Cast aside the jogging, drop the weight training, ditch the yoga - there is a new way to stay in shape.
Become a parent.
I thought I was in relatively good shape until there's things I am put through as a dad that tell me I still have a ways to go.
Sunday afternoon proved that for me. The unexpected snow led us to get out and play, since who knows if it will come back this season.
I was pulling our 3-year-old girl on a sled in front yard when I got winded. My legs were burning.
And I only pulled our girl across the front yard three times. So I now am starting the daddy workout and here's how it works.
Got flabby arms?
Well I'm working on those. Our 2-month old gets carried around in his carrier. You would think a baby wouldn't weigh that much but for some reason you put him in a carrier and hold him for awhile and you can feel it. Adding to the weight is the diaper bag and any other items you made need away from home.
Need to get the blood pumping?
There are plenty of other aerobic activities with children that include dancing, wrestling and just running around the house aimlessly.
A word of warning - when you start wrestling with a 3-year-old, they tend to think they can restart the match at any time of the day. Even if you are half asleep they can pounce on you, knees first. I've learned that the hard way.
Need a good rest?
You have to burn off that energy off so everyone in the house can have a restful night. Wait, what am I talking about? Restless nights in my household are a faded memory (see 2-month-old).
Oh wait, that reminds me of another way to stay active - walking around the house getting a bottle ready to feed the baby at 2 in the morning. Those are calories I wouldn't burn otherwise. So while the world is sleeping I'm moving - take that world.
I'm just happy I'm spry enough to move around and play with them and make them smile, but I know I'm in for it in a few years. You see, we are still a ways away from when they want to play catch, basketball and other more physical activities. That's when they are old enough to really whoop up on me. And they will be hitting their prime just as I'm on the downslope of my athleticism.
I might not be in the best shape but I have a feeling these kids will make sure I never get too pudgy.
But if I break something, pull something or get injured in another way, I may rethink this daddy workout thing.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org