As I sit here, reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the next, I am reminded of the ever so dreaded New Years Resolution. My life changed this year when I became a dad for the first time. I have learned so much this past year and there are moments that I will remember forever. But there is one thing in my life that has slipped through the cracks. It is something that I am extremely passionate about and that I want to make a priority again. That thing is fitness and exercise. I am by no means “ripped” or “cut”, nor have I ever been. Instead, I have earned the prized “dad bod”. While I am lucky enough to have a wife who loves me even if I have that amazing pear shaped gut, fitting in a workout is still something that is important to me.
Goal #1 Understand that “dad bod” isn’t a bad thing.
This goal is more of a mental goal, I want to set a realistic standard that will keep me motivated. I have found that fitness needs to be fun and inspirational. For some spending 45 minutes on a treadmill is a lot of fun, I am not that person. A couple of years ago I would have set my sights on having that “Ryan Reynolds” body (or insert any male actor your wife ogles over and convinces you to watch all of their movies), but now as a new dad, my goals have changed. My ultimate goal is to live a happy and healthy life that allows me to run around and keep up with my son. So for my first goal I am embracing the fact that I will not look like my wife’s dream man, but instead, I will be healthy for both my wife and kid.
Goal #2 Keep a routine
This goal for me is key, if I do not set a schedule for myself I will not succeed. Since I work a full-time job, when I come home I want to focus on spending time with my wife and son. For me personally working out at night is not ideal. So I have chosen to set my schedule in the morning. Yes, yes. I know. I am crazy for giving up the ever so valuable sleep that we all as dads long for. But in the end, I know it will be worth it. My goal is to keep my workout routine inline with my work schedule, my workout schedule will be M-F with weekends off for rest.
Goal #3 Keep my workouts simple
I have done a ton of research on workout routines from, 3-day splits, 4-day splits, upper/lower splits, super sets and drop sets and the list goes on and on. In all my research I have realized for me the best way to do it is keep it simple. My workout routines will look something like this:
The following week I would do 3 weight training days and run 2 days. This will give me enough variation and allow my muscles to rest properly. My goal is to keep everything to a minimum of 30 minutes to a max of 45 minutes. Long intensive workouts tend to wear me out. I am still currently picking which weight training exercises I am going to do but when I chose I will share.
Goal #4 Make smart choices in the kitchen
Fitness blogs always say that a six pack is created from 25% exercise and 75% nutrition. I have found this to be true from personal experience, but it can be very difficult to eat well. But I don’t want to be over the top restrictive, rather I want to make smart choices that allow me to eat healthy. I am not going to be preachy about sweets or other indulgences. I want to encourage myself the same way my wife encourages me, everything is ok in moderation.
I plan to eat a healthy breakfast that is not overloaded with sugars and to pack myself healthy lunches. This will allow me to have dinner with my family and not be as restrictive. I want to really think about what I eat, thinking about what I am about to eat puts my goals into perspective and helps me make better choices. The better I eat the better I feel, I know that the sacrifices I am making will help me reach my end goal.
I have no doubt that it will be hard to keep this goal as life does not slow down. I am going to utilize this place to post about my successes, roadblocks, workout routine tips, and meal tips. In the end, I want to be a healthy and happy dad for my son and wife, if I can help encourage other dads along the way then that is icing on the cake. Please feel free to comment with any questions you may have or tell me what you think about my post!