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It’s that time of year. No, not the holiday season. The off season. Most big fall races are done and it’s not yet time to start training for the next big race. Most runners use this time to give their body a break and do some cross training. So, here’s the perfect list of gifts to help a runner make the most of some down time.
- A TRX (or similar) suspension system – These are great for working out all the muscles that you don’t use for running as well as those that you do. They help with balance, stretching, strength, and core work, all at the same time. They are also super portable and easy to use in lots of different places. Bonus: You can find plenty of workouts on youtube.
- Weights/Kettle bells/weighted balls – Strength training helps protect runners from injury and often helps them run stronger. I’m guilty of never doing more than planks and a few leg exercises during marathon training. I recently got sent a couple of kettle bells from Rep Fitness and they are awesome. I’m just beginning to figure them out.
- A Bosu ball – A Bosu ball adds core work and balance work to pretty much any exercise. It is so much more difficult to do even simple exercises while standing or sitting on this simple piece of equipment.
- Gift certificate for a massage – Do I even need to explain this one?
- A running coach – The off season is the perfect time to work on form or building a better running base. This might lead to a training plan for a race, but even without a race goal, it’s nice to have focus on the off season.
- A session with a Registered Dietician or a Health Coach – You’d really need to know your runner and their goals (or heck, get this for yourself) to find the right person who can help them meet those goals. We can all use a little help making improvements in our food and lifestyle choices.
- Cardio machine – Looking for something big to impress the runner in your life? Get them a cardio machine of some sort. While I absolutely LOVE my treadmill, I also appreciate the stationary bike and rowing machine that I have. Mine are not top of the line, but they suffice to give me options besides always running. Heck, with the treadmill, TRX, and rowing machine, I could have my own OrangeTheory class.