Exercise is a vital part of maintaining good kidney and overall health. Getting your father outdoors has multiple benefits including facilitating more social engagement, movement, and let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy the extra vitamin D? Whether your dad is very active, or not so much, we have ideas for everyone’s capabilities. If you have any ideas to share, we would love to hear them!
If your father still has high mobility, here are some awesome outdoor activities for you two to do together on Father’s Day.
There are tons of great nature trails to hike on in your area of all difficulty levels. Many trails have an easier route, and your “hike” doesn’t necessarily have to be in nature. It could be around a local park, zoo, or even the neighborhood. The important part is that you’re outside and moving while spending quality time with Dad. When hiking, make sure everyone stays hydrated. Here are some tips on how to include more water consumption in your daily routine.
This is a great activity not only for spending some time in the sun but also for a delicious reward at the end. We recommend strawberry and peach picking since they are both in season in June and are also a part of the low-oxalate diet. Here is a website where you can look for local picking farms. Berry picking may require a lot of bending over and time outdoors so be sure to wear comfortable clothing.
Biking is an enjoyable activity for the whole family. You all can bike to a local park and have a picnic, or you can find some nearby biking nature trails. It’s a great cardio exercise to get your blood pumping and your dad will enjoy the scenic view.
This option is probably the most accommodating for everyone in the family since it requires less physical activity. However, it is still a great excuse to get outside of the house. You can hike around the garden, which will probably have benches along the way to rest and enjoy the scenery. Botanical gardens also offer a great chance for any father interested in photography or bird-watching to pursue his interests.
If your father cannot handle a lot of physical activity at once, here are some alternatives that will still be very enjoyable for the whole family.
Pools can take a lot of pressure off of joints. Swimming is a great way to engage all of your body and keep it cool on a hot, summer day. It is a staple exercise for the elderly or those with lower mobility. Everyone, including parents and kids, can enjoy a pool party, so break out some low-oxalate snacks, play some music and enjoy yourselves by the pool.
Most dads love a day of fishing on the water. It’s a low-stress activity that can be enjoyed while also soaking up some sun. This is also a great opportunity for Dad to share more crazy stories with you, and get some quality bonding time in. Make sure to pack some low-oxalate snacks to keep your energy up.
Ask your dad to help you grill the burgers or prepare a side dish so he can feel involved. Stream some of his favorite music and suggest that the family plays outdoor games like horseshoe or cornhole (also known as bags) to keep your father on his feet. Be sure that your cookout stays kidney-friendly!
Keep in mind: safety comes first – don’t over-exercise, stay hydrated, and wear protective gear like helmets when needed.