Gift your dad the gift of health

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Leanne Shorter Health and fit­ness

FA­THER’S Day is on Sun­day, Septem­ber 7.

Have you thought about what you are go­ing to give your dad this year?

Is it go­ing to be the usual socks and jocks or an­other au­to­bi­og­ra­phy?

This Fa­ther’s Day I would like to en­cour­age you to give your dad the gift of health.

Most men over 50 (and quite a few un­der) don’t do any form of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

If you want your dad to be around to see a whole lot more Fa­ther’s Days, then giv­ing him a gift to help him do reg­u­lar ex­er­cise is just what the doc­tor (or per­sonal trainer) or­dered.

The eas­i­est way to see if your dad needs to lose weight and get health­ier is to mea­sure his waist cir­cum­fer­ence at about belly but­ton level.

Mea­sur­ing his waist cir­cum­fer­ence is a sim­ple check to tell how much body fat he has.

Re­gard­less of his height or build, a waist mea­sure­ment of greater than 94cm for your dad is not a good sign.

This shows he prob­a­bly has high lev­els of in­ter­nal fat, which can coat the heart, kid­neys, liver and pan­creas and in­crease his risk of chronic dis­ease.

If a gym mem­ber­ship is too ex­pen­sive for you, maybe a 10-visit pass would be enough to get your dad mo­ti­vated to get mov­ing.

What about a new pair of ex­er­cise shoes?

Having proper footwear is re­ally im­por­tant.

Good shoes pro­vide cush­ion­ing and help de­crease the im­pact on knees.

Walk­ing is free and you can do it any­where.

Maybe you could or­gan­ise to go for a walk with your dad. Having an ex­er­cise part­ner would cer­tainly help keep your dad mo­ti­vated.

An ex­er­cise DVD is an­other great healthy gift idea.

There is a huge range to choose from.

Why not try a box­ing one or even tai chi for the less en­er­getic dad?

If you would like a com­plete car­dio and re­sis­tance work­out you could try the work­outs at www.re­sis­tit­bands.com.

The Re­sist It Bands Work­outs in­clude pro­grams for lawn bowlers, grey no­mads, men with guts (es­pe­cially for those dads with a waist cir­cum­fer­ence near or above 94cm) and also a fit­ness chal­lenge work­out for the fit­ter dads out there.

What­ever you come up with, a gift of health is a gift that can’t be beaten.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to mo­ti­vate your fam­ily mem­bers to get ex­er­cis­ing head to www.re­sis­tit­bands.com.

Leanne Shorter is a qual­i­fied older adults trainer and Heart Foun­da­tion Heart­moves leader.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON THE BALL: Give dad a lit­tle mo­ti­va­tion to im­prove his health with a fit­ness-re­lated gift this Fa­ther’s Day.

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