About a year ago my wife decided that it would a great idea for us to have a baby. To be clear, she was deciding to procreate with this guy:
I don't even know what's going on here...
Luckily for us, we didn't have any of the issues that a lot of couples have in conceiving and we were blessed with a pretty amazing baby girl that is now three months old. The only "issue" is that I have never had any intention of achieving a "dad-bod".
dad-bod: (noun) A guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also with a belly that says I drank those beers and I can eat 6 slices of pizza in one seating. - urban dictionary
Feel free to call me vain but I am a pretty big fan of how I look and I really love working out so here are some tips to help you avoid your own dad-bod:
1. Have A Support System
This cannot be stressed enough. Remember when I said that we were lucky with our baby? That cannot even compare with how lucky we've been with family. Without Mrs. Gym Hero's family taking care of Logan and helping out all the time I'm not sure I would have had time to breathe let alone work out.
2. Don't Feel Guilty About Taking Care Of Yourself
Initially, I thought this was just a weird quirk that only I had but it seems to be a real thing. I felt that I was being a horrible dad by not being with her all the time. Maybe I'm wrong and I've just ruined my daughter for life but I'm willing to bet that she'll grow up ok even though I went to the gym for an hour or two.
And you call yourself a father. tsk tsk
3. MEAL PREP!!!
This falls under advice for anyone really but especially for people that are super busy. Like you parents. Because your life is no longer your own now, is it? Somehow there's a tiny little thing that completely dictates your schedule and can/will throw a wrench into your plans at any given time.
Don't stare into their eyes too long! They suck you in with cuteness!!!
Meal prepping (in the simplest terms possible) is making a crap-load amount of food and packaging it for the week. I know you have fantasies of having time to prepare your lunches on the day or cook dinners but that's probably not going to happen. I can honestly say that I've probably cooked dinner for my wife and myself 4 times since Logan was born.
And you call yourself a husband. tsk tsk
4. Have A Workout Regiment/Training Plan
So you finally took some time out for yourself and you're at the gym. Chances are that you're just going to do "whatever". Which is another way of saying that you'll be doing a half-assed workout if not just walking on the treadmill. Having a plan will hold you more accountable and make them more efficient so you're not wasting the precious seconds of freedom - I mean, suffering from not being with your amazing baby - you have.