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Holiday gifts: what to get the athlete

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 11/26/2014

Know someone who lives for the game and aren't sure what he or she could possibly want? We've found some ideas for gifts that any athlete would love to have, no matter what sport they play.

Foam roller

A high quality foam roller from Trigger Point makes a great gift. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews A high quality foam roller from Trigger Point makes a great gift.

Working out the kinks, knots and tight muscles is important for optimal performance. Foam rolling fever is spreading far and wide, and some say it's more effective than stretching for both warm-up and recovery. Important athletic benefits aside, giving someone a foam roller is like giving them unlimited, free deep-tissue massages. The GRID Foam Roller from Trigger Point offers the ultimate surface for deep-penetrating rolling. Prices are $24.99 for a Mini, $39.99 for a regular-sized foam roller and $64.99 for the GRID 2.0.
www.tptherapy.com

Energy Bits

Energy Bits, athletic nutrition from an up and coming company © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Energy Bits, athletic nutrition from an up and coming company

Everyone needs a little fuel to boost their effort sometimes, even top athletes. Made with 100 percent spirulina algae, these are said to remove lactic acid from the muscles, helping the athlete recover faster, and provide improved concentration. A serving contains three times as much protein as steak, more antioxidants than cherries, more iron than spinach and more beta-carotene than carrots. Energy Bits were named as one of Boston's top Sports and Fitness companies in BostInno's 2014 "Fifty on Fire Competition." $115 for a bag that provides 33 adult servings.
www.energybits.com

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Patagonia Nano Air Hoody

This award-winning breakthrough in the art of insulation is made to keep the athlete warm during strenuous activity while repelling water from the outside and is said to be so breathable that it's hard to get overheated. Available in four colors in both men's and women's styles with or without a hood at Patagonia stores or online. $249 for the jacket, $299 for the hoody.
www.patagonia.com

Instant Cooling Towel

A cooling towel could be something between beneficial and essential. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews A cooling towel could be something between beneficial and essential.

Not even hot weather can stop an athlete from playing, so an Instant Cooling Towel might provide you peace of mind. It's practical, too: The patented Coolcore technology works by absorbing moisture and perspiration into the fabric core. Here, the water molecules are circulated, generating a prolonged cooling effect. $14.99.
www.missionathletecare.com/products/enduracool-instant-cooling-towel-large


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