Hello, my name is Dad. Imagine my surprise when I was commissioned by a local agent to write a series of health and fitness articles from the perspective of a father. I have worked with this editor before and his brief was to be as conversational as possible. In other words, draft my articles for the purposes of being pressed into a blog. The design and publishing work would then be taken over by the editor and his staff.
My briefs are short. Another reason as to why that is the case is given under the next sub-heading, but generally-speaking, in the year or so that I have been working with this gentleman, he usually gives me carte blanche to select my own topics and themes. Fulfilling his desire to produce a blog from a personal perspective and satisfy my own desire to be as honest as possible, I decided to not only write the so-called Dad blog, as requested by my boss, but write from the perspective of a mature gentleman who was introduced to fatherhood rather late in life.
Why mature health and fitness
In reality, I am not unique to this late start. Among my research notes lay anecdotal tales of mature men devoting more years to developing their careers before thinking about fatherhood. By the time they are financially settled in life, they are also a lot more emotionally stable than their younger peers. But the conundrum is that due to not addressing their health and fitness requirements, they may not have the required stamina and energy levels to bring up growing little children.
I have worked with this gentleman before, and it seems as though the tide is turning favorably for both of us. The nature of working for oneself has always been touch and go. One moment you have work, lots of it, the next moment, you have entered into a lean spell. If you haven’t prepared yourself well for this business and made sure that your skin is thick and your health is in check, you could be at your wit’s end. Men in their forties and fifties become more at risk from heart attacks and strokes when they are heavily under pressure and they have not taken care of their fitness levels and dietary requirements.
A few noteworthy tips
- Regular check-ups – Go and have tests done at least twice a year.
- Exercise regularly – Exercise at least four times a week.
- Healthy eating habits – Make sure that you have ticked all the correct boxes in regard to your regular intake of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and stress and cholesterol-reducing organic foodstuffs.
- Play with your children – Many men are settling down later in life.
Life begins at fifty
The last point suggested the proverbial late start in life. In this case, we are talking about fatherhood at a later, mature age. I’m fifty myself. It wasn’t easy in the beginning but now that I have addressed my mature health and fitness requirements, I am able to live, breath, eat, sleep and keep up with my garrulous, hyperactive and growing children, all four of them, two boys and two girls, twins no less.