Christmas List #2
The thing I love about good advice is it never goes out of style… For items to purchase, read this entry first. These are still my number 1, 2 and 3 recommendations. As well, my warning still stands true, don’t damage your relationship or friendship making someone feel bad for who they are. Only offer lifestyle help to people who want it!
Okay, this brings us to our list for this year. I am going to assume that you gave all of the items form last years list and are looking to me for some new items to give your friends who are getting fit. No problem, I am here to help.
If you are shopping for a runner (or outdoor winter athlete), then I would go with tights… I wouldn’t have said tights normally, but I did. The thing is, I am not a tight fan, I have never had a tight wearing body and tights are generally disturbing to me, except on totally fit bodies (and then I hate them for showing off their fit bodies). The thing is, tights are not like they were and almost everyone is wearing them running in winter and fall weather because they are awesome. They are like a second skin, warmer than the first. About two thirds of the people who were running the Fall Classic this year were wearing them (it was below zero and before 9 am). People of all shapes. They all looked normal (and warmer than me). If you are worried about what your ass looks like in them, just wear shorts over them. A lot of people did, more than half. These are also perfect for snow shoeing and cross country skiing, and I bet they would make a good baselayer for skiing too.
So we have established that these are what you need. Depending on temperature there are many options. Check out these below, from SUGOi. I have had bicycle shorts and tri shorts from them and there products are excellent!
Here is the men’s midzero tight at $75.00. There is a sizing chart on the page. In any case, you can get tights from a variety of sources, just pick the right size. Lululemon has a woman’s tight here. If you are buying for a woman, you cannot go wrong with Lululemon. Another absolute go to store is Mountain Equipment Coop. You can find their tights here. As well, you can get Under Armour, Nike and Brooks tights at Dick’s Sporting Goods Store. I have an Under Armour shirt that is fantastic several Nike shirts that have been great.
I have run for 2 years without giving into the tights (although they are on my current Christmas wish list). I run in a pair of these running pants. They are quite comfortable. I also cross country ski in them and snowshoe.
#3 Base Layer
#6 Indoor Bike Trainer
If the person you are shopping for has taken up cycling then you cannot beat an indoor bike trainer. This is assuming that they already have a bike. If they have a big race planned for next year, such as the Whistler GranFondo or some other bike race, (or a big tri) they will need to be on the bike over the winter and into spring. I have a CycleOps Fluid Trainer. There are many excellent products depending on your budget and needs. These are big tickets items to be sure and should only be considered for the hard core biker or biker want to be.
In any case, I hope you have a great holiday! Enjoy some great food and time with family and friends. Get out and get some exercise in, even if you just bundle up and go for a walk. You should be able to keep as active as you were before the holidays and maybe even more. Make some time for yourself amid the shopping and family activities to exercise. Get your kids if you have some and GET THEM OUTSIDE if the weather allows.
I will be back before the end of the year with some thoughts about planning for the year ahead.