I’m a #HealthyDad

As I sat down to write this, my legs creaked. Hamstrings, quads, calves. All spent.

I started working out with a personal trainer a few weeks ago and it’s been different than anything I’ve ever experienced. But it’s been fun, even if he’s 21 and all he wants to ask me about is whether to party with 18 year olds or 19 year olds. What a pickle this guy is in!

I don’t know if it was growing up in California with a multitude of options to get outside, or just having an interest in sports, but I’ve always been moving. I think I passed this on to my child because, honestly, she exhausts me. Which is good.

I’ve been blessed to be able to do everything, and do everything reasonably well. Baseball, basketball, football, water polo, swimming, running, surfing, paddleboarding, water skiing, snow skiing, and on and on. Everything but golf. But golf is boring, so I’m OK with that.

Being athletic and willing to try new sports and activities has opened up so many options and ways to stay healthy and it’s something I share with my wife. It’s absolutely something I hope to pass on to my daughter.

It’s remarkable, to me at least, that I am probably in better shape now than I have been since I was swimming twice a day during high school. Aww, six pack stomach, I miss you. But it’s because I have this desire to be healthy and wanting to not only feel good when I wake up (provided that extra glass of wine somehow didn’t make it into my belly the night before) but to be able to set a good example for my kid.

It’s also about setting new goals for me to accomplish. Last year I ran my first half-marathon. In the next three years I plan on running a full one. (Quick tangent: just for fun, I checked my two running apps on my phone … since 2012, I’ve run over 250 miles. And I don’t use those all the time, so I’m going to ballpark around 325, which is like running from LA to San Francisco.)

Just a few weeks ago, I knocked another goal off my accomplishment list. I climbed to the top of the tallest mountain in the continental United States – Mount Whitney. Fourteen hours and 22 miles later, I had achieved something that only a very small percentage of people in the world had done. And for a few short minutes of my life, I was the tallest person in the lower 48. Kinda cool. (For those that be doubting, video evidence exists above.)

As I try to push myself to be healthy, it allows me to continue to set examples for myself and my kid. To be able to tell her that being active and trying new activities is fun. To illustrate some of the cool things being active has allowed me to do. That’s part of the reason I signed up for a personal trainer – well, that, and to help my body fight gravity. No one wants to see any form of sag.

But it’s not just being active. It’s also about being smart. And part of that is taking preventative measures and knowing when to get check ups and have a good doctor. I’m almost 35 and soon enough I’m going to have to start paying someone to put their finger up my butt (as opposed to how it happens now), so this is important.

As part of this #healthydad campaign I am a part of, it’s important to talk about this. Whether it’s being as active as I am, or just knowing more about your medical plan – or even joining one – we all have a responsibility to ourselves. You only get one body in your life – unless you’re RoboCop – so make sure to treat it right.

This #healthydad campaign is a great opportunity for a group of us to write about this stuff – to try and educate as many people as possible.

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So, just for fun, I wanted to post one more photo from this summer showing me living this healthy lifestyle. I’m proud to be a #healthydad.

 

Little paddleboard session on the river this morning.

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This post was sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross. I am not a medical professional and don’t claim to be one, so please check with your doctor if you have any questions about healthcare or your lifestyle.

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