Show some love to the health and fitness enthusiasts in your life this holiday season with a thoughtful gift that supports the activities they love most. From runners and athletes to yogis and at-home exercisers, this gift guide features innovative new products that pair perfectly with any type of workout.
For the gym buff– GoRoll
This creative new product is a foam roller and gym bag all rolled into one, making it the perfect gift for any avid exerciser. Made from top of the line EVA foam with a hollow center that is both lockable and waterproof, gym-goers can use the GoRoll to incorporate some much needed self-myofascial release into their workout routine to help relieve tension, increase blood flow, improve mobility and enhance overall movement quality while keeping their valuables safe and secure.
For the runner– Tata Harper Soothing Muscle Gel
Perfect for tired muscles in need of some TLC, this muscle gel provides an immediate cooling sensation to soothe sore, achy legs after logging mile after mile. Made with 100% natural essential oils, including silver fir and ginger, not only does this gel smell amazing, but it also leaves skin feeling soft and well moisturized given the addition of shea butter and aloe. And being that the product is designated cruelty-free, both you and your favorite runner can rest comfortably knowing no animals were harmed in the making of this product.
For the at-home exerciser– MobileMat
For the person in your life who prefers to break a sweat at-home, this workout mat takes comfort and durability to a whole new level. With cloud-like cushioning that provides superior support whether used on hardwood, carpeted or tile floors, the MobileMat is perfect for any form of exercise, from yoga and Pilates to core conditioning and bodyweight training. The unique folding design allows the mat to easily be stored, and the fact that the material has anti-microbial properties it makes it a breeze to keep clean.
For the yogi– Hot Mesh Ankle Length Leggings with power mesh and vegan leather
These are definitely no ordinary black yoga pants. Chafe resistant, moisture wicking and figure flattering, these leggings are just as functional as they are fashionable. With a washable vegan leather waistband and black power mesh cut-outs, the yogi in your life will appreciate the style and comfort as well as the fact that these pants are proudly and healthfully made sweatshop-free in Los Angeles.
For the athlete- SKLZ Med Ball
This versatile twist on a classic training tool is designed with the athlete in mind. The unique pattern on the med ball provides a superior grip when performing functional, rotational movements, and the design also allows for a consistent, reactive bounce when performing power-based exercises such as throws and slams. Available in weights ranging from 6-15lbs, this piece of equipment is a great addition to any avid exercisers’ workout routine.
Jessica Matthews, MS is assistant professor of health and exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego, Calif. and senior advisor for health and fitness education for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). A certified health coach, personal trainer, group fitness instructor and yoga teacher, Jessica is committed to inspiring people to live happier, healthier, fitter lives. www.fitexpertjess.com; @fitexpertjess