There’s no better day than Father’s Day to get in shape with your daddy! He might like the gifts you gave him, but he’d like it even more if you spent the day together. If your old man is a gym buff, or just wants to improve his fitness level, here’s your chance to strengthen your muscles as well as your bond.
1. Play a fitness video game
You don’t have to leave the house to do a fun fitness activity. You can play a fitness video game from the comfort of your living room.
Ring Fit Adventure is a video game that helps you get in shape and it’s a great way to get dad back on his feet. Playing is an intense workout, but it’s so much fun it’s hard to stop. The device is simple to use: hold the Ring-Con and put on the leg strap, and you’re good to go.
There are tons of adventures and mini-games to choose from, whether you want a long fantasy adventure or spend a few minutes destroying robots. Unfortunately, Ring Fit Adventure does not have a multiplayer mode; however, you can still take turns and battle for the highest score.
2. Find a secret hiking trail
Can you think of anyone better to go on an outdoor adventure than your dad? Even though hiking isn’t something your dad would usually do, don’t let that stop you from trying it.
A great hiking app like AllTrails can help you find a nearby trail or hiking spot with the right length and level of difficulty. AllTrails conveniently categorizes hikes as easy, moderate, or difficult. Additionally, you can use the app to filter hikes by duration.
Start by looking for an easy hiking trail with a few nice attractions, like a waterfall or stunning views. From there, the AllTrails map will display the hiking trails that meet your needs. Who knows, very soon your dad might become your ultimate adventure companion.
To download: AllTrails for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)
3. See who can swim the fastest
Take your dad and head to your pool. If you don’t have a pool, you may be able to find a public pool to dive into. The best part about swimming is that it is not only fun but also an enjoyable physical activity with many health benefits.
Smart swimming goggles, such as the FORM smart goggles, are a bit pricey, but they take your swimming game to the next level. These goggles feature a heads-up display of your metrics in the lens. This means you can view your time, distance, stroke rate, pace and more while you swim.
To burn some serious calories, put on your smart glasses and challenge your dad to do some laps to see who can swim the fastest.
4. Join a special Father’s Day workout class
Forget going to the gym; why not spend some quality one-on-one time with your dad this Father’s Day? Did you know that working together towards a common goal can strengthen teamwork and strengthen your relationship? With so many family-friendly online workout classes available on YouTube, you don’t even have to leave the house or use up a ton of floor space to get in shape.
There are many videos to choose from, all of which are free. A few great YouTube workout classes to try are Thenx’s Father’s Day YouTube Workout and Demi Bagby’s Father’s Day YouTube Workout Challenge.
5. Take part in a jump rope challenge
There aren’t many fun fitness activities that burn as many calories as jumping rope. And no, it’s not just something kids do during recess at school; it’s a fun and versatile piece of training equipment.
If you’re up for a challenge, get yourself and dad a matching set of RENPHO smart jump ropes. The smart ropes have a handy little screen that can be set so you and your dad can race to see who performs a certain number of jumps first. Feel free to download the corresponding mobile app to view your jump time, total number of jumps and calories burned.
Whether you’re jumping inside your house, out in the backyard, or even the neighborhood park, a smart jump rope is a fun way to break a sweat and connect with your dad.
6. Garden together
Spending time gardening isn’t a typical physical activity, but it can burn a surprising amount of calories. Whether you’re gardening on the family farm or simply planting herbs on your windowsill, you can create memories that last forever while sweating it out.
LeafSnap is a wonderful plant identification app that you and your dad can use to identify plants, flowers, fruits, and trees. This home gardening app can help you identify what to plant and where to plant it based on what’s already growing. Besides that, you can set various plant care reminders and track your plants’ growth.
To download: LeafSnap for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)
7. Go for a virtual bike ride
Young or old, going for a bike ride is great fun. However, sometimes it is not possible to spend time doing this outdoors. Why don’t you and your dad ride Zwift bikes for virtual cycling games and workouts? For dads with young children, the little ones can also participate! Kids under 16 can get a free Zwift account that lets them ride for free.
If you’re an indoor cycling enthusiast, you’ll know that to use Zwift you need a few pieces of equipment, including a smart trainer and a speed sensor. Once you and your dad are settled, just choose a virtual world and start rolling with people from all over the world.
8. Try an online boxing class
Let your dad channel his inner Mike Tyson with you right by his side. Whether you want to join an online kickboxing class or strength training, TITLE Boxing Club On Demand has hundreds of workouts to do at home.
There is absolutely no experience or equipment needed, and even beginners can easily follow these workouts. All you have to do is grab your dad, pick a workout, and find some space to throw some punches. Here’s an idea: like his Father’s Day, register your dad and buy him a subscription for a month or even a full year!
To download: Title Boxing Club On Demand for iOS | Android (Free, subscription required)
Fun fitness activities that do it all for dad
Instead of spending all day on the couch, get up and move with your dad to make it a Father’s Day to remember. There are a ton of fun fitness activities and experiences you can get together and take to the next level with exciting tech this Father’s Day.