This Father’s Day, set the bar higher; give Dad the gift he really wants

By: Falon Sweeney

Father’s Day is on the horizon and approaching swiftly. If you haven’t secured a pair of Bruins Stanley Cup Finals tickets for Dad – relax; you’ve got a few days left to get him something just as good (well…maybe not quite). We all know how tired he must be of receiving the same tie in a different shade or a different brand of grilling tools each year. So here are a few new ideas that’ll help keep Pops healthy and happy, whether he’s a fitness guy or not.

The FitBit Flex
For the tech savvy guy – The first thing on his list may not be arm candy, but this sleek, man-friendly activity tracker does more than just count steps and calories burned—it also tracks hours and quality of sleep. It can even fitbit be programmed to let Dad know when he’s been sedentary for too long. For just $99 this activity wirelessly syncs to iPhones 4S and higher, as well as a few Android models (and to Mac and PC). There are similar gadgets on the market (Jawbone Up, Nike FuelBand, etc.), but this is by far the most discreet model with wireless syncing and sleep tracking — the most bang for your buck, if you will. If you don’t think you can swing the bracelet version, you can purchase the One model—an earlier, pocket-sized version that has many of the same features for the same price.
(For details: http://www.fitbit.com/flex)

Cycling Shoes
If the Dad in your life is an avid cyclist or is even just getting started, you may want to help him improve the results of his rides by investing in a pair of cycling shoes. Wearing these special shoes help to improve form to prevent injury, and make sure that the feet aren’t doing all the work and that the legs get an adequate workout. Shoes are always hard to shop for, so it’s best to make sure he’s tried on a pair before or that you at least know his shoe size. At The Handle Bar, our bikes are compatible with SPD cleats, which are easy to find in most cycling or sporting good stores and usually range in price from $70-$200.

Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf or The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
Worried that Dad’s love of bacon might be impairing his health? Pick up either of these books, which describe the Paleo or “Primal” lifestyle—basically, the caveman lifestyle for dummies. It could help him switch from Big Mac to grass-fed burgers in no time and get his health on track with new, healthy eating habits that could stick for the rest of his lifetime, without having to sacrifice the food he loves—including bacon. Because what guy wouldn’t want to eat like a caveman? ($14-$20 on Amazon)

Beer Home Brew Kit
Most Dads love to splurge a bit and end the day with a cold one. If yours is the do-it-yourself type, why not give him the added satisfaction of knowing that he brewed it himself. You can find home brew kits online, or even more conveniently, at a participating Whole Foods Markets. Most kits range in price from $30-120.

The Handle Bar Multiple Class Packages
Whether a newbie rider or seasoned vet, Dad will be sure to enjoy a refreshing class (or 5) at The Handle Bar. Classes come in packages of 5, 10, 20, and 40, starting at $95. See our website for more details at http://www.handlebarcycling.com

Of course, if you and Dad aren’t into gift giving, why not come out to one of our classes this weekend and spend some quality time together in the saddle? Often times, fitness is most rewarding when done with a buddy. So grab Dad and head on over to The Handle Bar for a cycling class you won’t soon forget.

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