Fortunately, the gift of fitness doesn't need to cost you a fortune. From the yogi or the runner to the gym rat in your life, here are 10 gifts under $10 any fitness fanatic will adore. And with the price so low, you'll want to pick up some of these items for yourself, too!
Even if you won't be gliding down a runway in your finest lingerie (like the Victoria's Secret models will be doing on our TV sets in a month), nothing complements a killer holiday look more than toned, strong muscles. Take a cue from the Angels' book with all our 10-minute Victoria's Secret video workouts, all in one place.
- Full-body workout: Follow along with trainer Andrea Orbeck, who has worked with Victoria's Secret models Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, and Doutzen Kroes, as she sculpts your entire body in this no-equipment, total-body workout.
- Bikini boot camp: It's time to kick it up a notch — this 10-minute bootcamp workout will have you sweating it off in time for the holiday party circuit.
- Arms, legs, abs: Whether you're toning up for New Year's Eve in Vegas or a trip down the aisle, this bridal arms, legs, and abs workout with build lean muscle where you need it most.
- Butt workout: Lift and shrink your backside with this 10-minute butt-toning workout.
Can't get enough? Watch more of our videos to learn the exercises favored by Victoria's Secret Angels Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, and more!
If you're traveling for the holidays and worried that your ab workouts will fall to the wayside as a result — don't be! We're bringing you not one but three different exercises to tone your tummy right in your hotel room. The only equipment you need is a bed and a chair, so you can work out and relax all in the same space. Does it get any easier?
Who doesn't love a good throwback? Baby pictures aside, old-school fitness ads provide some of the best vintage gems out there. We gathered seven of the most memorable for you to laugh — or cringe — about. It's hard to believe some these ads actually ran, but for purely entertainment reasons today, we're so glad they did.
How could you not want to be in a class with these smiling faces?
Fact of the day: There was something called a Slim Gym that wasn't meant to be eaten.
These Beauti-Bells would have zero chance today.
When being "fit" meant not being skinny.
Where can we get this deal?
Who knew Milk ran such serious ads?
If only every workout could be this wicked.
You wave goodbye to your friend and it feels like your arm is jiggling even after you've stopped waving. Don't fret. It's easy to tighten and tone up your arms — just hop on your yoga mat and do these eight poses that will strengthen and sculpt your arms in no time. Move through this sequence on one side and then repeat again on the other.
This morning, we learned that Lululemon founder Chip Wilson is stepping down and that the current president of TOMS shoes will become Lululemon's new CEO. This certainly seems like a step in the right direction considering Wilson's comment last month about women's bodies' not "working" with the brand's pants. Aside from Lululemon, there are a ton of other high-quality athleticwear brands that you might not know of. If you're not sure where to start, check out these labels that do their best to flatter women of all different shapes and sizes.
Once you slip into anything by Alo, it's hard to want to take it off. The soft fabrics are made with a yoga practice in mind, and we love that the company exercises eco-friendly practices. Its line is made from environmentally friendly materials, and its offices are housed in a solar-powered building. We're currently coveting the airbrushed leggings ($70) shown here.
Body Language Sportswear
Based in Southern California, Body Language Sportswear has a perfect mix of wild-patterned picks like these galaxy leggings ($78) and beautiful basics. We also dig its tanks with messages like "Let Your Body Talk" ($27).
Originally hailing from Australia, Lorna Jane aims to offer sporty, sexy, and stylish designs for every woman. This slim-fit sofie excel top ($76) in a bright green hue is a current fave, and we love its line of inspirational tanks.
Zobha's clothes are comfortable, stylish, and perfect for everyday wear. Whether you're heading to Pilates, yoga, or hitting up a high-intensity class, Zobha has options for your workout needs. This zip-up jacket ($115-$160) paired with these velocity capris ($88) is a cute and stylish look with just the right accents of color.
See who else we love after the break!
Fun, lively, and motivating, we dig celebrity trainer Lacey Stone's "strong-is-the-new-sexy" brand of fitness. Lacy's made appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show and has worked with high-profile clients like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, and Amanda Seyfried. I recently chatted with Lacey about the top items on her holiday wish list and what she'll be giving friends and family.
Turn Up the TunesLacey is the kind of lady who "needs music" when she works out. She's a big fan of the iPod Shuffle ($49), since it's so easy to clip onto her clothes. When she's moving, jumping, and running around the gym, she's got to keep her hands free.
Sweet SneaksLacey's take on Mizuno Wave Rider Running Shoes ($115)? "You must try these on!" Lacey says that running in these shoes "makes her feel like she is floating on air." As someone who describes herself as a person "who doesn't really like running," she says that folks with a similar sentiment should trust her on this one, and try these shoes out ASAP.
Take Care of Your HeartWhile Lacey is "busting her ass the gym," she keeps her heart monitored with the Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor ($100). When compared to similar options on the market, this monitor is not an overly expensive pick, and it doesn't have "a ton of bells and whistles." However, it does keep track of your heart rate and the time.
Fuel Up (in Style)Lacey is a big fan of Nike products, and she loves the Nike Fuel Band ($149-$169). It keeps tabs on just how much exercise you're actually accomplishing every day and tracks it all online. Lacey says rocking her Fuel Band "makes her try to move even more."
The Machine of the FutureAccording to Lacey, the Epic A42T Platinum Treadmill ($2,200, originally $3,000) is "the future of fitness;" the interface can take you all around the world with its Google satellite maps and courses. For example, Lacey explains that if you choose to "run in the streets of Paris," the treadmill belt will automatically adjust to the terrain you've selected. Another one of Lacey's favorite attributes of this treadmill is that you can compete with people around the world with the same treadmill. In short, she says the experience is "amazing."
Fresh, Quality GearLacey's go-to spot to get all her new gear is SIX:02, and she'd love to give or receive a gift card to this online retailer this year. All the gear is for the truly athletic woman, and there are products of all her favorite brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, and Asics.
A Bright BellIf you're going to have "one piece of workout equipment in your house," Lacey suggests a kettlebell, since it "combines strength and cardio with functional movement." We're partial to the bright, happy hue of this Champion Kettlebell ($57) that will allow you to build strength over time.
Lacey in Your PocketLacey is so proud of her new app, Lacey Stone Extreme Bootcamp App (free), that comes on your Android or iPhone. This app offers fun and challenging workouts for $3 each, and we think Lacey puts it best: "Don’t you want me to live in your pocket wherever you go in case you’re craving a quick burpee?!"
There's no shame in saying it: this year was all about the butt. Whether you wanted a toned tush for bikini or skinny-jean season, we brought you the workouts to help you achieve that showstopping derriere. It doesn't matter how little time you have to spare — these six videos are all about booty-lifting results.