As we get older… or, uh, “mature,” staying in shape becomes an increasingly difficult task. For all the work we put into our body when were young, our effort seemingly gets erased by father time, “father” being the operative word. But don’t worry, it’s not over yet. There are steps you can take to eschew the inevitable. Here’s how.
Take Advantage of Gym Time
“But how can I stay in shape if I only have time to go to the gym once a week?” Well, you’d better make that one time count. See, it’s not necessarily about how many times you enter a fitness facility, it’s about how intense you get while there. You could go to the gym every day but if you merely stand around and don’t make use of your time, you’ll slink into dad bod territory rather swiftly.
When you lift, lift heavy things. If you go to the gym for 45 minutes, make it the hardest 45 minutes of your life. You’ll be glad you did.
Become one of those people you love to hate—people who run. Cardio has the word cardiac in it for a reason, it will keep your heart pumping longer and healthier. This is especially important as you grow older. Going on a run even just twice a week is paramount to longevity, helping you brush away your calories and keep your stomach size to a minimum.
Understanding how many calories you burn is another crucial step towards dad bod elimination. So, give a Fitbit a shot. It’s among the most popular fitness tracking devices around, and can easy help you measure your calorie burn and steps per day. If you wear it on your hip, you can accurately measure steps taken within 1 step of 100% accuracy. Not too shabby, eh?
And if you really have no time or place to workout, just do it in your room. Even if you dropped down and did 20 push-ups and 20 sit-ups each day, in your bedroom, you’d be better off. Just make it a routine. Do a few each morning before work and you’ll be well on your way to squashing your gut before it grows into a massive problem. There’s no need to sit around and worry about your age or your perceived inability to keep the weight off. Start taking action today and make it an everyday thing, not an every now and then thing.
My "summer body" goal is to look half way decent with a shirt on #dadbod
— Safari Steve (@steve_hergi42) May 2, 2017