We’re getting down to the wire here, folks. How’s the shopping and shipping coming along? A few weeks ago I shared some gift ideas for the entertainer, and now I’ve got some thoughts on things the fitness-minded gals in your life will dig. This may also be a list of stuff I suggest you purchase for yourself, masquerading as a “gift guide.” ‘Tis (almost) the season for New Year’s resolutions and getting back in shape, right?
Let’s jump in. North Face is the only brand of fleece I’ve ever owned that keeps me warm in cold weather but never too hot in the early spring and late fall. Their jackets are breathable, flattering, and indestructible. The North Face fleeces I’ve owned and have not been discarded after years of wear because they’re breaking down. The one I have now is still going strong after several years of heavy use, and the one before that was burned in an unfortunate incident in the spring of 2000. Aside from the promise of durability, I love how the Indi Full-Zip Fleece ($120 at REI.com) has a smart sweater-like look while still maintaining a sporty quality. It’s versatile enough to wear with your gym gear, jeans or and darn-near anything.
Speaking of gym gear, it ain’t easy to find a cute gym bag these days. Nearly everything I’ve come across in my extensive research is either too girly (as in the middle-school girl hot pink gym bag I currently use) or looks like an old man’s duffel bag used for carrying rec specs, tube socks and thick white Reeboks for racquetball. Or, they’re $300. My solution is lululemon’s Mantra tote. Seventy-eight bucks, water-resistant, and super cute.
I used to think medicine balls were a pointless fitness fad. I didn’t get how moving around with what appeared to be a cheap toy ball could do you any good. Then I met my trainer, Cindee, who has about a thousand different medicine ball exercises in her arsenal that are no joke. Nike’s 6 pound Strength Training Ball ($40) is both functional and attractive. Here’s something you can leave laying around that won’t add a circus vibe to your home.
Cindee also swears by foam rolling as a way to massage sore, tight muscles. This trigger point foam roller ($39.99 and free shipping at Amazon.com) is designed to use self-myofascial release to get large muscles, like your buns, done with feeling sore and ready for another workout. Locals to Eastern Oregon can buy these direct from Higher Power Fitness, but if you don’t live in area, Amazon has quite a selection.
The last item on my list for your health-conscious buddies are these Old Navy black print compression leggings ($24). I have the capri version of these pants and LOVE them because they’re not boring old plain black, but they’re also not advertising or accentuating… things you don’t want advertised or accentuated.
Do you have any athletic-inspired gift ideas? Let me know. I’m looking to buy myself some new kicks for Christmas.