Getting outside is important for everyone, but in the hustle and bustle of adult life, many men forgo outdoor activity, which can be detrimental to their health. For example, research shows that if you want to live a longer, healthier life, more exercise is better than less exercise (not a surprise). Another study shows that people who participate in active sports tend to have stronger mental abilities. More research shows that adults who play sports have reduced stress and better overall health. The takeaway from the above info is that taking dad out for some active fun on Father's Day is a much healthier, happier, smarter gift than a present bought at a store. Below are seven ideas for Father's Day epic, nature-soaked, sport adventures that are fun, healthy and will create memories that will last far longer than a tie or card.
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Hiking offers a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to health. Not only is hiking an inexpensive sport that even dads with younger children can do, but hiking results in many health perks (such as losing weight and building muscle), improved creativity, reduced risk of heart disease and reduced blood pressure, among other benefits. To find the perfect trail, park or mountain to hike, check out AllTrails or Backpacker’s guide to trails state-by-state and don’t forget to pack the essentials for your dad day hike.
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If hiking sounds like fun, maybe you should amp that fun factor up and turn your hike into a full-on camping trip with dad. Camping offers health benefits, completely immerses you in nature, and partners take note, because camping can also improve your sex life! First, find your perfect campsite, and don’t forget to reserve your campsite early as summer bookings can be brutal. Check out the links below to get ready for your Father’s Day camping trip.
- 10 vegan camping recipes
- Tips for eco-friendly camping trips
- Camping gear for families
- Fun and easy camping with kids
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Skateboarding isn’t just for kids! Offering plenty of health benefits and brain stimulation, you can hit the skate park with dad on Father’s Day for some awesome adventures. Find a skate park near you, take the proper safety precautions, get dad an eco-friendly skateboard and get rolling.
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Rock climbing is a great family adventure for Father’s Day! Depending on how experienced and old your kids are, you’ll have to find a rock climbing adventure to suit your needs, but it’s worth it. Rock climbing is a versatile, healthy sport that can be done indoors or outdoors and anyone can do it. Check out this guide to finding the perfect indoor rock wall or find rock climbing routes in the great outdoors.
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If your family is already biking together, take it up a notch with mountain biking! Normal bike riding has awesome health benefits already, but mountain biking pushes your cardiovascular activity up even more. In fact, one study shows that riding a bicycle for at least 20 miles in a week, lessens your risk of having coronary heart disease by almost 50% and mountain biking builds, strengthens and tones your muscles. See the links below for tips.
- Introducing your kid to mountain biking
- Beginner’s guide to mountain biking
- America’s top 10 places to go mountain biking
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Ok, this one isn’t a sport — and star gazing may not sound like much of an adventure at first, but we’re not talking sitting around in your backyard looking at the sky. Hike out into the wild for the best view of the stars, getting exercise on the way. Plus, did you know that star gazing can increase your child’s knowledge of math, astronomy and environmental awareness? This guide offers everything a beginner star gazer needs, including what sort of gear to take on your adventure, how to locate various stars, and many awesome star gazing tours.
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If you live near a nice body of water, then surfing could be just the adventure for dad this Father’s Day. Keep in mind that while healthy, surfing can be tough for kids (and many adults), but doable if your family has some experience in the water. If surfing does seem too difficult for your family, another option is a body boarding adventure.