This year, I’ve come across a bunch of new favorite items that have really improved the quality of my fitness experiences. I love exercise, and it’s a huge part of my life, but it can get really uncomfortable and cumbersome to stay committed without the proper gear and tools.
That’s why I decided to put together a Fitness Lover’s Edition of the popular holiday gift guide! If you’re struggling with the oh-so-popular “what do you want for Christmas?” question, or you have a fitness lover in your life, this guide is packed full of amazing suggestions, from budget friendly to going all out, so there’s something on here for everyone. And they’re all tried and true, so I know that you/your favorite wellness junkie will love their new toy!
This is the perfect gift for yogis; both beginners and seasoned! It’s the perfect tool to practice inversions – headstands, handstands, and all those other poses you see on Instagram that make you think ouch. FeetUp is a safe way to learn those postures, and also to simply practice yoga. It also includes an endless amount of support and guides to get the most out of your new trainer!
Designed to stay in place during intense workouts, without ripping or pulling hair. I have thick, frizzy hair and these stay in place perfectly.
This is a handheld, on-the-go, take it anywhere exercise tool that pair directly with an app and provides everything needed for an effective workout. It gives exercise the ability to be equipment free, because it + your own body weight is more than enough to get in a great sweat sesh. This is the perfect gift for those traveling fitness lovers, those who are always busy, and even people who live in a small space.
4 – Yoga Mat Bag
Carrying around a yoga mat isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so gift your fitness-loving-friend (or yourself) and easy way to store and travel with your mat with this yoga mat bag.
No matter how dedicated you are, everyone needs a little get-up-and-go sometimes. This plant-based, free-from-artificial-sweeteners, magical powder is mine.
It’s like a foam roller, but better. With multiple heads that can easily be swapped out, this is the perfect solution for sore, tight muscles.
I love a thick headband that stays in place and keeps the sweat and fly-aways out of my face. This one from Sweaty Betty is everything, and more.
After a sweaty yoga class where my arms feel like jello, the last thing I want to do is roll up my yoga mat. Now, I don’t have to. And neither do you. This Backslash mat rolls up on its own, with just a simple flick of the wrist.
This water bottle has traveled the world with me, because while it’s great for stayed hydrated during exercise, it’s also a great travel companion. Whether you’re going to the studio or the airport, this is a must-have. It keeps liquids at their original temperature for 8 hours, and the outside stays free from condensation.
I know this isn’t technically and exercise product, but in our house, it’s a staple for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s so easy to cook up a batch of chicken for meal prep or a full meal when you’re running behind. You simply toss in your ingredients, seal the lid, and go about your day while your food cooks quickly.
This is another item that not only aids in my exercise, but also in my life. I bring this bag with me pretty much everywhere. From holding sweaty headbands after my workout to transporting my laptop through airports, this Lulu bag has been my main girl for quite sometime, and she’s definitely a keeper.
This might seem obvious, but there’s still a lot of people who don’t track their exercise using a watch! I love the Apple Watch for not only measuring my heart rate during my workouts, but also saving all my data on my phone, so I can access it anytime. It also automatically updates my health app to keep track of my movements and even sleep patterns. Admittedly, I still have the first generation of this watch, and while I’m totally due for an upgrade, I have zero complaints about it’s performance, even all these years later. So while it’s an investment, it’s definitely one that will last you.
Hands down, my most comfortable leggings. Ever. From 104 degree yoga rooms to waiting for the train in 20 degrees, these are the best.
I’ve been using ClassPass for years, and it’s been a game-changer. When I first moved to Dallas, I was shocked at the cost of joining an exercise studio. But ClassPass offers a monthly membership that can be used at tons of studios and there are different membership levels, depending on how often you’d like to workout and the types of studios you want to visit. It also allows me to switch up my routines so I never get bored, and try out different classes and styles of workouts. It’s an essential exploration-tool for anyone who’s moving to a new place or new to fitness.
I’ve been known to skip a shower after a workout… or two. But until this post, no one would know it because of this deodorant.
Have you ever had a sock slip off during a run? The worst, right? I’ve searched high and low for socks that didn’t slip, and that weren’t too thick as to create a blister on my toes. These are the answer. I have at least one pair in every color.
I just recently switched to this brand of dry shampoo, and I’ll never go back. The smell is amazing, and it doesn’t leave any powdery residue in my hair.
These fit perfectly in my Lululemon backpack (or my yoga mat bag!) to use immediately after a workout. Even if I’m not wearing any makeup that’s now running down my face, I always like to wipe off any sweat and dirt that might cause a breakout.
I hope some of these products end up underneath your tree (or the tree of someone fitness-y in your life) this year, because I know they’ll make a huge impact on the quality of your workouts! Happy shopping!
*Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, I may earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.