Father’s Day is fast approaching! Dads, like Moms, often find it hard to squeeze in exercise and healthy eating between work and family obligations. But creating that balance is the key to not only weight-loss success but creating harmony in your home life. Exercise has been shown to be a mood-elevator and stress-lifter. Support your family by providing them with that healthy and happy Dad that they can always depend on.
Treat exercise just like you would a business appointment. Schedule it on your planner, online calendar, or Blackberry. By reserving time for exercise, you make it a priority and can more easily schedule your other obligations around it. As you create a consistent schedule, you are creating a habit and will more likely stick to your exercise program. At the end of the day, you are your most important client!
At home, why not use those commercial breaks to get in a few push-ups or squats. Those few minutes you put in add up! Or better yet, take the whole family out for a walk after meals. A walk around the block is a great way to decompress after a hard day’s work, while still punching your time card with your loved ones. Make it a race and encourage the kids to try to beat you home for that extra calorie burn (don’t forget to bring your BodyMediaFIT)!
Coaching your kids’ sports team can be another great way to kill two birds with one stone. As their coach, you will be spending quality time with the family while modeling great healthy behaviors. Plus coaching your local children’s sport or intramural team is a great way to give back to your community while having a personal impact on the lives of young people.
You owe it to your family to be fit. Work and family require energy, and a healthy lifestyle is the best way to make sure you are there for the long haul!