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Best Fitness Gifts for Workout Fanatics 

The holidays' top audio gear for your fitness-loving friends

Do you have a friend who wakes up at 5:30 for early gym sessions, prefers protein shakes for breakfast and is constantly counting down the days to their next marathon, weightlifting competition or cross-country bike ride? If you have a workout fanatic in your life, there's a good chance that you're struggling to come up with the perfect fitness gift that will meet all their exercise needs. The right fitness gift needs to be unique, yet versatile enough to complement all their different workout activities. 

Instead of giving conventional fitness gifts like workout apparel or a new pair of running shoes, consider upping the ante by giving them the gift of music. Scientific American reports that "music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency. When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer and swim faster than usual—often without realizing it." 

If you're planning to wrap up a pair of Bluetooth® headphones or a wireless portable speaker this holiday season, you can make sure that your fitness fanatic will put these gifts to good use. After all, 72 percent of exercisers use technology to support their workouts, according to a global survey conducted by Life Fitness. 

Fitness Fans and Technology

In a global survey of more than 700 exercisers, 72 percent of respondents use technology to support their workouts.

Source: Life Fitness Fitness & Technology Survey 

Whether you're shopping for a four-time Ironman triathlete or someone who lives and breathes yoga, these music gadgets are sure to help your fitness lover kick their workouts into even higher gear.

A Fitness Gift for the Marathon Runner

MDR-XB80BS EXTRA BASS Sports Headphones

Endurance training, racing bibs and finishers' medals—these are the things that make marathon runners' hearts sing. Your favourite marathoner needs the best fitness gift to power through a gruelling training schedule and log those extra miles. The Sony XB80BS EXTRA BASS Sports Headphones would make a unique fitness gift for the long-distance runner who needs to add new life to their running playlist. The EXTRA BASS technology enhances low frequencies and amplifies the bass of their favourite running songs, so they can get pumped up to run their personal best. 

Another bonus: the splash-proof IPX5 design allows your runner to rinse these sports headphones off with water after an especially sweaty workout. These headphones can even handle long runs during rainy weather. 

A Fitness Gift for Those Who Love Spin Workouts 

MDR-XB650BT EXTRA BASS Headphones

Spin workouts aren't for the faint of heart. They require plenty of cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance. After all, a typical ride can burn up to 12 calories a minute. If your cyclist really wants to get into the zone while riding solo, give them the perfect fitness gift so that they can listen to the right music while working out. 

Spin instructors recommend listening to high-energy, dance-centric songs for an extra boost of energy. Sal Sabella, an instructor from the popular indoor cycling chain SoulCycle, told DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. that "a great spinning playlist is filled with recognizable songs, but also songs that have a good, strong beat that motivates you to keep your legs going, even when you're tired."

Tailor-made for dance music, the MDR-XB650 headphones can take that cycling playlist to the next level by delivering deep, punchy bass. The soft cushion ear pads provide an airtight seal for direct bass transmission and will remain comfortable and secure on your cyclist's head, even when they're changing up positions on the bike. And if they need to find a different song that better matches the pace of their routine, they can easily skip between songs on their playlist using the headphones' one-button control. The MDR-XB650 headphones paired with a first-rate spinning playlist are guaranteed to motivate your cyclist to conquer those long uphill climbs and quick sprints with an extra pep in their step.    

A Fitness Gift for the Triathlete 

NW-WS410 Sports Walkman®

Triathlons are known for requiring endless amounts of gear—from a slick wetsuit to the perfect road bike to a heart-rate monitoring watch. While your triathlete may already be equipped with the best of the best gear, here's one "tri-toy" that they may not have yet. The NW-WS410 Sports Walkman® is a highly durable 4 GB MP3 player that doubles as a pair of waterproof and dustproof headphones.  

This versatile fitness gift makes for the perfect triathlon training companion. It can handle being submerged in water to a depth of 1.98 metres for up to 30 minutes, so your triathlete can continue to enjoy their favourite pump-up songs while swimming laps at the pool. This Sports Walkman® is even functional in salt water, so open-water swims in the ocean won't be an issue. In addition to the standard earbuds, the Walkman® also comes with a pair of waterproof earbuds that feature a thin, clear plastic seal to protect the headphones from water damage and optimize sound levels for crystal-clear underwater listening.  

The NW-WS410 Sports Walkman® is the perfect fitness gift for training for the bike and running portions of the race as well. The headphones are comfortable, light and well-fitted and will sit perfectly in place throughout the duration of a long run or bike ride. Plus, if your athlete turns on the Ambient Sound mode, the built-in microphones of the Walkman® can pick up any surrounding ambient sounds, allowing them to hear oncoming traffic or other approaching cyclists, without having to remove the device or lower the volume.

A Fitness Gift for the Yogi 

SRS-XB3 Wireless Speaker

If you know someone who typically starts their day with meditation, then the SRS-XB3 wireless speaker might be the perfect fitness gift to complement their early morning yoga sessions. Ambient music and nature sounds have the power to transport people beyond the daily stresses of life, and classical music is a good option for those seeking to quieten their minds.

If your yoga enthusiast prefers to practise their meditation sessions while taking in serene views of the ocean, this fitness gift's water-resistant technology allows them to set up the speaker on the beach near their yoga mat without worrying about splashes. In fact, they can take this speaker wherever they wish to practice—at a yoga studio, a friend's house, the local park or outside in the garden. The compact, portable design makes it easy to throw in a yoga bag and jet out the door.

To top it off, the SRS-XB3 boasts incredible audio performance and rich, immersive sound that's perfect to get lost in during meditation. For those looking for an outdoor-friendly Bluetooth® speaker with excellent sound quality, there's no better option. 

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