8 Gifts For The Fitness Lover From Black-Owned Businesses

  • 1. Threads for the gym and everywhere in between!

    These motivational and funny tanks from Ruffles with Love will turn heads at the gym and anywhere else. Whether you love burpees, run like a boss, or turn on your beast mode, there’s a design to fit your mood. Get it: https://ruffleswithlove.com/

  • 2. Track fitness goals with ease!

    For the person who likes to put pen to paper, the SMART Fitness Planner from Fit Life Creative will help with goal-setting and staying on top of workouts and daily nutrition. The fitness planners feature over 150 pages for planning, tracking, shopping lists, and motivational quote for an extra push. Buy It: http://fitlifecreative.com/product/smart-fitness-planner/

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  • 3. Give the “Best” gift in a box!

    If you know someone who wants to get healthy inside and out, MyBestBox is a monthly subscription created by Fatima Dicko, a former chemical engineer at Proctor & Gamble. Each month, subscribers will receive healthy products with a purpose - from skin and sleep products, to healthy smoothie ingredients. Buy It: http://www.mybestbox.com/collections/all

  • 4. Stay hydrated AND motivated!

    You can give the gift of hydration with this uniquely designed Fruit Infusion Water Bottle with Hydration Tracker from the Femme Fitale Fit Club. The bottles’ water infuser allows you to spice up your water with herbs, fruit or loose leaf tea. You can also use the bottle to track how much water you've had during the day and get reminders to "Drink up" or Refill your cup." Buy It: http://femmefitalefitclub.bigcartel.com/category/water-bottles

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  • 5. Drink to glowing skin, healthy hair and a fit body!

    A pack or two of Dr. Phoenyx’s Beauty Protein can be the perfect gift to promote strong muscles and glowing skin. Dr. Phoenyx is certified Sports Medicine and Sports Nutrition Specialist and a best-selling author. She created Beauty Protein to offer a nutritious supplement for women's beauty and body goals with a blend of high protein and vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin, nails, and improve metabolism. Buy It: https://www.drphoenyx.com/product/dr-phoenyxs-beauty-body-bb-protein/

  • 6. Cook up healthy food with some soul!

    The health nut in your life knows the importance of healthy eating. Give them some new gift to dishes to try at home while keeping the pounds off with Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family. Created by NAACP Image Award Winner Alice Randall and her mother Caroline Randall Williams, this cookbook gives a healthy spin on 80 traditional soul food recipes like Spicy Pepper Chicken, Shrimp Stew, and Chopped Spinach and Turkey Salad. Buy It: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soul-food-love-alice-randall/1120160312?ean=9780804137935&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP62464

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  • 7. Give a little vegan!

    Give a Little Vegan If Beyonce can try vegan, then anyone can, especially with an easy-to-follow vegan cookbook, Unexpectedly Vegan: Tips and Tricks To Making Any Recipe Vegan, by Hampton University grad and meat-lover-turned-vegan, Courtney Keen. In her book, Courtney shares how she swaps out animal products for vegan ingredients to form surprisingly yummy dishes like cheesecake, meatloaf, and burgers. She even shares the basics of vegan cooking and ingredients to inspire new vegan creations. Buy It: https://www.amazon.com/Unexpectedly-Vegan-Tricks-Making-Recipe-ebook/dp/B00Y7M5XEK

  • 8. Support a cure with a donation and a walk!

    The Black community is facing an epidemic of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. You may know someone dealing with a chronic disease and you understand how priceless your support for a cure can be. With this gift, you can donate and/or sign up for a walk with organizations that are committed to finding a cure: Sisters Network Inc. "Stop the Silence" African American Breast Cancer Walk http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/ Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN): http://www.prostatehealthed.org

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If you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday, why not give them a little motivation to get healthy? We’ve put together a list of eight gifts from Black-owned businesses that will be the perfect fit for every gym rat or health conscious person on your list. Caution: you might find yourself ordering these gifts for yourself!

Sharita JenningsSharita Jennings is a health policy attorney and certified group fitness instructor and nutrition specialist. She leads fitness classes in Washington, DC and provides online coaching and tips on her site, GetFitLikeThat.com.