Helping Dad with good Health in mind this Father’s Day means no socks or six-packs, instead think along the lines of stress-busting gifts, healthy swaps and spending quality time with health in mind. Fatherhood can bring joy and happiness, challenges and sacrifices. Good Health can feel a little the same way!
In 2020, some Dads may have found themselves working from home and perhaps for the first time getting a glimpse at what it would be like to be a stay at home Dad. For others, it may have been business as usual, perhaps with added stress. Regardless of what this year has been like for him, the best way to treat Dad this Fathers Day is with a gift from the heart – the gift of good health.
There are several ways we can help Dad to improve his health this Father’s Day. Supporting him to exercise to improve fitness, eat a healthier diet, make time for relaxation and stress reduction, prioritise sleep and create a sanctuary at home – there’s a gift for all of that!
Stress-busting gifts ideas for Father’s Day with Good Health in mind for Father’s Day of course
- New exercise equipment for the home gym (this may be a bit tough to do at the moment)
- Get him started with an introductory gym membership.
- A good quality protein powder to use pre or post-workout
- A mountain bike and a map of bike trails
- A high-speed blender with a portable jug to whip up smoothies
- Healthy snacks like Beef jerky or Activated nuts
- A Paleo recipe book for all his caveman cravings
- An Air Fryer to keep some favourites on the menu at home
- Check out our Father’s Day Recipe HERE
Relaxation and Stress Reduction
- A gift voucher to Brisbane Livewell Clinic for Massage, Acupuncture, Kinesiology or Bowen Therapy
- A mattress topper or ergonomic pillow for some extra quality zzz’s
- Music subscription to Spotify or iTunes
- An outdoor furniture setting for spending more time in the fresh air (everyone wins!)
- Check out your local health food store for some of these ‘swaps’ for healthier alternatives for Dad
- Coffee alternatives to try like Matcha tea or a Mushroom blend
- Low-tox toiletries. There are a few brands dedicated to Men’s wellbeing including chemical-free deodorants, shampoos, body wash and shaving products
- Some new snacks ideas to try like vegetable chips or legume chips
- See if he’ll settle for a kombucha instead of a beer
Ways to spend the day with Dad
Here are a few simple suggestions for spending time with him with relaxation in mind
- The Great Outdoors. A bush walk, followed by a picnic. Or a bike ride with a pit stop for a juice or smoothie. A game of soccer at the park with a long half time. Taking in the scenery and moving freely and at a good pace to release those feel-good endorphins is a great way to spend the day with Dad.
- The Long Lunch Or Brunch. Or the Big Breakfast. Or Fancy Dinner party. Choose your theme, choose the scene and choose the cuisine. Some ideas include a 3-course meal at a favourite restaurant, a seafood feast by the water or a good old fashioned BBQ at home or in a local park.
- Netflix and chill. Watching TV all afternoon might not be the healthiest thing to do with Dad, but sometimes it’s just a matter of doing it once every so often for the sake of getting some rest and downtime. Simply choose the movie or series together and hang out. Just bring the popcorn and offer him a foot massage!
- The Surf’s Up. Weather depending, a day trip to the beach or lake could be a winner! Organise some water activities by arranging to hire equipment. Swimming often increases the appetite, so pack some snacks and make sure you have Dad’s favourite planned for dinner. Don’t forget the SPF50!
Dads love their Day when you do too!
Acknowledging him is the most important part of Fathers Day. If you aren’t able to get together in person, get in touch and remind him of a favourite memory, a shared experience or make some plans to do something together when you can (even if that means talking about Christmas!) Simply keeping the mood light, the smiles and laughs ongoing. The day to his liking is what it’s all about.
Enjoy his company as he does yours – knowing that love gives the best sense of wellbeing is about as healthy as it gets!