercise DVDs to watch on the computer, resistance bands or jump rope.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are always a good choice. Try one for a new fitness class, a cool fitness website with downloadable classes or trainers, like ExerciseTV.TV or JillianMichaels.com, or a music download site for a new workout playlist.

Spa

For post-holiday relaxation, give a massage at a nice spa. Try SpaFinder.com for gift certificates at spas around the world.

Stocking Stuffers

Don’t forget budget friendly stocking stuffers! Gift certificates, travel sized body wash and lotion for the gym, fitness socks, sport sunscreen, protein bars or trail mix, colorful ear-buds or an IPod cover are affordable options that your fit friend always needs.

Giving fitness gifts for those on your holiday shopping list is easy, once you consider what activities interest each person and your budget. With so many gifts of exercise to choose from, you are sure to please everyone this holiday season. Your friends and family will reap the endless benefits of exercise and you’ll feel great knowing you helped them look and feel their best!

Author: Krystal DeBord, Founder & President, Scenic Trex

We at Scenic Trex realize not everyone has the opportunity to exercise outdoors, so we bring the experience of outdoor fitness to those who workout in the home with a treadmill, indoor cycle or elliptical trainer. Fitness has always been a big part of our active lifestyle at Scenic Trex. We understand the importance of regular exercise as the key to good health f

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5 Reasons For a Fitness Trainer While Saving Money

Many Americans today think that having their very own in home fitness trainer is a luxury for those only that are rich and famous. We all know that celebrities like Oprah and Madonna have a fitness trainer yet we rarely stop to think how affordable in home fitness training really is or that we too can have a great trainer that will get exceptional results. We succumb to the idea that a workout DVD or a fitness book will whip us into shape while patting ourselves on the back for the money we think we saved, but our fitness goals never are reached and the book simply is added to the shelf. Worse yet, we may have spent several thousand dollars on a treadmill that we never use except for hanging clothes when we run out of hanger space. The key component we miss is that hiring an in home fitness trainer with the right company will actually save us money and obtain measurable results.

These 5 key components will get you results, teach you how to work out, and eat right while saving thousands of dollars over the course of a year. An in home fitness trainer with some large companies can cost as little as $35.99 per session.

1. An in home fitness trainer comes to you, at your home, and on your time. For one price, they bring the equipment while providing you with an outstanding one-hour workout. By hiring an in home personal trainer, you forego the expensive one year contract of a monthly gym membership, the initial enrollment fee, and the added expense of hiring their on-site trainer. Most people think that it would be less expensive to join a local health club, but in reality, it is actually more expensive. Just think 10 sessions with an in home fitness trainer at a discounted price could be as low as a mere $35.99 per session. Memberships at some of the well-known national gym chains can run a new member a gigantic $299 enrollment fee plus $45 per month on a one-year contract for a total of $839. Most of all, this is without the cost of having a fitness trainer to meet your goals. If you factor that in as well at $65 per session for 10 sessions, you end up paying a whopping $1489.00. For that price, you could have an in home fitness trainer for 37 sessions.

2. By having an in home fitness trainer, you do not need to spend money on equipment that generally does not work. A lot of us watch those shopping channels on TV to order the latest craze equipment that we expect to get us fit and it simply sits under the bed or collects dust in a corner. Even worse, for some of us the treadmill we used once becomes a clothing rack and storage unit. Save money and space by having an in home fitness trainer come to you, bring all the equipment, and once they are done leave with it. No more need to store expensive pieces of bulky equipment that you will never use, because they can show you how to get an effective workout with just a stability ball and a few bands. The Nordic Track treadmill T7, which retails for $799, prices as a “mid range” treadmill without any special features. Why would you pay almost $800 to “go walking” when you can get 20 sessions with an in home fitness trainer for almost that same price? When did it cost to go walking anyway?

3. Driving to the gym, sitting in traffic, and driving back spends gas and wastes precious time. The average American lives 10 miles from a local health club or gym and if you factor in the price of driving to the gym, sitting in long traffic and driving home after a workout, it is still cheaper to hire a fitness trainer to come to your home and provide the service for you. Based on the average of 20 miles to and from the gym and while gas could cost you, on average $2.50 per gallon, it may well cost almost $3 roundtrip each time. If you go 3 days a week, over the period of one year, it will cost about $468.

4. An in home fitness trainer will teach you how to eat healthy and less expensive. Many people think that it means that you have to go on a strict diet that could potentially make you unhappy with a starving feeling all the time. Some people think it means buying expensive prepackaged meal plans, shakes and assorted items from a magical slimming list. An in home fitness trainer can teach you how to visit a fast food drive through, when you have to, leave full, satisfied and healthy for an affordable price. The average shake is $7.00 and pre packaged food runs upwards of $13.00 a meal. If you like to cook at home, an in home fitness trainer can even go to the grocery store with you and teach you how to purchase food that is more healthy and within budget. Today’s American culture reaches for food that is fast, easy to make, and usually from a box, can, or jar that is loaded with fat, salt, calories, and sugar. An in home fitness trainer can help you make solid healthy food choices while reducing your weekly grocery bill. One or two trips with an in home fitness trainer to the grocery store can save you thousands of dollars on your food bill each year.

5. It is hard to find reliable daycare at an affordable price when you want to work out. Childcare at the gym, which is usually staffed with a few teenagers, has relatively no experience with children. By having a fitness trainer come to you, your child is safe within your reach and you can work out with no stress or additional cost. If you hire a local babysitter at $7 per hour to watch your child and you go the gym for an hour with adding in travel time, you could pay an average of $42 a week that equals $2184.00 per year. You could have 60 sessions with a fitness trainer while not leaving your child with a stranger at the same time.

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