Everyone has at least one friend who can't go a day without some sort of physical activity. Whether they're ultra-sporty and spend hours in the gym or simply prefer a healthy lifestyle, buying fitness enthusiasts a Christmas gift shouldn't be a chore.
There's a big range of exercise equipment and motivational gifts available to help combat Christmas food excesses or to kick start a New Years' fitness resolution. Here are some of the best health and fitness related gifts to consider this festive season:
Every workout needs some music motivation. If you're after something cost-effective or a little more personal, taking the time to create a specially tailored workout list for your friend can be an enjoyable and unique gift. Remember the days of making mixed tapes? Whilst today's technology takes a lot of the fun out of making 'mixtapes', it's still fun compiling a list of music and making them into CD's or USB playlists for workouts.
If regular dips and pull-ups are making workouts tedious, adding a new challenge with these dipping belts from Orbit Fitness for $15 makes a fantastic Christmas gift to use all year round. They're designed to add weight to a multitude of exercises, including pull-ups and dips, which helps to boost strength through a full range of motions. Dipping belts can be used on their own to create natural body weight resistance to the workout or a weight plate can be added to the belt for a more challenging workout.
In today's fast-paced world, making life easier is always welcome. Oster Myblend allows your health-freak buddy to blend their smoothies directly into the sports bottle, so they can get up and go, and into their daily training faster. You can buy these time-saving power babies at most stores that sell regular blenders, but the cheapest option is online on Fishpond for $25.
For anyone that's heading into 2018 with a goal to get fit and healthy, these FitLosophy books provide all the motivation to help get you there. Perfect for the fitness enthusiast or someone that's just testing the workout waters, these books are personalised, flexible and small enough to carry with you. The fitbook includes a 12-week system to plan for success, track progress and define those fitness goals. It also comes with a nutrition journal. The handy motivation pack even has a sleeve to hold your gym card and any other essentials.
Wireless Sports Headphones
To go with that motivational music playlist, investing in a reliable set of sports headphones is a must. These Phaiser Bluetooth headphones from Amazon are good value and designed for sweaty, fast-paced fitness enthusiasts to comfortably run and workout with their music.
ETip Running Gloves
Running in winter doesn't come with too many perks, but with these ETip gloves from the North Face, you or your friend will be able to brave the coldest mornings. Bonus – they work with touch-screen devices too!
Working those abs are always beneficial and with an ab power wheel, the results are much more effective. Great for boosting core stability, strength, mobility and coordination, and reducing back pain. Available from most sports stores, they range in price from $30-$70.
Fitness Gym Class Pass
Everyone loves a class pass to save some cash! If you know what gym your friend goes too and what their favourites classes are, purchase a pre-paid pass to one (or more) of their classes so they don't have to worry about it.
High-Quality Yoga Mat
A good quality yoga mat makes all the difference. Pick one up online or from your local sports store and aim to spend closer to the $50 mark for something that's comfortable and easy to store/use.
Shakti Acupressure Mat
You don't have to be a health and fitness enthusiast to appreciate this one! Shakti mats stimulate the body's production of endorphins, which is vital for supporting sports injuries and encouraging the body to rest after an extensive workout. They're used to treat stress, back and joint pain, fatigue and overall body soreness – the ultimate remedy for any gym junkie.
There are kettlebells, then there are pro grade competition kettlebells! Regular kettlebells are decent, but these are the best for full body conditioning and anyone that loves workout variety.
Resistance Band Set
Even the most casual of exercises will benefit from resistance bands and this set comes with it all. Fishpond sells them online for $82.91 and you'll get a door anchor included as well as an exercise chart.
Spending at the higher end of the budget can get you a 4-way power tower. Ideal for toning and developing core strength, as well as targeting shoulders, back and arms. The power tower allows you to do multiple workouts with a chin up/pull up station, knee raise station, dip station and push-up station in one.
Pro Suspension Training Kit
If you have a fitness friend with a busy schedule, this suspension training kit from Catch is perfect. It's an easy way to stay fit with limited time and resources, as you can take it with you in a compact travel bag and workout anywhere. The kit comes with a suspension trainer, suspension anchor, door anchor, carry bag, workout poster and a video to get started with techniques – all for $149. Great for anyone on the go!
Fitbit vs. Apple Watch
When it comes to wearable activity trackers, Fitbit and Apple Watches are the go-to gadgets. Fitbits are the cheaper alternative and are fantastic for tracking activity. If you want something that does the whole shebang, Apple Watches take the win with tracking, workout selections, health metric and a ton of smartphone features too.