Dad’s big day is just around the corner. This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16th. Dads can get a bad rap when it comes to health, but we know fathers who are exceptionally healthy — the men who taught us how to catch (and cook!) our own heart-healthy fish or how to ride a bike.
You’ve got a couple of weeks left to find the perfect Father’s Day gift to tell dad thanks. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite ideas, meant to inspire and encourage the healthy side of your father.
It can be a challenge to squeeze exercise into a busy work schedule, but with FitDesk’s new Pedal Desk, productivity and health converge. A stationary bike and computer desk all in one, the Pedal Desk offers the ultimate in multitasking, so Dad can crank out a workout during his 9-to-5. The Pedal Desk makes it easy to check emails, navigate the web or type documents, all while exercising. Staying fit with a desk job has never been easier. At fitdesk.net
Healthy grillin’ with a vegetable holder and vegetable pan
For the dad that counts the first day of summer as the first day he can throw a steak on the grill! While there’s nothing wrong with the occasional New York strip, remind him that the food pyramid recommends that he eat 3-5 servings of veggies to his diet daily. Is there a healthier and yummier way to enjoy veggies than straight from the grill? We think not. A vegetable holder makes sure that corn and potatoes don’t have to fight for surface space, while the vegetable pan ensures that the small goodies-like mushrooms, onions and pineapple, don’t get lost in the flames!
On-the-go dads know dead batteries are a drag. Keep Dad super-charged with a Solio Bolt solar charger and battery backup. When fully charged by sun or USB, the Bolt can juice anything from mobile devices and mp3 players to e-readers, GPSs and everything electronic in between. Connect devices-one at a time-to the Bolt via the device power cord or the included USB cable, and within three hours, Dad is back in action! At solio.com
For the Conscious Carnivore: Grass-Fed Beef
No father’s freezer is full without a reserve of quality meat. This year, why not get creative with your cattle? Grab dad a slab of grass-fed beef, which can be shipped anywhere in the country. It contains no antibiotics or growth hormones. And grass-fed beef is packed with beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. True, grass-fed beef is more expensive, but frozen, it lasts for more than a year. Try cowpooling – going in on shares of grass-fed cattle with others — if you want to drive down costs.
Personal Training Sessions
There’s some serious science behind the idea that exercise just might be the fountain of youth. Of course, you want dad to stick around as long as possible, but what if he’s not familiar with the ins and outs of the gym? Sign him up to work with a personal trainer (Train For The Game is a great choice! 😉 ) who can show him the ropes (no pun intended!!). Then encourage him to stick with it by planning a workout you can do together.
For the bike enthusiast
Make sure Dad’s safe on the open road with the Owl 360. This rear view camera and LCD viewing system mounts on the bicycle handlebar so he can see his surrounding and the kids without craning his neck or losing balance. The Owl 360 is rechargeable, weather-resistant, universal and has 10 rear flashing LED lights for added safety. Available at theowl360.com
The Perfect Pillow
A top-quality pillow can be a pricier investment, but it’s worth it when you consider the health effects of not getting top-quality sleep. Skimping on shut-eye can up dad’s risk of heart problems, obesity and diabetes, to name a few. If dad’s a snorer, an anti-snore pillow may be worth a try — not to mention the ensuing silence could be a gift for more than one person!
Jack Black Performance Remedy Oil-Free Sun Guard SPF45 is the quintessential men’s grooming line who have come up with one of the best chemical/physical sunscreens ever!! This oil free broad spectrum sunscreen performs in extreme conditions and absorbs quickly, with no greasy residue. It is infused with vitamins, natural botanicals, resists perspiration and doesn’t drip into eyes. Performance Remedy is a vegan formula, dermatologists tested and contains certified organic ingredients. No parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes or fragrances are included.
So here you have it, some awesome gift ideas that are going to put a smile on Dad’s face. And what better gift to ourselves than to see the man in our lives happy and healthy!