Dads are great at so many things. Fixing stuff around the house. Whipping up a great meal on the barbecue. And giving epic dad bear hugs. What they’re not always so great at is taking care of themselves and their health. Men are 50 per cent more likely to die of heart disease than women, and they’re also more likely to avoid doctors, says one Harvard study.
But dad gave you life, and you want him to live forever in return! So why not get him on the right track this year on Father’s Day? These handy gifts aren’t just thoughtful and cool, they may even trick your old man into getting healthy once and for all.
11 gifts that will trick your dad into getting healthy
A golf tracking systemIf Dad loves to golf, this nifty GPS tracking system is sure to get him out on the links even more often. The kit comes with 14 sensors that you attach to your clubs and then it tracks every single shot, giving Dad full analytics and stats delivered straight to his smart phone.
Accros Golf Performance Tracking System GPS + Shot Tracking + Tour Analytics, $220, at SportChek Accros
The ultimate blenderIf Dad loves fresh smoothies or next-level soups this one-stop blender does all that and so much more with the touch of a button. Bonus points for the cool technology it comes with, which includes a motor base that’s automatically able to read the container size you’ve chosen and adjust the maximum blending time accordingly so it doesn’t bottom out.
A2500 Ascent Series Vitamix blender, $720 at Vitamix Vitamix
A nifty new water bottleA person is supposed to drink half their body weight in ounces of water every single day in order to stay hydrated and healthy. Yet so, so few of us do. Give your dad an excuse to down more H2O with a masculine, wood-inspired and insulated water bottle that he’ll feel good about carrying around with him all day long.
S’well Teakwood Traveller, $40, at S’well S’well
A reason to rock outIf Dad loves to rock out to music, we’ve got the perfect thing for him: this air guitar toy that syncs up with your phone via Bluetooth. Sure, he could air guitar and torch those calories on his own, or you could purchase this device for him and let him know that rocking out is always a good idea.
AirJamz App-Enabled Bluetooth Electric Air Guitar Toy, $40 at AirJamz AirJamz
A new way to enjoy beviesOnce you get into bubbly drinks it’s really, really hard to stop. So if pops is all about… well, the pop, then this SodaStream is a great gadget to have on hand. It makes sparkling water instantly, which you could also spruce up with one of the many flavours of syrup out there.
A SodaStream Power, $200, at SodaStream SodaStream
Workout gearSome cool workout gear is sometimes all the inspiration a person needs to hit the trails or the gym. After all, when you look good you feel good, and you want to keep those good times rolling. We’re fans of The Rock’s “Project Rock” collection at Under Armour. Pick some neat items to wrap up for Dad and you could find they’re just the ticket to get him back to the gym.
A Project Rock t-shirt, $40 at Under Armour Under Armour
An outdoor activityThere’s nothing like a friendly family game of Bocce Ball to get Dad’s competitive juices flowing, plus it gets the old heart-rate going as you spend some time together just like when you were a kid.
A Bocce Ball Set, $150, at Lee Valley Lee Valley
The gift of better sleepStudies have shown that better health is directly related to a good night’s rest, and what better way to coax Dad away from falling asleep on the couch and into his bed than with a brand new memory foam pillow? It’s practically guaranteed to help him log more shut eye in the long run.
Memory foam pillow, $50, at amazon.ca. Amazon
Some tangible memoriesEverything is online these days, but sometimes it’s nice to hold an actual photo in your hands. Enter the FujiFilm Instax Square S6 instant camera, which may just inspire Dad to get outside and start snapping up tons of new memories.
A FujiFilm Instax Square S6, $170, at FujiFilm FujiFilm
The gift of the great outdoorsEveryone knows that a little fresh air does the body good, so why not capitalize on that and get Dad a handy travel hammock? Whether it’s for a night in the woods, or maybe just a snooze in the backyard, he’ll be sure to spend a lot more time outdoors when he’s got a comfy place to rest.
A travel hammock, $75, at Lee Valley Lee Valley
Better postureIf your pops logs lots of hours hunched over at a desk, odds are his posture is probably out of whack. And when your posture is out of whack, your muscles are susceptible to all kinds of injuries. Help Dad on the path to better ergonomics with this stability ball chair, which will whip his core into shape in no time.
Gaiam Balance Ball Chair, $90, at GaiamGaiam