More than ever before, we as a culture have become obsessed with health and fitness — even just as a means to allow us to indulge in food and drink without shortening our lives too much. And like most human endeavors, the pursuit of health and fitness has resulted in the creation of gear that serves to make the experience better, more enjoyable, and more effective.
What that means for the holidays is that, if you’re searching for someone’s perfect gift, there’s a good chance getting something exercise-related is a safe bet. Better still, you don’t even have to spend an arm and a leg to make that happen. In fact, with just $50 you can choose from any of the different offerings on the following list of offerings. These are the best fitness gifts you can get on a budget.
Echelon Smart Connect Bike
While Peloton is the hot name in stationary bikes for your home, they’re definitely not the only name in the game. In fact, it can be said that Echelon gives you much more bang for your buck with their series of Smart Connect Bikes — premium connected fitness devices you can use in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price of the competition. Of course, they’re more than just bikes; they also grant you access to real-time live and on-demand classes, a community of fellow riders to help push you to your goals, and fully-curated fitness programs. If you want to get in shape without the hassle of the gym, this is your best bet.
Portage Fitness And Workout Notebooks
Exercise is necessary to stay healthy, but if you want to improve your workouts and increase your gains, you’ll need to start keeping track of your metrics. That’s what these handy notebooks are for. Chock-full of handy, easy-to-use charts, this is probably one of the easiest ways to stay organized and ramp up your fitness goals.
Nike AeroBill Featherlight Cap
Even when overcast, the sun can be brutal on your skin — especially your head and face. Protect it when you workout outside by donning Nike’s AeroBill Featherlight Cap. This had it lightweight, stretchy and breathable, has a built-in sweatband, and comes in a huge number of colorways.
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks
While your shoes are definitely on the frontline of necessary workout gear, you should never underestimate the importance of a good, durable pair of workout socks — like these ones from Smartwool. They’re tough enough to weather any adventure, thick enough to add some cushioning to your footfalls, but also breathable for all-day wear.
Under Armour Mk1 Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Stretchy, soft, smooth, comfortable, and sweat-wicking — Under Armour’s Mk1 workout t-shirt has a lot going for it. And that makes it an excellent gift pick this holiday season. It even has anti-odor properties so, even after a long workout, the wearer won’t stink up the joint.
TRX Training Slam Ball
High-intensity workouts can be hugely beneficial to your body and also help relieve any pent-up stress you might have. Wit the TRX Training Slam Ball, you can get a full-body workout that will help you build up strength, explosive power, and will even improve your cardio performance. Plus it’s available in weights ranging from 6 pounds up to 50.
UPOWEX Resistance Bands Set
Weight sets can be both cumbersome and extremely expensive. But you can get a similarly-effective workout by using much more packable and affordable resistance bands, like these ones. Ranging from 10 to 50 pounds worth of resistance, these simple tools can turn any home into a top-notch gym without all the excess.
AmazonBasics High-Density Foam Roller
Recovery is an extremely important part of any workout — which includes stretching and, especially if you find your body tightening up, rolling out your muscles. For the latter concern, this high-density foam roller is perfect. It’s also lightweight and easy to transport if those are concerns of yours or your gift recipient.
SKLZ Speed And Agility Ladder
Athletic training isn’t always all about lifting heavy things. Sometimes it’s about developing speed and precision — which is exactly what the SKLZ Speed And Agility Ladder is for. A seemingly simple tool, this device can help improve a number of your speed- and agility- related athletic skills and it will only cost you pocket change.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Protein Powder
There are two basic necessities for building muscle: exercise and protein intake. Have one without the other and you’ll make no progress. Thankfully, the latter can be taken care of, in part, by Optimum Nutrition’s ever-popular Gold Standard 100% Whey protein powder. For reference, this powder has a whopping 25 grams of protein per serving, so bulking up shouldn’t be a problem if you’re working out properly.
Onnit Steel Club
Believe it or not, the practice of using steel clubs for exercise dates back to ancient Persia. Turns out, however, that the Persians were definitely onto something, as this tried-and-true workout method is still viable today — especially if you invest in an Onnit Steel Club. It’s simple in concept, but offers vigorous exercise and requires nothing other than your body and the club itself.
Timex IRONMAN Classic 30 Watch
There are a lot of pricey fitness trackers on the market. But Timex had the jump on all of them years ago when they developed their lineup of IRONMAN watches — yes, for the famed triathlon. It’s inexpensive, but still offers chronograph functionality, 30 laps worth of onboard memory, a countdown timer, and 100m water-resistance.
Reebok Speedwick Shorts
Being comfortable while you exercise is actually extremely important. Otherwise, you might not want to keep doing it. As such, your garments of choice should fit well, offer stretch and breathability, and still be tough enough to suffer through rigorous activity. The Reebok Speedwick Shorts offer all of that in a handsome and simple package.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Nobody should ever workout without access to water, but potable H2O isn’t always readily available. That’s why you should always carry a water bottle when you’re exercising. And few are quite as good as Hydro Flask’s double-wall insulated stainless steel options. Stay hydrated wherever you go with this vessel.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds
Sure, they don’t have the clout of Apple’s AirPods, but these ultra-inexpensive true wireless earbuds do boast some pretty impressive features, all things considered. That includes graphene drivers for superb sound, built-in bass boost, IPX7 waterproofing and sweat-resistance, five hours of playtime, a charging case, and more.
Matador Transit30 Pocket Duffel 2.0
Unless you have a gym in your home, you probably need a bag in which to haul your fitness gear to and from wherever it is you workout. And you can’t do much better on the budget-friendly end of the spectrum than Matador’s Transit30 Pocket Duffel 2.0. This waterproof Cordura nylon bag is ultra-tough, water-resistant, capacious, and even packs down into a pocket-sized integrated pouch for easy storage when not in use.
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