Thanksgiving in the rearview, we are now hurdling towards the Christmas / Chanuka/ Kwanzaa zone. Travel, relatives, food, drinks, inappropriate behavior by coworkers who may soon become ex-coworkers. Uncles, aunts, grandparents, grandkids, trying to remember the name of so-and-so’s current wife, husband or significant other. Am I allowed to say “Christmas” in this crowd or do I have to stick to “Happy Holidays”? Is anyone vegetarian, vegan, ketogenic, pescatarian, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or just plain intolerant? Anyone Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Shinto, Agnostic or Atheist? Anyone currently in AA?
What am I supposed to serve a vegan, gluten intolerant Atheist who’s in AA?
There is SO much to think about.
So what I want to do, my friends, is take one problem away from you. If you’ve got a friend, or 10, who are into fitness, here are my 10 favorite fitness related gifts for the 2019 holiday season, as selected by me. There are a variety of price points, depending on who this person is and what they mean to you. However, if you are considering buying them, say, a car, as I see in so many commercials these days, I got nothing for you. If you are considering buying another person, who is not your child, a car?
You have no problems.
Really, you don’t.
You may think you do, but you are mistaken my friend. In this world of “Do I pay the rent or buy groceries?” and ” My change jar will be buying my groceries this week”, you are dropping 20 or 30 thousand on someone because you LIKE them, or want something from them, though I would submit that you could probably spend far less just buying that in a straight cash transaction…
…but I digress…
OK, now back to my list, here are;
THE TOP 10 FITNESS GIFTS OF 2019!!!
Power Dot 2.0
This Bluetooth muscle stimulator is app-based and easy to use, no matter what part of the body you’re working on. Muscle stimulation reduces the recovery time, prevents injury, and increases muscular performance. Or, if you just think that it would be cool to be able to shock yourself using your iPhone.
The Fitbit Inspire is a water-resistant, user-friendly fitness tracker, and it features continuous heart-rate tracking, GPS, a handy touchscreen, and swappable wristbands. In addition to tracking health data and delivering smartphone notifications, the tracker can also help users unwind via personalized breathing exercises. Not too big, not too showy, not too expensive and it does the job.
LARQ self-cleaning water bottle.
This reusable, rechargeable water bottle actually purifies itself every 2 hours (or at the push of a button) using a digital UV-C LED light. If you’ve ever gone to take a quick drink from your water bottle and had more than just water come out, this should appeal to you.
Shalane Flanagan, winner of the 2017 New York City Marathon and the first American woman to win in 40 years, showed that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring in her first book, Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. She teamed up with chef Elyse Kopecky to showcase delicious, flavorful, whole food dinner recipes that’ll satisfy your cravings — and can all be made in 30 minutes or less
GoPro Hero 8 Black
It’s two times more impact-resistant, comes with a built-in tripod, and links up to modular accessors including a media module with a mic, a light module that makes shots look more natural, and a display screen module for selfies. And for you runner / techies ( or trekkies) ,wearing it during a race actually makes you look like one of the Borg
Invisibobble Original Traceless hair ties
This is a tangle-free hair tie that will keep your hair out of your face while working out but doesn’t leave kinks. Which, I’m told, is important.
Create a custom kettlebell at home (or on the go!) with this orange device that simply clamps around any standard hand weight. I think this one is pretty cool.
NordicTrack Percussion Recovery Gun
Percussion guns can activate muscles and relieve tension to help someone recover from a tough workout faster. And it’s available at Walmart!
An after workout percussion/ recovery accessory.
1 Year subscription to Muscle & Fitness
Ladies! A new edition each and every month for a year! All of your favorite………articles. Most of them not wearing shirts.
Bone conduction technology allows for both high-quality sound and situational awareness to deliver a hearing experience like no other. This is a repeat from last year’s list because I love these! They are the only reason I can run with music. They aren’t in or on my ears. They are next to my ears. Call it “bone conduction technology”. Call it “ 2 tiny speakers right next to your ears”. It doesn’t matter because it works. You can hear the music and you can hear what’s going on around you. They are the shizzle my nizzles.
- 8 Hours of Music + Calls
- IP67 Waterproof
- Open-Ear Design
Alright, that’s my 2 cents. Now go a make some fit people happy! Tis the season, my friends. Happy holiday season, drive carefully and good luck finding a parking space.