Good morning! So, if you’re like me, I’m not done Christmas shopping. Almost though. If you’re still looking for a few items for a fitness lover in your life (or for a Christmas gift to yourself!), here is my holiday gift guide for the fitness lover by price to make it easier to buy for a running-crazed friend or your spouse’s love for tracking their burn.
Best Gift Under $5
Protein & Energy Bars: My favorite snack item! They typically range in price from $0.75-$2.50 per bar. The bars shown above don’t even scratch the surface of how many protein & energy bars are on the market right now. So, how do you decide?
First, look at the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t for you. If it has 15 grams of sugar, avoid it! Also, look for artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, sugar alcohol, saccharin, sorbitol, xylitol, just to name a few). Dr. Oz has a great list of artificial sweetener names to look for in your food labels. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, dyes & preservatives as much as possible.
Second, look for high fiber & protein in a protein bar. You want it to be satiating, not filled with sugar. Many bars try to market themselves as a protein bar, when in fact they are often energy bars. Lara Bars are my favorite energy bar because they use very few ingredients & they are compromised of whole foods, such as cashews, dates, peanut butter, etc.
Third, compare prices & online reviews. You will find a lot of information about each bar online & if you don’t, don’t buy it.
Best Gift Under $15
Headbands: No matter what length your hair is, you are probably driven nuts by your hair while working out if you don’t have it up in some way. I have found that bobby pins fall out and nothing holds my hair back better than a headband and then a ponytail. There are so many headbands out there, so I’ve done a quick round-up of very popular, proven headbands. Here is a great multi brand headband review I found with even more options.
Best Gift Under $25
FlipBelt: Through my partnership with Fit Approach (Sweat Pink), I was gifted a FlipBelt (all of my thoughts & opinions are my own). I was skeptical at first…it looks like a slim fanny pack. I’m so glad I gave it a chance though! It is perfect for runners, but also for yoga, Zumba, weightlifting & playing outside with your kids and still being able to carry your keys, phone & money. It truly felt weightless on and I wasn’t bothered at all by my keys & my phone around my waist. Best part, the belt looked like I had folded over my yoga pants…not a fanny pack. SCORE!
Just by reading this, you can use the promo code “SWEAT10” to save 10% on a FlipBelt. BUT, for 15 lucky readers, you will get 33% OFF a FlipBelt. To obtain your 33% off code, please comment below with what color FlipBelt you would buy & your email address; then I will email you a personalized code.
Best Gift Under $100
Fitbit: This is a pricier gift, but if you have a fitness enthusiast in your life who loves to know the stats of their daily burn (like me); this is the gift for them. I have seen so many other fitness professionals use the Fitbit & have heard wonderful things about them online. The one pictured is the Fitbit Flex, which I would prefer since it is skinnier.
I don’t own a Fitbit, but it’s the one fitness related item (ok, there may be more than one) I’ve been salivating over the past few months. I used to have a Bodybugg, but after about 6 months got sick of it always being wrapped around my arm. The Fitbit cleverly looks like a watch and will fit in with business casual apparel (depending on what color you purchase) so you can literally keep it on all day. With baby #2 on the way, I don’t want to get caught up in tracking statistics because I need to focus on proper nutrition & consistent workouts vs. statistics. BUT, if I wasn’t pregnant, this is the gift I would have requested from my husband :). I’m a nerd and I love data, especially when it relates to my own body.
Sneak peak at my 14 week bump! Cloth diapering 101 will be live on Friday & my 15 week update is coming on Monday.
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