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Don’t fall back on the standard necktie or dress shirt. Get him something he can use to up his activity level or support his health and fitness goals.

I asked several dads and non-dads what they would want for Father’s Day and put together this father’s day gift guide for the active dad based on their suggestions.

Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad

Gift #1: MyZone MZ-3 Activity Belt

First off is my number one pick, the MyZone Activity Belt. It’s a fitness tracker that provides “real-time feedback on heart rate, calories, and effort, to ensure that you get accurate feedback on all your exercise, wherever and however you choose to train.” You can see the stats live on your phone or on a monitor at the gym if they have it set-up to show member stats.

What I love about it is it encourages you to work harder during a workout so ultimately you get better results. MyZone credits you with MyZone Effort Points (MEPs) so you can try to beat your own records. If you’re competitive, you can set up your MyZone social network.

It allows you to try to beat the stats of people you connect with, people who have stats displayed at the gym, or people who have virtually published their stats online.

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Father's Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad - MYZONE MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt
Emma & Rose Pick: MYZONE MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt

Gift #2: Up3 by Jawbone

My husband has used an Up since the first version came out back in 2011. He recommends it over the Fitbit or Microsoft band when anyone asks about an activity, heart health, sleep, and overall fitness tracker.

For sleep it automatically tracks  the different sleep stages (REM, light and deep sleep) to give you more insight on your sleep quality. That’s quality, not quantity. Some fitness trackers and apps only track how long you sleep. You don’t need a tracker or app to do that. Just look at the clock, right?

The Up3 by Jawbone is great at tracking true calorie expenditure whether you’re running, doing an at home workout, taking a CrossFit or bootcamp class, etc. He found it to be more durable than the Microsoft band which is similar to some models of the Fitbit with its screen to show your texts and show time. But the Microsoft band he had kept breaking. It didn’t hold up to the intensity of a CrossFit class.

I found when I used my Fitbit to track my workouts, it worked great for walking or running, but didn’t track group fitness, CrossFit, or bootcamp classes well.

The Up3 automatically tracks your resting and passive heart rate. My husband likes to tell me how low his resting heart rate is. A low resting heart rate is a good thing to have.

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Father's Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad - UP3 by Jawbone Heart Rate, Activity + Sleep Tracker
Emma & Rose Pick: UP3 by Jawbone Heart Rate, Activity + Sleep Tracker

Gift #3: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

One of my favorites in this Father’s Day gift guide for the active dad is the Bose headphones. What can I say? It’s Bose.

Bose is the best of the best when it comes to sound quality. Personally I think the Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones are better than the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones in sound quality, comfort fit, and durability. They stay put and don’t fall out of your ears mid-run. And the noise canceling feature is fantastic.

Father's Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad - Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones
Emma & Rose Pick: Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones

Gift #4: Audible Audiobook Subscription

I enjoy listening to tunes while exercising, but sometimes I listen to audiobooks. Back in 2016 I had a concussion and couldn’t read books. Eventually I was able to start listening to audiobooks and since then I’ve been hooked.

Listening to audiobooks is perfect for long runs. I mean, I love me some Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, but you can only listen to the same three songs over and over again for so long. A good audiobook helps the time go by.

To get started you can try Audible and get two free audiobooks when you sign up.

Father's Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad - Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways is a good one to get. Maybe not for a workout, but it’s definitely an eye-opening read on how what you eat affect your body.

Gift #5: Men’s Nike Free RN 2017 Running Shoes

The best way to get started on your fitness goals? New workout wear. He may not admit it, but he’s got a shoe addiction almost as bad as yours.  The Men’s Nike Free RN 2018 Running Shoes are a pair of sneakers he can wear while running and for daily activities.

Father's Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad - NIKE Men's Free RN 2018 Running Shoes
Emma & Rose Pick: NIKE Men’s Free RN 2018 Running Shoes

Gift #6: HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro12AB

Several men recommended including a TENS unit in this Father’s Day gift guide for the active dad. Here’s why.

Does your guy ever come home after a workout complaining about muscle pain? If he doesn’t, tell him to work a little harder next time. Ok, maybe don’t do that. Instead get him a Tens electrotherapy device. Tens units are muscle stimulation systems that help to relieve muscle aches and pains.

We have the FDA Cleared HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro12AB electrotherapy device. It’s portable, has twelve preprogrammed massage-like modes, and has excellent reviews. My husband says sometimes he gets so sore that ibuprofen doesn’t help, but the Tens unit does.

Father's Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad - FDA Cleared HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro12AB electrotherapy device
Emma & Rose Pick: FDA Cleared HealthmateForever TENS unit Pro12AB electrotherapy device

How About You?

There are of course so many other options out there. Just take a look at the best mini steppers that are perfect for use. And there you go, a great gift. So just keep your eyes open.

I hope you found this Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Active Dad helpful. Do you have the perfect gift idea? Share it in the comments below.

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emma lynn

Hi, I’m Emma Lynn

I’m a proud mother of two wonderful children and a wife to a loving, affectionate husband. I enjoy exercise – yoga (yes, I teach yoga as well), running, and going to different fitness classes from time to time.

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