“Gifts for the athlete and the health conscious”

Stretch your body, not your budget. Lululemon clothing (F, $35 to $90, www.lululemon.com) is a great gift for the yogini or dancer in your life. Not only are they designed to fit a range of body types and perform under the pressures of various athletic activities, they’re also environmentally friendly.

For the swimmer, Tyr Sport’s new Microback swimsuit (D, $60 to $64, www.tyr.com) provides a fashionable, comfortable and adjustable way to work out in the water. The suit comes in a variety of stylish color combinations as well as a cute two-piece version.

Whether your gift recipients are training for a marathon or just trying to lose those extra holiday pounds, the BodyBugg (A, $399, www.bodybugg.com) can help them get back on track by balancing calories burned and consumed. This fantastic product turns weight management into an easy game and helps achieve weight goals in a fast and healthy way. The comfortable armband records calories burned and weight loss becomes a simple equation — you just need to burn more calories than you take in.

In-line skating is a great way to exercise as a family. The Micro 500X for boys and Micro 500G for girls (B, $119.99, www.rollerbladeusa.com) have adjustable blades designed to fit your children’s feet as they grow. Rollerblade alsooffers Activa 4.0 skates ($239.99, www.rollerbladeusa.com) specifically designed to fit the contours of a woman’s foot.

The iPod Nano (C, $149 and up, www.apple.com) is sure to please anyone on your gift list. The tiny new version of the favorite MP3 player comes in fun new colors, is super lightweight and great for listening to tunes while working out.

The Slicer sled by Ice Meister (E, $59.99, www.icesled.com) is a fun gift for those who don’t get to see real snow. The winter-or-summer downhill sled works on any grassy hill and provides loads of fun for kids and adults alike.


Article published in The San Fransisco Chronicle’s “Holiday Gift Guide” custom publication on December 5, 2007. Download PDF of original article “Gifts for the athlete and the health conscious” to view full layout with PHOTOS!

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