DAD BOD WORKOUT TIPS
1. MIX UP THE FOCUS
Dad or not, everyone is time poor these days, so to keep motivated about exercise, change your focus and have new challenges throughout the year. Spend a month training for a 10km run, try mountain biking or sign up for a volleyball course – instead of sticking to one all year.
2. SEE A SPECIALIST
Personal trainers cost the earth so seek a one-off specialist in a discipline you are keen to take up, like swimming. Grasp the fundamentals then get them to map out a routine for a month or so. You’ll soon realise pushing yourself is better than some super-fit PT doing so.
3. BE SELFISH
A new parent’s achilles heel is often his or her inability to prioritise ‘me time’ into the equation. A 20-minute run or workout is a great antidote to the daily grind – and is crucial for everyone involved. Encourage your partner to do so too, without it sounding like a nag.
4. DON’T STARVE
When it comes to pizza, beer and chocolate, ‘in moderation’ isn’t ever the magic phrase we want to hear. It’s a good guideline but if you can maintain a healthy, balanced diet and always keep yourself hydrated, then treating yourself won’t come with that feeling of guilt we often get.
5. CARE LESS
Budgy Smuggler has the right attitude with its #Ordinaryrigau search: “We sold out of XL and XXL so knew the message had been received. It’s great to see blokes embracing their bodies and not feeling the pressure from social media to bust out crunches every morning.”
6. ENCOMPASS FITNESS INTO FATHERHOOD
6-12 months: kettle bell lunges and squats with your toddler have the desired effect. 18-24 months: running with a pushchair in tow is great for endurance. 4+ years: surfing, footy, swimming, rugby, right up until they become much better than you.