Posted on June 14 2016
Sunday is Father's Day.
And if you're like me, you have no idea what to get him. Or maybe you’ve got the perfect gift this year (for once!) but you're not sure how to plan the day.
Well, you can't go wrong with spending some quality workout time with dad and giving him the best present of all – better health.
Here's 9 activities you can do based on Dad's fitness level
If you've been thinking about dad's health and trying to motivate him to be more active, these are great to get him started.
1. Take him on a nice walk
Pick a scenic route that’s relatively flat and easy to walk on. It can be a boardwalk by the beach, a trail through the forest or a path in the local park. Yes, it sounds boring and uneventful, but you’d be surprised how refreshing and energizing a simple walk can be. If dad's a stubborn one walking is your best bet because it requires so little to do, both physically and mentally.
2. Go to a yoga class together
Dads can be hipsters too. He’s probably heard all about yoga but never had the courage or time to try. So take him this Sunday and show him how good it feels to stretch out those bones. It doesn’t matter how old he is, what injuries he’s suffering from and how inflexible he may be, yoga will benefit him in some way.
3. Mini golf/driving range/pitch and putt
People always joke that golf is not a "real sport," but playing the entire 18-hole game is nothing short of exhausting (it’s also very very hard). Mini golf is a great way to introduce dad to golf without tiring him out too much. If he’s already got the fundamentals down, then bring him to the driving range or a game of pitch and putt.
AAA (Aspiring Amateur Athlete)
Hiking is great because you can easily adjust the distance and intensity level to suit your needs. You can also chat while you do it unlike many other activities. Almost every city has an informational/tourist website that lists all the hiking trails in good detail. Just be sure to bring lots of water and stay hydrated!
Kill two birds with one stone by biking around the city – you can exercise and sightsee at the same time. Is there a spot dad has mentioned a few times that he wanted to visit? Rent a bike (or buy him one as his Father’s Day gift!) and take him there. Better yet, plan a whole day of “hop on hop off” biking style.
3. Water aerobics class
No doubt you’ve seen this at the pool: a group of people doing exercises in the shallow end to loud music and a super energetic instructor. That’s water aerobics, or “aquafit.” It may not look like much but a full one-hour session is actually a decent overall body workout. Doing exercises in the water is also an excellent choice for stiff joints and injured bodies because the buoyancy makes it low impact.
1. Join a race together
Is dad a super fit marathon runner who likes to compete? Run a race with him or join a competitive tournament of some sort. It doesn’t have to be high intensity if your fitness is not at his level; even a short 5K would be enough to show him you care about what’s important to him. Like all other gifts, it’s the thought that counts!
2. Do an obstacle course
Think ropes, cat walks, climbing walls, zip lines and nets. These outdoor adventure courses are all the hype lately. If you live in the New York area, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free programs every Sunday! This is a group activity so take the whole family!
3. Try a new sport
Even if dad’s already a fitness fanatic, there’s bound to be some sport out there he hasn’t played. Table tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, mountain biking… the possibilities are endless. Exploring a new sport together makes for great bonding time.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which activity you choose, the time spent together is the most precious gift you’ll be giving him this Father’s Day. So have a great one with your dad everyone!