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Top 10 Gifts for the Walking Woman


Updated May 31, 2014

Give the walking woman in your life a gift that says you cheer her on in her active lifestyle.

1. Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer

Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer
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Pedometer technology gets better and better. This slim and silent pedometer is accurate if you carry it in your pocket or purse, so you aren't limited to wearing it on your waistband. It makes a great stocking-stuffer for the price, yet packs a powerful array of data for any walking woman. See your seven-day results for steps, calories burned, distance, aerobic steps, and steps per minute.

2. FitBit One Personal Fitness Tracker

Fitbit One
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This wellness monitor is one of my favorite gifts to myself, so I think the walking woman in your life will also love it. The Fitbit is small and the clip is easy to wear without it being noticeable. Press the button to read your steps, distance, calories, and see a flower grow until you reach your daily goal. Then it uploads wirelessly to your computer or Bluetooth-capable smart phone. You can go online or into the phone app to see even more data: charts of steps, active steps, sleep quality, and customizable trackers for things you want to record such as blood glucose or blood pressure. You can have it post your totals to Twitter or Facebook if you want, or share them with specific friends. It works with both PC and Mac and had no additional subscription fee to track your activity online. The One model debuted in late 2012 with the added Bluetooth technology as seen in their Fitbit Zip. If she prefers a wristband pedometer, you can go with the Fitbit Flex or the Fitbit Force.

3. Smooth 5.65 Folding Treadmill

Smooth 5.45 Treadmill
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It's smooth and quiet but will help her burn the calories. The Smooth 5.65 treadmill is a very good selection for a folding home treadmill. It has a powerful 2.5 HP motor with a lifetime warranty. The treadmill has 40 programmed workouts in addition to manual operation. Smooth treadmills are all sold direct, delivered to you. You can pay a little extra and they will even carry it upstairs and get it fully set-up and running.

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4. Mio Heart Rate - Calorie Monitor Watch

Mio Classic Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch
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Go strapless! The Mio reads your heart rate with the touch of two fingers to sensor pads rather than with a chest strap. It also has other fitness functions, including allowing you to track your calories burned and your calories eaten.

5. Apple iPod nano

iPod nano 7th Generation
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Apple has included a pedometer in the iPod nano since the 5th generation. It works great without draining the battery or needing a footpod in your shoe. Instead, it works just like a pedometer and counts your steps throughout the day. That makes this a nice fitness gift both for entertainment and for tracking your walking workout. The 7th generation iPod nano has Bluetooth technology so you can use wireless earphones.

6. Striiv or Striiv Play Pedometers

Striiv App
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Striiv turns walking into a game. Every step you take, every move you make, you earn points to play in a virtual world-building MyLand game. As a recovering Farmville addict, I know the power of this gaming. Striiv entices you to walk just another 100 steps, or move for just two more minutes to earn bonus points. You can compete with friends who have a Striiv pedometer or the free Striiv iPhone app, and get even more points for beating their averages. The Striiv comes in two versions, one that is the stand-alone original Striiv and the Striiv Play that syncs with an iPhone app to play the game. This is a fun way to get lured into being more active.

7. Sweet Spot Sport Skirts

Sweet Spot Skirt
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Cover your bum and show your style with these snap-on sport skirts. You can wear your favorite tights or shorts underneath for walking and biking comfort and performance. But you don't have to worry about the cellulite showing under the spandex as you're covered! These make a great gift because they come in four sizes, each of which is highly adjustable via the snaps. These skirts also make great swimsuit cover-ups.

8. Sockguy Socks for Women

SockGuy Socks
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Socks are the best stocking stuffers! Sockguy socks are fun socks in colorful designs - but also serious socks made of core-spun CoolMax to prevent blisters.

9. Conair Foot Spa

Homedics Foot Spa
Homedics Foot Spa

Pamper your walker's feet with the gift of a foot spa. Various models come with features such as massaging bubbles, whirlpool, buffers and heating to keep the water warm. After a nice long walk, a foot soak feels fabulous. Add some bath salts to the water and you can soothe any hot spots or dry up small blisters.

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10. Foot Pampering Kit

Spoiled Sister Foot Pampering Kit
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These kits have soothing foot balm, night-time foot renewal creme, callus treatments and other goodies so a walker can pamper her feet. It's probably something she won't buy for herself, which makes it a thoughtful gift.

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