By Emily McLaughlin
With Black Friday around the corner and holiday shopping in full swing, I thought I’d put my health/fitness wish list out there. ; ) There are a few things I do need (i.e. a new gym bag, some cold-running gear, a fresh yoga mat), but there are also some things I have seen here and there that I long for… plus, it’s nice to dream.
1. Gym bag
This medium-sized bag features an inside compartment for (dirty, smelly) sneakers and a sleeve to keep your laptop safe. Another great feature is the water-resistant fabric, protecting your things from nasty weather. A gym bag like this is perfect for someone who works out immediately before/after work or school.
2. Yoga jewelry
I am obsessed with all of this yoga jewelry, especially the gold lotus bracelet (hint, hint). Click the image to visit the Etsy store and buy one for the Yogi you love.
3. Yogi bundle
Another great gift for your yoga-lover is this “Breathe, Bind & Align Package” from Manduka. These props are great to have around when practicing at home post-run, etc. This particular bundle starts at $110, but you can find these pieces a little cheaper elsewhere, I’m sure.
4. Running shoe
I swear by these lightweight Nike Frees because they have done wonders for my shin splints and feel like slippers. From day one, they were a perfect fit and I have never had a problem. Buy a pair created by Nike or let your loved one customize a pair themselves — the possibilities are endless. (I know, because I just spent 30 minutes playing around.)
5. Stick roller
This I need. Anyone who has used one of these after a rough workout knows why. These rollers are amazing, and this one is travel-sized (!) so it will fit perfectly in that gym bag I mentioned earlier. Use this roller after a long run to speed your recovery and soothe your sore muscles.
6. Paring knife
Every health nut needs a good paring knife for fruits and veggies. I like knives with the guarders because you can throw them in a lunch bag or backpack without worrying about getting jabbed when you go rummaging for food later on.
7. Travel mat
I saw this mat on a FitSugar’s holiday wish list. The Jade yoga mat is only 1/8″ thick, making it light and great for travel. If you are gifting for a regular Yogi, who enjoys close-contact with the ground, this is the mat to get. If you are buying for someone who is newer to yoga, or might enjoy a little more cushion in their mat, go with something thicker.
8. Run gloves
Of course, no list would be complete without my lululemon must-haves. I have these Brisk Run Gloves and they are… by far… my favorite running accessory in the cold months. The gloves have reflectors and iPhone-friendly fingertips — what more could you ask for?! However, lulu advises that you don’t text with the gloves on — I can confirm that it is a little difficult to send a quick text with the gloves on completely… but it’s not impossible.
9. Toasty tights
Another pick from lululemon are these Toasty Tech Tights. Features include: four pockets, reflectors, a high-rise waist, full-length leg and lulu’s Tech Fleece fabric for warmth. These pants have a high price tag ($118), but if they are for that special someone, who is always bracing the cold to run… it’s worth it. I want ‘em.
10. Workout turtleneck
My last wish list pick… another lululemon find. This Run Swiftly Turtleneck is lightweight, but will keep you nice and toasty during winter workouts. My neck is always cold when I head outside for a run, but I never want to wear anything too thick like a scarf or fleece neckwarmer. This seems perfect.
Happy holidays, everyone! Enjoy your Thanksgiving and stay safe while Black Friday shopping!