Researchers, studying data between 1972 and 2015, have found that new fathers have gotten older in the U.S. In the early 1970s, the average age of fathers was 27.4. Now, it’s risen to 30.9. The number of new fathers above the age of 40 has more than doubled, making exercising all the more important for fathers who want to stay fit as their kids grow up.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, pick a gift that will motivate your dad to start working out. Here’s a quick list of gift ideas for the couch-loving dad, the fitness fanatic father and even the dad who only works out once in a blue moon.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s signature trainers from Under Armour are the perfect gift to inspire your dad to get moving. The Project Rock Delta shoes are designed to offer maximum comfort while pounding any kind of track. Whether your dad runs at the gym or outdoors, the molded heel cups in these shoes ensure a snug fit. The shoe’s outsole is solid rubber, making it able to withstand impact and last longer than your dad’s everyday running shoes. Crafted in collaboration with The Rock, one of the fittest Hollywood stars, the UA x Project Rock Delta trainers are ergonomic and strikingly designed—more than enough to motivate your dad to smash through his running goals.
Soft medicine ball
If your dad grumbles about gym memberships, a soft medicine ball could be the answer. Working out at home is always a good idea, but traditional medicine balls can wreak havoc on floors and walls. Luckily, Rep Fitness offers one constructed of durable leather. These medicine balls weigh between 4 and 40 pounds, so choosing the right weight won’t be a problem. They’re hand-stitched, offer a superior grip and come with a one-year warranty. Whether your dad is interested in wall ball exercises or an all-round core workout, a soft medicine ball is just right.
The fitness tracker might seem like a millennial accessory, but it’s perfect for the dad who works out on a regular basis. By recording the number of steps and calories burned, Garmin’s Vivofit 4 could provide just the right motivation for your dad to take it to the next level. The clincher is its one-year battery life, which means your dad doesn’t have to bother charging it regularly. He can go swimming with it on, and it even provides a daily step goal. The Vivotif 4’s non-flashy design makes it a smart choice for a Father’s Day gift.
Smart cycling helmet
If your dad prefers cycling to other forms of working out, you can up his cycling game by getting him the LINX from Coros. When he wears this smart helmet, he can listen to music, hear navigational data, answer phone calls and even track his cycling stats. And it looks just like a regular helmet. A vital feature is the helmet’s emergency alert, which gets sent upon impact. The bone-conduction audio implies that he doesn’t need earphones to listen in. It’s also rain and sweat resistant, making it one of the safest hi-tech helmets out there.
Your dad may have jumped on the yoga bandwagon, but we all know how messy those mats can get. If he’s been using the same one for a long time, why not surprise him with a reversible mat from Lululemon? The polyurethane surface absorbs moisture, offering a better grip. The antimicrobial and anti-odor components prevent mildew and the stench of sweat. To top it off, this yoga mat is wider and longer than your average mat—making it a worthwhile investment for the yoga beginner or enthusiast alike.
There are a bunch of health benefits associated with a standing desk. But what about one that offers a low-impact workout while you’re at it? Built atop a stationary bike, this desk will not only help your dad stay fit, but will be a great addition to the house as well. Aesthetically designed, the pedals can be exposed or hidden depending on its usage. The workspace is spacious, and the spot-cycling workout is a good starting point if your dad doesn’t want to join a gym or go running.
Does your father want sculpted arms and shoulders, without trekking all the way to a gym? An adjustable dumbbell set is cost-effective and takes up less space in the house than a full dumbbell set. This device’s weight can be adjusted between 3 to 24 pounds, so your dad can up the ante whenever he’s ready. The Power Block item comes with a 10-year limited warranty and padded handlebars for protection against wrist fatigue. The streamlined design makes it easy to adjust weights safely, without interrupting your dad’s workout.
No matter your dad’s level of fitness, the right tools can help him stay in shape for years to come. These Father’s Day gifts are practical, fun and could just be the factor that tips the scale for your dad in favor of more regular exercise.