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15 Gifts for Fitness Lovers & Health Nuts

Gifts for Fitness Lovers & Health Nuts
Most people try to be healthy, but there is a rare breed who really loves exercising. If you have a friend or family member who is a bit of a health nut, you know that being fit and living a healthy lifestyle can take over their lives. These are good habits that should be encouraged and you can help them by giving presents that help them stay fit and active. These gifts for fitness lovers help compliment the healthy lifestyle they have. Some are just practical gifts and others are more fun. These gifts are especially good for Christmas to help your fitness buff gear up for New Year’s resolutions. Check out the list and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect present for your loved one.

Gifts for Fitness Buffs

1. The HIIT Interval Workout Game

Some of the best gifts are those that can enhance or encourage hobbies. Fitness and working out is a hobby that should always be encouraged, and the HIIT game is the perfect way to do that. HIIT Interval Workouts were designed by Sergeant Volkin, a scientist and military fitness expert. The program is meant to help anyone at any fitness level develop elite strength and fitness with no equipment needed.

This gift turns it into a game, one that can be played solo or with friends and family to add some fun competition. Drawing cards creates your workout routine and you can quickly collect points to win the game. If you’re new to the workouts, you can scan the card with your smartphone and watch a video demonstrating how to do them correctly. The HIIT Game is fun way to create a daily workout that’s unique each day. It’s perfect for fitness buffs who don’t want a gym membership and enjoy bodyweight exercises.


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2. A Fitness Tracker

Surprise! Who would’ve thought we’d suggest this? But seriously, if you have a fitness buff in your life that doesn’t have a fitness tracker yet, you need to get them one ASAP. Fitness trackers no only help motivate people to keep up with their fitness goals, but they’re also the best way to track exercise time, calories burned, steps, and more.

Depending on what kind of activities your health nut likes to do, there is a perfect fitness tracker for them. There’s activity trackers for runners, swimmers, and cyclists. If you’re not sure what to get, check out our fitness tracker comparison chart.


3. FabFitFun Fitness Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are very trendy and they make a fantastic gift because they don’t require you to put a gift box together, plus the recurring nature makes it like they’re getting a new gift every month. The FabFitFun boxes are tailors specifically for women who enjoy exercising and staying healthy. It includes a combination of beauty and health products delivered every three months. To give you a sense of the kind of the products, past boxes have included water bottles, yoga straps, jump ropes, herb garden kits, scarves, jewelry, and make-up.

The variety in the box makes it more fun than other subscriptions boxes that focus specifically on make-up or work out supplements. You never know what will come in a box, but you know it will be filled with fabulous stuff that helps promote a fashionable and healthy lifestyle.


4. How To: Yoga Coffee Mug

If the fitness fanatic you’re shopping for loves to yoga, then we have the perfect gift for you. The mug features figures on the side doing several yoga poses for each chakra, as well as showing all the steps of the sun salutation. To make this gift even cooler, it comes with a yoga mat coaster. Any yogi will absolutely love this gift.

Include some of their favorite tea or coffee to make a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

Check out more gifts for yogis.


5. Fitbook Fitness Journal

If your giftee struggles to meet their fitness goals, this is a gift you an give them which will help them get in shape and lose weight. The Fitbook is a fitness planner and food journal that provides the structure for 12 weeks of goal planning and tracking. It guides you through the process of setting goals, recording results, and even rewarding yourself. This is what people used before fitness tracker bands and bracelets existed and it works well to help people set goals and meet them.

This journal is a great alternative to people who don’t like using fitness trackers, smartphones, or apps to monitor their activity and fitness. The Fitbook makes a great Christmas gift because it can help the giftee get a jump start on their New Year’s resolutions.


6. Gym & Tonic Tote Bag

Gym & Tonic Tote Bag

If you’re looking for a fitness gift that’s fun and practical, this one is perfect! Most fitness fanatics also dread going to the gym, and this pokes a little bit of fun at that. It’s a play on the classic cocktail gin and tonic and is perfect for fitness lovers and health nuts who also like to unwind with a nice drink at the end of the day.

This tote bag is also very practical for toting gym gears books, or even groceries. It’s the type of gift anyone can appreciate.

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7. Bluetooth Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a great, low cost way to exercise. This jump rope from Lift Heavy Fitness takes it to the next level. This is a Bluetooth jump rope. It syncs up with their free smartphone app to track duration of jumping, calories burned, and even distance. It’s basically like turning your jump rope into a fitness tracker.

You can set multiple users in the app, so this jump rope can be used by everyone in the family. This is also a great way to introduce kids to fitness and create some fun competition.


8. Barbell Bracelet

Barbell Bracelet

Fit women love jewelry too, especially jewelry that celebrates one of their favorite past times. This bracelet from ElegantTiger is a handmade tribute for women who lift. The bracelet features black beads with a barbell charm at the center. It’s chic and simple design goes well with any outfit and even looks good at the gym.

This is a great gift for women who lift or are into bodybuilding. It’s also good for gym nuts who can’t get enough fitness time.

Available with a choice of silver, gold, or black barbell charm.


9. Grokker Online Fitness Classes

At home strength and yoga classes for runners

If the fitness nut in your life hates going to the gym (especially on those cold winter days when you don’t want to leave the house) give them the next best thing. Grokker is subscription video platform with unlimited home workout and yoga videos. If going to the gym is inconvenient or too expensive, Grokker is a fantastic option. Their library of fitness videos include yoga, cardio, dance, interval training, pilates, and even weight training. There’s so much variety in content that you’ll never get bored with the workouts.

This is a great gift to give to students or moms who don’t have time to go to the gym. They can get their workout in anywhere using the Grokker website or smartphone and tablet apps. In addition to their fitness programs, they even have guided meditations and cooking programs. The cooking videos are great for anyone who is trying to stick to a diet or learn to cook for the first time. This is a gift that will keep on giving every month.


10. Challenge Accepted Running Medal Holder

Challenge Accepted Running Medal Holder

If your giftee loves to run marathons or 5Ks, then they will really appreciate this gift. This iron rack is handmade by SportHooks and perfect for displaying running medals. The business is run by an avid runner who was looking for a way to display their medals instead of just putting them away in a drawer. They invented this cool rack, which features ten hooks to display medals on.

There are 28 designs to choose from, so you’re sure to find one perfect for the runner in your life. The one pictured right says “Challenge Accepted.”


11. Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds & Fitness Tracker

Music is the driving force behind many workouts, especially for runners. Often traditional headphones are a problem, the cords can get in the way and cause safety concerns, plus they’re not durable against sweat or rain. These wireless earbuds from Jabra are designed specifically for running and other workouts. The in ear buds have no cords and are fully waterproof. They come with multiple sizes of gels and wings to find the perfect fit for your ears, which will hold the earbuds securely in place through even the most vigorous workouts. They have a three-hour battery life, long enough to last most work out sessions, plus they come with a charging case that holds an additional 6 hours.

What sets these headphones apart from any other pair of earbuds, is they are actually fitness trackers. They have a built in heart rate monitor and a smartphone app that tracks your activity and includes features like rep counting, race pace calculator, and recovery advice. These are must have earbuds for runners.


12. Running Hydration Belt

If you’re shopping for a runner, here’s another great gift to consider. Any runner or jogger who exercises outside knows the pain of trying to figure out how to carry essentials without bogging themselves down. This hydration belt from X Fit Factor solves that problem. First it comes with two 10 oz. water bottles to keep runners hydrated. The center pocket has two sections, one for your smartphone to keep it safe from scratches, and the other for things like keys, IDs, credit cards, or protein gels.

Made from high-quality neoprene, this belt is sweatproof and perfect for keeping essentials at hand without interfering with running stride. This is the kind of practical fitness gift runners will really appreciate.

Check out more water belts for runners.


13. Bobble Filtering Water Bottle

Hydration is important for all exercise fanatics, not just runners. And this gift is perfect for people who work out at the gym, the park, or anywhere else. Bottled water is expensive and bad for the environment. Bobble gives a great solution so you can have great tasting water anywhere. This water bottle has a built-in charcoal filter, so you can fill it up at the park water fountain and still get great tasting water.

Available in 18.5 oz and 34 oz sizes, this water bottle is great at the gym, the office, or school. It also comes in nine colors to fit any style.

Check out handheld water bottles for runners.


14. Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

It’s hard to bring the experience of a gym to your home if you’re short on space. Most people don’t have an entire room to dedicate to workout equipment, including a full set of dumbbells. These adjustable dumbbells are a neat solution. Using only two dumbbels, their weights can be adjsuted to equal 15 sets of weight. Using a dial system, you can adjust the weight in 2.5 pound increments to get the weight you need.

This is a great way to do weight training at home without a ton of equipment. Any fitness fanatic would love this workout gift.


15. Nayoya Acupressure Mat

Pain is a part of the game, even for very active and fit people. An acupressure mat is a great, holistic way to treat body pain naturally. It’s espeically good for back and neck pain that is often common in office workers. Acupressure mats have several points on it to stimulate acupressure points on your body and increase blood flow to affected areas. The results is pain and stress relief just from laying down on the mat.

This is a great gift for fitness minded people who are dealing with sore muscles after a workout or general aches and pains from day to day life.

Check out more acupressure mats for back pain.


Still searching for the perfect fitness gift? Check out these fabulous gift ideas for runners.


Best Activity Tracker for Weight Loss

3 Best Activity Trackers for Weight Loss 2022

Best Activity Tracker for Weight Loss

Many people have jumped on the fitness tracker trend to help keep them motivated to live an active and healthy life. They’re often people who already have favorite workout activities and just need to find the perfect tracker for running, swimmings, or cycling. But you may be coming to fitness tracking with a different goal, one of general weight loss and healthiness. If you’re looking for the best activity tracker for weight loss, the search is a little more tricky.

Instead of just looking for something that looks cool and counts your steps, you’ll need a fitness tracker that has features to help you with your weight loss goals. We’ve considered all the options to find the best activity tracker for weight loss. Here are our recommendations.

Best Activity Tracker for Weight Loss

Apple Watch Series 7

Oh boy! There’s so much to say about Apple’s latest offering. The Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for anyone on a weight loss journey, but it comes with a hefty price tag. When my last fitness tracker died, I made the switch and I have not regretted it. If you’re an Apple user, it’s a no brainer to switch to the Apple Watch which becomes an extension of your iPhone, putting all your favorite apps, texts, calls, and fitness tracking right on your wrist. If you don’t own an iPhone, go ahead and skip to the next recommendation, because an Apple Watch won’t work for you.

If your focus is on weight loss, then the Apple Watch is perfectly designed to help you ramp up your new healthy lifestyle at a reasonable pace. With the built-in Activity app, your Watch becomes your personal fitness guru. You’re challenged to close three rings a day: 30 minutes of exercise, 12 stand hours, and then a personalized movie goal. You’ll get reminders throughout the day of your progress, with encouraging messages to help you close each one each day. As you hit milestones, you earn badges for streaks, records, and special events. Each month the app selects a personal goal based on your previous activity. You can go from sedentary to fully fit thanks to the Apple Watch’s easy guidance.

I’ve seen tons of success stories of people losing weight just by closing those three rings. One of the great things about the Apple Watch is no matter what activity you prefer, it can record that exercise. It’s waterproof for swimming, has detailed GPS tracking for runners, and wrist-based tracking for your yoga flow.

With all of this, the best part is the Apple Watch isn’t some utilitarian fitness tracker. It’s designed to be a gorgeous watch. You can change out the bands and the watch faces for millions of looks, so you’re styling at the office, a party, or in the gym. If you opt for the cellular version, you can leave your phone behind and have the complete freedom and protection you need no matter where you go.

Available colors: Silver, Gold, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Green, Gold, Graphite, Space Black, Titanium, Red

Tracks: Everything! Heart rate, time standing, steps, calories burned, minutes meditated, blood oxygen level, sleep. Unlimited tracking options via third-party apps

Notable features: Waterproof, GPS, Cellular Option, Always on Display, 100s of custom bands, Customizable Watch Faces, Move Reminders, Exercise Tracking, Guided Meditations, iOS Apps, Wrist Based Heart Rate, ECG, Emergency SOS, Automatic Workout Detection, listen to music via Bluetooth

Pros:
Choice of GPS or Cellular
Tracks a Variety of Exercises
Closing Rings a Great Motivation for Weight Loss
100s of Apps
Waterproof

Cons:
Higher Price Tag Compared to Other Trackers
Must Have iPhone to Use
High Tech Screen Can Shatter with Direct Impact




Fitbit Charge 5 GPS + Fitness Wristband

While any Fitbit is a great choice for losing weight because of the Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale, we recommend the Blaze smart watch if you’re looking for the best activity tracker for weight loss. It has a ton of amazing features you can only find in a premium fitness watch.

Many fitness trackers are smartwatches with tons of features, bells, and whistles that can distract you from your goals. The Charge is a fully focused fitness and health tracker (with some bells and whistles thrown in) to help you meet your weight loss goals. It tracks 20 different exercise modes, giving you lots of options for your workouts. And SmartTrack automatically recognizes and records common workouts for you. The all-day activity tracker will also let you know your steps, distance, and calories burned, helping you to up your game on days when you’re more sedentary.

If you’re willing to pay for the premium membership, you can access the Daly Readiness, which is a personalized score that uses your exercise, sleep, and heart rate data to let you know if you’re ready for a workout or need a recovery day.

The health tracking features help you with your mind and body. The Stress Management Score lets you know how your body is responding to stress on a daily basis so you can manage your stress levels through exercise, mindfulness, and proper sleep. You can even log your mood to look for patterns and changes over time. Keep on top of your heart health with ECG, Oxygen Saturation Monitoring, and Heart Rate Variability Tracking.

Like many fitness bands, you can customize your bands to match your outfits and also receive call, text, and calendar alerts.

Available colors: Black/graphite stainless steel, lunar white/soft gold stainless steel, steel blue, platinum stainless steel (plus endless band options)

Tracks: steps, heart rate, GPS, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, stationary time, auto sleep tracking, menstrual cycle

Notable features: interchangeable bands, PurePulse wrist-based heart rate, Cardio Fitness Score, silent alarms & auto sleep tracking, 7-day battery life, multi-sport modes, move reminders, SmartTrack auto activity tracking, OLED touchscreen with on-screen stats, guided breathing prompts based on heart rate, smartphone notifications, swimproof

Pros:
GPS means you can leave your phone at home
Store music for your run
7 day battery life

Cons:
No apps or smartwatch functionality

Check out our Fitbit Comparison to discover all their current trackers.


Garmin Vivosmart 4 Fitness Tracker

Garmin is making some of the best activity trackers available on the market currently, but comparing prices and features, we recommend the Garmin Vivosmart for people who want to lose weight. It has plenty of features to help with weight loss and also has most of the features people look for when buying activity trackers.

The Garmin Vivosmart is an update to their original tracker which features wrist-based heart rate monitoring and pulse oximeter in addition to step counting and activity monitoring. It uses the heart rate information to more accurately calculate calories burned and the efficiency of your workout. The Vivosmart monitors your current activity level and then sets attainable daily goals, gradually moving you toward a healthier lifestyle. It also uses vibrations to remind you to keep moving throughout the day.

For workout tracking and motivation, it syncs with your smartphone and you can also create a MyFitnessPal account to help you compare calories consumed to calories burned so you can easily track and meet weight loss goals. If you want a smart scale to go with your fitness tracker, Garmin also makes the Garmin Index Smart Scale which will also sync directly to your account for accurate weight loss tracking.

Available colors: black, rose gold/gray band, gold/berry band, silver/azure band

Tracks: heart rate, calories burned, steps, distance, floors climbed, activity intensity & minutes, treadmill running, sleep monitoring (total sleep and quality), stress

Notable features: smart notifications (calls, texts, music, etc.), time display, move reminders, barometric altimeter, control music, daily goals, Garmin Connect community, 7 day battery life, waterproof 5 ATM


Make sure you meet your weight loss goals by learning how to set goals you can achieve.

Still on the hunt for the perfect fitness tracker? Check out the most popular fitness trackers and the best fitness trackers under $100.

Fitbix Flex activity monitor

Should Using a Fitness Tracker be Your 2022 New Years Resolution?


It’s that time of year again. Time to take stock of the last 12 months and make resolutions to improve your life in the next year.

Making fitness related or weight loss related New Year’s resolutions aren’t new by any means. But this year many people are picking up a new tool that they hope will keep them accountable to their goals: fitness trackers. These devices didn’t exist ten years ago, but today fitness trackers are one of the hottest selling exercise related accessories on the market.

What is a fitness tracker?

Fitness trackers are small devices that you wear on your wrist or discreetly in your pocket or on your clothing that keep track of your everyday motion. Why is this helpful? Because it helps keep you accountable to your exercise goals.

Today’s fitness trackers are much more than dumb pedometers. In addition to steps counted, some fitness trackers can track your heart rate, calories burned, monitor your sleep, suggest improvements in your lifestyle and even remind you to get up and move around once every hour if you haven’t already! Some fitness trackers are meant to show off how sporty you are, others are meant to blend in. Still others are designed for specialized purposes like waterproof swimming fitness trackers or fitness trackers for cycling or running fitness trackers. Some models even let you compete against your friends or family in private web apps!



Is a fitness tracker right for me?

Fitness trackers come with all sorts of features and in all sorts of designs for every lifestyle and budget out there. If you want access to your activity data your smartphone, reminders and web-based tracking of your fitness or weight loss goals, fitness trackers can be extremely helpful gadgets. And the good news is: they’re a heck of a lot cheaper than a personal trainer.

If you’re looking for help keeping yourself accountable for your New Year’s weight loss or fitness resolutions, consider a fitness tracker. Here are some links to get you started:

Most Popular Fitness Trackers

Fitness Trackers With Sleep Monitors

The Top Cheap Fitness Trackers

Top Fitness Trackers Comparison Chart

Fitness Trackers With Heart Rate Monitors

Waterproof Fitness Activity Trackers for Swimming

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