9 of the best fitness gifts for the active people in your life

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There’s probably someone in your life who constantly talks about their marathon training or is always quoting their SoulCycle instructor — and these gifts are for them. Even if it’s not your thing, the best fitness gifts can help someone track their workout, recover after a long workout or can keep them, well, active.

If you’re willing to splurge, there are more than a few great pieces of exercise equipment out there, like MIRROR or this Amazon-favorite rower. However, you can shop on a budget if you stick to things like activewear and accessories.

Take a look below at some of the best fitness gifts to give this holiday season (and maybe stock up on a few yourself if you have some 2022 goals you’re gearing up to crush).

1. Bala Bangles Wrist and Ankle Weights, 1 Pound, $55

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Bala Bangles are soft wrist and ankle weights. They may only weigh one pound each, but you’ll feel the burn after a while. Wear them on a walk, run, bike ride, during pilates, while folding laundry — whatever. They come in multiple colors and designs (the set pictured above is part of Bala’s collaboration with New Balance).

2. Run Zero Cushion Low Ankle Socks, $16.95

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Running socks are different from your regular everyday socks. They’re generally more fitted, breathable and durable. These Smartwool socks are perfect for outdoor runners, especially come winter time. They keep feet warm but also help wick away sweat.

3. Theragun Mini, $199

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Therabody’s Theragun was one of the first percussive massage devices to help people treat muscle aches and chronic pain by increasing blood flow to support the body’s natural recovery process.

Therabody has several varieties of its massage guns, but the Theragun Mini is the least expensive and the most portable — you can take it anywhere. It’s about 5.5 inches wide and weighs 1.2 pounds. Don’t be mistaken — this device packs some serious power. It has three speeds: 1750, 2100 and 2400 percussions per minute. Turn it on, off and change the speed with one button that lights up when it’s on and turns red when it needs a charge. Although, you don’t have to charge it much. It has 150 minutes of battery life and takes only about 80 minutes to charge.

4. Garmin – vívoactive 4S Smartwatch, $199 (Orig. $349)

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Garmin is the GOAT when it comes to fitness trackers. You can track workouts, mileage, heartbeat, calorie burn, everyday movement and so much more with Garmin’s vívoactive smartwatch. It also has Garmin Pay for making contactless payments on the go and multiple power modes to extend the battery life. Plus, it’s water-resistant, so you can feel confident wearing it no matter where you go.

5. CALPAK Luka Duffle, $110

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CALPAK’s Luka Duffle may be for travel, but it also makes for a great gym bag. It has a separate shoe compartment on the bottom to zip up smelly sneakers or sweaty clothes. It also has nine pockets for stashing away toiletries, fresh clothes and more. When not at the gym, you could use this bag for travel, work or to go anywhere. Get it in this bold metallic color or seven other subtle colors (like light blue or standard black).

6. Sincerely Jules for Bandier The Bryn & Rue Legging Kit, $114

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Give the gift of a stylish new outfit designed by fashion blogger and influencer Jules Sariñana for Bandier. Wear this set for yoga, barre and other low-impact workouts. The material is super soft yet supportive and breathable for people on the move. Get it in this chic nutmeg color or opt for classic black, bluebell (light blue) or sunrise (a bold yellow). You can also order the leggings and sports bra separately, but you save money when you order them as a kit. 

7. Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones, $179.99 (Orig. $249.99)

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Music can be a big motivator in a person’s workout. The Powerbeats Pro are totally wireless, but they clip onto the ear so they stay on no matter how fast you move. Each earbud has volume and track controls, up to nine hours of listening time and they’re sweat- and water-resistant. Get them in standard black or navy, ivory or red.

8. Brrrn 5-Foot Board Bundle, $279

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Brrrn is the first slide board workout that imitates speed skating, and Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno backs it. Get on the board with your socks on, and you can slide back and forth to complete slide, cardio sculpt, boot camp, core, yoga classes and more. The board is small enough to slide under your sofa or bed, and it adds a unique new challenge to any workout. 

This bundle includes the Brrrn 5-foot board, booties, slide mittens, an Allen wrench for putting the bumpers on and a board care kit. You’ll also need to purchase a Brrrn class membership for classes, which is $14.99 per month (although you can get a free seven-day trial right now).

9. P.volve Digital Membership, $19.99 per month

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P.volve is a workout studio that focuses on low-impact functional movement. That means that the exercises move your body the way it should move. It also uses resistance to improve posture, balance, strength and reduce everyday pain. It’s especially great for someone who wants to kick up their workouts but hates HIIT workouts or someone recovering from an injury.

P.volve’s digital membership costs only $19.99 per month. With it, you get unlimited access to all of their classes, including its Phase & Function program. There is also some equipment unique to P.volve that you can buy to go with the classes. While the equipment is not totally necessary, it is awesome.

If you like this article, check out one editor’s review of the SoulCycle at-home bike.

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