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Niche Fitness Gadgets for the Exercise Junkie in Your Life

If you’re looking for a way to replace that lapsed gym membership without actually going to the gym, you’re in luck. Fitness gadgets have come a long way since the bulky wrist-mounted heart rate monitors of the ’90s.

Finding the perfect gift for the long-distance runner, swimmer, yoga aficionado or extreme sports junkie in your life might just inspire you to give yourself a high-tech gift to inspire this year’s New Year’s resolutions.

For Runners

Whether you’re looking for a gadget for a marathoner or someone just getting started with the Couch to 5K program, the Sensoria Smart Sock can read information from a runner’s ankles to track steps, calories, distance, speed and even altitude. The information is transmitted to an app on your Android or iOS phone, so you can get your information quickly and easily. A bundle includes four pairs of smart socks and a Bluetooth-enabled anklet that attaches to the socks magnetically for $199. Looking for something a little different? Sensoria also offers wearable Bluetooth-enabled bras and T-shirts that perform similarly.


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For Swimmers

For years, athletes have used their favorite music to motivate them to complete one more lap, one more mile, one more set of reps. Now swimmers can enjoy their favorite tunes while finishing up just one more lap — for less than $160. The Finis Neptune promises to provide high-quality sound underwater, using state-of-the-art bone conductance technology, so the sound vibrations are actually transmitted through the cheekbone and into your ears. The little MP3 player attaches unobtrusively to swim goggles. The Finis Neptune offers 4G of storage for your favorite swimmer’s tunes. You might consider pairing the Neptune with an iTunes or Amazon MP3 gift card to complete the gift.


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For Gym Addicts

If you’re looking for something a little lower on the price scale for the gym addict in your life, the Umoro One bottle might make the perfect choice. Available for pre-order now, the Umoro costs $25 and is set to be released sometime this November. The clever design carries protein powder (or other energy mix powder) in a capsule that can be released at the push of a button. An incorporated ball makes it easy to shake and mix even the most clumpy, difficult-to-incorporate powders. The Umoro One claims to be ergonomic, easy to clean and the perfect solution for a post-workout drink. If you have something different in mind, keep in mind that Cyber Monday is just around the corner. Macy’s Cyber Monday is on November 25, and on that day, you’ll be able to find online deals for a wide variety of gym addict gadgets.

Devil Dog gym begins new year with new gear

Photo by Flickr user CherryPoint

For Extreme Sports Junkies

Most fitness gadgets are geared toward runners, gym members or those who participate in more mainstream moderate sports. Now there’s something for skateboarders, snowboarders and surfers. Using GPS and inertial sensors, Trace can be attached to just about any board to capture your moves, including speed, distance and rotation. Trace will be released in January 2014, but you can pre-order one as a Christmas gift for the skater or snowboarder in your life. Three Trace apps, (free on Android and iOS) dedicated to snow sports, skating and surfing will also be available so the information delivered to your smartphone will be catered to your extreme sport specialty. So, hopefully this gives you some holiday gift ideas for the exercise junkie in your life!

By Hugh Berry

Hugh loves two things: sports and great bargains. He spends almost all of his free time finding jerseys at thrift stores and selling them on eBay for a profit.

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