Fitness: Gifts for Your Favorite Exercise Enthusiast


From hats to hammocks, here is an eclectic selection of products chosen with runners, walkers, paddlers, cyclists, swimmers, skiers and gym rats in mind.

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Fitness fanatics are not easy to buy for. Not only are they very picky about their gear, but they never seem to make a list. To guide you to a gift that will bring a smile on Christmas morning, here is an eclectic selection of fitness-themed products chosen with runners, walkers, paddlers, cyclists, swimmers, skiers and gym rats in mind.


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Free space

Offer your fitness enthusiast an app that taps into their inner strength. Originally created as a meditation app, Headspace added more opportunities to explore the connection between mind and body. The over 500 meditations, some as short as five minutes, aim to reduce stress and improve focus. The app also features sleep-friendly music, stories, and sounds designed to lull you to restful sleep. And for those who prefer to let go of the stresses of everyday life with exercise, mindful cardio, wellness yoga, and mini dance breaks will make the endorphins flow. The Annual Membership unlocks the full selection of Headspace options for you to explore, making it a gift that continues to be given year round.


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$ 89.99; available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Ciele GOCap

Cool runners wear Ciele caps, and not just for their stylish design. Made with recycled materials, the Ciele caps are lightweight enough to make you feel like you have nothing on your head, while providing SPF 40+ protection against the sun. Breathable, machine washable, sweat-wicking and compressible, the hood can be stowed in the bottom of your backpack at the end of a long, hard run and removed again hours or days later, like new. It is also ideal for paddlers who want superior sun protection and breathability when out on the water. Available in a variety of colors and styles.

$ 40 to $ 55;

Massage gun

A massage gun can calm the sore, overworked muscles of a hardened athlete. Perfect for those recovering days, the cordless massager comes with a variety of heads of different shapes and speeds, making it easy to choose the right amount of intensity. Alternate between deep tissue relief and gentle kneading to keep muscles flexible and relieve tension. It is a great gift for runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers and paddlers.


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$ 129 to $ 169; Amazon

ENO SkyLoft Hammock

Who doesn’t want a portable hammock that works just as well in the backyard as it does in the backcountry? And by portable I mean the hammock needs to roll up into a storage bag that fits in a backpack, gym bag or trunk so that it can be ready for adventures in the car, plane or by bike. The SkyLoft is just one of the ENO hammocks that fit the bill, but the difference in this model is the spreader bars, which provide a more spacious feel than other travel hammocks with gathered ends. Easy to install anywhere there are two shafts 14-18 feet apart, but you will need to purchase a suspension system. The storage bag converts into a pillow and there are pockets for your favorite paperback books. Please.

$ 159.95; suspension system $ 45 to $ 60; MEC, Amazon


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Attach the anchor and the phone tether

It’s the perfect gadget for skiers, climbers and paddlers, who are always at risk of dropping their phone from a ski lift, when hiking a narrow trail or in the middle of a lake. The anchor fits between the phone and its holster with a coiled tether that hooks by means of a carabiner onto a belt loop, backpack strap or life jacket. This is a great Christmas stocking not only for anyone with an active lifestyle, but also for friends and loved ones who have already dropped their phones or for travelers who want to protect their phone from theft.

$ 15.95; MEC, Amazon, Cabelas


See and be seen with a headlamp that not only lights up the road ahead, but also lets vehicles know there is a runner or walker sharing the road. As well as being a great gift for runners and walkers who cover their miles before sunrise or after its descent, skiers who make the first runs and paddlers who like to be on the water before the rest of the day. world not rises also get a comfortable, bounce-free headlamp, like the BioLite HeadLamp 200. It’s lightweight, with an adjustable light that tilts up or down and shines in a wide or narrow way. The sweatband is a plus, as is the rechargeable battery (micro USB).

$ 49.95; MEC, Amazon, Sports Experts / Ambiance

  1. Several municipalities imagined new sites where citizens could exercise outdoors last winter, such as this makeshift ice rink in Pointe-Claire.

    Fitness: It’s always cool to exercise outdoors

  2. The combination of diet and exercise provides better weight loss results than diet or exercise alone, writes Jill Barker.  And aerobic exercise, swimming, cycling, running, and brisk walking are more effective at reducing waist circumference than resistance training.

    Fitness: Can You Still Exercise To Lose Weight?

  3. Employees who leave behind unanswered emails and a seemingly endless to-do list for a midday sweat often exercise after workouts until it's time to quit, writes Jill Barker.

    Fitness: Employees can be invigorated by taking a lunch break from exercise



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