16 Best Fitness Gifts for Women
Struggling to find the perfect fitness gift for her? These are all the tools your female friends need for an active life.
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Finding the perfect gift
Moms, sisters, daughters, and best friends can be difficult to buy for. You want something meaningful, but also something they’ll actually use. Check off both boxes with these 16 best fitness gifts for her—these are the tools every woman needs to jumpstart or stick to an active lifestyle. These all come with the highest recommendations from fitness experts, and the presents are meant to inspire more movement or take workouts to the next level.
Giving the women in your life a gift that makes them feel motivated will not only improve their health (the American Heart Association suggests a minimum 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, after all), but it can also boost their mood. Research published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that regular physical activity can help battle depression. Fit and happy? Consider that the perfect combo for a winning gift.
JUNK Brands Tactical Black Big Bang Lite Headband
“These headbands grab sweat, won’t move, and look adorable,” says Katrina Pilkington, NASM-CPT, a trainer who specializes in women and youth. Choose from this multi-colored option, plain black, or other patterns and you get a band that fits your friend’s style—and keeps the sweat out of her face.
Motiv Ring Fitness
So subtle, so sleek, and still so smart. This ring tracks everything from sleep, steps, and distance traveled to calories burned and heart rate—all in one tiny, waterproof package. It also pairs with Apple Health and Google Fit.
BalanceForm GoYoga Mat
“Having a designated area makes a home exercise routine more official,” says Alicia Ferriere, a physical therapist at The Finish Line in New York. The best way to do that? Buy your giftee a mat. This one rings in at under $20, offers a non-slip surface, and comes with a strap for easy carrying. Check out these six yoga moves for weight loss.
Whether your friend wants to box, run, spin, or lift, she can do it all without wires getting in her way or her headphones falling out of her ears. “That’s one less thing to worry about when starting up a new routine,” says Angelica Virga, a trainer at Focus Integrated Fitness in New York. The Airpods stand out as a must-buy thanks to the automatic on-off and connected feature, easy pausing and skipping of songs, and the ability to seamlessly transition between devices.
TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds
If you’re looking for a way to listen to music that’s a little more budget-friendly, these no-wires earbuds will deliver pump-up jams while saving your wallet. They’re also super slim, offer quality sound, and come with a charging case.
Athleta All In 7/8 Tight
The perfect pair of pants for any workout will feature pockets—preferably one on each side just like these—and a soft, stretchy material that moves in every direction. With these Athleta leggings, a woman can put her phone, keys, or credit card in her pocket and head out for a walk, run, or gym session while staying hands-free, says Virga. Learn the secrets of women who exercise every day.
Clever Fox Planner
“Setting SMART goals and tracking workouts is essential when beginning a workout program,” says Virga. “Scheduling, tracking, and recording workouts on a weekly and monthly basis will keep your friend accountable.” With this planner, your pal can jot down her goals in every aspect of life from fitness to career to finance and have a handy record of where she’s at on her journey to success.
Yes4All Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell Weights Set
It’s easy to build strength and muscle at home with some kettlebells. This brand offers weights that range between five to 80 pounds. Go for lighter if your giftee is new to exercise, or scale up if she’s been lifting for a while.
AmazonBasics Neoprene Dumbbells Pairs and Sets with Stands
“I would try to vary the weight as much as possible,” says Ferriere. In other words, if you’re getting two or three sets, make sure the weights come in a big range. With this purchase, you get a set of five-, 10-, and 15-pound weights, along with a stand for easy storing. Check out these 14 upper body exercises to do with dumbbells.
UPOWEX Resistance Bands Set
If your sister, mom, or BFF is looking to get a solid at-home workout, this is a great fitness gift for her. It has five different resistance bands (which means she can increase the challenge as she gets stronger, Ferriere says), padded handles, ankle straps, a carrying case, a door anchor and even a workout guide.
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
For less than $10, you get a pack of five resistance bands (ranging from light to heavy). These looped bands work well for moves that target the butt, but you can use them for an upper-body burn, too. They’re also easy to throw in a bag and take on the road—great for someone who travels often.
LuxFit Foam Roller
Everyone needs recovery just as much as exercise and this provides the ultimate relief. “The roller compresses muscles and generates blood flow—much like a massage,” says Ferriere. (Talk about a soothing gift for some self-care!) This extra firm roller also comes in a range of lengths. Try these six foam roller exercises.
New Balance Cruz V2 Running Shoe
While it’s tough to choose a specific running sneaker for someone else (she should always test it out first!), shoes still serve as the perfect fitness gift for her, considering most people wear them for every workout. Virga says to help you narrow them down, choose a pair that plays to the activity your pal does most. “If she’s doing a mix of lifting, calisthenics, high impact, and running, she’ll want a shoe that is stable, but has some flexibility to it to allow you to move freely,” Virga says. She recommends this one for mobility and support underfoot.
Nike Women’s Free MetCon 2 Training Shoe
If you have a friend who loves high-intensity interval (or HIIT) workouts—she pushes her limits with moves like squat jumps and mountain climbers—you want a training shoe like this one from Nike. It has a sock-like feel, sturdy sole, and a rubber wrap for added stability. Here’s what you need to know about HIIT workouts.
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Low Top
These might look like your average everyday shoe, but they’re still a top fitness gift for her. Virga suggests these for any form of weight training. “When lifting, you want to wear a shoe that is going to provide stability, is more rigid, and has a flat sole,” she says. These get the job done for any of your pals looking to pick up some weights. Check out all the ways lifting can improve your body.
- American Heart Association. "American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults and Kids"
- JAMA Psychiatry. "Assessment of Bidirectional Relationships Between Physical Activity and Depression Among Adults"
- Katrina Pilkington, NASM-CPT, a trainer who specializes in women and youth, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Angelica Virga, CSCS, trainer at Focus Integrated Fitness in New York City
- Alicia Ferriere, PT, physical therapist at The Finish Line in New York City