Fitness items can be good Christmas gifts
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2012
12/06/12 at 3:17 AM
In case Santa's reading, Molly Pellegrini has a wish list for 2013.
It's a healthy one, too, with items like the London Marathon and a half-marathon between Napa and Sonoma, Calif.
"I'm also curious about the Jawbone Up Band and the Nike Fuel Band," Pellegrini said - interactive devices that track your daily activity.
"I love the Breathe Therm socks and gloves by Mizuno," the local running enthusiast said. "They use your body's heat to keep fingers and toes warm."
Although she has a love-hate relationship with it, Pellegrini admits she couldn't live without her Garmin watch.
Some of you may have passed Pellegrini on the running trail, either by foot or bike. Others might be resolving to exercise after Christmas - for the first time in a long while.
Wherever you're at on the health-lifestyle spectrum, we found a few fitness-related gift ideas to add to your own wish list.
Orthaheel Rhythm Walker, $120
Great for running, too, this walking shoe has a removable podiatrist-designed orthotic foot bed to support the feet. It also helps realign the lower legs, improving posture and balance.
A women's shoe, it comes in only one width and runs a smidgen more narrow than the Walker design carried at Flemings Comfort Footwear, 5914 S. Lewis Ave., said the store's Angela Fleming. Sizes run 5 to 12, and colors include silver/coral, dark gray, black/teal and white/blue.
You can order the shoe through Fleming's between now and next week for pre-Christmas delivery, Fleming said. While you're in the store, check out the buy-three-get-one-free deal on ThorLo moisture-wicking socks ($15 per pair).
4E Fitness DVDs, $25 each ($70 for three)
Local trainer and Tulsa Police Officer Mark Sherwood created the 4E Fitness Program and has worked directly with churches, nonprofits and businesses.
Among the products he offers are fitness DVDs, from beginner to intermediate to advanced, designed with simple exercise principles that are formed in a one-step-at-a-time methodology.
For more, check out tulsaworld.com/4efitness
Trigger Point therapy products, $25-$155
Trigger Point is a line of therapy massage tools used to provide relief to the body, regardless of your day-to-day activities.
The tools are designed to be used by the individual but mimic the feeling and benefit of a hand massage. By releasing the centers of muscle tension, you expand range of motion and flexibility, allowing you to perform at your maximum potential.
The product line includes cool tools like foam rollers, massage balls, foot massagers, the Quadballer and the new Cold Roller. You can use the rollers to calm inflamed muscles or soothe tight hamstrings, quadriceps and back muscles to help live a pain-free life, whether you're a runner, golfer, tennis player or a mom with a kid always in your arms.
Find these at Fleet Feet Sports: 418 E. Second St. and KingsPointe Village, 61st Street and Yale Avenue. They have demo kits so you can try before you buy.
Under Armour "Shatter" gym duffle bag, $69.99
Fitness fanatics are familiar with Under Armour's activewear - and now they can have somewhere to haul it.
This women's bag is made from black ruched polyester-nylon, featuring two sets of straps that allow you to carry it as a duffel or a tote. Also, an exterior straps hold your fitness mat so you don't have to.
Other highlights include a large main compartment, removable shoe bag, insulated lined pocket for a flat iron, vinyl interior toiletries pocket with UA hair tie ring for all of your make-up must-haves, an internal tricot-lined media/valuables pocket and an easy pull-front pocket for extra organization.
You can find it at Dillard's and dillards.com
Vizlet LED Triangles, $20
Early-morning or evening runners can make themselves more visible by wearing running clothes with reflective fabrics.
They can also add Vizlet LED reflectors, an awesome stocking stuffer for the runner on your shopping list. The reflectors can be worn on your shorts, hydration belt, shirt sleeve or collar, vest or cap.
The Vizlets come in two shapes and three fluorescent colors, with an easy-to-attach dual magnet, simple press button and a battery included.
You can find a variety of Vizlet reflectors ($13-$20) at Tulsa Runner, 9708 Riverside Parkway.
Garmin Forerunner 10, $130
The Garmin Forerunner 10 is a new GPS-enabled sport watch that has many of the features of its larger, more complicated predecessors in a small, easy-to-use package.
The Forerunner 10's big feature is a run/walk timer, perfect for interval training. During the run or walk, the watch displays a countdown timer of the intervals, and a distinctive beep counts down the last few seconds of each interval and alerts you to start the next segment.
The watch also records and displays pace, time and distance, and has the ability to transfer activities to Garmin Connect, a training program software that enables you to store and share your workouts.
Available in pink, green and black, the Forerunner can be found at both Fleet Feet Sports.
Happy First "Yoga Chick" hoodie, $44
Founded by cancer survivor Debbie Vinyard of Tulsa, Happy First is a motivational line of women's apparel and accessories.
Among the offerings are tees and hoodies for fanatics of various activities, like "Yoga Chick," "Cross Fit Chick," Golf Chick," "Kickboxing Chick" - the list goes on. You can even customize a hat to describe your own fitness fanaticism.
Plus, Happy First donates a portion of proceeds to leukemia and lymphoma research, so it's truly a gift that gives back.
A handful of local stores carry Happy First apparel, and you can find them at tulsaworld.com/happyfirststores
Original Print Headline: Fit to be tried
Jason Ashley Wright 918-581-8483
Trigger Point therapy products, $25-$155