2016 Health and Fitness Gift Guide

“New year, new me.”

As January 1st rolls around, 47% of New Years resolutions involve self-improvement goals while 38% focus on weight loss. The reality is that a mere 8% of dreamers are successful in achieving these resolutions, leaving the other 92% of us to failure.

Equip your loved ones with the tools and accessories to further their fitness and achieve their health-related goals with items from our 2016 Health & Fitness Gift Guide. Each item has been hand-picked by our expert staff of personal trainers, registered dietitians, and health gurus. Happy gifting!

Best Fitness Apparel

Under Armour Threadborne® Collection: cold weather running just got better thanks to Under Armour’s new collection of quick-drying, anti-cling, ultra-lightweight, super stretchy apparel.  A second layer of skin without clinging to your curves.

Nike Free Running Shoe: so good, these sneakers made it on our list two years in a row. Modeled after the barefoot running experience, this lightweight shoe allows you to move naturally with comfort.

ROGUE Basic Shirt: great fit, great quality, and a great price!

lululemon Align Pant II: these barely-there pants will take you to yoga and beyond.

Best Fitness Technology

Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones: these headphones are small but mighty. Revolutionary all-metal housing creates an incredible sound which you can customize to your listening preference.  

Garmin Forerunner: choose from a variety of models for the running companion that matches your style.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless: hailed as “the perfect everyday headphone,” this wireless piece has forty hours of battery life and comes in a variety of bold colors.

Best Charitable Fitness Gift

MiiR Burke Bicycle: when you buy a bike from MiiR you are contributing to their ongoing effort to provide transportation for students, refugees, and workers; create jobs for mechanics; and support ongoing bicycle projects across the world. 

Soma Glass Water Bottle: this glass water bottle was designed for convenience, quality, and care. It is made from shatter-resistant glass with an easy grip, colorful protective sleeve that adds a pop of color to your life. Every water bottle purchased = a donation to charity:water.  

Race Registration: treat the runner in your life to a gift that not only creates memories, but gives back.

Donate in a loved one’s name to an organization dedicated to improving health and wellness for those in need. Suggested charities include: Project Fit America, Special Olympics, Team CMMD.

Best Swimming Accessory

Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggles: add comfort to your competition with these adjustable goggles from Speedo. Complete with wide, panoramic lenses that minimize glare and maximize visibility.

Darkfin Webbed Power Gloves: increase upper body strength and improve your ability in a variety of water sports with these aquatic training gloves. Complete with a lightweight texture that provides excellent grip, comfort, and no water absorption.

Best Kids’ Fitness Equipment or Apparel

Under Armour Tech™ ¼ Zip: perfect for the boy who loves to be outside all year long. Quick-drying, anti-odor, and ultra-soft to the touch.  

Under Armour Mix Master Stripe Logo: fashionable and fun, these leggings add a touch of girl power to any athletic activity.

US Games 7’ Segmented Skip Rope: introduce your child to jump roping with this weighted rope that’s great for all ages and skill levels.

Toys R Us Fantastic Fun 6 Leg Gym Set: kids will have a blast on this outdoor play set complete with a slide, three swings, airglider, and trapeze swing.  

Best Health and Fitness Book

“Becoming a Supple Leopard” by Kelly Starrett: this bestselling how-to guide will help you rethink your movement and improve your quality of life.

“The Habit Project” by Akash Karia: improve your productivity, health, happiness, success, and more with this exploration of the science behind habits.

 “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz: this surprisingly refreshing self-care anthem comes from none other than Hollywood star Cameron Diaz. Her in-depth study of the body will teach you how to eat smarter, move wiser, and love yourself kinder.

“Choosing Raw” by Gena Hamshaw: easy and informative recipes that take the intimidation out of veganism.

“Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss: examine the connection between processed foods and America’s obesity epidemic.

Best Accessory for On-the-Go Fitness

GoFit ProGym Extreme Workout Kit: this all-in-one kit includes four resistance tubes with varying weights of 20 – 50 pounds, two handles, two ankle straps, two wide door anchors, a convenient carrying bag, and an exercise manual demonstrating resistance band techniques.

Bollinger TheraShaper Massager / Ab Roller: throw this multi-functional fitness tool in your overnight bag for a quick and convenient core workout. Plus: use it post-workout to massage and relieve tight muscles. 

BlenderBottle ProStak System: organize your nutrients with this interlocking bottle and complimentary Twist n’ Lock jars perfect for storing protein powder, pills, snacks, and more. Include a gift card for GNC or The Vitamin Shoppe.

Best Equipment for At-Home Fitness

Kamagon Ball: filled with water, this innovative take on a classic kettlebell adds an element of hydro inertia to your workout that engages a wide range of muscles. 

TRX Home Gym Suspension Trainer: transform the way you look, think, and feel with this portable trainer. Anchor the TRX to a doorway, pole, or tree for a quick and convenient workout that’s Navy SEAL-approved.

MobilityWOD Supernova 2.0: recover from your workout with this crossover foam roller / massage ball created by the author of “Becoming a Supple Leopard.” Great for at-home or on-the-go!

Miscellaneous Great Gifts

Personal training at your local acac club: Charlottesville | Midlothian | Short PumpTimonium | Hunt Valley | Green SpringWest Chester | Eagleview

Or, purchase an acac gift card and treat family and friends to a service or program of their choosing.