I was 12 years old when I first laced up my shoes and joined my mom for a run. She and my dad were both runners in high school and college, and they passed that natural love of the sport to me and my three siblings. At 57, they can both still hack it, but these days they've also learned the importance of balancing running with strength work. My mom favors Pilates and at-home strength workouts, while my dad likes the gym. Needless to say, if you're searching for what to get for the gym dad, then you can bet I have some ideas for you.
It's not uncommon for one of my dad's kids — myself included — to score him a new workout shirt or fresh kicks that he can break in while pounding the pavement for a Father's Day gift. I've included a few ideas for things like that, but you might also want to consider snagging dad other fitness gear, like a GPS watch or swanky bike horn. I also threw in an idea for helping him discover a bit of Zen because, hey, dads need to find some bliss, too.
And take it from me: If you know a fitness-inclined dad, then the best gift you can give him is a joint sweat session — even if he does kick your butt.
1. Snag Him Some New Gym Shorts
If dad tends to sport the same gym shorts day after day, then you might want to indulge him in a fresh pair. These Rhone Guru Camouflage Shorts are fun without being too loud and come with a built-in zip pocket that is perfect for stowing a house key while on the move.
2. A Device To Keep His Stats In Check
3. A Band That Keeps His Tunes In Place
4. Earphones For His Favorite Tunes
5. Round Out His Fitness Routine
Give dad the gift of foam rolling and all of the benefits that come with it, including looser muscles and increased blood flow. Plus, this model comes with a built-in grid that allows for trigger point release, as well as an instructional DVD for properly using the roller.