‘Tis the season…the shopping season, that is!  Whether you have a fitness fanatic on your Christmas list or you’re looking to get in shape for the New Year, the gift of fitness doesn’t have to be expensive.  Here are 9 fun fitness finds that won’t break the bank this season.  All items are $40 or LESS!!

Resistance Bands: Resistance training is one of the best ways to lose weight, build muscle, and tone up fast!  Resistance bands are less expensive than dumbbells and take up far less space.  They can be used to perform many exercises normally done on machines or with free weights.  Check out the Go Fit Ultimate Pro Gym kit (includes resistance bands + instructional DVD).

Kettlebells: Kettlebells are all the rage right now, and for good reason.  They are a great tool for both resistance training and functional fitness training.  The Empower 3-in-1 Kettlebell is adjustable, and can be used at 5, 8, or 12 pounds.  It is ergonomically designed for a woman’s grip, and it comes with the “Swing Yourself Fit” workout DVD for under $40.

Yoga Mat: Yoga mats are essential for floor-based workouts such as yoga and Pilates.  They can also help cushion your back during crunches and your knees during push-ups.  Hugger Mugger yoga mats (how cute is that name?!) are durable, non-slip, antimicrobial, and come in beautiful designs such as their new Full Bloom.

Jump Rope: Few cardio exercises are as timeless or effective as jumping rope.  Buddy Lee jump ropes are adjustable for all heights and the parts are replaceable …and it comes in HOT PINK!!

Fitbook: Research shows that recording your workouts and logging your food intake is the key to reaching your fitness goals.  I love Fitbook by Fitlosophy for this reason! Fitbook is a unique 12-week journal that helps you track your progress and reach your goals.

Sport + Store Water Bottle: Hydration is essential during your workouts, so why not have a water bottle that can also store all your stuff?  The Sport + Store Water Bottle is a 20-ounce stainless steel water bottle on top, and a storage container on the bottom.  The Sport + Store is ergonomically designed, lightweight, durable, BPA & lead free, and comes in a variety of fun colors!

VSX Sport Gear: What girl doesn’t want to feel sexy while she works out? The Victoria’s Secret Sport line has lots of cute gear including headbands, socks, leg warmers, and even body wash for after your workout!

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Gym Bag: The Adidas Performance Club Bag takes all the storage of a duffel and puts it into a cute over-the-shoulder bag.  It includes a big zip main compartment, open and zip pockets, key fob, and an additional lined pocket for your phone or media player.

Gymboss Interval Timer: The Gymboss Interval Timer is a small, easy to use, repeating interval timer.  It’s great for Tabata style workouts, Crossfit, weight lifting, and cardio intervals.  It comes in a variety of fun colors.

Happy shopping!!!