Chronic disease and a lack of physical fitness are wreaking havoc on our society. Diabetes, heart disease, low-back pain and other debilitating health issues are damaging our quality of life, and in the U.S. alone, two-thirds of the population is considered overweight, with one-third being obese.
For men, the emergence of the “dad bod” trend — and its acceptance as a desirable body type — is dangerous and is harmful to a man’s health and well-being.
Being a dad means you’ll inevitably be required to perform all sorts of physical movements, from changing diapers in one of those cramped bathroom stalls, to leaning over the side of the crib to pick up your child, to playing with them in the backyard or at the park, to running after them if they get away from you at the grocery store.
No, you don’t need six-pack abs and 20-inch biceps to do these things. And yes, an overweight, unhealthy dad can still be a good dad. But neglecting your health and developing heart disease by age 45, or diabetes, or bad knees certainly will affect your ability to be a father to your children and have a lasting influence in their lives.
As dads, for our own sake and for the sake of our families, we must reverse the course of where our health is headed. We must hold ourselves to a new standard for which to strive, and our physical appearance can be an outward indication of just how seriously we take our complete role as a dad.
A fit dad:
- doesn’t have a gut/beer belly/spare tire.
- should be able to run up a flight of stair or jog alongside his kids’ bike as he teaches them to ride — for example — without getting exhausted or being in pain.
- should know what to do with a dumbbell in his hands.
- should fuel his body with the foods that will sustain him for the daily pressures he faces
- lives an active, healthy, involved life with his children
If you need help on your own journey to becoming a fit dad, perhaps I can help through my customized online personal training programs.