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10 Fit Gift Ideas for Father's Day

By , SparkPeople Blogger
With Father's Day quickly approaching, you might be thinking about ways to recognize the special dad in your life. Fitness-related gifts can be a unique option to the traditional tie or coffee mug. Whether you have $1 or $100 (or more) to spend this year, consider getting Dad something he can enjoy while benefitting his health at the same time. 

Massage therapy is a great form of stress relief that gives Dad an opportunity to unwind. Professional massages can be pricey ($50 and up depending on various factors), but often you can find half-price deals on websites like Groupon or LivingSocial. Also check out local businesses that might offer gift certificate specials.

Personal Training Session

Whether Dad is a regular gym-goer seeking variety in his workout routine, or he bought a membership he never uses, a few sessions with a personal trainer can make a great gift. A qualified trainer can help him reach specific fitness goals (such as running a 5K or improving his golf game) or can help with motivation to adopt a regular workout program. Session prices vary depending on length of time and where you live. Consider a small group training session to keep the costs down.   

GPS-Enabled Watch

If Dad likes to run, walk or bike outdoors—and also likes gadgets—a GPS watch could be a welcome gift. Garmin is a popular brand with lots of different models available, ranging in price from $125 to $400. They feature GPS technology that accurately tracks distance and pace during exercise. Some models also come with a built-in heart rate monitor.   
Activity Tracker

If you're looking for a more budget-friendly way for Dad to count steps and record workouts, consider trying an activity tracker. These small, wearable devices count steps, calories burned and activity all day long. (Compatible models can be synced to your SparkPeople account.) A simple pedometer (which only counts steps) is an even more economical option to motivate dad to move more throughout the day. 

Water Bottle

A BPA-free water bottle is a practical gift that will keep Dad hydrated during his workouts. Kleen Kanteen is one brand that comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes. They even offer insulated bottles that can be used for his morning coffee.
Workout Headphones

For the gadget-loving fit dad, a new pair of headphones makes a great gift. Check out some of these top-rated sports and fitness headphones. Also consider an iTunes gift card as a more budget-friendly gift, so he can create a custom playlist for the gym. (Your local grocery store or big-box retailer may sell iTunes gift cards as well.)

Grilling Supplies

Is Dad the resident grilling guru? Grilled fruit and/or vegetable kabobs can be a healthy (and delicious!) addition to any meal. Perhaps he could use some new grilling tools or an electric grill (such as a George Foreman) to make healthier meals in minutes. Once he has the tools he needs, check out SparkRecipes for a wide variety of healthy grilling options.

Healthy Snack Delivery Service

Companies like NatureBox will deliver a box of healthy snacks to Dad's door once a month, but another option is to create your own healthy gift basket. This could include prepackaged snacks (such as trail mix or granola bars), items you've made yourself (healthy breads or muffins) and a water bottle or mug (to encourage him to drink more water throughout the day).  
A Favorite Indulgence

Does Dad like red wine or dark chocolate? Past research has shown positive impacts on heart disease from resveratrol, a key nutrient found in both. Although recent research calls these benefits into question, it's still okay for Dad to occasionally indulge in the foods and beverages he enjoys. Everything in moderation! 

Quality Time

In most cases, spending time with Dad will mean the most to him. Consider asking him to go for a walk, joining him at his regular spinning class or signing up for a 5K together as a way to celebrate the day and recognize everything he's done for you.
Have a healthy, happy and fit Father's Day!
Is your dad a health and fitness guru? How do you celebrate Father's Day together?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/8/2021
Miss my Dad as Father's Day approaches. All round good guy. Report
CECELW 11/2/2020
My dad has been gone for quite some times Report
I miss my dad. Report
wanted to read it again Report
nice list Report
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Great ideas thanks Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
... unfortunately, my dad passed when my son was just 2yrs old... but, i will pass these tips on to him for his father... Report
I so wish I could give my Dad a monthly snack box - or best idea- some quality time. Those who are still fortunate enough to have your father in your lives, please make him feel loved on Fathers Day and everyday! And your Momma too! Sending my Love to all SPARKlers! Report
My dad has been dead for years, but I will certainly pass these wonderful ideas on to my children for their father. Thank you! Report
My Dad would've loved these! Report
Fathers Day is past, but I will remember these for future gift giving ideas Report
This week with my Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren have been the gift beyond compare. Report

10 Fit Gift Ideas for Father's Day
Very informative and well written post! Quite interesting and nice topic chosen for the post.
thanks for sharing this nice post,
haha now it's two years' old! Report
I love my dad. He wants to go bike riding for Father's Day. Report