This month’s Featured Fit Dad is Simon, a 45-year-old father of three who is an awesome example of not letting physical setbacks and age derail his fitness journey.
Despite dealing with several potentially debilitating injuries — as you’ll read below — Simon has found workarounds to continue his active and healthy lifestyle, setting an example for not just us fellow dads, but also for his children. He does it through constant change and experimentation, and if you follow him at all on Instagram, you know he also encourages fellow dads to eat right most of the time, but to not feel bad about a splurge or two during the week.
Here is Simon’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
Pretty early into my college years, although with serious injuries I have battled the psychological effect of not being able to execute certain movements. It actually broke my heart — bulging discs and ulnar nerve surgeries made me feel like fitness was no longer in the cards.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
Mostly hitting the gym by work or in our town. Love to lift, challenge myself with new ways to keep this old body in shape. We also have hiking trails near our place, so I love to take our dog out to the trails down by the lake. Great to be outdoors.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
I remember hitting the bench/deadlift/squat numbers when I was a kid, but I think this year finding that with good diet and consistency, it is possible to achieve a body fat percentage low enough to see great definition but also not fear food.
What is your favorite workout?
Funny enough, I love starting a new routine — as opposed to any style, hypertrophy, strength, CrossFit. I like the thought of starting a new cycle or routine to see what I am made of.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
Three things I want to leave as a legacy for my kids — life of prayer, they see me get up early for my morning quiet time, being a good husband to my wife and being active. I have the boys come out and lift dumbells with me from time to time. I like to get out and have yard races, play catch, and try to do competitive things. My kids are at an age when they haven’t quite learned how to lose yet.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
I think it has to be prioritized in a man’s routine. I think we are built that way — to be adventurous, to be active and lead their families. For the ones just beginning, I always try to encourage small adjustments toward healthy futures and lifestyle. Starting is the hardest, consistency is the key, moderation is a huge component and a goal in mind with the thought of what you eat being fuel and what you do as the opportunity to keep stress and emotional levels stable.