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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

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When working out is as much a part of their lifestyle as breathing, eating, and sleeping, there is no better gift for the fit-minded individual than a new gadget or tool to help fuel their passion well into the New Year. No matter what they’re into, we’ve got you covered!

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The Cardio Master
Gift Solution:  Bluetooth Headphones
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Every cardio lover knows the scorn of a tangled set of headphones.  Continue to yank the cord and the earphones will fall out right at the best part of the song, but there is nothing worse than having to stop mid-session because you are tangled in a knot!  Light, compact, and wireless – these headphones by Rocketfish are the perfect gift for the cardio master.
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Retail price: $59.99 CAD.
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The Jet-Setter

Gift Solution: Thera-Bands
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Virtually weightless and able to fit pretty much anywhere, there isn’t a body part that can’t be targeted using these bands.  Bands with handles offer even more possibilities and workout variability while on the go!
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Retail price (item shown): $14.49 USD.
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The Fashion Princess
Gift Solution: Printed Tights
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We all know the gal at the gym whose outfit is perfectly colour-coordinated and looks as if she just stepped out of a Nike ad.  To continue to lead the way on the fashion front, she’ll need to rock prints – they’re all the rage and make a real statement.  The brighter and more outrageous, the better!  Shown here are the “I’m Reversible” shorts by Asics.
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Retail Price: $40.00 CAD.
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The Ice Queen
Gift Solution: Running Shoe with built-in spikes for grip
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With the cool, crisp winter in full swing, an outdoor routine can still be maintained, but proper equipment is a necessity to ensure warmth, comfort and safety.  Featuring a unique design, these SpikeCross 3CS runners by Salomon hold grip on nearly any surface and prove useful in preventing slippage, especially in the winter!
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Retail Price: $170.00 USD.
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The Nutrition Nut
Gift Solution: Yonanas
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Buying for the individual that treats their body like a temple can be quite the challenge.  Help keep them on track by providing them with a healthy substitution for the high calorie desserts characteristic of the holiday season.  The Yonanas machine will turn your typical over-ripe bananas into a delicious and creamy treat that looks and tastes like soft serve ice cream.
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Retail Price: $49.99 USD
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The Early Bird
Gift Solution: The do-it-all Gym Bag
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For the AM enthusiast found wide-awake at the crack of dawn, look for a gadget that makes organization effortless. Pre-planning is the key to ensuring that they make it to their early morning sweat and through the remainder of the day.  The “Work-It-Out” duffel by Lulu Lemon can hold up to 50 lbs and features a removable shoe pouch to keep sweaty gear separated from the rest of the daily essentials.
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Retail Price: $148.00 CAD
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The Midday Mover
Gift Solution: Chamois Towel
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Squeezing in a workout on a lunch break, this girl is usually pressed for time.  A shower is not an option; but is it right to offend colleagues with a foul odour and sweat-filled office?  The “Watershed” chamois by Speedo will soak up sweat and is easy to transport to and from work.  This towel in combo with some wipes, deodorant, dry shampoo, and body spray will have her fresh as a daisy!
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Retail Price: $15.99 USD
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The Weather Warrior
Gift Solution: Waterproof Arm Band
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I personally wish someone had me in mind for this one!  Like many, I rely on my smart phone for music while running and biking.  One never knows what Mother Nature has in store and getting caught in a downpour while trying to frantically protect the device will definitely have her picking up the pace.  The “eForCity” band can be worn around the arm, not affecting your running technique whatsoever.
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Retail Price: $6.59 USD.

 

With these fitness gadgets under the tree, the health and fitness enthusiast will surely be merry and bright!
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Kristen Vidlak is a registered dietician and personal trainer. She grew up as a competetive gymnast and later attended the university of Maine on a full athletic scholarship where she was captain of their record breaking women’s track & field team. Currently, Kristen enjoys modelling and competing in fitness events throughout North America. Her experiences in athletic training and competing, coupled with her dietetic education give Kristen a unique and well-rounded perspective when it comes to health in fitness.

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