9 Tips For Fathers To Stay Fit And Healthy
It should be Father’s Day every day of the year! So, as a dad, you need to be taking care of yourself all days of the year and not just one. Here are exclusive health tips for dads…and dads only. *wink*Why does the world wait for Father’s Day each year to finally give fathers some credit? Of course, mothers work really hard, but our childhood would feel incomplete without the vital role that our dads played. They worked hard too! Today, while the mothers have a myriad of magazines advising them on shedding post-baby weight, fighting ageing with exotic tea masks, and cooking ‘heart-healthy’ foods, there is little (if any) for the fathers and their health and wellness.
So, I decided to put together an exhaustive list of the best health tips for dads. My health advice to fathers is easy, practical, and most of all – highly beneficial.
So, without much ado, here are 10 tips for fathers to stay fit and healthy:
1. Don’t focus on losing weight. Focus on gaining strength.
The first of all men’s health tips is about the goal and focus of your efforts. Most people make the mistake of equating the loss of weight to a gain in health. Trust me; this couldn’t be far from truth. The reality remains that being thin does not automatically mean being healthy. Scientists have realised, during recent studies, that people store fat differently depending on genetics and gender. These factors can influence the body to store fat around the organs in the viscera instead of under the skin, thereby causing serious health problems. But on the outside, because there is little fat stored under the skin, this person might look skinny and healthy. Similarly, people can be fat and yet live perfectly healthy lives. All in all, the right approach to health and wellness is always by working to make your body stronger – through diet and exercise.
2. Eat less white and more green foods.
This is more of a general rule. Most white foods like bread, rice, flour, and sugar aren’t exactly high on nutrition, barring exceptions like eggs and cauliflower. Whereas, most green foods like broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, pak choy, and cabbage are powerhouses of vitamins and minerals. Therefore, overall – it is recommended that skimping on the whites and indulging in the greens is a smart way to ensure better health.
3. Let the world be your playground.
You don’t have to shell out a bomb of cash on gym memberships, if you open your mind to possibilities. If you can manage a few kilometres of walking and flights of stairs each day, then you are set to be fitter than any of your other colleagues who have expensive gym memberships, but seldom make use of it.
4. Don’t fear the sun.
The sun isn’t your enemy, my friend. This is my most favourite out of all health tips for dads. The sun is the primary source of energy on this planet. The sun is the reason that life exists on Earth. The sun is also the best source of vitamin D. Sunlight also helps the human body metabolise the calcium we consume. It also boosts immunity and fights inflammation in the body.
5. Develop a taste for tea.
The Indians and the British love their tea. But if you’re neither, then you might prefer coffee. But there is nothing like green tea to give your health a holistic boost. Tea, especially the green variety, has a high concentration of catechins – a type of antioxidants that are known to have preventative effects against heart disease and cancer. It is also a good source of caffeine, making it a perfect remedy for workplace blues.
6. Care about nutrients, not calories.
Do not become one of those people – the kind that do massive calculations just to decide what to eat. Your body deserves more respect than that. Granted – calories are important when you’re trying to lose weight. As recent research has proven, when it comes to a healthy, sustainable weight loss, the focus should be on quality of foods than quantity. So, instead of cutting calories, if you really want to lose weight in a healthy manner, then you should work towards making each of your meals more nutritious with high-fibre foods, lean meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
7. Become a devout sleeper.
Sleeplessness never did anyone any good. Pooja Duggal, Founder and CEO, healthhunt says, “Plenty of studies, over the years, have talked about the links between sleep and diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, depression et cetera, and as if that wasn’t scary enough, a recent research showed how the brain begins eating itself when it doesn’t get enough sleep.” To keeping reading about the harmful effects of sleep deprivation, click here. You will notice how you tend to crave fatty, sugar-loaded foods on the next day after a late night of little sleep. Well, turn out – sleeping less can lead you to pile on pounds, and here is a detailed look into how and why.
8. Don’t ignore breakfast!
Gosh, how many times would you have heard, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” I’m sure it is more times than you like. But has that had any effect on you? It better- because research by King’s College London has found that at least 50 per cent of the youngsters skipped the morning meal at least once every few days. Those who did skip breakfast were found to have deficiencies in critical nutrients like iron, calcium, and iodine. Skipping breakfast will also lead you to crave junk food and end up bingeing later. If you want to go into details, then a simple click here will do it.
9. Take drinking (water) seriously.
You are probably wondering why I even had to mention something so basic. Well, that’s because water is the most underrated drink in the world! When you feel sleepy, you drink coffee. When you feel tired, you have a sports drink. When you wake up on a bright Sunday morning, you have a glass of orange juice. Well, when do you really have time for water? Water has been shown to have a positive impact on weight loss, kidney stones, constipation, and brain and heart function (click here to know more). So far, scientists haven’t come to an agreement on exactly what might be the perfect amount of water to consume on a daily basis, but a sensible approach to it would be to tailor it to your own needs. If your job has you out in the sun for long, then you will need more water than your friend who has a desk job. So, just listen to your body for this one.
Well, here’s hoping that you loved reading this article as much as I did, putting it together. Be sure to share these tips with your fellow dad friends. Good advice becomes even better when it’s shared with the world.