Jun 26, 2015 8:00 AM

Author: Jen Brass Jenkins, MPC

Forget the Kegger or the Six-Pack. Aim for the Dad Bod!

Summer time can bring us face to face with some bare facts about ourselves. But never fear! You don’t have to go to extremes to rock the perfect bare bod. Consider the dad bod, a nice halfway point between the beer gut and the rock-hard six pack.

What Is the Dad Bod?

The answer is a recent internet meme started by a student blog post defining the dad bod as a “nice balance between beer gut and working out.”* It's a gently cuddly body somewhere between tight rock-hard abs and the overflowing beer paunch.

While the concept of the dad bod has been criticized on both sides of the male and female divide (as unhealthy and a double standard respectively), you have to admit that the dad bod is a reasonable ideal: not too hard, not too soft, but just right.**

Rocking a Healthy Body: 5 Tips

Whatever choices you make about the right body size and shape for you, however, these five tips from Rick Henriksen, MD, family medicine specialist, will help you rock a healthier body.

  1. Key in your nutrition. Nutrition is the key to health. Exercise and strength is important but keying in your nutrition needs to be the first step.
  2. Reduce your processed carbs and sugar. This will help you cut the gut in the fastest and healthiest way.
  3. Alternate longer, low intensity exercises with bursts of sprinting. Go for a hike, with an occasional 20-second sprint.
  4. Sleep for eight hours a night. Sleep is the key to recovery and health—push for eight hours a night. If you consistently get less than seven, then you are in for trouble down the road.
  5. Make a plan before a life change occurs. Before the baby comes, for example, think about how you will keep your healthy habits.

Whether you want to stay with those sharp abs or perhaps streamline the gut, these five tips can help any daddio take it to healthier level. Don’t forget, real men are healthy men.

P.S. Check out this thought provoking article about one dude’s journey to six-pack abs and back: The Absperiment and one year later.

Learn more about men’s health.

* Why Girls Love the Dad Bod http://theodysseyonline.com/clemson/dad-bod/97484

** The New York Times gathered some facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who take “stock of the national beer gut” every few years. They found that: “On average, dads are 10 pounds heavier than non-dads,” carrying approximately an extra two inches on their waistline. But these dads self-described as being “about the right weight.” The Dad Bod, Quantified http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/upshot/the-dad-bod-quantified.html

Jen Brass Jenkins, MPC

Jen is the web content manager on the Interactive Marketing and Web Team. She manages projects and works with clinical services, departments, and colleges across University of Utah Health Sciences. She also writes and edits many, many things. Find her on Twitter @chrlichaz.

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