Turn “more time with the kids” into your new work­out rou­tine

Just be­cause you are a dad (or be­com­ing one) doesn’t give you an ex­cuse to let it all go. Here are the tools you can use to be­come a fit­ter role model – and spend more time with your lit­tle ones

Men's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH - BY ARTHUR JONES

THE CLAS­SIC / Wall-Mounted Pull-Up Bar

It doesn't get more im­por­tant than this. Start your home gym with this in­vest­ment, and then you can work your way up to get­ting a proper rig later. Set this up out­side and you can also get your ninja-war­rior-in-train­ing to be your coach and cheer­leader. Best part? A stronger back and big­ger arms in no time. R1 365 rebel­store.co.za

THE WA­TER WORKER / Core­ban 11’4 Cal­i­for­nia SUP

Stand-up pad­dle­board­ing is a great way to in­tro­duce your kids to the won­ders of wide-open wa­ter, with­out the risk they'll get dunked and tell mom. The Cal­i­for­nia dom­i­nates on flat wa­ter and acts as a long­board in the surf, and is guar­an­teed to pro­vide hours of fun for you and your lit­tle peo­ple. R16 599 xpres­sionon­the­beach.com

THE WHEELS / Thule Char­iot Sport

Talk to any new dad and you'll hear all about it: most prams are crap. Rick­ety, slow, just plain ugly, their in­sta­bil­ity is an accident wait­ing to hap­pen. The new Char­iot range changes the game – it lets you run, cy­cle and en­joy some fresh-air fam­ily time in any sea­son. They get the views, safe in their cap­sule, and you get the calo­rie burn. From R13 499 thule.com/za

THE HIKER / Deuter Kid Com­fort II Baby Car­rier

You've seen a hun­dred sun­rises, but they're still worth chas­ing, right? Now imag­ine you're see­ing them for the first time. Give your lit­tle one an up­grade to first class trav­el­ling lux­ury with this back­pack: vari­able hip straps and padded shoul­der sup­port en­sures it's just as com­fort­able for you. R3 899 Cape Union Mart

THE POR­TA­BLE GYM / Gym­nas­tic Rings

Light­weight, cheap and ver­sa­tile, you can hang th­ese plas­tic gym­nas­tic rings off a tree branch or a roof sup­port at home or while on hol­i­day. Think pull-ups, dips, rows and mus­cle-ups. Your kids can also start their gym­nas­tic ca­reers. If you want try some­thing sim­i­lar, check out our par­al­lette work­out on page 54. R530 rebel­store.co.za

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