Being a father is rewarding in so many ways, from the first time you hold your little one to watching them grow and learn. At other times, though, it can be all-consuming, and you may let your health fall to the wayside to offset your immediate daddy duties.
Given the emotional and time pressures of fatherly and life responsibilities, it’s understandable that your first instinct might be to celebrate Father’s Day by kicking back on the couch and indulging. But do you want to feel more energized and healthy? Here are some ideas for taking a more active approach to Father’s Day so you can get out, enjoy the day, and pat yourself on the back for all the things you do, dad!
1. Take a hike
By choosing to get yourself moving outdoors, you’ll be combining high-quality physical activity with the natural relaxation that comes with being in nature.1 Grab the family and start your day off on the right foot! Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
2. Try out a new recipe
Take your culinary skills to the next level by cooking that delicious, healthy dish you’ve wanted to make for months. Plus, by getting the whole family involved, the kids can have fun and learn some simple, healthy cooking tips. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, snag some recipe ideas from our Simply Inspired creations.
3. Enjoy a picnic in the park
Break up the usual routine by packing a healthy lunch and taking the family outdoors. Make a spread of colorful fruits and veggies and bring bubbly seltzer water you can flavor with cucumber or lime. Bring along some games to play to make the most of your time – think Frisbee, capture the flag or tag. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some quality time together.
4. Take some time for yourself
Yes, “me” time. Carve out some time in the day for yourself. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes or an hour, solo time can help recharge your batteries, allowing you to be more present and energetic when you’re spending time with your family. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk with your favorite playlist, or sitting outside in nature with your eyes closed, do something that you enjoy and use the time to reconnect with your mind and body.
5. Start the day with a healthy breakfast
For many, nothing says Father’s Day like a hearty breakfast. This year, instead of starting the day with foods that contribute to an energy crash mid-afternoon, like mimosas and sugary baked goods, consider starting your day with a healthy, nutritious meal. Some healthy options include oatmeal with berries, whole grain toast with a tablespoon of nut butter or eggs, and fruit. Not only will you likely start your day feeling more satisfied, but you may also be less inclined to overeat later in the day.2
It can be intimidating to try anything new, but think of that as part of the adventure. Have you ever tried playing golf? What about practicing yoga? If there’s something you’ve been thinking about trying—take today to treat yourself and experience it. Not only could you end up loving it, but incorporating regular physical activity into your lifestyle can lead to an array of other health benefits.3
7. Host a healthy barbecue
Did you know that having high-quality friendships as an adult is associated with improved health and potentially increased longevity?4 Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to have your friends over for a healthy barbecue featuring lean meats like chicken and fresh vegetables like grilled squash and peppers.
8. Confide in Your Consultant or Fitness Buddy
If you’re on a weight loss journey, make some time for yourself by scheduling an appointment with your personal consultant or calling up a fitness buddy to help keep you accountable and inspired! By consulting a trusted coach or close friend, you are committing to being your best—and it’s that drive that will ultimately lead you to be the best version of yourself, which includes being one amazing dad.
We hope these tips help you celebrate this special day a little healthier. From all of us at Jenny Craig, Happy Father’s Day!
Edited by Elisa - Jenny Craig