The 12 Days of Fitness

The 12 Days of Fitness

Health-minded gifts for your health-minded friends and loved ones.

By Kellee Katagi

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Holiday gift giving can be a perennial source of stress. But this year, if you have a crazy person in your life who actually enjoys exercise—or devotes a lot of time and energy to it whether they enjoy it or not—I’ve got your back. Peruse this Christmas-carol-inspired list for ideas your fitness fanatic will love. Or if you’re the crazy person, you could leave your loved one’s laptop open to this blog. Disclaimer: Please note that I do not suggest giving these gifts to people you merely wish were into working out. Do so at your own peril.

Bowflex adjustable dumbbells

bowflex dumbbells

They’re not cheap, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth (see “The 3 Best Home Fitness Tools”). My vote: Bowflex SelectTech 552.

Perform Better Kettlebells


Give your friend a light, medium and heavy kettlebell, and that could be all the fitness equipment he or she ever needs. Try: Perform Better First Place.

Zeno Gym Workout Bench

Replace heavy dumbbells and bulky workout equipment with one bench. Starting at just 35 lbs, they’re compact and easy to move around, creating a full gym experience wherever you please. 

Republic of Tea – Green Rooibos

green tea

These organic green rooibos tea bags from The Republic of Tea contain herbs thought to aid things like metabolism, recovery and joint flexibility. Do they actually work? I can’t say for sure, but they taste good and are a far healthier beverage choice than most sports drinks.



Meet the YBell, the 4-in-1 fitness solution that has been carefully designed by experts in fitness and industrial design to make it easy and accessible regardless of your fitness level.

TRX GO Suspension Trainer


The TRX Suspension Training Home Gym is simple, but brilliant. The TRX bodyweight system works your whole body, and engages your core in every move.

kellee-katagi-headshot-lower-resKellee Katagi is one of those strange souls who actually enjoys working out for the sake of working out. She’s spent most of her 20-plus-year writing and editing career covering fitness, nutrition and travel, as well as outdoor sports ranging from skiing to spelunking to street luge (yes, that’s a thing).

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