The perfect Father's Day giftalways seems to elude me. Howmany more pairs of socks, bottlesof cologne, and fishing rodsdoes my dad really need? We often getstuck buying the same gifts year afteryear. This year, why not think outsidethe box. Think fitness!
Some of my best memories of mydad involve activity. Playing catch inthe backyard, challenging him to agame of badminton, riding our bikes atthe lake, watching him head down thehill sitting on the back of his skis, andwakeboarding behind our little aluminumfishing boat. So, why now asadults do we spend so much time sittingaround "visiting" rather than"doing?"
Does your dad have an activity heloves? Golf seems to be a favorite. Butthis year, rather than just buying himsome new gear, why not head to thegreens with him. Not only will youboth get a little exercise but also youcan create some new "active" memories.If you live many miles from yourdad as I do, you can still give fitness forFather's day. As people age, they oftenquit doing some of their favorite activitiesfor various reasons. Why not buyhim gift certificates for a few rounds ofgolf to re-inspire him to get out thereagain?
Let's do some outside of the boxthinking. Does your dad love adventure?Sign him up for rock-climbing orkayaking lessons. Is he a traveler?Book him into a resort that offers hikingor horseback riding or plan a skitrip to Whistler (or Bear Mountain)with him for the winter months. Buyhim a gym membership or trainingpackage with a personal trainer. Is heopen to new ideas? Take him to a yogaclass.
And gifts don't have to be expensive.Arrange a family get-together includinga softball game where everyonecan get involved. Wrap up an oldphoto of you and him playing ball,then suggest you head to the backyard to see if he still has the moves!Pack a picnic and head out for a hikeor arrange to meet him at the tenniscourts for a challenge. Get your kidsinvolved, get grandpa to teach thekids how to throw the football or hit ahomerun. Put together a scrapbookof your favorite active memories toremind your dad that getting off thecouch can be fun!
Activity and fitness isn't only goodfor you, its fun. And chances are; alot of your favorite memories withyour father involve some activity. So,this year, forget the cologne, rekindlethose memories and go do somethingfun and active with your dad.Your body and his will thank you forit!
Becky Cryne is a BCRPA certifiedPersonal Trainer and Group FitnessInstructor, STOTT Pilates Mat andReformer Instructor, CFP Pre and PostNatal Fitness Specialist, and ETWYoga Exercise Specialist. She can bereached at :email@example.com.