Monday, December 7, 2009

My favorite fitness gifts...with a giveaway!

Okay, so Christmas is literally RIGHT around the corner! I can't wait! For the first time ever, I think I'm actually done shopping. In my family, it was almost tradition to spend at least part of Christmas Eve at the mall. I'm determined that this year, however, will be different. We're traveling across the country to spend the holidays with my parents. We made a deal that for the week we are there, we will NOT be spending our time together at the mall! Hopefully my dad survives buying gifts for my mom WITHOUT the assistance of his "personal shoppers." Online shopping has been my best friend this year! How did our parents survive Christmas without the Internet?
Hopefully you're all nearing the end of your holiday shopping so you can actually enjoy the season. (Although, truth be told, I really love the hustle and bustle of crowded shopping centers...my husband and I were among the crazy thousands at Walmart on Black Friday, and I loved it!)
I'm often asked if I give all fitness-related gifts for Christmas. The answer is actually NO! While I would love to give everyone on my list my favorite heart rate monitor, not everyone gets as excited as I do about new workout gadgets! (And let's be honest...I don't have that kind of money!) But if you're looking for some fun gifts for yourself, or other fitness-minded loved ones, here are a few of my favorites:

  1. My Polar Heart Rate Monitor. If you don't know how much I love it, you haven't been reading my blog long enough. When asked recently by a friend what she should do to lose a few pounds, I told her to GET A HEART RATE MONITOR! It is the most motivating piece of equipment I've ever used. I'm a number girl, and I LOVE knowing how many calories I've burned, how high my heart rate got, the percentage of calories that were fat calories, etc. I work out longer and harder than I would without it. I asked my parents for it for Christmas two years ago, and I've only worked out a few times without it...I literally almost drove back home to get it...I feel nekkid without it! I know my body better because of it, and would recommend it to anyone...whatever the fitness level!

  2. The Garmin 305 Forerunner. Okay, so I haven't actually used this yet. But I got it for my husband for Christmas (if only he read my blog...), and I can't wait to share it with him! To me, the beauty of running on a treadmill is knowing exactly how fast I'm running, and how far I've gone. With the forerunner, you can know this while running outside! I've always estimated distance based on time, but now I won't go even 1/10 of a mile further than planned! It also has a built in heart rate monitor, so my arms won't be loaded up with extra watches. Did I mention that this gift is for my husband? I can't wait to "give" it to him! They actually have newer models with smaller watches, but they're a lot pricier for the same outcome. I got mine on sale at amazon for &139.99. Several months ago, they had it at REI for $130. It won't get much cheaper than that. If you're interested, watch for deals...it's pricey, but worth it!

  3. My blender! I rarely go a day without using my blendtec blender! I use it to grind wheat, make soup, make my own peanut butter, make amazing smoothies, and homemade not-exactly-as-they-appear pancakes. I LOVE IT! My mom and sister both have the vitamix which I also love (pictured above). It does just as much as the blendtec, if not more. However, I've also heard great things about the magic bullet. It doesn't grind wheat, but is a great compact blender.

  4. My running skirt. There's just something about feeling cute when you work out. I have to say, however, that I prefer the "athletic" style skirts. Under the skirt are compression shorts instead of just the running brief. I wore my skirt with the briefs in a race, and ended up with some seriously chafed inner thighs! Plus, I can wear the skirts with the shorts to any workout...Yoga would not be pretty otherwise!

  5. Good socks. The first pair of actual running socks I ever purchased were Balega socks. They are still my favorite pair to run in. Good socks are a must when working out. I never get blisters, don't have overly sweaty feet, and will never go back to regular cotton socks. Another brand of socks I've come to love is Sof Sole. I was lucky enough to receive several pairs of socks to try out, and I've loved each and every one.

  6. Shoe insoles. This is actually a new favorite. Several months ago, I received some Sof Sole Performance Insoles to try out. I ran a lot last summer, and my knees were starting to seriously feel it. After a long run late in September, my knees ached for days. Before the Ragnar Relay in October, I decided to finally give the insoles a try. My knees did not hurt AT ALL during the race, and haven't bothered me since. My shoes don't feel any different, the inserts are comfortable, and they're absorbing a lot of the hard impact of running...instead of my knees! Yay!

The list could go on...I have definite favorite workout videos, workout equipment, healthy snack choices, etc. But for now, that will have to suffice. But I have good news! Because Sof Sole generously sent me SO MANY great products to try, I'm going to pass some along to you!


For the first winner, I have ONE PAIR of The Sof Sole Airr® insole featuring their revolutionary air chamber technology with a Coolmax® fabric cover (pictured above). Air chambers in the heel and arch provide extra comfort while maximizing shock absorption! The Coolmax® fabric cover absorbs moisture and provides breathability. I really love mine. The insole I have is a Women's Insole for shoe sizes 5-7.5. If this doesn't fit you, it would make a great Christmas gift! (Retail Price: $24.99)


For the second winner, I have a package containing 3 pairs of Women's Multi Sport Liner Performance Socks! They fit Women's Shoe Sizes 5-10, are made of natural bamboo for wicking and comfort, and have a seamless toe! And my favorite part? THEY'RE PINK! (Retail Price: $9.99)



  • For one entry, leave a comment below telling me how you would use the shoe insoles and/or the cute pink socks!

  • For a second entry, follow this blog (and leave a comment with the word "follow").

  • For a third entry, post a link to the contest on your blog (and leave a comment with the link).

  • For a fourth entry, post a link on facebook or twitter (and let me know in the comments).

The random winners will be announced on Friday, December 11th. Good luck, and I hope you win!


21 comments:

Marci & Marcus said...

I can't wait to earn my heart rate monitor from 24 Hour Fitness!!! It's going to make me skinny!! (well at least it will help!)

Marci & Marcus said...

p.s. and you know I of course did all four entries!!!!

Trenda said...

I used to run a lot in highschool and college, but have since given it up becuase my knees hurt when I run. I wonder if these insoles would help and I could actually run again! That would be great because I really miss it, oh and it would be even more enjoyable without sweaty feet! I didn't even know there was such a thing as running socks! :)

Cagney and Laci said...

I would use that runnin' gear to help me train for the triathalon July 29. I could any work out gear that will help my run be better. What a fun blog!

Trenda said...

It's me again. I am now an official follower of your blog, and I posted a link about this contest on my blog: www.poulterfamily.blogspot.com, and I posted a link for your blog on my facebook profile! Yay, four entries for me!

Heidi said...

I would love some new socks because mine keep sliding off when I run!

Kimberly said...

Can I swap the socks for a cute running skirt like that for Christmas...just kidding. BTW, Michael, if you're reading this, you can get me a cute running skirt and socks...ha ha!

Lynn said...

New socks, insoles maybe what I need to get in gear and run some more!!! THanks for the chance to win.

Michael said...

I need to start following a fitness blog for men that gives away men's fitness items. Oh well...

lera said...

I always have knee problems (even non-running related). I fell on a run, square on both of my knees over 6 weeks ago and I haven't been the same since. I'm very curious if those inserts help my knees.

Jenna Z said...

Wow! I was JUST thinking about this because as I was inspecting my running shoes for wear, I wondered if insoles run out before the rest of the shoe does. My Brooks shoes have replaceable soles so I figured that was probably why. I'd replace my soles and have a cushiony soft run! OR pink running socks?? How can you go wrong??

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog!

Rachelle said...

Thanks for all the great fitness info! Lots of stuff I need...now I just need to money to buy them all! Hopefully I can randomly win something and check it off my wish list!

PS- Robyn congrats on the new baby on the way!

Aly said...

YAY! I LOVE this post! I can't wait to win this stuff because I NEED it! A few weeks ago I recommitted myself to the gym and am frequenting that place SIX days a week (haven't missed a day yet)!! Heaven knows that I am feelin' it and my poor knees would LOVE those inserts and my poor feet would LOVE those wonderful socks AND my favorite color is PINK!

P.S. For the record I have been completely envious of your Blendtec for quite some time...maybe you could throw that in to ;).

AND Michael doesn't need a manly blog he just needs to win for Anne...they would make great stocking stuffers for her!

Allison Holmes said...

I would put the inserts in my running shoes of course! My stupid high arches are a pain in the neck!

Allison Holmes said...

I also posted a link to the giveaway on my facebook status!

moffthetoff said...

Robyn! I'm leaving a comment. I would use the socks in my new committment to exercise. (Ask Kandis, I really am doing it.) :) I will leave a comment in facebook too. And in my blog moffatoff.blogspot.com. and I am not following you! 4 entries--wait, is that legal?

prettyface said...

I would love the socks because I need any bit of motivation I can get....and I love new socks :) Thanks!

prettyface said...

follow

prettyface said...

And a link to my blog, which has a link to this contest :)
http://becauseyouhavesuchaprettyface.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

Robyn, I'm sure those items would come in handy for my walking and basketball endeavors. I would be happy to tell me teammates where I got them!!