18 sleeps to go… the other day I posted about gin, so I feel I should post about the gym too 😉 Now this wish list is a list that could be as long as my arm… when it comes to gym kit, trainers, accessories, equipment and so on… but this isn’t about me! So, if you’ve got a gym bunny in your life, or someone that’s into exercise and fitness, here’s a few gift ideas to ease the pressure… that you can purchase online!
Water bottle. There are loads of gimmicky water bottles about, and this is a personal favourite obviously, gym first, gin later. Sweat it out for your favourite sup! On a serious note, it’s crucial you drink plenty of water, more so when you exercise. Something I bang on about all the time, and something I have written a blog about, which you can read more about here. This would make a great little stocking filler, fun and essential!
Sports bra. Another essential ladies, I cannot stress the importance of a decent sports bra enough… all too often I see women with way too much bounce going on and wince in sympathy pain for them. My personal favourite sports bras are Shock Absorber, they strap you down and hold you in place perfectly. The link above goes to their website, however, you can purchase these from lots of online shops, do a Google search and find yourself a bargain. I’ve also written a blog on the importance of wearing a decent sports bra, you can read more about here.
Exercise equipment. If you’re not a fan of the gym and want a few bits of kit to workout at home, I would recommend exercise bands, skipping rope, kettlebells and an exercise mat to begin. Small pieces that are easy on the purse strings, and you can get a good full body workout. I teach (and love) kettlebells, so you may say I’m biased, but they are great for functional training, doing exercises that work all muscle groups, to help improve both strength and fitness.
Fitbit. If you’re looking to start monitoring and tracking steps, HR, calories and so on, something like a Fitbit or other activity tracking device could be just the motivation you need. There’s loads of these on the market, different brands, each with different offerings and varying vastly in price. Fitbit is just an example, so shop around and see what deal you can get your hands on.
Exercise gear. Now this is where I could get completely carried away… so much gorgeous gear on the market, loads of brands, different styles for different activities and sports, the list and choice is endless! I’m addicted to Pinterest and have a gym kit wish list board, that I’m always adding to. But in terms of the essentials, I’d say you need a good pair of leggings (that aren’t too thin and see through as you squat 🙈), I prefer ones with a high waist band personally and got a really good pair from My Protein a few weeks ago. A good sports bra, as mentioned above. Gym tops, which are personal preference, I’ve ordered a few from USA Pro recently, they have lots of different brands featured on the site, reasonably priced. Decent trainers, now this personal preference and budget dependent, but I always get my trainers from Sport Direct, much cheaper as I go through them often. I got a really good pair of Nike ones the other week, that have good cushioning on the feet, perfect for the gym and teaching my classes.
The list could go on and on… but hopefully this gives you some food for thought!