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Health and Fitness: Priceless Fathers’s Day Ideas, Be Dad For A Day

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Dad’s are the backbone of the family, and they do a lot that can literally break their backs. Give dad a break this Father’s Day by doing some of the heavy lifting to give dad a rest, and  get a good workout too! Here are five things you can do to take the load off dad and pack on some muscle:

1. Mow the lawn

Mowing the lawn can be a tough task, but it can also be a lot of fun. You will have a freshly manicured lawn while getting your exercise; maneuvering a machine on grass is no easy task. Push mowers will work out almost every part of the body, especially your legs, arms and shoulders. In addition, steering a riding mower will certainly tighten up your biceps and triceps.

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2. Take out the trash

Handling the trash is definitely dad’s job, but for Father’s Day we’ll make an exception. While you’re pulling that smelly, leaky bag out of the garbage can, be sure to hold it out as far away from your face as possible. This is the equivalent of doing arm extensions with a 5-10 lb weight. If the dumpster is really far, be sure to switch arms a couple of times for even toning.

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3. Bring out the ladder

There are probably some things around the house that dad hasn’t gotten to yet. Bring the ladder out and check one of those things off the “to-do” list. Change the blown out light bulb or clean out the gutters. Stepping up and down a ladder is a great workout for your legs and glutes, and if you’re reaching high up you will also start to feel the burn in your arms.

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4. Clear the clutter

If you have boxes that need to be unpacked, or storage that needs re-organizing, this is a great time to do it. Chances are dad hasn’t gotten to it and things are piling up in the attic or garage. Organize one box at a time, and get some exercise with lifting and bending. You may even find some long lost treasures you can use or sell.

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5. Play catch with the kids

Surprise dad by running a nice bubble bath and take the kids out for a day in the park. Make sure you add all of your favorite fragrances and let dad relax at home in peace and quiet. When you return not only will he smell good, but you will have completed a significant amount of cardio after a long day of running around with the kids.

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Shannon Torres

Shannon Torres is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She specializes in working with individuals to cultivate a carefree relationship with food, and implement sustainable life-long lifestyle practices. Shannon also works with groups, small businesses and corporations on implementing wellness programs to keep employees at work, productive, and healthy. She is a loving mother of three and is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of healthy food choices. With over a decade in the fields of health, nutrition and self improvement, Shannon is on a mission to help individuals heal through food, prevent disease, and live abundantly. For one on one Health Coaching, you can contact Shannon at and visit

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