If you are like me and waited to the last minute to get your Father’s Day gift, don’t sweat it….. think outside the Father’s Day gift box and surprise him with a present he’ll truly enjoy. These Father’s Day gifts are more than fitting for the hip and healthy dad as well as a husband who deserves something out of the ordinary this year. The best part is that you won’t even have to leave your house to get them! Warning, however, don’t expect dad to ever be satisfied with a typical no-thought present again. Give your dad one of these gifts and he’ll know how much he really means to you!
1. Encourage Dad to Eat Healthily
Most men do tend to eat more fatty foods and fewer fruits and vegetables. Many are very partial to alcoholic beverages too. The result is unsightly beer bellies which can lead to a host of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. So, encourage Dad to eat right to stay healthy and live longer.
Do this by planning meals that are low in saturated fats, sugar and salt for Dad. Instead, include lots of lean mean, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables in his diet. Cut up fresh fruit for breakfast or as a dessert. Men are more likely to develop a healthy fruit habit if fruits are cut up and presented to them.
2. Get Dad to Drink more Water
More water and less alcohol will definitely improve Dad’s health. Get Dad to drink more water by keeping bottles of cold water in the fridge on hot days and making sure water is within reach wherever Dad is – on the desk at his office, in the car, on the coffee table in the living room and on the dining table at mealtimes. If he drinks a lot of alcohol, encourage him to alternate water and alcohol.
3. Sign Dad up for a Gym Membership
A good way to help Dad keep fit is to sign him up for a gym membership. If possible, get Mom or other family members involved too. Dad is more likely to make good use of his gym membership and frequent the gym regularly if he has someone to work out with.
4. Be Dad’s Exercise Buddy
Hit the gym with Dad. If a gym membership is a little too costly, just be Dad’s regular exercise buddy. Set up dates with Dad to play tennis, golf, soccer or swim at the local swimming pool. Walking or cycling around the neighborhood park with Dad is also a great way to spend time together while keeping fit together.
5. Remind Dad to Have Health Check-ups
Men also tend to ignore their health until a crisis takes place. So remind Dad to have regular health check-ups to make sure all is well. Make a doctor’s appointment for him if need be. Accompany him to see the doctor if there is time. And if Dad needs to be on medication, remind him to eat his medicines. Get him a pill organizer that comes with an alarm.
Fathers’ Day is a great time to help Dad embark on a healthy lifestyle. Give Dad the gift of health by encouraging him to eat healthily, getting him to drink more water, signing him up for a gym membership, becoming his exercise buddy or reminding him to have regular health check-ups. Over time, these gifts of health will be more precious than other material gifts for Dad.
Hope you all get to spend some quality time with your Dad’s tomorrow and the best gift you can give is your LOVE! Be sure to tell Dad that you love him, and that you are glad he’s your Dad!