Hi, my name is Paul. I’m a Dad of two and Husband to one. Father Fitness is my own personal fitness journey from becoming a first-time Father, to regaining my fitness.
I’ve always been sport mad from an early age. Playing football, basketball and tennis are just some of the sports I used to love and play. When I hit my mid 20′s, I’d let myself slide. I wasn’t doing anywhere near as much sport and my routine wasn’t consistent enough. I was eating too much of the wrong things and drinking far too much alcohol. Does my story sound familiar?
Since the birth of my son in 2009, I changed my life. I’m now a fitter and healthier Dad and I’m trying to set the perfect example to both my kids. I love being able to play football with Adam and chase him around in the back garden. Obviously some medical conditions are out of your hands but I want to try and add years to my life. If you have the chance to improve your health, then why not?
My training these days mainly involves weight training and running. I try to exercise at least three times a week, sometimes more. I also try to keep a close eye on what I eat and drink. I hope my blog comes across as just a normal guy who wants to try and keep fit. My journey is a realistic one and I’m constantly faced with hurdles, just like you.
I’ve been lucky enough to complete several events over the years including several parkruns (50+), the Pier to Pier, Total Warrior, Newcastle Stampede, the Blaydon Races, the Bamburgh 10k and the Hamsterley 10k.
I completed my 12 Days of Christmas charity challenge for Percy Hedley in 2012. This was my first real attempt at raising money for charity. It was tough but the help and support from so many people, we did it!
I attempted to run 12 parkruns in one day at the end of 2013. It was run with my friend Lee Nyland and we called the challenge, the ‘12 parkruns of Christmas.’ Unfortunately after the 11th parkrun I collapsed and was rushed to the RVI in Newcastle, the home of the supported charity Tiny Lives. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. As I’m getting older, I’m realising the importance more and more of giving something back. I was down but I’m not out.
My blog holds information around health, weight loss, product reviews, nutrition, muscle and events. I guess you could say it started off as a health and fitness blog and it’s now developing into a family and lifestyle blog too. I support exercise & kids offering advice to getting out and staying fit as a family.
We walk for miles and our favourite locations are beach walks. It’s a lovely place to clear your head and relax as a family. I’ve also created several activity sheets which are designed to keep your kids entertained on those long walks.
I write for a few other health and fitness blogs (when I get time!) such as 4Ever Fitness, Shout Fitness, Full Stride and Loxley Sports. I’m also a member of Our Healthy Hub. I’d appreciate your support by checking them all out!
Last but not least, the Wife! She’s so supportive of my journey and this blog. She lost over two stone a few years ago and has managed to keep it off – we all know that’s the hard part! She has her own blog over at Mutha Fitness so please check that one out too.
Thanks for reading and I hope to speak to you soon!