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