Father’s Day is June 21, and when you haven’t gotten dear old Dad a gift yet, it’s not too late (and you are definitely not alone). We surveyed health-conscious dads to discover what’s on their must-have lists:
No question: Trackers are top of mind for a fit father. Everyone seems to be putting them on these days, and Dad needs to be too. We love to the Fitbit Surge ($250, fitbit.com) for those its features (GPS, heart rate monitor, activity and sleep tracking, call and text notifications) plus its sleek look. Sporting one also puts you in rarefied company: the very first Dad himself has even rocked one.
The older Dad gets, the greater post-workout recovery becomes a must. If you cana??t spring for a massage after every run, rolling your muscles is the next best thing. The advantages of rolling are legion, from boosting mobility to decreasing soreness. Trigger Pointa??s GRID 2.0 Foam Roller ($65, tptherapy.com) combines the advantages of conventional rollers with the targeted pressure of massage. Ridges on the surface simulate the feeling of the masseusea??s hands, boosting blood circulation and enhancing muscle repair.
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Dad recognizes that cycling with earphones is a bad idea (right?!), but having some tunes on the ride can up motivation and effort. Bone conduction headphones, are an option, however the sometimes tinny sound and rattling feeling isn’t for everyone. Instead, increasingly more cyclists are slapping speakers right on their rides. We like Outdoor Technologya??s Buckshot Pro ($80, outdoortechnology.com), which plays songs off your phone via Bluetooth. Ita??s compact (about the size a Red Bull can), powerful (10 hours of play time), and versatile (it arrives with a flashlight attachment and enough battery juice to charge your phone).
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Lululemona??s Commission Pant ($128, lululemon.com) has a style thata??s completely functional, whether Dad’s working in work or working out at the gym. They’re equipped with stretch fabric? and roll-up cuffs with hidden reflective stripes, so he can even run or bike in them.
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An active dad needs healthy grab-and-go snacks, and Kinda??s bars fit the bill. Kinda??s Nuts & Spice Variety Cube ($40, kindsnacks.com) offers 20 bars with clean ingredients and kick-in-the-pants seasoning. Flavors in the sampler include Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Chili Almond, and Cashew Ginger Spice, all jammed with protein and every with 5 grams of sugar or less.
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Gourmets will like the straightforward, innovative, company, genius recipes in the Genius Recipes cookbook ($35, amazon.com) in the chefs and writers behind foodie website Food52. Imagine luscious caramel sauce made from just one ingredient (sweet potatoes?!), or even the simplest seared fish youa??ve ever made (from Le Bernardin, which is just the top seafood restaurant in New York City, otherwise the entire country). Vegetarians will love superstar chef Dan Barbera??s acclaimed cauliflower steaks, there are sophisticated drinks, too, just like a whiskey old fashioned made with a simple DIY coriander syrup.
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By now, even Dada??s learned about Bulletproof Coffee, which mixes brewed coffee made from high-end beans with grass-fed butter along with a special type of coconut oil. Though therea??s hardly consensus on its purported benefits, some devotees swear the trendy drink may be worth a go. If Pop’s game, he may benefit from the Bulletproof Coffee Basic starter kit with Brain Octane Oil ($42, upgradedself.com).
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Smoothie lovers require a machine powerful enough to pulverize fruits and vegetables within their entirety (stems, seeds, skin and all sorts of) to get the full benefit of the pulp and fiber. The NutriBullet 600 ($90, nutriliving.com) will do the job (and also has the firepower to create a mean blended coffee, too).
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For beer drinkers, therea??s nothing much better than that first, crisp, hoppy, ice-cold swig from a new bottle. But for people who savor their brews slowly (and have to create them right down to man the grill or change a diaper), therea??s nothing worse than drinking the warmed-over dregs. The solution: the Hermetus Bottle Opener & Resealer ($9, kaufmann-mercantile.com), a pocket-sized gadget that does not only pops your top but could reseal a cap in a single easy motion, saving your brew from spills or tasting stale.
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