You're probably already deep in the New Year's shopping marathon by now: Christmas decorations, exchanges of office presents, Christmas presents. If you have someone on your list who enjoys doing any type of workout, here are some gift ideas, at great prices:
• GPS device for runners. If you don't want to spend time researching and comparing, you can go to insurance with Garmin products. Their Forerunner collection offers a wide variety of GPS styles (and prices) for runners or walkers, and they also have other products designed for bikes, and even for golf fans!
• Vibram Fivefingers sneakers. If you find them ridiculous and doubt their effectiveness, you are not alone. I am not convinced by the idea that running barefoot or wearing those rare five-toed shoes is better than tennis, but you cannot deny that it will be an original gift.
• Heart rate monitor for training. The most common fit the chest, but there are already some models that can be put on as an arm band … which is perhaps a better idea for us.
• Gym membership or gift certificates for sessions with a personal trainer. This may be the last impulse for someone who is still undecided or lacks some motivation.
• Road ID. For outdoor activities, whether it be running, skiing or hiking, an excellent way to have all the contact information or specific health requirements on a tablet.
• One-year subscription to a specialized magazine or an Internet site such as Trails.com or Mapmyrun.com.
• Adjustable dumbbells.They look like bulky dumbbells, but they can be graduated and when you lift them you only take the weight you choose. It is almost like a miniature gym for those who do not have much space.
• Stationary bicycle. If you give up on sophisticated and almost always unnecessary functions, it's surprising how many excellent quality models you'll find for just over a hundred dollars.