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Exercise gifts

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