As a trained Occupational Therapist and Gym Instructor I have a keen interest in health and the human body. After all that is why I gained these qualifications and spent a large part of my working life helping people rehabilitate after injury. It just fascinates me how the human body can be put through hell and bounce back or repair itself.
That of course is no reason to abuse it. In fact in my discussions with all the Fired Up Dads that you hear in my podcast, I ask them off the record, how they maintain the energy to engage with their kids.
Here are the top 7 answers:
1) Eat less and more often
It is hard to maintain your energy levels unless you are fuelling the body regularly. All of my Fired Up Dads told me that they start with a good breakfast and then up to 6 snack size meals throughout the day. All of them also recommended meals that consist of fruit, vegetables and health low GI foods like nuts etc. They all said that they try to stay away from fast food or sugary snacks. All admitted that they sinned from time to time, after all no Dad is perfect, but consistently all Dads concentrated on healthy foods.
order citotec 2) Hydrate
All Dads drank at least 3 litres of water daily. Most of them carry a drink bottle with them where ever they go. All of them recommended trying to do at least 600 mills before breakfast in the morning with most reporting increased lethargy when they missed this important step.
3) Gym in the morning
Nothing gets you more Fired Up in the morning than a solid workout. This is one of my favourite things to do. I used to try and get a workout in at night and found that I became anxy and annoyed when the kids would not go to bed or I got caught up in family activities and could not get to the gym.
There are several good things about a morning workout, but I have only chosen a few.
a) Gets your blood flowing and ready for the action of the day;
b) Moves oxygen through the brain stimulating thought and alertness;
c) Allows you time to process or align those thoughts and sequence what needs to be achieved in the day ahead;
d) Gives you time to start the day with one of my inspiring podcasts – really getting you Fired Up; and
e) Frees you up at night to spend time with your kids without feeling like you want to be somewhere else.
Oh and lets not forget – a regular workout helps you look good naked and we all want to look good naked.
Don’t be soft I hear most Dads grown on this one. Maybe! I always get that reaction when I pull out the herbal tea in a Board Meeting. In reality, the benefits of herbs relate back to times way before herbal tea became popular. In fact, in the 1400s herbs were used as the only medicine and were believed to be able to heal broken bones and ruptured organs.
Herbs are definitely not that powerful, but their power in calming, revitalising and in some cases stimulating is tried and true.
Don’t get me wrong here, I love my coffee. Grabbing a coffee is my number one task of the day, after the gym and breakfast, but we all know too much caffeine can make you ratty and irritated and that is no way to be around your kids. Pull out the herbal, relax and do your body a favour.
Valtrex cheap 5) Listen to inspirational podcasts
I am not just saying this because I produce the number one Dad related podcast in the world. I say this because this is where I draw my inspiration and motivation. When I have any down time, or I am driving, at the gym or walking the dog, I have a podcast in my ears. I love information and this is the best way for me to get it whilst allowing me to maximise my day.
Nearly all of the Dads I speak with love information too. They report that they too have difficulty obtaining all the information they would like in between everything else in their lives and that podcasts are a great way to obtain the information. Nearly all of my Dads report being inspired on some level whether it be for family, career, relationships or others by podcasts and that learning from others experiences was the number one requirement.
6) Protein Powder
There are several benefits to protein powder and increasing the amount of protein in your diet. The top two are the slimming benefits and the appetite benefits.
When your stomach is empty it releases ghrelin, which stimulates the desire to eat. After you consume food, two hormones are released to trigger satisfaction from eating. The first hormone causes the pancreas to produce enzymes that break down protein, carbohydrates and fats. The second is an appetite-inhibiter, slowing the digestive process, causing us to feel full for longer.
Protein consumption causes the release of this second hormone, so eating protein regularly throughout the day will keep your appetite under control.
The metabolic benefits of a whey protein isolate are well studied. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, whey protein isolate renders a powerful effect on body composition, lipids, insulin and glucose in overweight and obese individuals. Researchers found that subjects using a whey isolate experienced a significant decrease in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol over 12 weeks. Participants had more energy and less desire to eat.
Finally, protein feeds muscles and if you combine with the morning workout referred to earlier, then it just may help with your endeavour to look good naked.
Number of hour’s sleep that is. Sleep is the most important factor in being able to engage with your children. If you are tired, fatigued or feeling just plain lethargic you don’t feel like playing, teaching or engaging with your kids. I know, I have been there. The truth be told, you are probably better off not trying to do something you don’t want to do. Kids are very perceptive and they know when you are not fully engaged, so maybe try an activity that is a little less taxing on you when you feel this way. See my post on the ‘Top 10 activities Fired Up Dads do with their kids’.
We are talking about sleep however. You need to know, or figure out the right amount of sleep for you. The number of hours that makes you jump out of bed feeling great and ready to tackle anything. My personal number is 7. In fact it is somewhere between 7 and 8 hours, but I need at least 7. Figure this out and get the right amount of rest and you will smash it every day, not only with your kids, but in everything you do.
There is a conundrum here however. Too much sleep can have the opposite effect. It can make you feel even more tired and then of course the spiral of not wanting to do anything, frustration, anger and ruining everyone else’s day, as well as yours starts. Know your number and stick to it.