Father’s Day is next Sunday,
and if you haven’t gotten Dad a gift already — there’s still time!
Ties, coffee mugs, tools, and playing cards are thoughtful presents, but why
not resist the ordinary and choose something that encourages a healthy lifestyle?
Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas that Dad is sure to appreciate:
trial membership at the local gym.
Most gyms and health clubs offer a trial membership (gratis, or for a small
fee). You can also sign yourself and Dad up to take a class that you will both
enjoy. Working out together creates a strong exercise support system, so both
of you can keep each other on track.
A shopping trip. Who
says shopping dates are only reserved for Moms? Plan a trip to the mall with
Dad, where you can help him pick out a new outfit. Maybe it’s a shirt and tie
for a special occasion, or some workout gear that will motivate him to stick to
his exercise routine. If he’s a big walker, you might want to consider getting
him a fresh pair of sneakers with a more flexible frame and well-cushioned
midsole to give him more support and stability. Or if he’s a golfer, look
for a shoe that has good traction nodules on the sole to help his feet flex naturally
during a swing.
tennis lessons. A few
lessons with a pro might give Dad the encouragement and confidence to take up a
new sport or improve his game.
and barbecue set. Buy Dad a
new grilling set — just in time for the summer season. Grilling is a
healthy way to cook and enhance the flavors of your meals. Whether Dad’s a
grill master or aspiring to become one, he will appreciate a new set of barbecue
tools—and maybe some wood chips for smoking, as well.
healthy home-cooked meal.
Rather than going out to dinner, cook Dad a healthy and delicious dinner at
home using South Beach Diet–friendly ingredients. If he prefers a meat dish,
grill a mouthwatering flank steak coated with a rub of paprika, coriander,
cumin, oregano, and a little cayenne pepper. Pair it with a serving of grilled
veggies like asparagus or bell peppers tossed with extra-virgin olive oil, a
touch of balsamic, and lemon zest. If he's a fish guy, splurge on some fresh tuna or halibut.
A special outing. Treat Dad
to a day or night out: Take him to see a movie or visit a local museum. Or enjoy a walk through a nearby park together. If he's outdoorsy, consider some
fishing or an overnight camping trip.