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The Manliness of being a healthy Dad. Dad Blogger, RJ Jaramillo talks about the daily demands of Modern Fatherhood and the importance of staying healthy.

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Keeping Dad Healthy

“He was only 48, went camping on his birthday, and he dropped
dead in front of his family… and just like that, he was gone.”

I am taking a quote from a recent conversation I had on
Facebook with one of my college friends who was telling me about our fellow
fraternity brother who passed away this summer camping with his family. The
story shocked me for a couple reasons. First, I just saw this man and he looked
happy and healthy. There were no external signs of anything wrong with him.

Secondly, I am about the same age as this man and it made me
think about my own health and made me wonder if I am doing everything I can to
stay in my best condition. So I decided to see my doctor and ask him to create
a “Dad Health Checklist” to see what I can be doing better. Some of the results
were an eye opener, and in other areas, I knew I was slacking. Take a look at
my checklist and see where you measure up.

Burger

Finding the Balance: Diet
and Exercise

Diet

Diet is all about portion control and timing. Like most busy
Dads, I found myself lacking discipline in the foods I was eating. I also discovered that eating larger
than normal portions late in the evening was just making things worse. I
received the following recommendations:

1. Eat more often in smaller portions. Start your breakfast
early and set times throughout the day with your meals and add healthy snacks
like fruits and nuts for sustained energy. Your final meal of dinner should be
consumed before 7 PM.

2. Each portion of every meal should remain about the size
of your fist, not an “open hand”. This portion control can really make a
difference in seeing results. It can also make you feel hungry when you go to
bed at night. A solution: drink water instead of a late night snack. Water can
help confuse your brain by feeling full and stop the hunger pains. The set back
is that you might have to get up late at night to pee.

3. Stop drinking alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine
by 7 PM.

After reviewing these suggestions, I came up with my own
responses:

1. I eat only when I am starving, this is not good for my
body.

2. I have been eating portions larger than “two fists”. I am
not as young as I used to be and cannot burn the calories off as fast as I used
to…

3. Stop Drinking by 7?
When I drink, I don’t even start until after 8. But I know that this
advice will help me cut down on unnecessary calories that my body can’t burn
off at night.

Exercise

My Weekend Warrior approach to my fitness regimen has
finally caught up to me. I cannot go unto my Monday mornings limping anymore. I
didn’t need my doctor to tell me this; my body tells me this every week. My solution to this problem is to take
a weekly gym and cardio schedule in small portions and make it fit into my
daily “Dad Schedule” between School drop offs and pick ups. I have now created
my workout time during my lunch hour and walk my dog after dinner.

Getting out of shape can be real easy for Dads. Most of us take
a familiar approach to fitness. Weekends are mainly spent supporting our
children’s various team sports and school activities. Some of us get to coach
or assist, while others just play “Dad Taxi” all day and find every excuse to
wait for a “rainy day” and never get around to exercise. One more day of
excuses just gets us one day closer to Man Boobs and Beer Bellies… Tragic, I
know.

Getting Fat

The point I am
trying to make is this: Don’t wait for a major health issue to make you
appreciate your health; Do something NOW.
It took a fellow frat brother who died in front of his family to make me
realize the importance of my health status. I don’t want to die in front of my
kids, (I already had a close call once in a horse accident). I want to age
gracefully and healthy and become a grandfather and retire with an active
lifestyle…

You can make a difference today by joining me with the Real
Health Dad group on Anthem Blue Cross. You don’t have to be a Blue Cross member to participate in
this program. Just be a Man and Follow me and share your health success
stories. I will be on a 12-month blog program sharing my health stories. I will
be making Videos on Healthy Cooking Recipes, Video Blogs about Dad Health
Topics and showing you various Dad Fitness and Exercise programs. I am no
expert, just a Dad committed to helping other Dads reach their optimum health.

I want to show each Dad that they are not alone in this journey.
Let me motivate you to your health goals and I promise together, we can make a
bigger difference for Dad Health everywhere across America.

Check out these links for more details and follow my Dad
Health Blog on Real Health:


Real Health website link

My Real Health Dad Page


Real Health YouTube Channel


Real Health Facebook Page

Richard JaramilloRichard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”

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Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com, a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children. RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents “Make Life Happen…Again!”