Skip to content

Embrace Fear. Unlock Your Potential.

    why dads need to take charge of their fitness & wellbeing  - by Stride & Glory 🏆 

    Important reasons why all dads need to take personal responsibility for their fitness, health, and wellbeing.

    Carl Wakeford - Nov 2022

    Why all dads need to take charge of their fitness, health, and wellbeing

    Being a dad is hard work. You have to carry around the weight of the world on your shoulders, and sometimes that can be a burden you could do without. But you don't have to accept this fate.

    You can take charge of your own health and wellbeing by focusing on these four key areas: fitness, stress management, nutrition, and mental well-being. When dads take care of themselves first, they show up better in their roles as husbands, fathers, and role models; ultimately making for happier families.

    Dads need to ditch the superman myth.

    Dads, you need to stop feeling like you have to be Superman. It's okay to ask for help and accept it when it's offered. In fact, there are times when you should be the one offering the help—because your kids need you to take care of yourself.

    When I was a kid I watched my father work himself into the ground. He worked so hard to provide for the family, it was seriously admirable, and still is to this day. However, my dad is a diabetic, and although he's a massive rugby fan, he always let work and his responsibilities come ahead of his health. His work life was always stressful, and we all knew about it too.

    Stressed dads struggle to be present and show up in life.

    You may be thinking, "I'm not stressed out. My life is great." And you'd be right, but that doesn't mean you're immune to the physical and psychological effects of stress.

    Stress is a natural response to threatening or challenging situations and can help us perform well in the moment, but when it's prolonged it can lead to anxiety and depression—all of which make exercise much harder.

    The body produces cortisol when we're under pressure (physical or mental), and this has some negative side effects: poor sleep, fatigue, and poor nutrition/exercise habits are just a few examples of what happens when your body is constantly pumped with cortisol.

    So how do dads combat this?

    By taking charge of their health through regular workouts! In fact, according to Dr. Steven Blair—a leading researcher on physical activity—regular workouts are key for staying present in life; they help prevent anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins into the brain that boost moods while reducing cravings for comfort foods like chocolate cake (which also releases serotonin).

    A strong workout routine isn't just about looking good; it's about feeling good too!

    Poor health is a sign of a lack of personal development and self-direction.

    When you don't take charge of your health, it's a sign that you are not taking charge of your life. And when you don't take charge of your life, it's hard to have confidence in who you are and what you can do.

    You might think that this is not an issue for men because of their tough, structured and goal-oriented nature. But the fact is that many men have trouble knowing where they're headed or what direction their lives should be going in—and this can lead them towards poor health practices and habits.

    Illness can be contagious among family members.

    One of the most important reasons why you should take care of your own health is because it will benefit your family. That's right, stress can be contagious, and that extends to your children as well.

    What's more, the effects of stress on the body are more than just unpleasant; they can be downright dangerous if left untreated. You may not realise this—or want to believe it—but when you're stressed out and angry, it's easier to lash out at people around you without realising what you're doing.

    In this case there's a good chance that one day when speaking with a loved one or friend who happens to have similar negative feelings themselves will cause them both to start yelling at each other or even worse: get into an argument where someone gets hurt (physically or emotionally).

    This could happen at home between spouses/partners or between parents and children; in school where students bully each other... The list goes on forever!

    So how do we prevent such scenarios from happening?

    By taking care of ourselves so that we don't feel stressed out in the first place (because if we do then our mind becomes clouded about what matters most). There are plenty Easy Ways To De-Stress Your Life And Improve Mental Health That Everyone Should Try

    Disconnection can lead to anger, frustration, and depression.

    When you're feeling disconnected from others, it's easy to get angry and frustrated. Anger can be a sign of stress—and being disconnected can lead to depression. Depression can then lead to a cycle of disconnection, anger and frustration.

    And when a father is feeling disconnected from those around him, he may take out his frustrations on the people he loves the most: his other half and children.

    Happy dads make for happy families.

    It's no secret that living a healthy lifestyle is good for you. It helps reduce stress, keeps your body in peak condition to handle the stresses of daily life and work, and even improves your performance at work.

    But what about its effects on family life?

    By taking charge of your fitness, health, and wellbeing as a dad—and leading by example—you'll be creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family. And not only will this help the whole family stay physically fit; it'll also help make everyone happier!

    Happy dads make for happy families. And happy dads are more likely to succeed personally as well: research shows that men who lead balanced lives with lots of hobbies outside of work tend to be happier overall than those who dedicate all their time to their careers without leaving themselves any space for playtime or relaxation at home

    IN CONCLUSION

    So, gentlemen, we have some good news. The right kind of self-care is not just something that will make you feel better on the inside—it’s also something that will benefit your family on the outside. And to be clear, we’re talking about more than just going to the gym or taking vitamins from time to time. 

    If you've historically found it difficult to take action and prioritise yourself, then get in touch with Stride & Glory. We'll help you with a kick-ass, structured training program, which will have you feeling on top.

    book a call to chat about your goals

    If you resonate with this article, and you'd like a coach to help you take your fitness and wellbeing to new heights alongside your professional career, please book a free no obligations call.