Healthy Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is this coming 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:
  • A 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.


  • Golf or 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.


  • A grilling 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.


  • A 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 vinegar, 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.

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