Is it possible to stay in shape, or even get in shape as the father of a newborn? Before my daughter was born, I was sure that I would be able to keep up with my regular workout routine, but alas, how naive I was. I have gone from working out 5 or 6 days a week, to working out 2 days a week if I am lucky. I am struggling to keep on track from a fitness perspective.
Throughout my 30’s and into my 40’s I was into fitness and worked out regularly. My wife was also into fitness and is an avid runner. After we got married, we went to the gym, hiked, biked and participated in various fitness activities together, which was awesome. My weekly workout routine consisted of something like this:
Monday – Weight Lifting (chest)
Tuesday – Weight Lifting (Shoulders and Back)
Wednesday – Cardio (Usually running)
Thursday – Weight Lifting (Legs)
Friday – Weight Lifting (Arms)
Saturday – Cardio (Either running or outdoor activity)
Sunday – Rest
This wasn’t exactly how it went every week, but you get the idea. The last couple of months, it has looked more like this:
Monday – Nothing
Tuesday – Weight Lifting (Various)
Wednesday – Nothing
Thursday – Cardio
Friday – Nothing
Saturday – Nothing
Sunday – Rest (Yes, I have to rest from nothing)
I would really like to start getting back into something that looks like my old workout routine. How do I do this? I’m not sure. I do think it is important to make an effort to work out on a regular basis, as I stated in my post about the Top 10 New Dad Essentials, but it is not as easy as it seems. After working all day while my wife takes care of the baby, it’s usually my turn to help out so she can have a break.
I am thinking about combining workouts so I can go to the gym less, but get all my workouts in. I think the main part here is to make exercising a priority again. I can watch the baby while my wife goes to the gym, then we switch off; she watches the baby while I go to the gym.
Potential Workout Schedule:
|Monday – Weight Lifting (Chest)||Dumbbell Incline Press||Flat Barbell Bench Press||Cable Flies|
|Tuesday – Break|
|Wednesday – Weight Lifting (Shoulders and Back)||Dumbbell Shoulder Press||Lateral Raise||Dumbbell Shoulder Shrug||Seated Row|
|Thursday – Weight Lifting/Cardio (Arms and Running)||Skull Crushers||Close-Grip Press||Dumbell Curls||Hammer Curls||Running|
|Friday – Break|
|Saturday – Weight Lifting/Cardio||Various Leg||Running|
|Sunday – Break|
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