It’s no surprise that many of us have put on weight due to lockdown restrictions over the past two years. Stress, change of lifestyle, and the restriction of going to the gym simply haven’t helped our waistlines. That’s why the best Father’s Day gift this year is the men’s 5BX 11-minute fitness book.

Think old-school, with exercises such as press-ups, toe touches, sit-ups, and running on the spot to help get the body moving. Loved by celebrities such as Dame Helen Mirren the Oscar-winning actress is quoted as saying, “It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think, ‘Yeah, I could go to the gym now.”

So, what makes this exercise plan so successful? It can be said that BX Plans is the grandfather of home exercise. Created in the 1950s for the Royal Canadian Airforce, the plans are “Basic Exercises” that can be done in 11 minutes with little fuss.

The late Duke of Edinburgh credited the Canadian Airforce workout plan as an exercise regime that kept him fit his entire life.  In the Netflix hit ‘The Crown’ a young Prince Philip is depicted in several scenes keeping fit by using quick burst exercises such as squats and push-ups to help endurance and physical fitness.

In recent years BX Plans has been revived and is quickly becoming a much-loved home workout favourite once again. It has been given a princely thumbs up by Prince Charles and the Royals and has had a positive review by a reporter from the Telegraph who put the plan into action and discovered its benefits. Features in the Express and the Times have also boosted its popularity.

The 5BX 11-minute plan is perfect for busy dads of all ages. Exercises are very simple, and likely ones everyone has done before, so there are no awkward moves or a chance to get hurt. The workout will give an overall full body workout that can help to slowly trim those pesky pounds.

BX Plans can be done at home, in the park, or in a safe space in an office. There are no Gym fees. No equipment is needed, and the plans are suitable for all ages 8-80+. A series of charts in the plans show how many exercises should be done based on age and fitness.

Not only is BX Plans great for dad it is perfect for the family too. XBX, the women’s book, is a 12-minute workout and is based on 8 exercises with 2 optional ‘posture’ exercises.

Fit Kids helps address inactivity in children and gives simple and clear exercises for those between the ages of 7-17.

BX Plans is available in 5 different languages: English, French, German, Polish and Spanish – and is a great gift for fathers around the globe.

Why not share the secret of fitness with dad this Father’s Day visit: