Strength training for a sleepy new dad
September 28, 2011 9:09 AM Subscribe
I'm a first-time parent, and I worry that I'm getting into some bad habits, or at least a lack of good habits. Specifically, I snack at the late night feedings, and I don't exercise, usually because I'm worn out. Suggestions? More thoughts inside.
posted by filthy light thief to health & fitness (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Baby light thief will be 6 weeks old this weekend. I took off the first two weeks to figure this whole parent thing out with my wife, but I've been back to work for a while. My wife's parents are taking care of much of our lives (cooking, cleaning, baby-tending during the day), which is fantastic. Daily tasks aren't a burden on us. But waking up ever 3 hours at night is leaving me a dazed, if not a complete zombie.
Add to that, at those late-night feedings I feel rather hungry, so I usually snack on some pita chips, almonds, or cookies (if they're around - that's the downside of having an idle baker in the house). Pre-baby, I'd wake up hungry, and eat breakfast around 7 or 8am, usually a bowl of cereal or pancakes on the weekend.
As for exercise: I'm 31 years old, and in decent shape. In college, I could do 60+ push-ups at a go and run for miles, but those days are behind me, and I've put on 20-30 pounds from my college weight. More recently I've been able to do a few pretty good push-ups, but my efforts to continue with push-ups would falter after a few days. Now, I walk a mile to and from work most week days, and I slack off completely on the weekend.
First question: what are some good late-night snacks, or ways to stay full/ignore hunger?
Second question: what are some good exercises I can do, even when I'm feeling worn down?
Additional thoughts and details: we don't have any real exercise equipment, so I've tried to improvise with house-hold items. Baby seat curls are fun, but the rubber handle is good at not slipping, making the palm of my hand sore after a while.