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Quick Exercises for Busy Dads

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Like many dads, I really struggle finding time for fitness. But several months ago, I decided that my weight was too high and my energy levels too low, so I began finding ways to fit physical activity in my hectic lifestyle. I started with walking 30 minutes most noon hours, hitting the gym early mornings on my days off and when the weather is good, biking to and from work (about 4 miles each way). But when I travel or I have a meeting at lunch, it can be tough to make up the time later.

So I started trying to find some exercises I could do quickly and with minimal equipment so I could do them almost any time and almost anywhere. The following quick exercises have been a real addition to my workout efforts, and I can do them in ten minute blocks of time whenever I can find them.

When you begin any effort to increase your physical activity, it's important to visit with your personal doctor to make sure that you are planning a regimen that is strenuous enough to make a difference but not so heavy that it overwhelms you. Getting in for a regular physical exam is important for every father.

Mix and match these quick exercises in 10 minute segments and try to fit three segments in each day, for a total of 30 minutes. Or, if you are doing another fitness routine, fit these in when you can't commit the time to the regular plan.

Push-Ups
Body Weight Squat
Reverse Lunge
Plank
Mountain Climbers

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