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Best Fitness Gift Ideas

Great gifts and stocking stuffers for athletes and exercisers


Updated December 06, 2013

Need ideas for a perfect healthy gift for those on your gift list? Check out these tried an true fitness-related gifts and stocking stuffers. Here are some of the top gift picks for anyone who enjoys exercise and appreciates staying in shape year round.

1. A Foam Roller

Foam Roller
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Foam rollers make the top pick lists each year for a reason. They work. Using a foam roller regularly can ease muscle tension, improve range of motions and exercise recovery, and reduce muscle adhesions and scar tissue formation when recovering from injuries. Using a roam roller is easy to learn, so anyone who participates in exercise can benefit from a session a basic roller every week.


There are a variety of styles and types of foam roller to choose from, but even a basic, inexpensive foam roller can work wonders.


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2. Skullcandy Earbuds Headphones

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Skullcandy Earbuds provide a great fit, and high quality sound and a variety of styles and price points. These make a nice stocking stuffer, or add it to the iPod nano or iPod shuffle (Compare prices on the shuffle) for a complete audio package any athlete will love.
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3. The Perfect Pushup

The Perfect Pushup
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I recently reviewed the Perfect Pushup and gave them a thumb's up as a simple, but very effective piece of home exercise equipment. The rotating handles provide not just a great upper body workout that is smooth and effective, but also a more intense push up experience. By raising uu off the floor, you can get a deeper range of motion with each push up. The rotating handles allow both internal and external shoulder rotation during the movement which targets the entire shoulder girdle and adds a bit of dynamic strength to the standard push up movement. For the athlete who exercises regularly, this might become a favorite and well-used gift.

4. Trigger Point Massage Balls

Massage Ball
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If you want to target specificity trigger points, break up some soft tissue adhesions or tightness, a small trigger point massage ball is ideal. They are easy to use and effective. Simply position the massage ball over the painful point and apply steady moderate pressure using a wall or a floor. Roll the massage ball in tiny circles for 5 - 7 seconds until the trigger point has release. It works great for legs, glutes, shoulders, backs, calves and the soles of the feet.
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5. Keen Ultralite Socks

Keen Ultralite socks
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Keen's addition to the athletic sock category is one of the most function that I've seen in some time. The Keen Zing, Bellingham and Boulder Canyon Ultralite socks don't just provide a great breathable, wicking, and odor-resistant sock made from merino wool fiber, but they are designed to fit both the right and left foot. Yes, the socks are marked "R" and "L" and fit accordingly. No more bunching or stretched out material. Until I tried them, I didn't realize how comfortable an athletic sock could be. Give a pair to every athlete on your list and see if they don't agree.
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6. Superfeet Performance Insoles

Superfeet insoles
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Superfeet insoles are still one of the best selling sports insoles around. With so many Superfeet styles, how do you choose the right one? The makers of Superfeet recommend runners an walkers try the GREEN, BERRY (women), or ORANGE (men) for the extra shock absorption. If you are want support for tight-fitting cleated shoes, then try the BLUE or BLACK models. If you skate, cycle or wear cowboy boots, they recommend the YELLOW model. They have also introduced a new merinoGREY insoles (made with merino wool) for support for all-season outdoor activities.
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7. Luminox Navy Seal Dive Watch

Luminox Navy Seal Dive Watch
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One of the best selling watches year after year, the Luminox Navy Seal Dive Watch really was designed for the Navy SEAL's. It has everything you'd want in a sports watch, and then some.
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8. iPod nano

iPod nano
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This year's iPod nano has undergone another facelift, so it's thinner and more stylish, but that's not what makes it a great gift. The nano lets you store hours of motivating music, plus photos and video. It also includes a built-in accelerometer pedometer and and FM radio. The 7th generation nano is Bluetooth enabled to allow wireless earphones. You can easily play, pause and adjust the volume on the go. The 2.5-inch display is enough to enjoy watch you're watching, but it's not exactly a big screen. Still, for an athlete who likes their music on the go, the iPod nano makes a great gift.
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9. 'Ask Your Doctor If Getting Off Your Ass Is Right For You' Tee Shirt

Ask Your Doctor If Tee Shirt
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While it may not be for everyone on your list, for the right personality you can have a laugh and make a statement all at once.
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10. Timex Ironman Triathlon Watch

Timex Ladies Sport Watch
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Anyone who exercises can use a sports watch for function as well as style. Year after year, the Timex Ironman Triathlon watch stands up to extreme conditions, provides the features you need, and offers a sleek sophisticated style. It's a gift that won't break the bank either.
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