Great Holiday Fitness Gift Ideas

The holiday season is here!  As many shoppers search their minds for unique gifts, very often the gift of fitness is on the list.  When I give fitness gifts, I focus on gifts that are versatile and will be utilized.  Refer to the list below for some great fitness gift ideas that will be useful to anyone on your list.  The list groups the gifts according to price and includes an explanation of their benefit and versatility.

Fitness Gifts under $20
Dumb Bell: An exercise dumb bell is one of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment.  It can benefit any person who is looking to tone problem areas or can be used to increase the intensity of aerobic routines.

Resistance Bands:
Resistance bands can be used to add intensity to any strength exercise.  They make fitness accessible anywhere because they are easy to transport.  These useful fitness tools can also be used to increase the intensity of aerobic routines.

Fitness Gifts under $50
Beginner Weight Set: Beginner weight sets generally consist of adjustable dumb bells.  They offer varying resistance levels so they are an effective tool for any fitness enthusiast.

Exercise Stability Ball:
Exercise stability balls are a very popular exercise tool.  They can be used for many purposes.  Some uses include increasing the difficulty level of abdominal workouts and providing an unstable surface to incorporate more core muscles when performing dumb bell exercises.  They also add to the selection of lower body exercises for any fitness routine.

Fitness Gifts under $100
Bosu Balance Trainer: Bosu balance trainers provide all of the benefits of exercise stability balls and more.  Because they are flat on one side, they offer the benefit of allowing the user to stand on the rounded side and create an unbalanced surface.  This added feature makes for more effective balance training and offers many more exercise variations.

Barbell Set: Barbell sets generally consist of a long bar and a set of various weight plates.  This bar can be combined with the weight plates to create numerous resistance levels.  This exercise tool is extremely versatile and can be utilized to work any muscle group desired.

Fitness Gifts over $100

Weight Bench and Barbells: This gift will provide all of the benefits associated with purchasing a barbell set alone, but will also provide more exercise variations.

Elliptical Machine: Elliptical training machines are some of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment.  They provide the benefit of aerobic exercise coupled with exercise motions that tone all major muscle groups.  The low impact motion allows for intense exercise without joint impact.

Treadmill: Treadmills have always been extremely popular gifts for runners in your household.  Treadmills are very effective for aerobic fitness training as well as weight bearing exercise.

For tips on selecting the right elliptical training machine or treadmill, please take a look at our treadmill buying guide and elliptical buying guide.

Good luck with your holiday shopping and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

Jim Bompensa has been a health club owner and manager, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and nutrition specialist for the nearly 15 years. He is currently the owner/operator of Body Physics Fitness Center in Haddonfield, NJ. Jim has appeared and contributed on ABC and NBC in Philadelphia, PA as well as Designing Spaces on TLC.

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