With Father's Day quickly approaching, you might be thinking about ways to recognize the special dad in your life. Fitness-related gifts can be a unique option to the traditional tie or coffee mug. Whether you have $1 or $100 (or more) to spend this year, consider getting Dad something he can enjoy while benefitting his health at the same time.
Massage therapy is a great form of stress relief that gives Dad an opportunity to unwind. Professional massages can be pricey ($50 and up depending on various factors), but often you can find half-price deals on websites like Groupon or LivingSocial. Also check out local businesses that might offer gift certificate specials.
Personal Training Session
Whether Dad is a regular gym-goer seeking variety in his workout routine, or he bought a membership he never uses, a few sessions with a personal trainer can make a great gift. A qualified trainer can help him reach specific fitness goals (such as running a 5K or improving his golf game) or can help with motivation to adopt a regular workout program. Session prices vary depending on length of time and where you live. Consider a small group training session to keep the costs down.
If Dad likes to run, walk or bike outdoors—and also likes gadgets—a GPS watch could be a welcome gift. Garmin is a popular brand with lots of different models available, ranging in price from $125 to $400. They feature GPS technology that accurately tracks distance and pace during exercise. Some models also come with a built-in heart rate monitor.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly way for Dad to count steps and record workouts, consider trying an activity tracker. These small, wearable devices count steps, calories burned and activity all day long. (Compatible models can be synced to your SparkPeople account.) A simple pedometer (which only counts steps) is an even more economical option to motivate dad to move more throughout the day.
A BPA-free water bottle is a practical gift that will keep Dad hydrated during his workouts. Kleen Kanteen is one brand that comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes. They even offer insulated bottles that can be used for his morning coffee.
For the gadget-loving fit dad, a new pair of headphones makes a great gift. Check out some of these top-rated sports and fitness headphones. Also consider an iTunes gift card as a more budget-friendly gift, so he can create a custom playlist for the gym. (Your local grocery store or big-box retailer may sell iTunes gift cards as well.)
Is Dad the resident grilling guru? Grilled fruit and/or vegetable kabobs can be a healthy (and delicious!) addition to any meal. Perhaps he could use some new grilling tools or an electric grill (such as a George Foreman) to make healthier meals in minutes. Once he has the tools he needs, check out SparkRecipes for a wide variety of healthy grilling options.
Healthy Snack Delivery Service
Companies like NatureBox will deliver a box of healthy snacks to Dad's door once a month, but another option is to create your own healthy gift basket. This could include prepackaged snacks (such as trail mix or granola bars), items you've made yourself (healthy breads or muffins) and a water bottle or mug (to encourage him to drink more water throughout the day).
A Favorite Indulgence
Does Dad like red wine or dark chocolate? Past research has shown positive impacts on heart disease from resveratrol, a key nutrient found in both. Although recent research calls these benefits into question, it's still okay for Dad to occasionally indulge in the foods and beverages he enjoys. Everything in moderation!
In most cases, spending time with Dad will mean the most to him. Consider asking him to go for a walk, joining him at his regular spinning class or signing up for a 5K together as a way to celebrate the day and recognize everything he's done for you.
Have a healthy, happy and fit Father's Day!
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