Q is for Quad exercises

04 January 2018
Paul Stainthorpe, 38, Durham
Man running on the beach with his dog

I was always active growing up. I played football and basketball and was really fit. But in my mid-twenties I started comfort eating!

When I was 30, my partner and I had Adam, our little lad. As you do when a baby comes along, we started taking loads more photographs.

Looking at some of those pictures shocked me -  I was looking pretty chubby! I also realised that when I carried my son in his car seat it was a proper struggle. I wasn’t hugely overweight, but I felt very unfit. I realised that I wanted to be a good role model, as well as a good dad. I wanted my son to be proud of me. My overall health was suffering too - my eczema came back and I had a feeling that it might have been triggered by eating and drinking too much dairy.

So, during the following 12 months, I changed my lifestyle and routine. But then I had another scare: a lump on my testicle. This really frightened me as my cousin had testicular cancer. I got it checked out and it was fine, but it made me realise that there was more to life. It prompted me to go for it with my blog, Father Fitness, and give up the nine to five work day.

That was four/five years ago and I feel like I've really got my head in the right place since then. I’ve developed a clearer mindset, I know who I am and what I want. I improved my fitness through a combination of squat exercises, weights, running, boxing and a lot of circuit training. I spent time reading and learning about cooking and nutrition. It turns out I really enjoy researching how meals are made and what goes into them.

But I’m also realistic. You see a lot of ripped, super-fit bodies on social media and the six-pack is far too much effort for me. I'm fairly lean and fit and eat well, but I'm not in the best shape of my life, and I’m okay with that.  I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and we now have two kids, so it's not realistic to be in the gym and eat a perfect diet every day. You have to treat yourself sometimes – but it’s important to balance that out with healthy meals, and lots of fruit and veg.  Right now, I'm in a really happy place, I’ve taken control of my health and fitness and I’ve never felt better – I even have my quad muscles back, something I missed when I was out of shape.

You do only live once, but it’s a constant journey.

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