[New Warrior Thoughts] My Message To Busy Dads/Parents Featured on Time.com

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[New Warrior Thoughts] Dads (parents), we should never get to busy with the busy-ness of life, that we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves. Our kiddos need us to be healthy, strong, and to simply “be here with them.

 


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Please check out yours truly, in a recent article for Time Magazine‘s Time.com. This is a great article for busy dads, who find it hard to keep up with your kids, while taking care of your health and well-being simultaneously.  As a busy parent, how do you stay active and healthy, while keeping up with your family?

Once you finish checking out the article on Time.com, come back here and let me know what you think, by posting  any questions or comments, as below.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/04/11/want-to-keep-up-health-tips-for-older-dads/

 

P.S. Be sure to share this blog post with all of the busy parents, in your circle of friends and family, who could use the tips I, along with the other featured experts in this Time.com post, share.

  • Keith R. Wahl

    Thanks for offering the opportunity to respond on this particular subject (see exercising gratitude already). This is near and dear to my heart.

    I will be 50 this September and have two boys with my wife, one will be 5 in a few days and the other is 15 months younger. These youngsters have one grandparent left, the others lost to health issues such as heart disease, what I am convinced was a denied diabetic condition, and cancer. So, my wife and I see our health as a responsibility to our kids.

    I had a few advantages on this. I was involved in athletics early in life and had a grandfather who was a boxer turned artist (he helped introduce me to road work and the like).

    Exercise is important to us and I am aware that the boys see us and they have started imitating us. They have imprinted very early on that exercise and nutrition is something that you just focus on and just do it (we all eat fruit and veggies daily and a healthy lunch going to pre-school and such is paramount – they also see that we pack something similar).

    With regard to exercise, I focus on a few things… something with resistance (mostly kettlebells for me), something with body weight, something cardio (jump rope, jumping jacks, etc.) and I throw in sledgehammers of different weights and a tire because I like the release and it also is symbolic of hard work. Lastly but not least, there is play with the kids… teach them to play t-ball (sprint the bases with them), take them for long walks, fly kites, play frisbee, jump rope… they need it and it does you good.

    I like the kettlebells because they are versatile and compact. The body weight is something that can be done anywhere (even on vacation) even while the boys are about.

    Timers are things that I cannot rely on at this point (I know that I will be interrupted from time to time), but understanding counts and cadence relative to timing is possible. That means take a little time to test yourself.

    Another thing that I find helpful is to find challenges. The concept of doing 100 pushups a day (even if you lose a day or two because of the late night up with a child) or 10,000 kettlebell swings in 30 days or some other challenge… a goal is a great motivator. If the goal is coupled with accountability on social media is better.

    The result was expressed by my oldest in a trip to Disney World. He pulled me down and said in my ear, “I am so glad that we have a Dad who can run and jump and play with us.”

  • Sincere

    Keith, thanks for sharing your story, mi amigo. You are truly an inspiration, and a blessing to your family. I always say that our children from us, by mirroring what we do, and not necessarily solely by what we say. The activities and examples you just described are a great blueprint for developing and supporting a healthy family dynamic for us all. Keep up the great work, my friend, and thanks once again for sharing.