Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the gym rat in your life? Give the gift of fitness with these choices, which can actually serve as a travel kit for your favorite health nut.
A speed rope or basic jump rope is a great tool for cardio. All you need is space and time. Skipping rope is serious business. It can improve your conditioning sooner rather than later.
With resistance bands, you can do several exercises for every muscle group. I advise getting bands with different levels of resistance. They help you improve your strength as well as your endurance. The great advantage of bands is that you can take them with you anywhere and work out even if you have no access to a gym, or if your hotel lacks an adequate fitness room.
Check out workouts you can perform with resistance bands.
Stretching is just as important as resistance training and cardiovascular activity. A yoga mat will encourage the athlete in your life to focus on flexibility and recovery. Just unroll it, lay it flat and start stretching. Like the speed rope and bands, a mat is easy to carry. Just roll it up. Some mats have strings or straps to make them even more convenient to carry.
A trend in the fitness world is to not carry a water bottle around any more. Shaker cups are all the rage because of popular drinks designed to be consumed before, during and after workouts. Some cups even have extra compartments to store protein powder and vitamins for after your workout.
A durable gym bag can be inexpensive but valuable to a gym rat, because it can be used to carry his or her gear to and from the gym or while traveling.
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