Top 10 Gifts for the Walking Woman

Give the walking woman in your life a gift that says you cheer her on in her active lifestyle.


Fitbit has a big share of the market for fitness bands and smart pedometers, for good reasons. I've worn every model since they debuted and I love tracking my steps, distance, calories, diet and sleep quality. Newer models, the Fitbit Alta, Flex 2, and Charge 2 have interchangeable bands so you can go from sporty to glam in seconds. You can view your data on your smart phone via a Bluetooth-connected app or on your computer via a USB stick. See your history of activity and track your diet, blood glucose or blood pressure. You can have it post your totals to Twitter or Facebook if you want, or share them with specific friends. For a less-expensive model that doesn't track sleep, there is the Fitbit Zip, and if she's really into her workouts, she may love the Surge superwatch.


The FlipBelt lets her carry her essentials on walks and during workouts when she doesn't have enough pockets and doesn't want to wear a fanny pack or backpack. Just tuck items into the belt and flip it over for increased security. It has a key clip to make sure you don't lose your keys. I've been wearing one for my long walks and it's a great way to have items handy.


Fitband Bling and Funktional Wearables make fun and lovely covers and band attachments for a wide variety of fitness trackers. Dress it up for the office or evening wear.


I get great compliments at half marathons when I wear my B-Skinz shorts or leggings. They come in fun designs from Galaxy and Black Explosion to animal patterns, or even plain old solids. They are super soft and so comfortable that I want to wear them even when not racing. They wick away moisture and give you excellent freedom of movement. They also have skorts, spankies and sports bras.


The Misfit Shine turns an activity monitor into a piece of jewelry. You can wear it as a pendant, a brooch, or on a wristband. The brushed aluminum monitor is lovely and comes in a variety of colored finishes. Tap it and you can see the time and your activity progress via LED lights. Check your activity, steps and sleep stats via the app.


A home treadmill is a great gift to keep moving in every kind of weather. The Sole F80 features include 2.5 hp continuous duty motor, 55" length deck, wireless heart rate control, and 2.75" rollers, five window display, and sturdy 250 lb weight. The speed and incline controls are conveniently located on the handlebars. You can make adjustments without breaking your stride.


Pamper your walker's feet with the gift of a foot spa. Various models come with features such as massaging bubbles, whirlpool, buffers and heating to keep the water warm. After a nice long walk, a foot soak feels fabulous. Add some bath salts to the water and you can soothe any hot spots or dry up small blisters.


For the walker who doesn't want a pedometer linked to her smartphone, the Omron HJ-321 is a good choice. This slim and silent pedometer is accurate if you carry it in your pocket or purse, so you aren't limited to wearing it on your waistband. It makes a great stocking-stuffer for the price, yet packs a powerful array of data for any walking woman. See your seven-day results for steps, calories burned, distance, aerobic steps, and steps per minute.


Socks are the best stocking stuffers! Sockguy socks are fun socks in colorful designs - but also serious socks made of core-spun CoolMax to prevent blisters.


For the woman who likes to walk on natural trails or who is training for the Camino de Santiago, trekking poles are a great accessory. These poles are made lightweight aluminum but will go the distance.They telescope from 24.5 to 54 inches long for easier packing. The cork grips work well on the trail. They have both tungsten tips for trails and long-lasting rubber feet for pavement. The price is excellent.


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