Father’s Day is quickly approaching, so 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 that he can enjoy while benefitting his health at the same time!
10 Healthy & Fit Gifts for Father’s Day
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Personal Training Session
Whether dad is a gym-regular who needs 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 get dad into a regular workout program. Prices for a session 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—this could be the perfect gift for him. Garmin is a popular brand with lots of different models available, ranging in price from $125-$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 an activity tracker is a great option. These small, wearable devices count steps, calories burned and activity all day long.
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 nice gift to keep dad hydrated during his workouts. Bottles come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. They even offer insulated bottles that can be used for dad’s morning coffee.
For the gadget-loving fit dad, a new pair of headphones makes a great gift. 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 often sells iTunes gift cards as well.)
Is dad the grilling guru in your house? Grilled fruit and/or vegetable kabobs can be a healthy (and delicious!) addition to any meal. Perhaps dad could use some new grilling tools or an electric grill to make healthier meals in minutes.
Healthy Snack Delivery Service
Companies 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 OK for dad to indulge a little from time-to-time on the foods and beverages he enjoys. Everything in moderation!
Often it’s spending time with dad that means 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 dad has done for you.
Have a healthy, happy and fit Father’s Day!
Original Article By: Jen Mueller, SparkPeople Blogger