As Father’s Day approaches, there are sales on all kinds of ties, tools and barbeque aprons with slogans like “Best Dad Ever” available. But this Father’s Day, consider making it a health conscious holiday and take dad to do some activities that will boost his health and help you enjoy some quality time together.
There are a lot of activities that can be done outside during this time of year when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. Dad will love the fact that you thought to do something fun with him that may also burn some calories and allow him to be one with nature. Consider the things your dad likes to do outside and make a day of it. You and dad can go by yourselves or invite the entire family along- either way, you are bound to have a great time he will never forget.
Hiking: You can choose to go for a day hike if you live in an area that has a hiking trail, or travel to one close by. Be sure to take plenty of water and choose a safe area. Cross-country hiking can burn up to 290 calories per hour, for every 100 pounds of body weight. This is a great activity to get you outside and moving around.
Fishing: Many dads have fishing on their staple list of hobbies. It’s relaxing and can also result in a heart healthy dinner if you have a good catch. Fishing burns calories whether you’re sitting or wading while you do it. For sitting on the dock or in a boat while fishing, you can burn 115 calories each hour for every 100 pounds of body weight. For standing, it’s 160 and wading burns 275 calories per hour for every 100 pounds. Pack a healthy lunch and chat with dear ol’ dad while waiting for a nibble on the line.
Backpacking: This is great for those that want to make their hiking trip longer. With backpacking, you can extend your trip to overnight or over several nights. Everything you need, including sleeping gear and all your food, is strapped to your back in your backpack. If your dad is a nature lover and wants to rough it for a bit, this is a great activity to do with him for Father’s Day. You will also burn 320 calories per hour for every 100 pounds of body weight you have hiking through the wilderness. You can always stop to rest as you need to or simply take in the view as you go along.
Canoeing: If dad likes the water, this is a great choice. This isn’t always available for those that are far away from and ocean or lake, but a great option for a Father’s Day weekend trip. Whether it’s just you and dad or the whole family, canoeing can be fun and very relaxing while still burning calories. Casual canoeing burns 135 calories per hour for every 100 pounds of body weight while vigorous canoeing can burn up to 545 calories per hour.
Take your gift a step further this year and do some healthy activities with dad for Father’s Day. After all, he’s the only one you have, so you want to make sure you keep him around as long as you can.