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By Orlando Griffith
THE BUILD UP toward Father's Day isn't anything like
Mother's Day; you ladies have that day and all what goes
with it locked down. But for those who'd like to show the
big guy a little more love, and deservingly so, the gift of
health and a longer, more meaningful life is most appro-
priate. This week, if you haven't gotten any ideas for what
to get "the old man", I have a few suggestions that might
most likely make his day and subsequent days special.
Being thoughtful is always admirable, and gift-giving is a
wonderful thing, but if someone isn't ready to change
their lifestyle, then there's no use trying to impose exer-
cise and fitness on them. Signing them up for a gym
membership might be abrasive to the ego, but a little
nudge in the right direction with a thoughtful gift might
inspire a small change, and sometimes that's all it takes.
So here are a few gift ideas for fathers that I think would
be appropriate for the avid exerciser, the beginner and the
CLOTHING: Always a good choice with any level of exer-
ciser. You should keep dad looking impressive when he
heads to the gym or even outside for a run. The typical
gear is anything that's getting old and looks good enough
to sweat in, but as we know, "Clothes make the man", so
solid colours, sweat-wicking material, loose-fitting and
comfortable clothing should inspire him and put a little
more pep in his step when getting a workout done.
SPORTS MASSAGE: Perhaps the gift that Dad may want
to give back because he may feel a lot of discomfort dur-
ing this experience, but it's one of the most beneficial for
fathers who are regular exercisers. Usually after people
train they don't stretch or get a massage to maintain mo-
bility or practice good muscle management on the whole,
so this is one way to help him boost performance in the
long run and keep him injury free.
SUNGLASSES: One of my personal favourites! I love qual-
ity sunglasses, and wearing a nice one while going out for
a workout makes the experience a lot better; not only pro-
tecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays but from dust,
debris and insects as well. Some lenses are of various
colours and hues based on the activities that you partici-
pate in; cycling might be different from running and golf,
so ask a professional for help so you'll get Dad the right
one. I personally enjoy the view with polarized lenses; it
makes images more crisp and clear if lighting conditions
aren't quite favourable.
CROSS TRAINERS/SNEAKERS: Another weakness of
mine, and just like clothing wearing a new pair makes you
want to work a little harder because you're comfortable.
Knowing the structure of Dad's foot could also help with
choosing the best fitting. If Dad is an over-pronator be-
cause he has low arches, get him sneakers with good arch
support and stability. If he spends more time in the gym
rather than running, get him some cross trainers; they're
not as cushioned as running sneakers but they're much
more versatile. If he likes to run on trails, look for stable
sneakers that can take the ruggedness of the outdoors.
GPS WATCH/FITBIT/HEART RATE MONITOR: For the
tech-savvy dad, the use of personal progress tracking and
monitoring devices can keep him motivated to maintain
and set higher levels of performance goals. These tools
give immediate feedback on information related to
heartrate, distance travelled, speed, and calories burned.
All this information is useful if he's inspired to get into
shape and stay in shape. This is one I strongly recom-
BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES: Another choice for the
tech-savvy dad. Headphones have a knack for getting tan-
gled and after a few months of significant use they may
start shorting along the wires, thus making training frus-
trating. There's nothing worse than a shorting pair of
headphones while doing a tough workout. Get ones that
wrap around the outer ear and fall behind the head for the
most comfort and fit. He can store his favourite music on
his smart phone and sync it to his headset, too. He'll enjoy
this gift for a long time.
COOKBOOKS: Finally, the most elegant, sophisticated
and thoughtful gift you can give. I love to cook and some-
times I run out of ideas, so this one is for the man you
know loves to be in the kitchen. Sometimes there are only
so many ways to make chicken, and most men have a sig-
nature dish that they've learnt over the years anyway. So
help him to improve his creativity and manage his waist-
line by helping himself to healthy foods.
I hope these selections inspire some extra thought into
your purchases for Dad; he's just as important, so show
him the love! Good luck!
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