If you’re looking for a gift for a female fitness enthusiast or athlete, there’s quite a lot to choose from this year. From smart wearables to gym apparel and workout accessories, the best fitness gifts for her 2017, stand out from the pack because their designs appeal to women of all ages who are tired of being forced to use gadgets and accessories that are designed for men. Many of our gift picks below take the woman’s form into account, while others appeal to her sense of style. There’s also something for every budget so let’s get to it!
If you’re looking for gifts for men who love to workout then we have that list too!
Stylish Activity Trackers
For any woman that’s serious about keeping fit, a good way to stay on track is to use a fitness or activity tracker. Most women like to have all the features available in the regular models available but find the style too clunky or it doesn’t fit right on the wrist. The following activity trackers work well for women without sacrificing on features.
The newest Fitbit can be customized to fit her personality if you buy her the additional sporty or leather bands from Fitbit or another band from other merchants, but the watch itself comes with a small and large classic band. It’s a water resistant watch with 8 different sensors that tracks all day activity and sleep stages, as well as runs, rides, swims and workouts, monitors heart rate, includes GPS, personal coaching, and stores and plays music. You can connect it to a bluetooth headphone, or other devices via WiFi and access your favorite apps and make payments, all while running it on a multi-day battery. The watch face is customizable and features a sharp and bright screen. It’s a smartwatch that does not need a phone to use all of its features, which makes it way better than previous Fitbits.
Smart Fitness Jewelry
For the women who don’t like the look of any activity trackers, maybe a piece of smart jewelry will be more welcome. The ones here can trick almost anyone into thinking that the wearer just has a piece of cool jewelry on. Just don’t expect them to be full on fitness trackers!
: This piece of smart jewelry can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or clipped onto a belt. It can track your steps, distance and calories burned, as well as track a woman’s sleep patterns and reproductive cycles. Stress levels are monitored with suggestions for breathing exercises. It can wake you up in the morning and give you a gentle reminder to start moving if you’ve been inactive for too long. There are two styles to choose from – an urban look made of composite wood or a breezy style made of natural wood. Both come with a choice of stainless steel or rose gold patterned cover clip. You can read our full review of the Bellabeat Leaf here.
In order to keep up the motivation, most people need to keep exercising fun and the simplest way is to listen to music while doing it. Wired headphones may be enough most of the time, but wireless ones allow you to keep your phone at a distance while you listen to music. Even if your smart activity tracker has its own music storage, it’s nice not to have wires getting in your way. The following wireless headphones are great to use while exercising.
Workout apparel that’s super comfortable yet stylish to wear at the gym is always useful to active women. While there are tons of choices and brands to choose from, the following pieces are very popular, practical and cute.
Every gym goer needs a good gym bag and lots of women would likely prefer a pretty or chic one instead of the standard sports duffels that men prefer. A good gym bag for women should be roomy but light, with lots of organization to separate clean clothes from sweaty ones and toiletry items. There are a few styles to choose from, but these three are a good start.
When out running and need to carry your phone or music device along with a bit of cash and the house keys, you need something to keep them in that won’t be in the way or uncomfortable to wear. That’s why a runner’s or workout belt is a good gift. An ideal one will sport reflective bands or accents so that it’s safe to run in low light.
Yoga or Pilates Mat
A yoga mat isn’t just for doing yoga or pilates. Almost any exercise that needs to be done without a piece of equipment should ideally be done on a mat that will absorb sweat, provide a bit of cushioning and won’t slip under you. Any fitness fanatic will probably have a yoga mat already, but why not gift her one that’s not plain? A pretty print can make it special among a sea of mats in a gym or pretty up a home gym that’s otherwise quite sterile. There are many options to choose from, but the following are good bets.
Massage Rollers and Balls
Sometimes the consequence of a good workout is having sore muscles or maybe even a minor injury. Massages are great for recovery in both these cases but who can afford to get one regularly? That’s why a roller or ball designed to replace traditional massages is a good substitute. Fitness experts and athletes recommend them too. The way it works is to place it under the affected body part and apply your own weight while gently rolling on top of it. It relieves muscle tension and helps better your posture and spine stabilization. Some rollers and balls are foam based and therefore gentler, while others are rigid and better able to provide a deep and more effective massage. We have chosen two types of rollers and two types of massage balls to choose from and they all make great gifts for women who workout a lot. Rollers are better for large surface area use and are simpler to use, while balls are better for targeting nooks and crannies and applying more pressure for deeper muscle massages..
Of course, if you have a larger budget for a gift, why not get an electric foot massager? This gives you the ultimate relaxing treatment, as the user doesn’t have to do anything other than place her feet in position.
Everyone needs to drink water when exercising, running or hiking, so a well designed sports water bottle is pretty useful. A good one should be easy to drink from, easy to clean and fit into most cup holders and gym bag water bottle pockets. Since the recipient values fitness and health, the material must be BPS and BPS-free.
Neoprene Dumbbell Set
Traditional dumbbells are rarely comfortable for most women to use. The shape and material can make your skin sore. Many dumbbell sets don’t include a starter 1 or 2 pound pair, which is what many women exercise with because they don’t necessarily want to build too much muscle but rather tone their arms. The following sets are not only great in form but also come in pleasant colors. They’re made of neoprene, which is more gentle on the hands and start with a low weight pair. Neoprene is suitable for outdoor and indoors use too. They also come with a handy stand.