How to find a gift for athletes
Being an athlete is not an easy job. The countless hours spent at the gym, combined with a strict lifestyle and a harsh diet are mainly the reasons why not so many people can do what it takes in order to become a true athlete. And no, if you spend a couple of times per week at the gym and buy all the fancy sports gear, this doesn’t make you an athlete. You need discipline, hard work, determination and a purpose. And you also need good accessories to boost your performances or push you the extra mile.
If you have an athlete friend, we are sure you’ve already figured out that finding the right gift is not always the easiest job. Although there are countless items dedicated to all sports and athletes out there, finding just the perfect one is a hard task. Luckily, we came up with a quite comprehensive shopping guide which hopefully will give you a hint on what to focus on as well as some gift ideas we think your athlete friends will enjoy. The key is for you to be willing to think a little bit outside the box and replace the dull working out gear with some more innovative ways of training.
How we chose the coolest gifts for athletes
Since there are countless objects and gift ideas on the market, buying the right one for your athlete friend seems a pain. You may even feel like everything is too predictable or that nothing really suits your friend or helps them improve their sports performances. We came up with a list of suggestions and buying tips to help you make the right shopping decision and choose a mind-blowing gift.
Consider the type of sports practiced
Obviously, the first thing to take into consideration is the name of the sport your friend is practicing. Based on that sport you will be able to find out more about the required sports gear, as well as the types of exercises needed to improve their strength and physical condition. Sports clothing producing companies already developed a line of specific clothing based on the most popular sports and the average physical activity required in the process. As a result, they came up with innovative fabrics, sweat-control technologies and other amazing improvements to help athletes train better, stronger, faster, and harder.
Athletes who require a lot of leg movement – running mainly could benefit from improved running shoes or any other additional equipment to release tension from legs and provide better support for the long runs. There are special socks specifically designed to prevent foot blisters by reducing friction and getting rid of the extra moisture. These socks come at very affordable prices and are certainly a gift worth taking into consideration for your athlete friend. Sure, you may first think that a simple pair of socks wouldn’t be enough, but good support and added comfort while running are some of the most appreciated things for a runner athlete.
On the other hand, athletes who put in a lot of effort with their hands – from runners to skiers and climbers will most likely benefit from a good pair of arm warmers. In fact, almost all outdoor activities require a pair of comfortable arm warmers, especially during the freezing season. Arm warmers will allow you to use any type of sports gear, including t-shirts, without feeling cold ever again. They come in various sizes and colors so that you can easily match them with all your workout accessories.
Although all working out sessions requires concentration and focus, sometimes it is hard keeping your thoughts away from your everyday life problems. It has been demonstrated by medical studies that workout sessions help stimulate the brain, release tension and improve concentration, but all these is better done with an accompanying soundtrack.
Music has proven an incredibly powerful motivational factor for all athletes, helping them focus better and train more intensely. Thus, it comes as no surprise that more and more companies have developed specific music products for athletes.
Under these circumstances, a thoughtful gift for your athlete friend would either be a pair of wireless headphones/ earphones with improved sound quality or a music player that can easily be attached to your sports gear or worn without it falling off.
Several headphone companies have developed specific products for athletes not only with increased hearing facilities but also with innovative designs, resistant to shocks, moist or intense movement. The Bluetooth wireless headphones connect to your smartphone, tablet or mp3 player and allow you to listen to your favorite tunes with just a push of a button.
There are also numerous mp3 players and music devices which are not only easy to use but also extremely lightweight, portable and provide improved listening conditions. Some of them can even be used underwater by swimmers and can be connected via Bluetooth with improved earphones to help you listen to your favorite tunes all day long.
Additional working out accessories
There are plenty of workout accessories which can be used by numerous types of athletes, no matter what they train for. But, apart from the traditional weight lifters and push up poles, we would like to present you cool and easy to use alternatives which will improve your workout routines and help you perform better.
One of the most popular training accessories on the market right now is the weight vest which offers you an intense workout. The design is amazingly simple yet efficient – a strap-on vest similar to the bulletproof ones used by police officers. All you have to do is strap on the vest which allows you easily add and remove weight in small increments. This will provide a lighter workout routine or a heavier one, depending on your desires. You can start with small weights of around one pound and increase the weight in time once you have developed a higher strength.
The great part is that whenever you take it off, you will feel lighter, improve your mobility and perform better at your chosen sport.