We all know at least one person who gets restless when deprived of physical activity even for a day, and if you’re not that person, chances are one of your friends are. Buying gifts for the fitness freak can be overwhelming because they often know what they like — and likely already own it. As brands get increasingly competitive with technology and marketing, choosing something useful might actually be more challenging than going to the gym.
Add to that the fact that we’re essentially less than two weeks away from the year’s blockbuster holiday, and you’re hard pressed to not feel a slight bit panicked. After all, you don’t want your gift to be relegated to the back of a closet. But all is not lost yet, we’ve scoured the web for a collection of fitness gifts that your gym buddy/junkie will appreciate, and there’s something for everyone.
Besides the sleekest, most technologically-advanced jumping rope you’ll ever see, there’s a new smartwatch for the professional athlete-wannabe, a pair of running shoes that won’t damage your street cred, and the best wireless earphones in the market for heart-pumping sweat sessions.
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Designed to grip the more you sweat, this double-duty Yoga Zeal mat acts both as a yoga towel and yoga mat to prevent slipping. It’s also everything you could possibly wish for in a yoga mat: machine washable, foldable, reversible, and most importantly, extremely chic with its monochromatic marble print.
Even if you’re a jumping rope junkie, chances are you’re not going to keep track of your reps by the time you pass a hundred jumps. Tangram changes the game with its LED-embedded Smart rope, which displays your fitness data in mid-air as you work out. When you’re done, check on your smart phone to track how you’ve fared, alongside the calories burnt and your workout duration. Based on your skill level, the mobile fitness platform Smart Gym will also suggest interval training sessions to keep the regime fresh. Did we mention how sleek this jumping rope looks?
The final edition of the Sneaker Exchange 2017 sees the trendy arm of adidas head to Atlanta and Taipei to harness the creativity of A Ma Maniére and Invincible for its latest launch. Unlike other UltraBoosts, this special edition has a white upper constructed from cashmere wool Primeknit, and accented with lacquered rivets, luminescent fibres and inverted patterns. The Boost soles have gained traction amongst the running society since it was first launched for its cushioning abilities, so it doesn’t hurt that it’s now also got an extremely stylish makeover too. Expect a global release at Consortium accounts on December 16th.
The leader in wearable fitness tech has outdone itself this year with its latest product, the Fitbit Ionic. Besides the regular features such as a heart rate monitor and customisable interface, the new Fitbit also integrates wireless bluetooth connectivity, a built-in GPS, and contactless payment — all features which will make workouts less of a hassle. The convenience continues even after the session — there’s a sleep tracker that will record snoozing patterns.
We’ve been preached the importance of sunscreen, so it’s imperative you find one that’s suitable for sports while providing enough coverage throughout — plus points if it makes you look good. This ingenious hybrid is a transfer-resistant BB tinted sunscreen, with WetForce technology to ensure your workout is streak-free. The lightweight formula delivers natural coverage that camouflages uneven skin texture and tone, so you’re looking your best even when you’re dripping with sweat.
Made from a potent blend of essential oils such as Marjoram, black pepper ad clove, the rollerball applicator makes it easier to target hard-to-reach spots. Described by many as “your massage therapist in a bottle”, it effectively eases muscle stiffness and tension, making it versatile for post-gym sessions or even long-haul flights. This would be perfect for the friend who’s always complaining of a muscle ache.
Bang & Olufsen are known for making pretty good earphones, but the E8 takes the cake for also being completely wire-free. Even so, the comfortable earbuds still boast battery life of around four hours per charge and remarkable sound quality despite relying on bluetooth for connectivity. The understated in-ears come with configurable equaliser settings, isolating foam earbud tips and intuitive touch-based controls to make workouts with heart-pumping music a cinch.
If Elle Macpherson is anything to go by, the Super Elixir is just what your fitness buddy needs to look good and feel better. The former supermodel’s vegan-friendly supplement is formulated with all-natural ingredients such as peas, dandelion, and sprouted brown rice, so it’s chockfull of fibre to keep you satiated throughout the day. As an alternative to whey-based supplements, the Super Elixir supposedly tastes better with a creamy, sweet richness, and the nine amino acids within aid in muscle recovery and growth. Get this for the picky fitness buff in your life.