Fighting off a dad blob
It’s Father’s Day, and that means dads right across the country will be opening gifts, enjoying breakfast in bed, or just doing whatever it is they feel like doing all day (Bunnings, footy, repeat) on this most special of Sundays. But there is one gift nobody wants to wake up to on Father’s Day, and that’s the sinking realisation that your once beach-ready body has somehow been transformed. Maybe it’s the notches on your belt that warn you, or maybe the buttons on your shirt are working a little harder than usual.
It can only mean one thing; you’re now
the not-so-proud owner of the dreaded dad bod. Don’t panic, there’s no reason to drop the pancakes and run to the gym right now. In fact, a survey conducted by Planet Fitness earlier this year found that the dad bod was actually getting sexier.
Some 65 per cent of the people they surveyed said they found dad bods attractive, and 61 per cent said they found a bit of extra baggage genuinely “sexy”.
Besides, it’s almost impossible to avoid. As we get older, our metabolisms begin to slow down, meaning that we simply can’t eat and drink the way we once could. And it becomes harder to build muscle as we age, too. All of which means the diet and fitness routine you stuck to when you were 30 simply won’t produce the same results at 50. And all of that is completely natural, and so no real cause for sudden panic.
But you also need to be honest with yourself. So go and take a quick look in the mirror and tell me; are we talking the natural softening around the edges that comes with a dad bod? Or are you in danger of transforming into something much worse — the dad blob? If it’s the latter, then that’s something you probably do need to worry about, but don’t worry — it can wait until tomorrow too.
Happy Father’s Day dad, we’re going to help make sure you don’t turn into a dad blob!