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10 Health Tips For The Busy Dads in Your Life

Let’s celebrate all the dads out there!

By: Rebecca Jacobs

With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to celebrate all the dads out there. And what better way to shower dads with love than giving them the gift of health? We’re sharing ten health tips for dads and any special dad-like figures, including wellness tips the whole family can get on board with. From mental wellness tips to hacks for physical fitness, this list has you covered — including health tips that even the busiest guys can find time for.  

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10 Health Tips for Dads 

#1 Bust Stress

How often does your Dad sprinkle self-care into his routine? Probably not enough, right? Maybe he even claims not to have the “time” as he’s too busy managing a full schedule. Well, that schedule probably includes a hefty dose of stress. And as we know, stress can take a toll on both physical and mental health. So consider encouraging some daily stress reduction practices for the dad in your life, as it can help him stay healthy and happy. 

This could look like going for a morning walk, fitting a quick workout in during the lunch hour, eating a nourishing meal, or doing something that dad loves more often (like a golf day with the guys or dinner and a movie with loved ones).

#2 Prioritize Those Zs 

Getting enough sleep can be a challenge for anyone who is super busy, but part of living a healthy lifestyle means making sleep a priority. This father’s day, encourage dad to hit the hay early and to start making it a healthy habit. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. If sleep is a struggle, a guided sleep meditation like this one is a free and simple way to help promote relaxation before going to bed. 

#3 Cook More at Home

Cooking more at home allows for healthier food choices, plus more money in your pocket since eating out can get pricey. And hey, what better way to show dad your appreciation than by cooking on the grill or making his favorite recipe this Father’s Day? Try grilling up something new at your next BBQ or family dinner with these yummy selections.

#4 Get Connected

When it comes to busting stress, having a support system or community can make all the difference. Encourage the dad in your life (or your partner) to get connected to those he loves! Whether you plan a small Father’s Day get-together with loved ones or gift him a day out with his pals, encouraging connection is a huge part of supporting mental wellness. And, encourage him to maintain this connection year-round!

#5 Get a Yearly Physical 

Having annual well-visit exams play a big part in overall wellness to check things like cholesterol levels, weight, and blood pressure. Encourage dad to make his annual well-visit to make his health a priority. Remind him that you want him to be around for a long, long time. Preventative health is important!

#6 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Now’s the perfect time to talk about hydration as the weather starts to heat up. Encourage the dad or partner in your life to stay on top of hydration by gifting him with a new reusable water bottle. If he’s busy, he probably drinks a lot of coffee (which can dehydrate him). Remind Dad that hydration boosts metabolism, increases energy, and supports healthy joints and muscles!

#7 Meal Plan 

Meal planning is a great tool for staying on top of healthy eating goals and is one of those healthy tips for dads we can help with. With FitOn PRO, the dad in your life will get custom meal plans that are super delicious and perfect for even the busiest lifestyle.  

#8 Move Daily 

Exercise is easy to brush off on busy days, and busy dads may not always have the time to hit the gym. But, even just 20 minutes of exercise each day is amazing for overall wellness. It’s easier to squeeze in ten minutes here, ten minutes there with a quick HIIT class, or longer workouts on days where he may have a bit more time. 

Exercise is one of those health tips we simply cannot ignore because we can’t deny just how amazing regular exercise is for both physical and mental health. Exercise has been shown to help manage a healthy weight, support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, build bone, muscle, and joint strength, and boost mood.  

Remind Dad that it doesn’t need to be a marathon (or even a 5K). Movement can be simple, and fun! Instead of taking the golf cart, encourage him to walk the golf course. If you typically hit the local coffee shop together, lace up your sneakers and walk there! Rather than catching up over a seated dinner, save your lengthy convo for a post-dinner walk. There are so many ways to encourage movement, and I bet Dad will be even more motivated if you’re willing to join!

#9 Enjoy A Daily Smoothie 

Here’s another one of those health tips for dads that the whole family can get in on. Try encouraging dad or your partner to enjoy a smoothie daily. They make a great way to sneak in all sorts of superfoods, all in one easy and convenient shake. Trust us, they won’t even taste it. Try sneaking in some tasteless greens like spinach, adding a scoop of protein, or stirring in some omega-rich seeds like chia or hemp to support prostate health.

Some super healthy smoothie add-ins include dark leafy greens, berries, chia, flax, hemp seeds, almond, and coconut butter. 

Here’s a delicious protein-rich smoothie recipe to make for Dad on Father’s Day!

Blood Sugar Balancing Almond Butter Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 handful ice cubes

Directions:

Step #1: Add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Step #2: Pour into a glass, sip and enjoy!

#10 Mind Your Mental Health

While the stigma surrounding mental health is improving, we have a long way to go! Encourage Dad to talk about his feelings (whether it’s with you, a friend, or a professional). Bottled up emotions can wreak havoc on our health, so it’s important to find a healthy outlet!

Let’s Celebrate All The Dads Out There 

For all the dads out there, let’s celebrate them by encouraging healthy habits that not only dad can get on board with, but the whole family too. Here’s to a healthy and happy Father’s Day!