Although indoor training bikes are a great way to get in shape, they don't do a great job of reproducing the feeling of actually being outdoors. The RealRyder ABF8 ($2,000) offers an alternative to the stiff, immobile ride from the typical stationary bike. You'll work out muscles usually untouched while biking as the RealRyder flexes, tilts, and turns as you ride, forcing you to rely on your core and upper body muscles to resist the instability. The ABF8 sports a black frame and shrouding, with a polished flywheel and two bottle holders (one for water, the other for the TV remote). You'll burn more calories and get in shape faster, all without leaving the living room.
The FitDeck Exercise Playing Cards ($10-$15) are an interesting take on getting in shape without equipment. These stacks of playing cards contain illustrations and instructions describing different exercises, stretches, and movements that require only your bodyweight to perform, but still allow you to build and tone muscle and increase flexibility effectively. There's even a FitDeck with exercises you can do in the office, helping to increase blood circulation, keep muscles limber, and eliminate the stress that's part and parcel of a modern office job. And then there's the Navy SEAL FitDeck.
Trying to get rid of your excess winter pounds? Monitor your progress with an Omron Body Fat Monitor and Scale. Available in two similar models, the HBF-400 ($43) and the HBF-500 ($87), these stylish silver scales provides accurate weight, body fat percentage, and BMI measurements, and support up to four profiles so your entire household can track their push towards a beach-ready body. The HBF-500 also adds a pull-up device that checks visceral fat level, skeletal muscle percentage, and resting metabolism.
While its name is straight out of informercial land, the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar ($33) is actually a highly rated and exceptionally inexpensive multi-function training bar. Taking up hardly any space and not requiring any installation, the bar lets you do pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, dips, crunches, and sit-ups. Getting ripped has never been so simple. Or so cheap.
While not exactly great holiday gifts, Home Access Health Tests are nonetheless a great idea. No doctor. No needles. Bringing lab testing to your doorstep, the fingerstick test kits need just a few drops of your blood. Current offerings include the Home Access HIV-1 Test ($44-$60), Home Access Hepatitis C Test ($60), Home Access Instant Cholesterol Test ($15), CheckUp America FDA Cleared Cholesterol Panel ($43), as well as various other cholesterol and diabetes tests.
Unless you're a self-healing mutant, a well-stocked aid kit is pretty much a must-have — and you'd be hard pressed to find a better looking set than the First Aid Kit ($30) from Design Within Reach. This military-themed kit includes all the essentials, leaving you ready to deal with any medical situation that might arise.
Serious about your workouts? Then grab yourself some Michael Phelps-approved drinks from PureSport Workout & Recovery ($100/one-month supply). These specially-formulated nutritional performance sports drinks eschew the super-sugary standard for mixes containing optimized, balanced nutrition, including an optimal carbohydrate-to-whey protein ration, antioxidants, and no gluten or caffeine. [Thanks, Kevin]
If you've ever been the victim of endurance sports, you're no doubt acquainted with the supreme chaffing that often accompanies feats of extreme athletic prowess. DZ-NUTS ($22) is a high viscosity chamois cream that features green tea, evodia and masterwort designed to prevent friction in unfortunate places. Someone send a tube to Andy Bernard.
Ever wonder just how good you're doing on your exercise regimen, or just how much you toss and turn at night? Wonder no more. Fitbit ($100; late 2008) is a tiny wireless tracker that you clip onto your clothing to track your daily movements — including steps, miles, calories burnt, and more — that wirelessly syncs with the Fitbit website, letting you keep track of all your activities. It's like Nike+iPod for your life.
Move your prophylactics from the drawer to the bedside table top with the Condom Dispenser ($28). This aluminum and black plastic lifesaver features a stylish, modern design, with enough room to hold roughly 24 condoms — more than enough to get you through even the most epic of boning sessions.
If you happened to see one of Kerri Walsh's beach volleyball matches during the Olympics, you were probably wondering what was on her shoulder. Answer? Kinesio Tex Tape ($15). This special tape applies compression to the skin, offering relief from pain, correcting muscle and joint function, and improving circulation. Whether it's an old sports injury flaring up or a sore ankle from chasing around your kid, Kinesio can help.
Like your fine scotch and her cosmopolitan, KY Yours + Mine ($16) work great apart and even better together. These unique lubricants come in a two-pack — one for her and one for him — and offer separate sensations for each, causing an "amazing reaction" when combined. Plus, it gives you another excuse to have sex — and that's never a bad thing.