Need help finding a healthy gift for the holidays? From November 12th through December 12th, I will be featuring great fitness-related gift ideas- stocking stuffers and beyond! I've searched long and hard for gifts that fit the bill for people who like to exercise and appreciate fitness!
Day 25 | Kettlebells
One piece of fitness equipment that can do so much, and stay hidden away when you're not using it.
Ideal Gift Candidate?
- Anyone who is looking for an essential piece of equipment for a home gym.
What is it?
Kettlebells are cast iron weights, usually coated in some sort of attractive color, like pink, yellow or blue. If you're tough, you'll work with nothing other than plain cast iron black. Weights of kettlebells vary from light to heavy, but most of us can get away with having one light-to-moderate weight kettlebell, and one moderate-to-heavy weight kettlebell in our home gym to help keep arms toned, tushes tight and legs lean.
Why it made the list?
Kettlebells are extremely versatile pieces of equipment. With a kettlebell, you can do the following exercises:
- Shoulder presses
- Bicep curls
- Ab work
- Dozens of other kettlebell specific exercises, like kettlebell swings and Turkish get ups.
If you or the person on your list is interested in kettlebells, but doens't know how to use them properly, buy a how-to DVD or book to explain some basic techniques, like Amy Bento's Kettlbell Dynamics.
How much is it?
Less than $10 for light weights, and upwards of $100 for heavier weights.
Where can I get it?
Any place that sells sporting goods.
Recap of previous days
Day 1 | KLUTCHclub
Day 2 | Affirmats Yoga Mats
Day 3 | Vibram FiveFingers Footwear
Day 4 | Fit Plan Journal by Gaiam
Day 5 | Utopia Thermal Hoodie by Brooks
Day 6 | The Laundress
Day 7 | Shhh. Three-Way Personal Care Bar
Day 8 | POLAR FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
Day 9 | VIEWSport Apparel
Day 10 | Spooner Board & Pop Squeak Pogo Jumper
Day 11 | NUX Activewear
Day 12 | Champion Running Tights
Day 13 | Rodney Yee Core Centered Yoga
Day 14 | The Water Bottle Edition
Day 15 | GetFit Body Fat Scale
Day 16 | On Running Shoes
Day 17 | HEAD Digital Running Gloves
Day 18 | Everything Fits Gym Bag
Day 19 | TRX Home Suspension Training System
Day 20 | Waterproof Armband by Amphibx H2O Audio
Day 21 | FitBit One
Day 22 | Visor Beanie by Under Armour
Day 23 | 26.2 Marathon Necklace
Day 24 | Nike+ Sportswatch with GPS
Traci D Mitchell is a Chicago-based health and fitness writer and spokesperson. She's on-the-go everywhere trying out new and healthy things with a Chicago appeal. You can reach Traci through ChicagoNow, on Twitter @tracidmitchell or at www.tracidmitchell.com.