Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Gym Bunnies
A Guide To Some Great Women's Present Ideas For The Gym
Christmas shopping should be a competitive sport in itself. Even getting parked up in town can be a battle and then you need to elbow your way through the hoards just to get a glimpse of what’s on the shelves. Add to this the fact that the person you’re buying for has their own specific needs and lifestyle that you have to account for and it’s no wonder Christmas shopping can be stressful.
Xmas shopping for a Gym bunny (Whether it’s your partner, daughter or just a friend that you have picked out in your workplace ‘Secret Santa’) can be a real challenge and as a result below are a great selection of women's festive gift and stocking ideas to make them smile as they unwrap.
What aspects of fitness is your gym bunny interested in?
Gather some information before you start gift shopping
Doing a little bit of research is always a good idea before you do any gift shopping. Just because someone goes to the gym and is concerned about their fitness doesn't mean that everything gym related will be right for them. By asking a few simple questions you can narrow down your options and ensure that you get the right gift. Obviously you need to have a little tact when asking questions but variations on the below will help you to gauge the person's fitness interests.
- Do you stick to cardiovascular exercise or prefer weights?
- Do you go to boot camp sessions? (You could integrate this into a question that you've heard about boot camps and you're wondering what they actually are)
- Do you prefer yoga and pilates or high intensity classes?
- Do you enjoy listening to music in the gym?
A great gift for music loving and treadmill plodding gym bunnies
If your gym bunny loves to hit the cardiovascular equipment (treadmill, steppers, ellipticals and exercise bikes) and like to listen to music when they're exercising a great present idea could be a new set of state of the art headphones. Most people tend to stick with the headphones they got with their Ipod or MP3 player but you can really enhance the sound by upgrading your headphones.
A great set of headphones for running on the treadmill will help on that relatively lonely road to fitness. A good set of headphones for running on a treadmill needs to offer great sound, the ability to handle the bumpy nature of bounding on the treadmill and the caustic effect that sweat can have.
There are two options to consider regarding headphones. Separate unit design headphones known as 'in ear' with buds which sit inside the ear and the currently popular headband variety which sit on top of the ear.
Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones
Fantastic sound quality to inspire your cardiovascular workouts from audio powerhouse Sennheiser in collaboration with the fitness knowledge of Adidas. Awesome performance
In ear headphones for the gym- Sennheiser and Adidas collaborate
When one of the biggest and most influential fitness companies on the planet collaborates with a company renowned for their audio quality you expect a fantastic product and the
Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones really deliver. Whether on the bus to work or pounding the treadmill. The CX 685 features fantastic sound capabilities with the ability to handle the heavy, dirty base of the deepest dance music or whatever you want in your ears. The Sennheiser CX685 is ultra rugged with a sweat and water resistant construction which features para-aramid reinforced cables and a slide-to-fit mechanism to ensure a perfect fit.
Go wireless with Beats by Dr Dre for the ultimate gym bunny gift
Beats By Dr Dre Wireless Headphones
Total freedom from wires for during exercise
When you're in the gym and listening to music ideally you don't want the wires from a set of heaphones getting in the way. Beats Wireless headphones offer legendary sound quality without the cord getting in the way. They're expensive but worth it for the incredible sound quality
Controls on the earcup even let you switch tracks without pulling out your music player and a ten hour battery life means that you shouldn't run out of pump mid-session. They can even handle phone calls from the office if required.
Gift ideas for the stylish gym goer or yoga lover. Let them go shopping for some new workout gear- Lululemon gift vouchers
If you'd like to choose something for your gym bunny to wear this Christmas but don't have a clue what to get or in what size you could consider picking out some vouchers for specialist fitness retailer Lululemon.
Lululemon gift vouchers offer a great gift for the style concious gym goer. They offer an extensive range of women's running attire and yoga wear too to help revamp the waredrobe.
Pick them out a little holiday reading
Fitness minded people often like to expand their mind on the area as they're always on the lookout for ways to challenge themselves physically and mentally. The unfortunate side of buying books for fitness fanatics is that there is so much to choose.
Nutrition books are great for fitness focussed presents
Nutrition is a great place to start book shopping for Christmas. Fitness isn't just about what you're doing in the gym so a great book on smoothies and shakes is a good way to go. Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris (pictured right) is a great option featuring amazing photographs and ideas for 100 different superfood smoothie ideas to inspire your gym bunny.
If you're looking for something for the serious athlete then look no further than Anita Bean's Sports Nutrition for Women is a nutrition text for the modern athlete. With clear and concise information presented in an easy to follow format and will become a long term companion in the quest for better fitness levels. It covers everything from healthy eating to exercise and pregnancy in depth to help expand the mind.
The ultimate gift for a sweaty bootcamp- The Bobble bottle
No need for grotty tasting tap water in a sports bottle
The Bobble sport water bottle features a carbon filter which actively purifies your drinking water as it passes through the spout. The replaceable filter is effective for up to 300 uses so ample for a full year's worth of training sessions per bottle alone. The carbon filter helps to remove chlorine and contaminants from tap water to give your drink a cleaner, crisper taste.
Buying bottles of mineral water can get expensive for a fitness minded individual and regular sports bottles only offer the facility to carry water. The Bobble sport water bottle will help it's user to better health and refreshment making it ideal for women who head off to bootcamps in a rush. It's a simple fill up and drink system that takes no more effort but can have a great effect on the environment by cutting the need to buy bottles of water.
A great review of the Bobble waterbottle
One for the runner- Treat them to gait analysis and a new set of sneakers
If your gym bunny loves to pound the treadmill every night there's a likelihood their sneakers are taking a heck of a pounding as a result. A creative suggestion for individuals who are relatively new to the running bug is to take them to your local specialist running shop for a gait analysis test and a treat of some new running shoes.
A gait analysis test will assess the intricacies of their running action and pay particular attention to the way their foot strikes the ground. Not all running shoes are made equal and some will address different aspects of the foot strike to help improve posture while running and provide additional comfort.
It will be more than just their feet that are happy as a result!
Most major towns and cities have a specialist running retail who will be able to help you with such needs. If you pop and see them they're always happy to help and arrange an appointment. If you'r iin the USA Slowtwitch has a great Running Shop Database which could help you find a retailer near you.
Why not consider a workout diary as a gift
Gym bunnies are on a quest for self improvement and development so what better gift to consider as a stocking filler for a gym bunny than a workout diary. In the age of Apps it's often refreshing to go back to basics and keep a physical diary of fitness progress throughout the year.
A good workout diary will allow your gym bunny the opportunity to track their progress. Whether they want to track their weight, how many miles they're running or how heavy they're lifts are going.
A workout diary is a great idea as an annual gift as you're helping to encourage the person's fitness to develop over the long term and showing an understanding in their passion.
What do you think would be a great gift for a woman who loves the gym?
We're always on the lookout for gift ideas here on hubpages. What do you think would be a great women's gift for the gym? We'd love to hear from you
Thanks for reading
Liam Hallam (CyclingFitness)
© 2013 Liam Hallam