Ottawa Citizen

Live long, Popster

Healthy ideas to tell Dad you love him

- BY KAREN GRAM

Forget the tie or the power tool, the best way to tell your dad you love him this Father’s Day is to give him a gift that will help him live a long, healthy and happy life. Here are a few ideas: COOK HIM A LOW-FAT DINNER

Instead of taking your dad out for eggs benny, make him a low-fat meal. There are loads of recipes that make low-fat dining a delicious experience, says sports medicine doctor Doug Clement, who is the lucky recipient of the meals prepared by his wife, chef Diane Clement. Their just-published cookbook/fitness program,

Start Fresh!: Your Complete Guide To Midlifesty­le Food And Fitness, offers great recipes and also makes a great gift because of Clement’s gradual guide to fitness. NORDIC WALKING POLES

Unlike that old universal gym languishin­g in the basement, nordic walking poles are an inexpensiv­e and effective way to get the body moving and continuous­ly improving, says Graham Watts, co-director of Urban Poling, an online source for nordic poling equipment.

“Poles are an exceedingl­y great idea for a Fathers Day gift,” Watts says. “It’s terrific for all ages and fitness levels and it’s a great family activity too.”

Studies have found that nordic walking exercises the entire body, including the trunk muscles. And even though it burns 20 to 46 per cent more calories than regular walking, it doesn’t feel like it.

For a list of locations where poles can be purchased, go to www.urbanpolin­g.com. They cost $99, which includes a how-to DVD. PEDOMETER

This is an even cheaper gimmick that can motivate Dad to get moving. According to Dr. Art Hister, author of Midlife Man, the best approach to health a guy can take is to be active. Clipping on a pedometer tells you how many steps you take in a day, he says. And knowing that walking 10,000 steps a day classifies a person as “active” has been enough to make many people change their habits to increase their step count. GOOD WALKING SHOES

Give your dad the shoes and then take him for a walk and catch up. YOGA LESSONS

Men tend to stiffen up as they age and that can lead to injuries if they do stay active, says Eve Johnson, co-owner of Yoga on 7th in Vancouver. If they are tied to their desks, yoga stops them from gradually losing mobility. Yoga is a wonderful way to keep the body limber, she says, suggesting that Iyengar yoga is best suited to beginners because it’s slow and uses props to accommodat­e the inflexible body.

A gift of yoga lessons should incorporat­e proximity to work or home because it’s stressful to have to drive to yoga if you are a beginner, she says.

Canwest News Service

 ?? COLLEEN COPLICK, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE ?? Yoga is a wonderful way to keep the body limber, so a gift of yoga lessons for Dad this Father’s Day is a great idea to improve his health.
COLLEEN COPLICK, CANWEST NEWS SERVICE Yoga is a wonderful way to keep the body limber, so a gift of yoga lessons for Dad this Father’s Day is a great idea to improve his health.

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