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Father's Day Health and Fitness Gifts

A good Father's Day gift can encourage good health -- and still be fun too.

Making Him Relax

Many fathers seem to have an ingrained inability to take it easy. They just can't take a break. But as any doctor will tell, relaxation is important, both for your physical and mental health. So think about a Father's Day gift that will force your dad to have some fun and take some time off.

"A gift certificate for a massage is a good way to get someone to recuperate physically," Brott tells WebMD.

Of course, not everyone is open to being kneaded by a stranger. If your dad's sheepish about that sort of thing, think about another traditional way of relaxing: a hammock hung up in your dad's backyard. If you're feeling generous, throw in a good book for him to read while lying in it.

If your dad's the type who never wants to take a vacation, force the issue. Give him a weekend away with his spouse or a buddy and make him do it. Or you could actually pick your dad up during his lunch break at work and drive off for an afternoon of fishing or hiking -- having cleared the idea with your dad's boss beforehand of course, Schimmelfing says.

If you're in the mood to drop some cash on your father, think about getting a massage chair. Despite what you might think, they are actually for sale and not just for trying out when killing time at the mall.

Gadgets, and Odds and Ends

"If your dad's already a weekend athlete, an MP3 player can be a great thing," says Brott. It may not seem like a Father's Day gift that obviously encourages fitness, but MP3 players are ideal for exercising (as anyone who has tried to work out with a stuttering, skipping CD player can tell you). They're not hard to use, as long as your father isn't phobic of technology. Brott also recommends getting your dad a subscription or a gift certificate to iTunes or another web site where he can download music.

If your father travels a lot, think of some things that will help him live more comfortably on the road. For instance, consider a sound machine. Many are sold as combination travel alarm clocks that will allow your dad to fall asleep each night to soothing digitally recorded wind chimes or waterfalls, no matter what godforsaken motel he's staying in. Along similar lines, think about a sleep mask or slippers as a Father's Day gift -- things that can make him feel calm or at home when he isn't.

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