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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 6/17/2016)
Originally published on June 19th, 2015.
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. A trainer can assess his physical condition and outline a program to help build his strength and endurance at a realistic pace depending on your dad’s age and fitness level.
I suggest interviewing a few trainers to find one you think will be compatible with your father. He may not relate well 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 many that are focused on physical data. For some, getting immediate feedback can help keep them motivated in their exercise programs:
In addition you could consider:
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.
"The Well Guide to Activity Trackers," The New York Times, http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/projects/activity-trackers accessed April 7, 2015.
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