Father's Day is less than a week away and families around the country may be wondering what they should do for dad on this special day. Although presents are always a nice gesture, this June 17 it may be a good idea to skip the presents and instead spend a fun-filled family day engaged in natural play
The Idaho Statesman reports going for a family hike for Father's Day is a suitable way to spend time together while breaking a sweat. Michael Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, told the news outlet this type of activity can be fun for kids of any age, and may help them fall in love with the great outdoors as they grow older.
"Introduce children to the outdoors while they're very young, and keep going back out so that you nurture a long-term love for it in them," Lanza told the publication.
He added his own children, Nate, 11, and Alex, 9, were hitting the trails as soon as they started walking and both continue to enjoy the activity now.
Not only does hiking allow kids to spend time with their dads, but it also helps them burn some calories. Healthy kids
need at least 60 minutes of daily exercise to grow strong, according to the Let's Move! initiative. Hiking, using playground equipment
or going for family bike rides are all great options for keeping kids physically active.