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It’s easy to let Father’s Day come and go in a blur of barbeque kits, power tools, and the latest gadgets. This year, we’re celebrating a different side of the day by recognizing how dads can still find time for their wellness amidst the crazy ride of having kids.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the massive life change that’s thrown at you when you become a father. The things you once prided yourself on having—the fastest beer chug, a high score in a video game, multiple hours in a day to workout—are quickly cast aside for this new, all-consuming responsibility. But the unique opportunity to foster and help develop a new person in this world is pretty freakin’ badass. (Just like the beer chug you may still have.)
Society doesn’t often group “parenting” and “me-time” in the same sentence… which is kind of crazy when you think about it. How can anyone who dedicates all their time to another human have any gas left in the tank if they don’t stop and refill themselves every now and then? Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your kids. Whether it’s big or small, finding some time to reset and recharge is crucial to keeping your spirit—and your sanity—intact.
Feeling like you have zero time for yourself? You’re not alone. We caught up with some of the dads of MINDBODY to see how their self-care has changed since they became a father, and asked what they do now to take care of themselves (even if it’s only for a few minutes).
“Becoming a dad means you’re no longer the most important person in your life. It has challenged me to be a better person. In fact, being a dad has challenged me to be the best version of myself every day. It has also changed my outlook on the future, as I have committed to investing in a future that exists far beyond myself.”
Me-time method: “Reading a good book or watching a good show or movie. I love stories that give insights to this amazing, complex, messy, wonderful human experience.”
“I no longer buy whatever I want whenever I want, and I take better care of myself than I ever did before. Time for myself is laced with a thread of responsibility to the family. Whether taking care of the budget, the house, or my own health, it’s mostly done with them in mind. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Me-time method: “Yard work… you won’t be disturbed because no one else wants to do it!”
“Being a father has added stresses. Finding healthy ways to cope with those stresses is even more important so I can remember to be kind and compassionate to those around me.”
Me-time method: “I work out my mind with an hour of meditation. Afterward, I often feel relaxed, fulfilled, and calmer than when I started.”
“I found that the reduction in free-time wasn't felt until I stopped to think that I had little time to do for myself. Weekend mornings before the rest of the house is awake has been a good time for me.”
Me-time method: “Whittling down my extremely tall stack of books on my bedside table, listening to podcasts/audiobooks while I exercise, going on dates with my wife, and watching sports with my son.”
“It's been a shift in perspective. Before kids, ‘time for yourself’ is for you. After kids, it’s all about investing in yourself so that you can have more energy and mindfulness to invest in your kids.”
Me-time method: “I get up early to get a workout in while my wife and kids are asleep. This gives me energy and the time to spend with my family throughout the day.”
“It’s important now to find ways to feel more grounded, and to be a part of a tribe of people who share your values and interests.”
Me-time method: “Taking the time to hang out with the guys on a day off. Just as girls need girl time, guys need guy time.”
As hectic as life gets, dads (and parents) always need a little self-care, too. We make it easy to treat yourself or the father in your life to the gift of wellness. Whether it’s a massage, HIIT workout, or yoga class, book the best for him on the MINDBODY app or search on MINDBODY.io.
Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, Kyle House and Kyle Miller (AKA The Kyles), may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.
Since they happen to be one of the most influential duos in the fitness industry, we were eager to sit down and learn more about what wellness means to them. Ready to get to know The Kyles better? Let’s dive in.
We have always had a love for fitness. From an early age, we were both very athletic (swimming, gymnastics, and cheerleading). Once we graduated, we slowly transitioned into training young athletes and then later started working on our careers. Kyle House started personal training at a large gym and began building a solid career as a personal trainer and groups fitness instructor. Kyle Miller started working in marketing and communications ranging from politics, law enforcement, and tech becoming a leading public relations professional. After working in their fields for about 10 years they decided to combine their love of fitness with their experience and built one of the most successful fitness facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
During our time working at other gyms and visiting other facilities that many were either missing qualified and motivating trainers, topnotch customer service, or a workout that was balanced and would lead to results for everyone whether they were casual fitness enthusiasts or hardcore athletes. We are motivated on a day-to-day basis by the idea that we can always be better. The experience can get better, the community can grow stronger, and we can continue to show people that fitness is more than just a way to look good, it's therapy.
Wellness to us has always been about leading a life that is balanced. It's not all fitness, it's not all work, it's not all fun... it's not all healthy food, it's not just junk food—it's about finding a way to reach your own personal goals while still having a healthy relationship with fitness, friends, family, and food—otherwise known as the four Fs.
If you're in the Chattanooga area, you should definitely check out Kyle House Fitness to take your wellness routine to the next level. You can book classes on the Mindbody app or through their KHF app.