THURSDAY AUGUST 17, 2017
 
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AVOIDING THE DREADED DAD BOD
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The dad bod is becoming increasingly common in today's world. Men are embracing it and women are learning to love it. You don't have to fall victim to the dad bod, though. There are ways you can prevent your abs from becoming soft and squishy, but it takes time and dedication to make it happen. The dad looks like a mix of someone that works out sometimes but someone that enjoys pizza and a lot of beer on the weekends. You don't necessarily have to be overweight to have what is considered the dad bod, but your abs won't be rock hard either.

STRENGTH TRAIN

There are many benefits associated with strength training, but one of the benefits is that it will tighten up your abs and decrease belly fat. Strength training will also make you stronger and protect your bone health. If you're not used to strength training and are used to living a sedentary lifestyle or are someone that sticks to cardio only, it's important to go slow to prevent injury. At home, you can perform a variety of strength workouts including squats, pushups, mountain climbers, and jump squats. Take advantage of a gym membership, such as one from Fitness 19, to have access to a variety of equipment.

EAT A WELL-BALANCED DIET 

Your diet is one of the key culprits for the development of the dad bod. Evaluate your current diet and determine if there are things you can do to improve it. Remember to eat breakfast in the morning, such as one packed with protein. Limit or completely avoid processed foods, high fatty foods, high sugar foods, and limit your carbs.

GET UP AND MOVE

Avoid becoming soft in your midsection by getting up and moving as much as possible throughout the day. Take a walk around the block, play outside with your children, take the stairs as much as possible, move during your lunch break, dance, and reduce the amount of time you watch TV or play around on your phone. You can also park further away from entrances so you have to walk further and take a fitness class to get moving with like-minded individuals.

LIMIT THE BEERS 

Too many beers can turn any trim and tight abdomen into a soft one, eventually causing what is known as the beer belly. Beer is loaded with calories, and if you consume several beers in one sitting, you're loading your body up with a lot of unnecessary calories. If you're worried about gaining weight in your midsection, be mindful of the number of calories you're consuming with each beer you drink. Weight gain from alcohol tends to stick to the midsection.

CONSIDER VITAMINS + SUPPLEMENTS

One supplement everyone should consider taking is vitamin D. This vitamin reduces your risk of obesity and can even help you shed unwanted inches from your waistline. It's also important to take a multivitamin every day to ensure your body is getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals needed each day. You can also increase the amount of protein you're getting with protein powder, which is also packed with amino acids. Creatine is good for building muscles and green tea can help you burn more calories.  

Just because you're a dad doesn't mean you have to be stuck with a dad bod. Revamp your diet and increase your daily exercise to achieve firmer abs. If you already have what people consider a dad bod, stay motivated and work hard to shed the pounds. Find a partner to work out with to increase your motivation and to stay on track. 

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