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Healthy Father's Day Gifts?
I'm trying to think of a Father's Day gift for my dad that would encourage him to get more exercise or to take better care of his health in general. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer (Published 6/16/2011)
I can think of a number of gifts that could help motivate your father to get more exercise. A gift certificate for a few sessions with a personal trainer at a local gym is a good way to start. An assessment by a trainer should give him an accurate idea of what kind of shape he's in now, and the trainer can outline a program that will enable him to build his strength and endurance over a realistic span of time. I suggest interviewing a few trainers to find one you think will be compatible with your father. He may not relate to one young enough to be his son or daughter or to someone who hasn't worked with older clients.
If your dad is into gadgets, there are several that could help keep him motivated in his exercise program:
If your father enjoys grilling outdoors, you could also consider giving him encouragement to cook more nutritious entrees than the typical hamburgers and hot dogs. Special trays that hold vegetables and fish could inspire him to vary the menu and give the whole family healthier summer fare. The trays are inexpensive. You can find them online and at hardware stores.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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