Father’s Day is just around the corner! Did you get your shopping done yet? Either way, your men’s health Lewisville TX specialists over at Your Family Medical (locations also in Benbrook, Bedford, Boyd and Justin) have your back. What about showing Dad you love him by putting his health first? To that end, we put together a list of five healthy [and FUN] ways you can celebrate Dad this month.
1) Substitute Cake for Fruit
We know many of you may not think this sounds like a very “fun” way to celebrate. However, we’re not just suggesting you hand out a dozen apples after dinner. There are plenty of incredible ideas on the internet that can help you create a healthy, fruit-based alternative to cake for Father’s Day.
Or, for those of you who lack the creativity or time to make one from home, there are plenty of options to order a pre-made healthy dessert. Try a fruit bouquet or take Dad out for frozen yogurt. These little substitutions can make a big difference in the long run.
2) Play a Game of Family Kickball
Did someone say, “family game time”?! We sure did! It wouldn’t have to be kickball, either – there are plenty of options to choose from, depending on how agile Dad is and the ages of the other participating family members. Consider trying one or more of the following:
- Bocci Ball
- Bowling (if the weather isn’t cooperating)
Not only is everyone sure to make some great memories with Dad but you’ll also all get a healthy dose of Vitamin D with your time outside. Be sure to tell everyone to bring their tennis shoes! If Dad’s health is in question, be sure to schedule an appointment with a member of his general practitioner Lewisville TX care team (locations also in Benbrook, Bedford, Boyd and Justin) a week or two beforehand.
3) Try Geocaching
Have you ever tried Geocaching? It’s very much like a modern-day scavenger hunt that can be played by anyone, anywhere at any time! All you need to do is download the app onto Dad’s favorite device (ideally his phone), create an account and start navigating! The app will help you locate hidden objects in areas near you.
We highly recommend trying it out before you gift Dad with the experience – it will be more fun for everyone if there’s someone in the group who has already tried it out and knows how it works firsthand. If you’re the type who likes to research first, read this to learn more about the process and see professional reviews on a couple different app options.
We like this option for Father’s Day because it encourages active bodies as well as active minds. Plus, it’s a hobby that will extend beyond just that day and can be done in a variety of locations alone or in a group!
4) Plan to Keep in Touch
This one is for those of you who have a long-distance relationship with your Dad. For you, this topic might require a bit more creativity. Don’t worry – we’ve got some ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.
- Start a phone-call-a-week day & time
- Be pen pals
- Take a walk “with” your Dad on your lunch break – call him while you walk and encourage him to walk wherever he is “with” you.
- Consider signing your Dad and yourself up for an online/on-demand workout subscription and then hold each other accountable with regular workouts
We encourage you to create a plan for your Dad that will create an ongoing connection between you and him. This encourages a healthy emotional connection, and it also allows you to keep tabs on him as he gets a little older and may not be as forthcoming about his physical or mental health.
5) Go Volunteer
Volunteering is not just good for the body and mind, it’s also a fantastic way to cultivate gratitude and joy. This Father’s Day, consider planning an event with your whole family that gives back to a cause your Dad cares about. Some great local organizations to consider include:
If you want to see more options, check out Volunteer Match. It can help you find great opportunities to volunteer based upon your specific location, area of interest, and more!
Whether the dad in your life is in his 20’s or 80’s, we want to encourage you to find ways that will improve his quality of life every day – not just Father’s Day. The professionals at Your Family Medical are here to help you do just that! Call today to schedule Dad for an annual physical or a vision or hearing screening or anything in between!