Finding time for fitness can be a struggle for dads on the go. However, with these simple tips, fitting workouts into your schedule without missing out on family time or other activities you enjoy is possible. Best of all, a regular fitness routine can help you with weight loss and management, sleep, energy levels, mental and physical health, and more.
Prioritize Your Health
Just as eating healthy, managing stress, and getting enough sleep isn’t a luxury, neither is fitness. In addition to looking and feeling better, prioritizing a healthy lifestyle can aid in disease prevention, better quality of life, and increased productivity. And, for busy dads, prioritizing your health sets a terrific example for your family.
Set Realistic Goals
It’s great to go “All In” when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle. However, without realistic goals, you’re more likely to set yourself up for burnout and disappointment than success. By creating SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) keeping your focus is easier. And, as your fitness level changes, so can your goals.
Not sure where to start on your fitness journey? Per the CDC, adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity a week.
Schedule Exercise Time
While your fitness routine can be flexible, having a designated time to work out will help you stay on track and accountable. Remember, this is a commitment you make to yourself—one that comes with a slew of benefits. So plan accordingly. By taking into account your energy level, availability, and preferences, you’ll better adhere to your schedule. For example, some people find it easier to work out first thing in the morning and cross it off their list, while others find an evening sweat sesh the perfect way to wind down and destress. See what works best for you, then block your calendar for the best chance at making it happen!
Get The Family Involved
Reaching your fitness goals takes time, consistency, and planning, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and all inclusive too. The whole family will benefits from an active lifestyle, so plan activities you can do together for a fun and rewarding way to stay on track.
For dads with little ones, a running stroller, bike seat, or baby chest carrier is great for jogging, biking, hiking. For those with older children, have fun mixing it up to see what you and your family enjoys most. From outdoor nature adventures to sports, rock wall climbing, swimming, and more, the best memories are waiting to happen.
Plan and Prep Meals
Healthy eating is important when it comes to not only reaching your fitness goals, but fueling your body for better workouts. And, for busy dads having a plan for meals is, metaphorically speaking, one less thing on your plate! Whether you’re grilling extra chicken you can use for meals later in the week, or prepping items for snacks and breakfasts for busy mornings, having a plan is a great way to save money, time, and unwanted calories.
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Embrace Short and Intense Workouts
Shorter workouts are great for busy schedules! Add in increased intensity, and you can stimulate your metabolism and burn fat even after your workout ends. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a popular form of this type of exercise since it can be adapted for different fitness levels and preferences. So, even beginners can reap the rewards of these shorter workouts.
Make The Most of Everyday Opportunities
Plans change. Emergencies pop up. Good intentions fall by the way side. In other words, life happens. The good news is, everyday is a new opportunity to make better choices and start again. While sitting still for hours may seem like the best way to get through a mountain of tasks, you’ll actually have more benefits moving each hour.
In fact, according to the University of Michigan, moving just 3 minutes every 30 minutes can help increase your energy, metabolism, and blood flow, and clear your mind. So whether you’re neck deep in projects at the office, home with a sick kid, or even stuck at the airport, finding ways to move, even for just a few minutes at a time, can do the body good.
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