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Five exercises for Dads to do even with the kids.

by Steve on March 22, 2010 · 5 comments

For the last several months, I’ve tried to figure out the best ways to combine exercise with quality kid time.  My daughter is 17 months old and I’ve been off of a regular workout routine since the day she was born.  I like routine and I like exercise, so it’s been tough.

If you fell off the exercise wagon when your kids were born, it’s time to get back on.  Fitness a highly recognized quality in an Intentional Dad.  I don’t mean looking like the cover of Men’s Health, just avoiding the flab.  It’s no secret that exercise is important.  Here are some reason why…

  • Exercise makes you healthier.  We need that so we can keep up with our families and live longer.
  • Exercise relieves stress.  Don’t tell me that you don’t have stress.  Intentional Dads are super active, we have dreams and take action to achieve those dreams. With that comes stress.  Exercise helps you clear your head.
  • Exercise makes your body feel good. It feels good to be a little soar in the chest or tight in the legs when you wake up.  That soreness tells you that you did something with your body.  You pushed yourself.  That’s nice.
  • Your wife likes you better.  Sure she loves you unconditionally, but I guarantee that she loves to touch a strong body better than a flabby body.
  • You will inspire your kids.  Fitness is absolutely essential to kids today.  Every other day, I hear about how our youth are fatter than ever.  Intentional Dads set the example for their kids.

It’s excuses that keeps us from getting the exercise we need.  As I type this, I’m considering a run but I’m also pondering not running.  I have a choice.  How will I choose to spend my time?

Because time is my biggest excuse to not exercise, I started running, biking and hiking with my daughter.

Think of other ways you can exercise with you children.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Running. Running is the easiest for me to do because I can walk out the front door and go.  I bought a running stroller.  I recommend the Bob Revolution, but I’m sure there are other fine running strollers.  I pack a milk, water, Cheerios and toys.  She’s content for 30-45 minutes, which is enough time for me to get what I need.
  2. Biking. Get a bike trailer for kids.  Load them into the little tent, fill it with toys and start peddling.  Bike somewhere beautiful with not a lot of cars.  The park, a lake, the ocean or trails.
  3. Hiking. I load up my daughter into a backpack made for her to sit inside.  I walk, she looks around.  Take to the trails or hit some stairs. It’s a great leg workout.
  4. Push ups and sit ups.  Stop at the park.  Let’ the little one run around or sit next to you.  Do 20 push ups, make sure they are okay and then do 20 more push ups.  Repeat as long as you can.  Do the same with sit ups.
  5. Pull ups. I bought the Iron Gym pull-up bar.  It’s a brilliant invention and an excuse buster.  All you need is a door frame.  It’s easy to set up and take down.  You don’t even have to screw it in.  It’s cheap too.  Do these while hanging out at home with your kids and anytime you walk past it.

Be an Intentional Dad. It’s time to take control of your body.

Any other ideas?  Your turn.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

physician assistant April 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

Father Steve April 19, 2010 at 6:09 am

Thank you. This blog is still very much in its infancy. I appreciate you reading and your comment. I hope to get more up soon.

pharmacy tech April 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

nice post. thanks.

Father Steve April 23, 2010 at 7:15 am

Thanks for reading.

Elliot July 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Have your daughter sit on your back while doing push-ups or a plank. Or balance her on your shins while doing crunches. Good times for all!

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