Guest Post: Thoughtful Gifts For the Extremely Active Man

Hi y’all!  I’m so excited to have Quinn from Healthy Living by Quinn over on the blog today!  Quinn contacted me about hosting a post on ideas for gifts to buy an active boyfriend / husband / close friend / family member.  I’m notorious for buying my holiday presents at the last minute so while I bought both my mom and sister’s Christmas gifts already, my mind blanked when thinking what to get my dad and brother.  Thank goodness Quinn visited today to help give me some ideas!  Let’s give her a big welcome!

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Buying a gift for a man can be challenging, and even more so when he’s extremely active. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I start to think about what my husband would really appreciate and that supports his healthy lifestyle. I’ve come up with a few good ideas, and they would be suitable for any man who loves sports or who is a fitness fanatic. The following are five gift ideas that any active man will love.

Gym Membership

A simple but thoughtful gift that’s perfect for the cold weather is a gym membership. This idea is for guys who may enjoy outdoor activities, but spend more time indoors in the winter. Of course, going to the gym is beneficial in the warm weather as well. Choose a gym that’s convenient for him and pony up for an annual membership. This will give him a place to go to stay active and in shape all year round.

Pull-Up Bar

I was just reading an article that was saying that a couple of the best exercises for building strength are pull-ups and chin-ups. These are exercises many of us did in gym class years ago, but haven’t done as adults. Why not buy your man a pull up bar so he can do these very effective exercises at home? These are easy to install in a doorway or on a wall, depending on the type of unit you buy.

Golf Shoe Bag

If your husband is anything like mine, he loves golf. One very practical golf accessory that every player should have is a golf shoe bag (I actually found a high quality golf shoe bag on this site a few months ago). Think of all the mud that accumulates during a typical game. It’s much neater to have a bag with vents and a divider than to simply throw golf shoes in the trunk. The shoes will also dry out much faster in a golf shoe bag.

Filtered Water Bottle

Everyone knows that it’s important to drink plenty of water when you’re active. It’s also important that the water one drinks is clean and pure. One gift that helps with both of these concerns is a water bottle filter. This is both convenient and eco-friendly, as it means he won’t have to keep buying new bottles of water. It’s a way for him to save money and be sure of drinking pure water. This is also useful to have outdoors in case of emergency, when you might not know the purity of the water.

Free Weights

Free weights are a simple yet very effective way to work out. With weights, it’s possible to work out every muscle group and there’s no need for complicated machines. A good quality free weight set can last for many years, and it’s suitable for people of all levels of fitness.

The above are just a few good holiday shopping ideas for an active man. No matter what you end up buying him, try to choose something that he’ll be able to use regularly and that will help him pursue his physically active lifestyle.

Happy Hunting!

The Night Train

It purrs softly in the dark of the night.

“Hurry!,” A. shrieks as I press my foot on the clutch and shift into third gear.  We’re a half mile away from where the pavement curls up to meet the wooden and metal tracks that divide our town equally in half. The lead foot in me wants to beat it before it starts howling.

“Did you see Ryan and Marissa’s fight last night on the OC?” A. shouts over the screeching as I slam on the brakes.  We fail to hit the safety gate by inches.  I let out a slow exhale.

“I missed it,” I say.  “I was working on a paper for AP European History.” Why, again, did I take AP European History my senior year?

“Oh,” A. responds.  “You have to see it – Marissa just can’t understand Ryan’s past and forgive him for that comment he said in last week’s episode!  I just don’t get it.”

Truth be told – the OC has been a favorite of my group of friends for a while now.  Most weeks, we gather at one of our family’s houses to watch it together.  The show’s drama, the clashing personalities, the underage mistakes all feel eerily familiar somehow.

The train is billowing past us, at this point, as I look off to its smoke in the distance.

I can’t help, but wonder where it’s going.

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Seven minutes later, we find ourselves parked in front of A.’s boyfriend’s friend’s parent’s house.  A distant relation we sought out for a night of acting far beyond our age.  His parents are either away for the evening or highly ignoring the situation on the first floor of the home – details worth avoiding, for now.  My heel stabs a crinkled beer can as we exit my dad’s red candy apple sports car.

We step into the house softly as a wall of stale Natural Light and lingering cigarette smoke smacks us in the face.  I recognize about 5 of the 26 youth packed in  like sardines around the living room table.  Half empty cans, strewn about the family photos and fabric floral displays, decorate the room surrounding them.  One of the familiar faces wraps his arm around me.  “Hey, so glad you guys could make it!,” he whispers, far too energetically, into my ear.  Did he even know we were coming? I think. But, I take the compliment, anyways.

A. holes up in the corner with her boy as I realize I’m in for a long night.  A few failed attempts at meaningful conversation and finding a beer pong partner later, my mind starts drifting.  At home, stacks of college pamphlets wait for me on my bedroom floor. They’ve been there for weeks, but I hardly tend to notice.  I’ll look at them someday.

The reality is that I’m terrified to read them. I want so badly to stand still in this moment, and let the world circle around me.  I want to refuse to leave the familiar.  I want to refuse to let go of everything I’m holding on to in this hometown of mine.  Who can let go of episodes of the OC and random people’s houses?

One of the strangers stands up shakily.  “I think I might be sick,” he mutters as he slips out the back door.

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I drop A. off at home and steer my dad’s car back to our home a few blocks away.  As I turn on to one of my hometown’s busy roads, I hear its whistle.  Another one purring in the distance, just a little more seductively.

I enter my parents’ front door and make sure to dead bolt it behind me.  A custom ritual never forgotten.  As I glide past the stack of college pamphlets near my bed, I grab a couple to look at in the morning.

When the next train comes to town, I want to be ready for the ride.

Got a moon and a billion stars
Sound of steel and old boxcars
The thought of you is driving me insane
Come on, baby, let’s go listen to the night train
~Jason Aldean

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The Spartan Race and protein powder giveaway winner is entry #5.  Jordan – please look for an email from me!!