5 Essential Fitness Rules for Good Dads
A “dad-bod” is whatever you train it to be. If you want it to be strong so you can protect and provide for your children then you need to follow these 5 essential fitness rules for good dads.
#1: There is No Excuse for Missing a Workout
Being a good dad requires a lot of time, and that means less time for the gym. That’s not an excuse for missing your daily workout though! While you may not have an hour a day to get to your local club, you can always squeeze in push ups, pull ups, squats, lunges, and other exercises that require little space and little to no equipment.
Better yet, use your kids as the weights! Training in front of or with your children sets a good example and provides them with an inspirational figure to look up to.
#2: You Should Exemplify What a Good Diet Is
Getting your kids to eat can be tough, especially when they’re toddlers. Even so, remember that nutrition is an essential component in their development. Just because it’s easier to feed the junk food doesn’t mean you should be doing it day in and day out.
Worse yet, if you’re feeding them junk food you’ll be much more likely to eat the stuff yourself. Finishing your kids french fries from their happy meal is a sure way to gain weight. Eat well and provide your kids with the same stuff.
#3: Good Dads Get Outdoors Daily
Getting outside is an essential component to living a healthy lifestyle. It provides exercise, vitamin D, and teaches kids to be more active. If you’re coming home every day just to sit in front of the television or computer, you’re showing your kids that being sedentary is okay (even if you just spent a hard day working). Try to get outside everyday even if it’s just for a few moments. Throw a ball, take a hike, jog around the block, or whatever. Just get outside with your kids.
#4: You Should Never Stop Competing
Strong men have a lot of things in common. One of those traits is a desire for competition. Whether with others or simply themselves, they never stop competing in life. If you’re a dad, you should be showing your kids what it means to compete. They’ll learn about how to win, how to lose, and why competition is an essential component of life. Join a local masters team, play basketball with friends, run a marathon, or coach your kids team; never stop competing!
#5: Teach Your Kids to Train
If you want your kids to live long and healthy lives then it’s never too early to teach them to exercise. Whether that’s with bodyweight training, kettlebells, barbells, or running, you’ll be setting them up for a lifetime of healthier and stronger living if you teach them to exercise as soon as possible. If you’re unsure of how to train someone, hire a trainer for yourself and learn about what it takes. Spend 5 minutes a day training your children and they’ll remember the lessons for the rest of their lives.
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