Fitness Gifts for Family and Friends

What better way to encourage and support your family and friends to keep those New Year’s resolutions than a helpful fitness gift this holiday season? We’ve explored the Internet, and offer some suggestions for everyone – from aspiring couch potatoes to fitness fanatics.

Overtake HelmetIf you’re searching for just the right gift for the cyclist in your life, you may want to take a look at the new Smith Overtake Helmet. Leading industry publication VeloNews reviewed it and wrote: “The Overtake is reserved for the riders seeking a top-of-the-line helmet. For a rider looking for a safe, fast, but still breathable helmet, the Overtake could be your lid.” Forbes Magazine says, “At just 250 grams it is exceptionally light, and superbly breathable with 21 vents… this is the most comfortable road helmet I’ve tried.” 

Does the woman in your life complain about getting her yoga mat to class? If she does – or just appreciates the convenience of a carrier that is not only efficient but pretty – there’s Gaiam’s Flower Spot Apple Yoga Mat Bag designed by Orla Kiely. This 100% cotton mat bag is designed with two zippered pockets to hold essentials. And while you’re on the site, you can pick up a yoga mat, too.

For the cross fit fanatic or heavy lifter in your life, you might want to check out this veteran-owned company offering ergonomically designed kettlebells with fun, creative faces and colors – designed to “exercise your demons.” Take a look at the range of sizes, colors and faces at

And even if you’re dealing with a couch potato you would like to gently nudge toward a better fitness future, there are a range of gifts that may lift him or her out of the living room, into the gym without hurting the feelings of this newbie athlete. A clever, gentle way to push a reluctant friend to start early every day is the “Wake Up, Work Out Alarm Clock“. This is an alarm clock embedded in a dumbbell. Its motion sensor won’t allow the alarm to shut off until you’ve completed 30 curls. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who could use a creative alarm clock to get them out of bed.

Creative gifts ideas are available online with just a little searching. Give the gift of fitness and encouragement to the people you love this Christmas!

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