12 Stocking Stuffers for Fitness Addicts
  1. Arm/Ankle Weights - Strapping on a set of ankle or wrist weights can add a bit of extra challenge to the regular routine. Cost: Approximately $15.00
  2. Gloves - A good pair of technical gloves for winter running or walks comes in at about $15 to $20.
  3. Climbing Tape - Great for rock climbers - also fantastic for rowers. (Yeah, yeah … I’m a wimp; I HATE blisters!)
  4. Hair Elastics - Something you can never have enough of. Seriously.
  5. Dumbbells - While larger dumbbells carry a heavy price tag (ooh! pun!), lighter ones commonly fall in the $10.00 range. A 5-pounder won’t turn you into a professional body builder, but it’s fantastic for quick at-home workouts or bicep curls by the TV.
  6. Water Bottles - One for the home, one for the gym, one for at work, one in the car … and always one or two spares. Water bottles are your best friend.
  7. Gift Certificate for the Local Smoothie Store - No, it doesn’t have to be loaded with a ton of money. Request a gift certificate equivalent to one smoothie; designate on the card that it’s a post-workout treat.
  8. Granola/Protein Bars - Lots of options and flavours available at your local grocery store, all running at about $2.00 or less per bar.
  9. Sunscreen - Something we should all be wearing regularly … even in December, and especially when out running in July. Look for a non-greasy, every-day formula with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  10. Jump Rope - Not just for grade-three girls. An awesome, take-with-you-anywhere cardio workout.
  11. Socks - Enough said?
  12. Reflector Bands - For anyone active (or walking home from campus) in the evening. Bands are typically in the $4.00 range.
Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.
—  the time keeper