Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, this year. Instead of getting Pop yet another tie, why not give him something that he may not expect but will love nonetheless? Something that tells him that you want him around for many Father’s Days to come? A gift with a healthy edge will do just that. Here, a few ideas to get you started:
Jump rope — This basic piece of exercise equipment is inexpensive, easy to transport (and wrap) and is sure to get his heart rate up.
Grill tools — You’ll have a wide selection to choose from when purchasing grill tools. Grilling out tends to be one of the healthier cooking options and it’s oh, so manly (but feel free to borrow the tools if you want to do the grilling yourself).
Gym membership — A little more pricey but a terrific option for the dad who is already active or who needs a little motivation, a gym membership typically includes all sorts of healthy activities, such as swimming, weight lifting, cycle classes and aerobic exercises. Plus, it includes access to fitness specialists who can help him with correct form and exercise plans.
GPS-enabled watch — Tech-minded dad? No problem. He can wear a special watch while working out, running, cycling or chasing the kids around the house. Typical GPS watches include functions that track time, distance, heart rate and calories burned.
Boxing bag — Although you’ll probably have to purchase a few extras, such as boxing gloves, a boxing bag is a great cardiovascular stimulator and a terrific piece of equipment to help Dad blow off some steam after (or before) a hard day’s work. Kids can get in on the action, as well, punching and kicking the bag instead of sitting in front of the TV. As an extra, buy the soundtrack to “Rocky” to get him even more inspired.
Insulated water bottle — Water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. Finding the perfect one — if it exists — can be a challenge. Look for a bottle that is insulated, has a wide mouth (easy to add ice cubes, easy to clean) and has some sort of handle for easy carrying. Dedicated water bottles are environmentally friendly because they are reusable — another healthy benefit (healthy for Earth, as well as Dad).
A massage — Not only does it feel good, a massage is a great tool for relaxation. In Wichita, give Erin Gangwere, licensed massage therapist at Body & Soul Therapeutic Massage, a try (353 N. Hillside, 316-618-5789).