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Budget Fitness Gift Ideas for $30 of Less

Need a gift idea that won't break the budget?


Updated December 10, 2013

If you are looking for inexpensive gifts or stocking stuffers for the athlete on your gift list, here are a few gift ideas around $30 or less.

1. Door Way Pull Up Bar

Pull Up Bar
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The Iron Gym is a great, basic pull up bar for around $30 and it's worth every penny. I like this bar because you can set it up and take it down in a flash. Pull ups are of the most overlooked exercises for building upper body, back and core strength.

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2. Foam Roller

Foam Roller
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Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the big price tag. The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.

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3. Jump Rope

Jump Rope
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If you want an inexpensive and efficient workout, the jump rope might be the ultimate "must have" piece of fitness equipment. Read more: Benefits of jumping rope.

4. Smartwool Socks

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Socks every athlete should have. A cushioned sock with reinforced bottoms for durability and shock absorbency. For off-road runners, skiers, hikers and all types of rigorous activity, these socks maintain optimum body temperature to keep feet dry and comfortable. Will not itch or shrink - guaranteed.

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5. The Stick Massager

The Stick Massager
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A small portable self-massager is a must-have for any athlete who needs a bit of tender loving care on the go. Use it to massage tight, stiff muscles and perform simple myofascial release when using a foam roller is just not practical

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6. Arm Warmers

Smartwool Arm Warmers
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Arm warmers are great for any outdoor activity. Changing temperatures can make for difficult clothing selection, but a tiny pair of arm warmers let's you wear a tee-shirt and still have sleeves if it gets too cold.

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7. Running Cap

A lightweight running cap is a perfect gift for any athlete. Most exercisers I know have several caps of various colors, weight and a few with brims and a few without brims to accommodate all different weather conditions and temperatures. You can't go wrong with this gift idea.

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8. Running Gloves

A nice pair of running gloves can keep the hands and fingers warm and protected from the wind chill on chilly days. Choose a pair of gloves that offer a breathable, wicking fabric to pull moisture away from the hands and keep them dry.

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9. The Athlete's Guide to Yoga - Book

This is a great reference book for athletes who are familiar with sme basic yoga and want to use it to improve their flexibility, balance and strength for sports. Including more than 100 poses with full-color photographs and good instructions for some of the most challenging poses. As a bonus, you'll find sample sports-specific training plans and a DVD full of warm-up and cool-down routines. This is a good addition to any athlete's training program.

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10. Nuun Active Hydration Tablets

Nuun electrolyte tablets offers athletes a unique carbohydrate-free fluid replacement. Just drop a tablet of nuun into a water bottle and you replace electrolytes without the calories of most other sports drinks.

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