Every year I ponder over ideas of what to do for my Dad for Father’s Day. My Dad is a simple and graciously giving man. He does so much for everyone (especially our family), all along expecting nothing in return. So every year when Father‘s Day comes around it is an agonizing battle in my mind to find that gift that seems grandiose enough for a man who has gives so effortlessly, yet his only wish is for others to be happy. As easy as it seems, for my Dad, like many others, nothing means more than the gift of spending quality time together. So this Father’s Day, think about spending some time doing something that will encourage the man that has cared so much for you to do the same for himself. Here is a list of ideas that will help to inspire your Dad to live a long and healthy life so you and your Dad have many more Father’s Day’s together!
1. Get him a massage–a massage is a great way to easy your mind, relax and relieve stress and sore muscles.
2. Men’s Health–give your Dad a 1 year subscription to Men’s Health or Clean Eating (if you Dad is the cook of the family, like mine).
3. Cook a Healthy Meal Together -According to the wisest man to ever live, Solomon, “…there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink and enjoy life.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15) So this Father’s Day, plan a healthy meal and treat your Dad to some good food, drinks and enjoy it together. Check out the Father’s Day Recipe ideas at www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/fathers_day.
4. Memory Box–Make a box of memories from your childhood. Have each family member add a special memory of Dad to the box. You could include pictures, foods, toys, funny memories, jokes, etc. Look through the box and share your fondest memories together. Sharing joy and laughter together relaxes your body, boosts your immune system, triggers the release of endorphins (the bodies natural feel good hormones) and laughter protects your heart by improving function of the blood vessels and increases blood flow (www.helpguide.org).
5. Plan a day hike, family tennis match, golf outing, participate in a walk/run such as a 5k for a charitable organization, go outside and “throw a few”…whatever you do, just get out and be active in whatever sport/exercise your dad is into and do it TOGETHER!
6. Surprise your Dad with a home visit or a visit to a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help show you and your Dad exercises and routines that will help you both to stay healthy for years to come! I know some good one’s if you need a recommendations 😉
Don’t waste another minute…Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17th. So get a jump start and begin planning your healthy adventure with your Dad.