From runners high to stress elimination, is there any wonder so many people are addicted to running? Daily exercise has truly transformative powers on our mind and body, and none more than running, the activity often described as the perfect form of cardio. It’s one of the fastest ways to lose weight and build stamina, and if your partner is a regular runner, it’s probably one of their favourite things to do when they want to blow off some steam. So, how do you make your fitness-obsessed darling happy? By getting them the perfect little gift! Here are a few suggestions:
No better feeling in the world than hitting the pavement while listening to your favourite jams. To avoid all the fuss of tangled headphones, get them a wireless set of headphones, which is pretty much like a dream come true for any runner. There’s just no way to go wrong with this one, especially if you make a little mix tape to go along with the gift. Put together a list of upbeat, fast-paced songs and let them enjoy.
Backpack and waist packs for runners
Sweaty shirts and sneakers, a change of clothes, a water bottle – sometimes you just need portable storage, and a backpack is a practical, cool idea that any fitness enthusiast would appreciate. Perfect for trail runners.
Waist packs are a good alternative if you want to just carry some gels, your keys and a mobile phone. HipS-sister has a wide range. These are a popular option for road 20k and 40k runs/races.
If your partner is a busy lady, they might prefer a cute handbag, something big and sturdy, yet pretty enough that they can easily go from work to exercising without having to rush back home to change clothes. For guys and gals, running sunglasses are also a good idea as an addition to the bag/backpack, as they protect from the glare during those early morning runs.
Running shoes and socks
Runners go through sneakers pretty fast, and nothing gives them more joy than a good pair of running shoes that has great arch support, cushioned soles, and is made of quality fabrics that won’t wear out too quickly. Even if they already have sneakers, a new backup pair will definitely make them happy. Here are a few pointers on how to pick good shoes.
Socks can make an easy gift – but look for a good quality pair designed for runners, so that they will last a long time and prevent blisters. Good running socks usually have a compression brand to stop them rubbing.
Compression clothing is a great gift for a runner, especially for men who generally lack good stylish options at sports stores. Compression clothing helps circulation, protects from injury, and is made of quality, breathable fabrics that are good at moisture wicking. Since they provide shock absorption, they’re particularly good for people who are professional runners, or anyone who intends to run a marathon in the future.
2XU’s compression range comes in a range of different styles, with the shorts a good solution for the hot Brisbane weather.
Activewear for new moms
If your partner has given birth recently, they probably can’t wait to get back to their pre-pregnancy body shape and regain their strength. For this, they need proper equipment, and quality nursing activewear is perfect for moms who are still nursing and need some extra support to keep them safe. Comfort is a priority, but we bet that a lot of ladies would also love for their outfits to look cute. Confidence can sometimes plummet after delivery, so this way, you’ll make it possible for her to feel and look good as she adjusts to juggling both parenthood and an active lifestyle. Plus, being able to breastfeed her little one whenever it is necessary will make her feel very happy.
Those sore feet and achy joints are a common problem for a lot of runners. A little care basket that’s filled with massage oils, pain-relieving ointments, compression socks, lip balm, and face cream can really let them relax at the end of the week. Also, recovery sandals are a great idea as well. They really make a difference, and your partner will be really grateful to slip into them after a long run.
If you are still stuck – gift cards from a sports shop are always an easy option.
Make your partner feel appreciated with these handy little gifts and they’ll love you for being so supportive of their favourite activity.