Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. Don’t fall back on the standard neck tie or dress shirt. Get him something he can use to up his activity level or support his health and fitness goals. I asked several dads and non-dads what they would want for Father’s Day and put together this father’s day gift guide for the active dad base on their suggestions.
Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad
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Up3 by Jawbone
My husband has used an Up since the first version came out back in 2011. He recommends it over the Fitbit or Microsoft band when anyone asks about an activity, heart health, sleep, and overall fitness tracker.
For sleep it automatically tracks the different sleep stages (REM, light and deep sleep) to give you more insight on your sleep quality. That’s quality, not quantity. Some fitness trackers and apps only track how long you sleep. You don’t need a tracker or app to do that. Just look at the clock, right?
The Up3 by Jawbone is great at tracking true calorie expenditure whether you’re running, doing an at home workout, taking a CrossFit or bootcamp class, etc. He found it to be more durable than the Microsoft band which is similar to some models of the Fitbit with its screen to show your texts and show time. But the Microsoft band he had kept breaking. It didn’t hold up to the intensity of a CrossFit class.
I found when I used my Fitbit to track my workouts, it worked great for walking or running, but didn’t track group fitness, CrossFit, or bootcamp classes well.
The Up3 automatically tracks your resting and passive heart rate. My husband likes to tell me how low is resting heart rate is. A low resting heart rate is a good thing to have.
It works for both Android and iOS devices and is available in 5 colors. And at under $40, my husband says it’s a no brainer to get one.
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Bose SoundSport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
One of my favorites in this Father’s Day gift guide for the active dad is the Bose headphones. What can I say? It’s Bose. Bose is the best of the best when it comes to sound quality. Personally I think the Bose SoundSport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are better than the Beats Powerbeats Wireless In-Ear Headphones in sound quality, comfort fit, durability, and for staying put and not falling out of your ears mid-run so you end up tripping because you had to fumble to get them back in your ears because you were in the middle of listening to a pivotal part of the audiobook you were listening to. (That may or may not have happened, I’m not telling.) The Bose headphones received great ratings on Nordstrom and Amazon. It comes in 3 colors and is about $150.
Audible Audiobook Subscription
I enjoy listening to tunes while exercising, but sometimes I listen to audiobooks. Back in 2016 I had a concussion and couldn’t read books. Eventually I was able to start listening to audiobooks and since then I’ve been hooked.
Listening to audiobooks is perfect for long runs. I mean, I love me so Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, but you can only listen to the same three songs over and over again for so long. A good audiobook helps the time go by.
To get started you can try Audible and get two free audiobooks when you sign up. It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways is a good one to get. Maybe not for a workout, but it’s definitely an eye-opening read on how what you eat affect your body.
Or check out the list of Audible Best Sellers to find a good audiobook to listen to while breaking a sweat.
Men’s Nike Free RN 2017 Running Shoes
The best way to get started on your fitness goals? New workout wear. He may not admit it, but he’s got a shoe addiction almost as bad as yours. Here’s a pair of shoes he can wear while running and for daily activities. The Men’s Nike Free RN 2017 Running Shoes comes in six colors and is under $75.
HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro12AB
Several men recommended including a TENS unit in this Father’s Day gift guide for the active dad. Here’s why.
Does your guy ever come home after a workout complaining about muscle pain? If he doesn’t, tell him to work a little harder next time. Ok, maybe don’t do that. Instead get him a Tens electrotherapy device. Tens units are muscle stimulation systems that help to relieve muscle aches and pains.
We have the FDA Cleared HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro12AB electrotherapy device. It’s portable, has twelve preprogrammed massage-like modes, and has excellent reviews. My husband says sometimes he gets so sore that ibuprofen doesn’t help, but the Tens unit does.
I hope you found this Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad helpful. Happy Father’s Day!