FitViews' 2014 Holiday Fit List


It's that time of year again! I just love the holidays. The music, the decorations, the extra time spent with family and friends...

What I don't love about the holidays is trying to figure out what to get people! Some people are easy, but for those on my list that are tough to buy for I love gift guides. I've found the best presents on gift guides.

I thought this year I'd expand my best of fitness gift guide to include everyone, not just runners and fitness fanatics. Because really, we want everyone in our lives to have a healthy and happy 2015, right??


FitViews 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

For ANYONE on your list
Fitness Wearables- you can't go wrong with a fitness wearable. The market is flooding with them and they're hugely popular with just about anyone. My 11 year old even wants one to track his steps! You can find wearables in all price ranges too, depending on what capabilities they have. There are models that do everything from simply tracking steps to ones that have GPS and heart rate monitoring capabilites (or even give you email alerts!). 

Wearables for Runners:
TomTom Runner Cardio
(Retail $269.99)

  • Integrated Heart Rate Monitor (NO chest strap needed)
  • Graphical Training Partner helps you train more effectively with full-screen graphics and three unique training modes.
  • One-Button Control allows you to easily navigate through menus.
  • Extra Large Display
  • Quick GPS Fix Technology helps you get out on your run faster.

(Retail $169.99, sometimes cheaper on Amazon.)

  • Tracks distance, pace, heart rate and calories
  • Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it’s time to move
  • Compatible with foot pod for recording distance indoors
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
  • Save, plan and share your activities at Garmin Connect

Wearables for Everyone:
(Retail $149, sometimes cheaper on Amazon.)
  • EKG-accurate heart rate data, with no chest strap required
  • Tracks steps, pace, distance and calories to provide a complete assessment of your daily effort
  • Customizable display and configurable heart rate zones
  • Connects to fitness apps with Bluetooth Smart (4.0) 
  • Sync heart rate to bike computers & GPS watches via ANT+
  • Stores activity data and wirelessly syncs to the Mio GO app
  • Water resistant to 30m (3ATM)
  • Mio FUSE Crimson fits large wrist sizes: 156 -208mm / 6.1”-8.2”
  • Mio FUSE Aqua fits regular wrist sizes: 149-179mm / 5.9”-7”


Microsoft Band
(Retail $199.99, but currently only available at a Microsoft Store.)

  • Microsoft Band, the first device powered by Microsoft Health, helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. It also helps you be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts - right on your wrist.
  • Device works across iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones.
  • Email previews and calendar alerts appear right on your wrist so you know what you have to do and where you have to be even on the go.
  • For customers using Windows Phone 8.1, ask Cortana to take notes or set reminders with your voice. She'll give you driving directions and keep you on top of traffic, sports, stocks, weather, and more. She is ready to help whenever you need it.

For the At-Home Workout-er

Piyo
(Retail $59.85 + S&H for the Base Package.)

One of my favorite trainers, Chalene Johnson's latest program. 
"Who says you have to jump, grunt, strain, and punish your body to get amazing results from your workout? Not with PiYo…PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. And, we crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined."





Bosu Balance Trainer
(Retail $119.95)

"Known industry-wide for training balance, building strength, fine tuning skills for sport, enhancing flexibility, and delivering killer cardio workouts, the BOSU® Balance Trainer challenges the entire body."

Custom Shoes!


This is so cool. I've designed my own shoes from Reebok and think a gift card to do this will thrill just about anyone.

From Reebok

From Nike 

Under $50





Reusable Water Bottles
Pedometers
Socks (Yes, really. I find fit folks are crazy for specialized socks, myself included. Check out compression socks too.)
Hoodies

Last minute or just not sure?
You can't go wrong with letting them pick their own great gift! Great places for fit gift certificates:
Dick's Sporting Goods
Nike
Athleta


What's on your Fit Wish List this holiday season??


More ideas for runners and triathletes from my friend Amanda.

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