Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fabulous Fitness Related Gifts for the Fit-Gal in Your Life - Part 3

I won't lie to you guys, I'm super excited playing "elf" this year. I've finished almost all of my Christmas shopping and have organized a super fun event for the family come Christmas Eve. Now all that's left is the hot cocoa fueled wrapping party! Party of one, so nobody sees their gift early!

I've got some more gift ideas for you all, happy to "present" the under $100 list! Ho ho ho :D

Polar FT40 Women's Heart Rate Monitor Watch ($109.99 and Prime eligible)

Polar is considered to be the heart rate monitor de jour outside the running world. If you're a runner, you want a Garmin because it has GPS. But if you just want an accurate number of calories burned in a sweat sesh, the Polar FT40 is your watch. You enter some personal info; name, birthdate, height, weight, gender, all those things that affect your body's metabolism. Your age does affect your metabolism, but this watch also serves you up a slice of virtual birthday cake on your actual birthday. It's very cute. More from Amazon:
  • Perfect for active exercisers who want clear guidance and to monitor their fitness level
  • Displays calories burned, stores 50 training files, displays weekly workout history and has backlight ideal for indoor cycling classes
  • Comes with comfortable fabric transmitter strap and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk. Silicone wrist band wipes clean. Downloads to free online training diary with optional FlowLink accessory
  • Helps you exercise smarter with unique Smart Coaching features such as EnergyPointer, which lets you know if you are burning fat or improving your fitness during each workout
  • Getting started with a Polar heart rate monitor is easy. First, make sure you thoroughly wet the electrodes on back of the strap with water and snap the transmitter into place. Then place the strap on your chest prior to starting the watch. Tip: it is best to stand away from others when starting the watch. When you are finished with your workout detach transmitter, rinse the strap with water and hang dry.

The Bosu trainer is one of those weird things you see in the gym and never really thing about until you use one once. Then you think to yourself, "oooh, Bosu-pushups would be so fun right now!" The Bosu adds an element of instability to any exercise you perform. My favorites involve turning the Bosu blue-side down and doing either pushups or squats on the hard plastic base. This particular Bosu comes with a workout DVD to show you even more moves! Details from Amazon below:
  • BOSU Balance Trainer combines all the elements of fitness cardiovascular toning and flexibility into unique and highly effective combinations.
  • Challenging and fun, the BOSU Balance Trainer gives a whole new meaning to "moving with control" as yuou work out on an unstable, dynamic surface
  • Includes BOSU Balance Trainer, 4-in-1 workout DVD, 2 workouts from the Xplode Series DVD, owner's manual and foot pump

You guys remember me blogging about Body Combat earlier? Turns out there is a DVD set! I'm putting this one on my own wish list so I can sweat it out in my living room on days when I can't make it to the gym but still want to get a great workout. I'm not so sure about burning up to 1,000 cal an hour… I seem to remember that I burned 400-600cal, but it's an effective cardio workout for sure. Amazon's info:
  • Carve a lean, strong, chiseled body in just 60 days with this ultimate Mixed Martial Arts program
  • Blends the most dynamic moves from 7 MMA disciplines into explosive, escalating sequences
  • Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour
  • 7 different workouts, Fitness Guide, Nutrition guide, Tape measure and measurement tracker

I've been eying one of these for a while, a ball chair! I've used just a ball as a chair before, but it's really difficult to situate yourself at a desk without a rolling base. Perfect for your friend who has enviable posture or for the person on your gift list who wants to work on their core strength. Besides…who doesn't want a chair they can bounce on? ;) More info from Amazon below:
  • Boost your strength, energy levels, and overall bodily health, even while seated
  • Innovative seating solution turns standard balance ball into comfortable, posture-improving chair
  • 55-centimeter, latex-free, anti-burst ball is recommended for users from five feet to five feet, 11 inches in height
  • Adjustable legs and cushioned back with stable, secure metal base and easy-glide, lockable castor wheels
  • Includes desktop stretching and strengthening guide, and DVD with three 20-minute workouts and three ten-minute "express routines"

Have a biker friend? Sometimes they want to start somewhere that isn't home. These foldable bike racks are easy to store in your trunk and whip out whenever its needed. Your mountain biking friends would definitely appreciate this handy little bike rack. Details below:
  • Extra-long carry arms easily accommodate up to 2 bicycles
  • Snaps into place right out of the box, and can be folded away with one hand
  • Internal clearance on the rack to fit most vehicles with rear-mounted deck spoilers
  • Patented tie-down system individually secures and protects bicycles
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Just one week left until Christmas! I have officially finished my shopping, now I'm waiting on a few last gifts to arrive in the mail and then it's time for a wrapping party. 

I'm going to wait until Christmas Eve for part 4 of this series. Maybe the big guy in red will see my wish list in time! :)

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