The Last-Minute Healthy Dad Gift Guide

Why healthy? Because he’s worth it.


This Sunday is Father’ Day. In case you haven’t noticed, while mom gets flowers and brunches, most Father’s Day gifts fall into the liquor, grilling and spectator sports category. Or neckties. Don’t get me wrong — those things are cool, but maybe, just maybe, we can put a healthy spin on Father’s Day this year. Dad’s not getting any younger, and we want him to have many more Father’s Day to come! So here are my top gifts that will get your pops back to his fighting weight!


Get him biking and help him up those hills – Solar Bike and eBike
Pitch in with mom and all the siblings and get dad into Pittsburgh’s bike movement – but with a little boost. Get him a solar bike from Adam Solar Rides or an electric "eBike" from Pedego Pittsburgh. These bikes will let dad enjoy the summer outdoors and help him get through our famous hills when he needs the push. Awesome, right? Heck, get yourself one.


Juice subscription – Good Life Juices
Your dad may have gone overboard with all his Omaha Steaks and Harry & David subscriptions. Schedule a weekly delivery of fresh, cold-pressed juice from Good Life Juices. The company delivers anywhere in Allegheny County so long as you order a four-bottle minimum. What better way to refresh after a bike ride, eh? Four-packs range from $28-$36.


Personal trainer – Jhon Yonan at MUV Integrated Fitness
Has your dad tried every workout on Earth — yet none of them have stuck? Send him to Jhon Yonan at MUV Integrated Fitness. After taking one look inside the gym, you’ll realize it’s not your typical fitness spot. None of the familiar equipment is around – it mostly has wheels, bungee cords and the occasional kettlebell. Yonan’s philosophy is based on biomechanics and fun. This is the one workout that’s going to stick. Private sessions range in cost from $60-$80.


Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yoga Therapy – Kimberly Musial at The Yoga Hive
Your dad may think yoga is a little fluffy. End all that with a private session with Kimberly Musial at The Yoga Hive. Each session with her is highly personalized and perfect for those who “feel they are inflexible or who would like to work on an injury, especially post physical therapy.” Musial will work with dad using modified yoga postures, assisted stretches and ongoing dialogue to build strength in a specific area of the body. Thai Yoga Body Work is a massage like you’ve never had. First off, you wear loose clothing and lay on a thick cushion. It blends principles of Yoga, Ayurveda, some acupressure, reflexology, physiotherapy to name a few, and the practitioner will use techniques that will move, stretch and twist the client. After one session, your dad will forever be changed! Private sessions and body work range from $75-$95.


Get him a health coach
Your dad may have recently gotten instructions from his doctor to “eat better.” Or maybe a nutritionist provided guidelines and said that he needs to keep his health in check. Still, though, he doesn’t know where to start. Send a message to this group of Health Coaches in Pittsburgh, and they will recommend a few for you! (Note: I take select clients as well.) A health coach does exactly what you’d expect — guide your dad toward a healthier lifestyle, working with him at his pace.


Brunch at Amazing Café or Eden in Shadyside
Mother’s Day brunches are famous. No reason why dad can’t get the same treatment. Open his eyes to a whole new world of cuisine at Amazing Café in South Side or Eden in Shadyside. Both places completely redefine what healthy food should taste like. Rather than giving him some burger and milkshake artery-cloggers, Amazing Café’s smoothies will make him want to get one of those fancy blenders. And Eden’s waffles are so good and healthy, he won’t believe what’s in them (or what’s NOT in them!).


Get him a makeover at Mister Grooming & Goods
Sure, your dad has had the same barber and haircut since cameras have been available to document that cut. That’s what makes him dad. But sometimes its fun to give even dad a makeover! Usher him to Mister Grooming & Goods in Lawrenceville for a hot lather, straight razor shave or hipster trim of his beard and ‘stache. Then take the camera out and document the moment.

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