Jun 16, 2011
Father’s day this year falls on June 19 – that’s only a few days away! Do you know what to give your dad yet? Forget the tie or the #1 Dad mug; here are some gift ideas that’ll help your Pop maintain (or start) a healthier lifestyle.
All sorts of diseases, from high blood pressure to diabetes and even cancer, are linked to being inactive. Dad may have been all talk about needing to exercise more lately, but a membership at the local gym just might get him off the couch and onto the treadmill. Don’t stop with just the gift, though – remember to make sure he’s using it!
If free weights and the elliptical might be a little too high-intensity for dear old Dad, remind him that getting enough exercise can be as simple as a walk in the park. Researchers suggest that you need 10,000 steps a day to be considered “active”, while taking less than 5,000 means you have a sedentary lifestyle. Get Pop a pedometer – a handy gadget he can wear to measure how many steps he’s taken.
Healthy recipe cookbook
Is your father a foodie, but his cooking, while delicious, may not be as healthy as it should be? Help him go from Paula Deen to Jamie Oliver by giving him a cookbook full of yummy, but light recipes. And as a special treat, why don’t you whip up one of the dishes in the book to celebrate?
Appointment for a regular physical exam
Don’t take “But I feel fine!” as an excuse for not scheduling a check-up – a doctor may be able to spot warning signs that patients miss. The Men’s Health Network has a great guide for when you need to get a full physical exam, and other routine tests. Check it out here: http://goo.gl/mJCaf
Do you have any other ideas for get-healthy gifts for Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments!