Up until a few years ago I was overweight and unfit.
It was at a time where I was still working and exercising wasn’t a priority.
That coupled with the weekly Friday lunch time visits to the pub meant I ballooned to 16 stone.
It was only when I left the influences of work friends behind and became a stay at home dad things started to change.
Staying fit as a parent to two young kids became a priority.
Keeping Up With The Kids
As my kids grow up it’s exhausting at times keeping up with them.
My son loves football, rugby, tennis and most other sports.
And I end up kicking a football around or swinging a tennis racquet.
My daughter likes going on long walks around the town.
She loves to walk along the beach or to feed the ducks.
I couldn’t do as much of those things if I were overweight and unfit.
Remaining Active In Later Life
I figure that if I keep running and watch my weight mobility won’t be so much an issue in later life.
If I don’t knacker my knees in by the time I’m 65, I reckon I’ll be all good.
Staying fit as a parent is the socially responsible thing to do in any case.
I hope it means that I’m less likely to have to rely on my kids when I get older.
Being sedentary in old age is not a route I want to go down.
I don’t want to be housebound or not be able to walk further than a few metres before I collapse.
OK, life’s never as simple as that but keeping fit can only help, right?
Finding Time For Yourself
There’s a fair few things you could get up to when you’ve got some time to yourself.
But not all of them are good for you!
You could combine staying fit as a parent with joining a gym though.
Either that or getting yourself some running shoes and hitting the trails.
You might find some new pals at the gym or if you join a sports club.
Me, I just like the freedom of running by myself and exploring new places to run.
It’s the greatest escape.
It’s All In The Mind
Mental health is as important as physical health.
I find that running gives me breathing space and time to think.
It helps regulate my mood and gives me a boost.
When I’m out running my stress levels return to normal.
I’m sure doing other sports would also have the same calming effect.
Releasing those endorphins during exercise is what it’s all about.
Being A Good Role Model
If staying fit as a parent is low on your agenda, spare a thought for your kids.
They’ll learn from your habits and more than likely take their lead from you.
Losing weight and getting fit has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
It also spurred my wife on to do the same.
Now that we’re both a lot trimmer and fitter, it can only be a positive influence on our kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still partial to sweets, crisps and chocolate.
But they’re less of a draw than they once were.
How Do You Go About Staying Fit As A Parent?
What do you do to keep fit and healthy?
Do you do regular exercise or does life take over sometimes?
How much exercise do your kids do?