Father’s Day Fun – Keeping Dad Healthy and Happy
June 15, 2012
Every child cares about the health of their parents but around holidays we let all those ideals go out the window in hopes of creating a happy ambiance. Is there a way to care about our Pops without spoiling him with the unhealthy aspects that accompany a holiday? With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, there will be handfuls of sons and daughters looking for something special to do with dear old Dad. Do we just stop by the store and pick up another tie and a card, or do we make this year something special and take him on an adventure of healthy proportions?
Taking care of Dad and spoiling him on this special day can reach far beyond the realm of bacon breakfasts and T-bone steak dinners. There are plenty of ways to spoil dad while also keeping him and his heart in tip top shape.
Play the Wii: If Dad is the competitive type then this is a chance to get the entire family involved from the comfort of your own home. Start a little friendly battle and show Dad who is boss… or let him win (just this once). This is a great way to get Dad active while having a blast.
A trip to the beach: If relaxation is what the doctor ordered then a trip to beach or a nearby lake will be a rejuvenating experience for you and your Dad. He will be happy simply spending time with his kids in the comfort of the sand and with the music of the waves ringing in his ears. Remember to bring the sunscreen.
Geocaching Adventure: Did you and your Dad play pirates or treasure hunt when you were a kid? There is a modern day scavenger hunt using the GPS systems we often times buy for our cars. Daddy can manage the map (a.k.a. the GPS or smart phone) and you can follow his courageous lead. The coordinates that Geocaching will provide you with coordinates that will lead you to clues that will eventually lead you to a treasure trove left by other scavengers. The fun is endless and the hiking will help keep the whole family healthy.
Classic Rock Karaoke: If your Daddio is a disco lover, then this activity is for him. Take some time to learn his favorite songs and challenge him to a sing off … and dance off. Being goofy will create great memories and dancing along with encourage physical activity without realizing that you are exercising. When it doubt, dance it out.
Tasting Party: Is your Father a food enthusiast? Switch things up by bringing the food to him. Set up the house with exotic fruits, various dark chocolates (a favorite among men is chili chocolate) and maybe even some dark red wines. These foods taste delicious and will inspire his palate without expanding his waist band.
We all love our Fathers and appreciate all they have done to impact and shape our lives. As their children it is our responsibility to keep them healthy and active in addition to being happy. These activities are only a few of the ways we can show our Dads just how much we care about their health and happiness. When deciding what to do with your Dad remember that the sky is the limit and creativity will go a long way. Happy Father’s Day!