Every dad could stand to improve his health, whether he likes to sweat it out at the gym or on the open road. Or perhaps he simply likes some time to relax and de-compress. Check out some great health-inspired finds for your guy.
A combination fitness and stress monitor, Tinké ($119) tracks and measures heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen and stress levels to let Dad know if his body is ready for an activity and how his activities are improving his fitness level. He can also share his health status on Facebook, create a network and find out how his scores measure up to other users. Tinké is compatible with iOS devices and iPhone 5. Available at shop.zensorium.com.
2. The HeartMath Inner Balance
Stressed to the max? The HeartMath Inner Balance ($99) can help your guy get a grip on his stress levels with guided relaxation techniques. Using any iPhone or iPad, the earlobe sensor takes a pulse reading and then develops a customized breathing sequence to follow. Available at www.heartmathstore.com.
3. Denon’s Exercise Freak Headphones
Workout, listen to music and answer calls completely wirelessly with Denon’s Exercise Freak Headphones ($149). Super lightweight and sweat proof, these headphones come with a mesh carrying case, a micro USB cable to charge the battery, and antimicrobial silicon ear tips available in four sizes. Available at usa.denon.com.
4. Bulu Box
Got a health nut? With Bulu Box ($10/month), Dad can learn about new brands with four to five samples of vitamins, supplements, and health products delivered each month. If he likes the products, he can earn reward points by sharing, taking surveys and subscribing to save on full-sized versions. Available at bulubox.com.
Dad can analyze and record his golf swing stats to any mobile device with GolfSense ($129.99). Just attach the motion sensor to the Velcro strap of any glove, and GolfSense sends the data wirelessly. Then get real-time, in-depth 3D motion analysis of acceleration, velocity, tempo and position, and get tips on how to improve. The data is stored in the GolfSense cloud and can be synced with other mobile devices. Available at golfsense.me, Apple stores, Best Buy, and golfsmith.com.
6. AfterShokz Sportz M2 earphones
The AfterShokz Sportz M2 earphones ($79.95) will not only help Dad stay active but safe. Unlike traditional earphones, AfterShokz rests outside the ear to deliver stereo quality sound through the skull to the inner ear. So instead of drowning out all ambient noise with his music, he’ll hear nearby traffic, carry on a conversation with a workout buddy, or hear your child cry. Plus, use the in-line microphone to pause music or take a call. Available at aftershokz.com.
7. RFLKT Bike Computer
Dad can hit the open road and wirelessly send cycling app data and workout information from his iPhone to the RFLKT Bike Computer ($129.99). The handlebar mounted device allows you to navigate screens, start and stop intervals, play music, and control apps. The computer doesn’t have to be recharged and has a battery life of one year. Available at wahoofitness.com.
8. Pebble Smartwatch
The Pebble Smartwatch ($150) lets Dad access his playlist, take phone calls and keep track of his time and pace without having to pull out his phone. Compatible with Android and iPhone, the Pebble Smartwatch is customizable with apps letting dad check email, get the weather, access Facebook and Twitter, and more. Available at getpebble.com.
9. Tasting Room
For the dad who loves his wine and all its heart healthy benefits, Tasting Room by Lot18 makes selecting it a customized experience. Here’s how it works: Dad gets six miniature bottles included in the Wine Sampler Kit to try and rate. He then gets a unique wine profile so he can select 12 full bottle cases. The Tasting Room also provides advice on wines to order when dining out, food pairings, and suggestions for other regions and grapes. $9.95 for the mini-bottle tasting kit. $84.49 and up for club shipments. Tastingroom.com.
Julie Revelant is a freelance writer and copywriter specializing in parenting, health, healthcare, nutrition, food and women's issues. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com.