Raising a family takes a whole lot of effort and energy.
Fathers who focus on providing for the family are often preoccupied with work, marriage, sending kids to school, and making sure that there is food on the table. Oftentimes, self-care is the last priority of dads — if it’s even included on the list.
Dads, don’t forget that God cares about your physical health too.
Reminder: when you take good care of yourself, you are in a better position to take good care of your loved ones.
So here is coach, motivational speaker, and Beyond Small Talk host LA Mumar who shares 6 simple health tips for busy fathers like you:
Tip #1: Seek help from mentors
Do you want to live a healthy lifestyle, but don’t know where to start?
Seek advice from family members, friends, and health experts. Look for mentors who can teach you the proper way of eating and exercising. Look for people who can encourage you to be the healthiest you.
Tip #2: Always go back to your vision
List down the goals you wish to achieve and do your best to stick to it. For LA, being healthy and fit enable him to take good care of his family and bond with them.
“It is important to have a vision. I always need to go back to the vision of having a healthy lifestyle – for God, for my family, and for my job so I can do it properly,” he shared.
Tip #3: Practice self-discipline
Mastering self-discipline is key to good health!
In the article “Self-Discipline: Persisting Until You Reach Your Goals,” Mind Tools shared tips for developing self-discipline. You must choose a goal, find your motivation, identify obstacles, replace old habits, and monitor your progress.
Tip #4: Make small steps toward your goal
Eat right. Drink lots of water. Get enough sleep. It all sounds simple, right?
These seemingly simple things can make or break your overall health. It’s true that the small things make the biggest difference!
As LA puts it, “When we think of these things, we think, ‘Do they really have a purpose?’ But, when we combine all these, they make a world of difference.”
Tip #5: Maximize your current space
Got no room to exercise? Even when you are stuck at home, you can do simple exercise routines! You only need a small space and the willingness to do it.
As a basketball coach, LA believes that if there is a will to stay physically active, there is a way.
“Some people in my team do not have spacious homes, but they find ways to exercise. Your determination is important. Even if you have a small space, there are many ways to exercise,” he said.
Tip #6: Search for workout ideas online
If you are worried about your safety and your budget, you don’t have to enroll in a fancy gym.
Stay healthy and practical with the help of the internet! With just one click, you can find thousands of free exercise routines and workout videos — no equipment needed.
“Body exercises are good, and that’s what we do in our team. With various ways to exercise and our access to internet, our limited budget cannot limit us.” He continued, “As we keep on pursuing and plowing in, eventually, we will see the fruits of our efforts. We can do this!”