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Article by Krystal DeBord

Best Fitness Gift Ideas At Any Budget,

‘Tis the season for giving! Make this holiday season one that keeps on giving, with fitness gifts for everyone on your list! With over 40 great exercise gifts to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect sporty gifts to fit your budget for friends, family and co-workers alike. You’ll provide new motivation for their workouts, inspiring them to get fit and stay fit. Active friends and family from beginners to fanatics will thank you for months to come!

* Magazine subscriptions give back all year and are very affordable! To name a few: Shape, Fitness, Self, Women’s Health, Natural Health, Prevention, Health, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness. Check out these magazines at their websites and order gift subscriptions conveniently online. Some have holiday bonus subscriptions – buy one and get one free!

* A year’s membership to that fancy new gym is sure to get a big smile. Check for membership deals during the holidays — you’re likely to find one you can swing without breaking the piggy bank.

* How about a month or so of private trainer sessions? Your best bet in finding a good certified trainer is to ask friends and co-workers for recommendations. Most gyms have personal trainers on staff, as well, available for an additional fee with membership.

* A portable mp3 player loaded with upbeat workout music will boost energy for any workout! Available at practically every price point, you’re certain to find the best one to pump up the jam for your fit friend! Try Best Buy, Amazon or Target for players by SanDisk or IPod and ITunes for music.

* Home fitness equipment keeps exercise within reach: fitness ball, hand weights, resistance bands, weighted ball, Bosu balance trainer or yoga mat. Your local sporting goods store will have a selection of all these items.

* Heart rate monitors keep cardio junkies in-the-know during workouts. Brands like Garmin, Polar and Omron get good reviews. Find them at Sports Authority or HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com.

* Sport watches do more than just keep time. Cool colors, shapes and a variety of functions makes for a fitness staple on anyone’s wrist. Those by Freestyle and Nike are fashionably functional.

* Sunglasses are great for the outdoor sports enthusiast. Try Oakley, Smith, Nike or Adidas for some cool, sport-friendly choices.

* For the more extravagant gift, surprise your loved one with a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike. Before you choose, check ConsumerSearch.com or Amazon.com for reviews of many popular equipment brands. Consider space, features included and delivery options when deciding on the perfect equipment. Shop SmoothFitness.com, NordicTrack.com, Precor.com, LifeFitness.com, FitnessBlowout.com or Amazon.com.

* Indoor cycling trainers turn any bike into a stationary bike — great for saving space and portability. Check out Lemond Fitness or CycleOps for good options.

* Fitness apparel and shoes — really, can we ever have enough?! How about cycling shorts or clipless pedal shoes for the indoor cycling enthusiast, warm moisture-wicking running gloves and beanie for the avid runner, colorful new walking shoes for the strider, comfy yoga pants for the yogi or a soft hoodie for apres-workout errand running? Lululemon, New Balance, Asics, Nike, Athleta, Lucy, Zappos and Dicks Sporting Goods have a large selection of fitness apparel for every sport.

* A groovy new gym or yoga bag packs motivation for the gym! Puma, Nike and Lululemon make great bags in a variety of sizes to suit everyone. * For snow sport lovers: a Ride snowboard and boots, k2 skiis, Tecnica ski boots, ProTec helmet, Altas snowshoes, Burton jacket & pants for the slopes, Oakley goggles, Hot Chillies under-layers. Shop Sport Chalet, REI, Dicks Sporting Goods, or any of the listed brands’ websites.

* Green gifts, like eco friendly BPA-free water bottles, are the carry-with-me-everywhere gift. Those from Nalgene and SIGG come in an array of styles and colors, available at REI.

* Fitness DVDs are perfect for those winter days when you can’t exercise outdoors. With an infinite number of exercise videos available, you’ll have no problem choosing the perfect gift. Your fitness friend who likes a challenge might like the P90X series. Virtual DVDs, like those by Scenic Trex, bring a tropical outdoor paradise right into your home during treadmill walking, indoor cycling, elliptical training or simply walking in place. Search Amazon.com for a wide variety of fitness DVDs for every interest.

* For the frequent traveler, think compact and lightweight gadgets, like exercise DVDs to watch on the computer, resistance bands or jump rope.

* Gift certificates are always a good choice. Try one for a new fitness class, a cool fitness website with downloadable classes or trainers, like ExerciseTV.TV or JillianMichaels.com, or a music download site for a new workout playlist.

* For post-holiday relaxation, give a massage at a nice spa. Try SpaFinder.com for gift certificates at spas around the world.

* For the chef give a healthy cookbook, like Cooking Light Complete Cookbook: A Fresh New Way to Cook, The Healthy Heart Cookbook: Over 700 Recipes for Every Day and Every Occasion, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook: 150 Delicious Recipes for Simple, Everyday Suppers in 45 Minutes or Less. Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com are good resources.

* Don’t forget budget friendly stocking stuffers! Gift certificates, travel sized body wash and lotion for the gym, fitness socks, sport sunscreen, protein bars or trail mix, colorful ear-buds or an IPod cover are affordable options that your fit friend always needs.

Giving fitness gifts for those on your holiday shopping list is easy, once you consider what activities interest each person and your budget. With so many gifts of exercise to choose from, you are sure to please everyone this holiday season. Your friends and family will reap the endless benefits of exercise and you’ll feel great knowing you helped them look and feel their best!

About the Author

For the past 17 years, Krystal DeBord, has worked with many popular fitness magazines, gaining invaluable knowledge in health and fitness from professional trainers and athletes. Her passion for outdoor exercise led to the creation of the fitness DVD company, Scenic Trex, in 2008, with a goal to provide motivation and inspiration for treadmill walking, indoor cycling or elliptical workouts. Visit http://www.scenictrex.com for more information.

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