Do the yogi in your life a favor and give the gift of a Manduka PRO yoga mat this holiday season. The undisputed king of yoga mats, Manduka mats are engineered to endure countless hours of yoga practice. Luxuriously dense, this mat has ample cushioning so yogis can comfortably balance on their heads or ease their way into frog pose. The slip-resistant surface prevents you from skidding and sliding all over your mat, making it great for a slick, sweaty hot yoga practice. One small caveat: The mats are bulky and slightly unwieldy, so on-the-go yogis might prefer the PRO’s slimmer cousin, the Manduka LITE.
Gaiam Balance Ball® Chair, $78.98
For type-A fitness lovers, there is no crueler form of torture than being parked on your bum in front of a computer screen all day. Luckily, with the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair, office-bound exercise-a-holics can squeeze in a mini core workout throughout the workday. Designed to provide ergonomic support, the chair supports a healthy back by reducing nerve compression and improving spinal alignment. By preventing you from slouching, the chair will also strengthen the core. The Gaiam chair received rave reviews in our office space—we promise, once you get used to this bouncy chair, you’ll never be able to switch back.
Hydration has never been easier (or more portable!) with the new Lifefactory 12 oz straw cap water bottle. It’s every gym rat’s favorite reusable glass water bottle, now in a more compact 12-ounce size. This BPA-free, dishwasher-safe bottle comes in a variety of playful colors and is ideal for lugging around in your gym bag or schlepping along to morning bootcamp. The straw cap allows you to sneak small sips of water while you’re huffing and puffing on the treadmill or spin bike.
RYU® Siren Racerback Tank, $48, coming Thanksgiving Day
Workout wear pulls double duty with Respect Your Universe’s chic Siren Racerback Tank, a unique addition to any fitness buff’s wardrobe. The tank’s open back design adds a subtly sexy touch (not to mention a great way to show off those hard-earned back muscles!), while a built-in sports bra provides comfort and support. This playful, statement-making piece is a great way to look feminine while training like a beast.
Fitbit Force, $129.95
Good things come in small packages, and the Fitbit Force is no exception. The new-and-improved Fitbit Force is the ultimate healthy gift for all activity levels, from gym rats who are neurotic about tracking stats to couch potatoes in need of an extra push. By tracking activity and sleep patterns and graphically analyzing the metrics, this gizmo takes the guesswork out of healthy living. The Fitbit Force is similar to its predecessor, the Fitbit Flex, but with several new features—most notably, a built-in screen that prominently displays your stats, such as steps taken and distance traveled.
Fashion meets function with this winning number from Moving Comfort. The Foxy full-zip jacket makes outdoor fitness during the winter months completely comfortable … good looking, even! The high neck keeps cold out, while the thumb loops keep the sleeves in place, crucial for preventing a winter chill from sneaking up your arms. Easy-zip pockets are perfect for stowing Kleenex or lip balm, while the Moving Comfort reflective logo on the back provides an added safety measure during dusk runs. Available in four color schemes.
Keen Hoodoo II, $150
If your winter fitness plans have you slope-side, make sure you pack your Keen Hoodoo II boots. The perfect post-ski footwear, the insulated boots feature moisture-wicking linings and soft (and good-looking!) Sherpa-wool cuffs. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the KEEN.Warm insulation, which in layman’s terms means that your feet will stay super warm without the need for heavy material that can cause sweaty feet. Rubber soles and waterproof nubuck leather add to the durability, while the feminine stitched design make them every girl’s favorite gift!