Six fitness-inspired Christmas gift ideas for the runner in your life

Running can be a cheaper alternative to other sports because all you really need is a good pair of supportive, right-sized running shoes.

That said, many runners often have lots of great kit to support their passion. If there's a runner in your life who seems to have it all, this Christmas consider these five ideas to help you buy the perfect gift.

Bioceramic recovery sleepwear

Who doesn't like getting pyjamas for Christmas? But not just any pair of PJs – I'm talking about the world's most advanced sleepwear from Under Armour: Athlete Recovery Sleepwear.

These revolutionary PJs help them snooze better and recover faster from tough workouts. Under Armour have collaborated with American Football quarterback Tom Brady to develop rejuvenating sleepwear that features Bioceramic print lining. Bioceramics are a mix of powered ceramics and mineral oxides that reflect heat and commonly found in hip and knee replacement parts. The technology behind it lies in the super-soft bioceramic print that absorbs heat from the body and then reflects it back in the form of Far Infrared rays, which helps to promote muscle recovery and improve sleep.

Blister-free feet

When running, the feet are subjected to extreme stress. As the body heats up, the feet get wet, hot and chafed. The combination of moisture, heat and friction often leads to painful blisters and discomfort that keeps runners from performing at their peak.

Eliminate this painful problem with a pair of WRIGHTSOCK™ Double Layer Socks. The Dri-WRIGHT™ minimal feel, inner layer wicks moisture off the skin better than any other fabric, keeping the feet dry. And the the friction reducing design absorbs friction that is normally transferred to the skin – preventing the skin from chafing and breaking.

The ultimate sport watch

Taking the title of ultimate sports watch to new levels, Apple have packed even more running and workout features into the Apple Watch Series 3.

In addition to being swim-proof, the latest edition features mobile connectivity that lets you leave your phone at home, yet answer calls and text messages while on the run. Built-in GPS records the distance, speed and route of outdoor runs and workouts. And an altimeter tracks elevation during the steepest hill climbs.

Like to run to music? Then stream your favourite tunes right from your watch or even listen to the football with live radio stations. And if you're headed to the gym for a treadmill workout, with just one tap, you can pair this watch wireless with compatible gym equipment from brands like Technogym, LifeFitness and Matrix. Currently this feature is only available at Fitness First clubs with more coming online soon.


Record-breaking running shoes

Take a step closer to reaching your running goals with a pair of Nike Zoom Fly. Based on the prototype sneakers that eventually became the Nike Vaporfly Elite (the shoes worn by Eliud Kipchoge in the Breaking2 race), these high-tech runners are designed to meet the demands of the toughest tempo runs, long runs and race day with a responsive construction that turns the pressure of each stride into energy return for the next.

Claimed to be one of the fastest everyday shoes made by Nike, the Zoom Fly features a flywire-reinforced lightweight upper that keeps you secure as you pick up speed and the exaggerated curved heel makes you feel like you're being propelled forwards as if running downhill. The shoes' 10-mm offset is designed to minimize Achilles strain and the 33-mm stack height offers impact protection mile after mile. 

Chafe no more

A great stocking filler and nipple protecting present. NipEaze helps runners say goodbye to chafing and bleeding nipples with its blend of high-quality, hypo-allergenic materials shaped into a perfect fit for the most sensitive area of the torso.  The disposable adhesive covers not only help prevent painful nipple abrasion, but do so comfortably, discreetly, and last the distance - no matter how extreme your workout or how much you sweat.

Compress to impress

Elite runners, athletes and players of all sports have embraced wearing compression tights, socks and sleeves to help improve their recovery. The theory behind compression gear is that it increases muscle oxygenation, preventing blood from pooling in the body; increases muscle temperature; and reduces muscle vibration to speed-up recovery time. Whether it helps improve performance is the source of much conjecture, but one thing is for sure - the runner in your life will thank you for this staple running gear gift.

Skins compression products are the most advanced available. For running Skins offers various compression garments as well as loose fit shorts, jackets and tops to complete your performance kit.

The goal of one day completing an ultra-marathon inspires running fanatic Laura Hill to clock up the kilometres each week. With a day job in the corporate world, Laura loves nothing more than lacing up her runners and hitting the pavement to clear her mind and challenge her body.

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