Five Healthy Ways to Celebrate Father's Day

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Five Healthy Ways to Celebrate Father's Day

Kimatni D. Rawlins, Fit Fathers

It’s no enigmatic secret that Father’s Day clearly doesn’t bring the excitement and allure in relation to the celebratory activities that mothers receive on their day of recognition, which is fine because mothers are the foundation of human existence. Their nine-month nurturing alone holds enough weight to debate any philosopher on the comparative subject matter. Nevertheless, I would like to see additional efforts put forth on everyone’s part to strengthen the acknowledgment toward this special observance day for dads and the families they support.

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Fathers are one of Earth’s most important treasures. Fathers lead, teach, protect, discipline, and set forth strategies that enhance the welfare of daughters and sons. So mothers, wives, brothers, sisters, and children—as well as the dads who help plan festive commemorations—please focus on healthful tactics to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday June 21. Here are five approaches that can be utilized before, during, and after Father’s Day to center on the tools needed for long-term life enhancement.

Take a Father’s Day Pledge: June is Men’s Health Month, which creates an opportune time to make a pledge toward a healthier you. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, while hypertension and other health risks are increased in men 20 years and older. Try to commit to specific healthy choices and increased fitness goals. It starts with dads on Father’s Day taking the pledge and following simple steps to wellness. For example, I pledge to visit my doctor routinely for various screenings. Or I pledge to go walking with my kids twice a week. Remember, exercise and healthy eating saves generations. You can also take the Fit Fathers Day pledge by visiting www.FitFathersDay.com.

Organize a Group Ride or Run: Have you yet to run a 5K or go deep into nature with your buddies on mountain bikes? Do so now by training for a Father’s Day 5K to put you in top shape for participation in a group run with friends or other dads. Visit www.Active.com for an endless array of events to sign up for. Or ring up some father friends and go for a morning ride to burn calories so you can enjoy brunch guilt-free. But don’t overdue it, the stomach is only the size of your palm.

Eat to Live: Do you consume foods to increase vitamin, mineral, and nutrient intake or to satisfy mental cravings from comfort foods? Sickness and chronic disease are more prevalent than ever, which is why now is prime time to finally say no to destructive eating habits and become more proactive with your kids’ diets. Begin swapping chips, cookies, and sodas with fruits and smoothies. Plain popcorn with a few pinches of Himalayan sea salt and Vegit (no oil or butter) are your best bets for replacing the crunch of potato chips. Try to cook more meals at home, and eliminate or reduce your fast-food intake. Say no to white, enriched foods and yes to whole grains (for example brown rice and quinoa instead of white rice) and add more cruciferous green veggies like kale and asparagus to your plate. And please load up on sweet potatoes, because the brain thrives on them. It’s well worth it for your family.

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It’s a Family Affair: On June 21, enjoy at least one hour of energetic activities with your family such as soccer, volleyball, tennis, or hiking. State parks are ideal locations for staying active and enjoying pure oxygen from Mother Earth. Host the energetic flow with a picnic ripe with whole foods and freshly squeezed juices.

Become the Family Coach: It’s important each subsequent day after Father’s Day that dads blow the whistle to engage in physical fitness and employ smart food choices. Continue to motivate the family with daily exercise tips and nutritional recipe ideas. I enjoy cooking and love when my wife or daughters make a special request such as our veggie stir-fry tofu or barbecue cauliflower wings. More importantly, I absolutely adore when my youngest puts on her helmet and demands we go for a ride. That comes from years of silent coaching. You got this dad.

 Lead by example so your child becomes the example!