How to Get Ripped While Being a Dad
COVID-19 pretty much changed everything about how we live, and our fitness was not immune to that (dad joke). Anyways, it changed the way we work out or maybe did not work out for that matter. However, it seems we are moving away from quarantine life and restrictions, so now perhaps the time for dads to get their workout routine back on track. Unless you have had a complete home gym, and if that is the case, I completely envy you.
Whether you are trying to lose your quarantine fifteen, trying to improve mental health with fitness or get back to what you were doing before the pandemic, there are some essential steps or things you might want to consider beforehand.
Getting Your Workout Routine Back on Track: Take Your Time
This is something that cannot be stressed enough. When dads are trying to get their workout routines back after a long time off, it is essential to remember just that. You had a long time off and were not as active. Do not expect to go back repping 315 on the bench or whatever milestone you were at before your hiatus. Gradually work your way back to where you were before the time off.
Making it a Regular Habit Again
This is one that seems more challenging than it sounds. Fitness centers in my location just opened up, and after a few months of coming home to DIY projects or my Xbox, it was challenging to commit to spending an hour or two at the gym every day. However, if you want to make it a habit again, you have to fully commit to it and make it a regular occurrence. Your body will adapt to the change pretty quickly from my experience.
Have Shorter Workouts at First
In a way, this goes along with taking your time, but it is slightly different. If it is the amount of time you have to commit that is stopping, you do shorter exercises. Dads can get a great workout in at 30-45 minutes. You do not need to log hours in a gym as it can be a quick way to soreness and injury.
This is something that cannot be stressed enough for those dads to get their workout routine back on track. Understand, going into it, that you probably won’t lift as much as someone next to you or compared to what you could a few months ago. That is entirely okay and expected. I promise you are not the only one.
Just Making Yourself Do It
Ultimately, this is what it boils down to. Just getting out there and doing it. You’ll feel better after and in the long run, especially if you use fitness to help manage stress. Even if it is just a fifteen-minute workout in your front yard, you can get it done. Make those few minutes count, and you will be surprised how quickly you can get back into the swing of things. Here is a great tool to use if you are looking for ideas on a fitness routine.