Father's Day is two days away. Have you gotten your dad something yet? Why not skip the tie or latest gadget and get him something that he will enjoy and is GOOD for his health? Here are some healthy last minute ideas:
- Instead of taking him out for that big steak dinner, make a nutritious homemade meal. Keep meat portions appropriate (about 4 oz) and flavor vegetables with his favorite seasonings. If he asks "where is my big steak?" tell him that you love him too much to feed him that artery clogging 16 oz T-bone.
- Get him a gift certificate for a massage. If your dad is busy and stressed he may really appreciate this. Even better, tell him you will mow the lawn while he is relaxing.
- Help dad relax with a deep breathing or meditation pod cast.
- Help dad sleep well with a new pillow and lavender aroma therapy pillow spray or incense.
- Get him a kettle bell set. Nothing feels manlier than throwing around some kettle bells. Recommended weight for beginners is no more than 26 lbs. Best to get him one with a training DVD if he isn't familiar with kettle bell work outs. Or if your dad needs a little more support get him a personal trainer.
- Get him a subscription to a wine of the month club. Red wine contains anti-oxidants and resveratrol. In moderation wine has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and slow the progression of neurological degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
- Make him laugh. Take dad out for a night on the town to a local comedy club. Laughter has been shown to lower blood pressure, increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood, give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles, reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, increase memory and learning, and improve alertness, creativity, and memory.
- Get him a hot yoga session. If your dad thinks that yoga is for wimps, take him to a true Bikhram yoga session. It's probably best to go with him if he is unfamiliar with yoga (fair warning, he may curse at you afterwards).
- Make him a custom gift basket. You can include his favorite nuts, organic dark chocolate, gourmet olive oil, gourmet vinaigrette, dried fruit, red wine, etc. Skip the processed stuff like chips, crackers and cookies. Include a card telling him why he is the best dad.
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