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These gifts will keep movers and shakers active and fit during the holiday season and beyond.

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By Vicky Hallett
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Spread healthy holiday cheer with exercise gear. Here are goodies for every active elf on your shopping list.

"Personal Training With Jackie: Power Circuit Training." A personal training session for a Secret Santa-friendly price? That's what reality TV star and exercise guru Jackie Warner is offering with this DVD, which targets each large muscle group with three moves followed by a combination of all of them in a "power burn." There are quickie options, too, for when you don't have time for the 40-minute total body circuit. $10 at http://www.amazon.com.

Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek. The barefoot running movement has officially gone off-road with these shoes meant for trail running and trekking. Tough but breathable kangaroo leather protects the tops of the feet, while a rugged rubber sole lessens the impact of sticks and stones below. $124.95 at City Sports. Locations in Gallery Place, Farragut North and Bethesda. http://www.citysports.com.

Long Johnnies. Your gal pal will stay cozy whether she's skiing, stargazing or just snuggling in these long johns with a ladylike-spin. The full lineup includes boy shorts, tights, a Henley and a half-zip top. $28 to $70 at Lucy. Locations in Union Station, Arlington, Bethesda, Rockville, Tysons Corner and Fairfax. http://www.lucy.com.

Mobia. If an iPod and a treadmill mated, the result might resemble Mobia by Nautilus, a sleek white machine that promises to revolutionize cardio by slowing it down. The movement combines walking forward with stepping up, and the speed tops out at 4 mph, so it's as low-impact as can be. $1,999 at http://www.mobia.com.

Garmin Forerunner 405CX. Athletes may look like jocks, but deep down, they're geeks. If you need proof, just watch what happens when you give them this top-of-the-line GPS-enabled sport watch that continuously monitors time, distance, pace, calories burned and heart rate. $370 at http://www.target.com.

Hoopnotica travel hoop. Michelle Obama has been spotted showing off her hooping skills, so help your first lady do the same with this pull-apart, adult-size hoop that lets you take your workout with you. Yes, you can spin it around your arms for toning. $40 at http://www.hoopnotica.com.

Manduka Equa towel. Stop your yoga buddy from sliding away during downward-facing dog with these absorbent, lightweight towels in unisex hues. $40 at Lululemon. Locations in Logan Circle, Georgetown, Arlington, Tysons Corner and Bethesda. http://www.lululemon.com.

Novara Wulla bike jersey. This wool top will insulate and wick moisture away from your favorite biker boy while he's out for a spin and will still look sharp when you're hanging out at a post-ride brunch. $69.83 at REI. Locations in Bailey's Crossroads, College Park, Rockville and Fairfax. http://www.rei.com.

New Year's resolutions: It's not too early to think about next year's fitness goals! Send your New Year's resolutions, including how and why you intend to stick to your routine in 2010, to misfits@washpost.com, and we'll print some of the best in early January. We may even help you reach those goals.


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