To all of you fathers & soon-to-be fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!In celebration of you, today we’re going to focus on something incredibly important – how to live longer for your family.
In honor of Father's Day- check out this late 80's gem! Dad holds up my catch from a family fishing trip in Mexico. Love you, Dad!
Though that may sound dramatic, when it comes down to the nuts & bolts, it is the most important benefit, the ultimate inspiration for staying in good shape.
Also, though it may seem a long way off for newer fathers, don’t you want to eventually bask in the glory of being the “Coolest Grandfather Ever”? (The added perks to being there to spoil the heck out of your grandkids!)
Here’s what you will need
A little creativity
A commitment to your own health
Concern for your children's health and wellness
A decent sense of humor
There are tons of amazing things that come with fatherhood.
On the huge list of blessings however, you won’t find “time” anywhere on it. Not even close. Still, you need to keep fit, and especially keep your energy up. But how?
This is where it’s time to get creative. It’s far too easy to make excuses that you’re “too busy” to stay in shape. To put it bluntly, you’re not. No one is. To emphasize this point, I recommend that you read (if you haven’t already) The Four Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss, which you can download as a free PDF file. It will give you some great tips on creating more time (among other things).
Adding to that, here are some useful tips that you can apply immediately to stay healthy, fit, and energetic. They may even reduce stress!
Schedule it. These days everyone has a calendar. On our phones, tablets, computers… maybe even still on a wall. Find a common time during the day where it’s usually free. Block out that time for yourself. It may be 15 minutes or it may be an hour, but the important thing is to use it wisely. Exercising for even 15 minutes will invigorate your body, raise your heartbeat, and increase oxygen flow to your brain. (More oxygen to your brain helps you concentrate better.) Everyone benefits!
Lunch break = Move. If you have a regular lunch hour, spend 15 minute eating a healthy meal then get up and walk. Not only will it help with your digestion, you will be re-energized instead of eating lunch and craving a nap. Even a 30 minute lunch benefits. Split it between eating and walking.
Walk or jog with your family. Push a stroller, jog slowly with children who are of running age. Race them! Play, be their hero, build and enjoy the relationship – and always monitor their safety. Bring water and low glycemic snacks: children get dehydrated quicker than adults, and those higher energy levels also mean they can "crash" more rapidly.
Drink plenty of water. If your job requires you sitting down most of the day and there’s just no way out of it, drink water. Plenty of it. Regular, refreshing water. Shoot for 3 quarts to a gallon a day. It’s great for your body and alertness. If nothing else you can jog to the bathroom and back!
Park as far as you can from your office or exit transit one stop sooner.
Take the stairs.
Dance with your children when you get home.
Do squats as you push your kid on the swings.
Be creative! Making exercise an enjoyable game for your children as well as yourself will encourage them to stay active and deepen family bonds.
Some days your child won’t want to run with you, and that’s fine. You’re staying in shape for not only you, but for your entire family. Get out there as your own example.
Here’s to your health, and again – Happy Father’s Day!
Jeri Jirsa is an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic certified personal trainer. Her passion for health and fitness is born from her own first-hand experiences. Having transformed herself after a weight loss of almost 80 pounds, she strives to help others to reach their own goals. Her personal understanding of fitness and of the process of self-transformation make her uniquely able to empathize with your struggles. Always emphasizing that fun can be a part of workouts, laughter and camaraderie are a part of your overall experience.