For Dads: Baby Barbells – The Dad’s Guide to Fitness and Fathering

[ 0 ] June 7, 2011 |

Joshua Levitt, ND is a naturopathic physician, father of three, and the author of a new book called Baby Barbells: The Dad’s Guide to Fitness and Fathering.  It is a chunky, full color, illustrated board book for new dads.  I have not reviewed this book yet but love the idea of a dad getting creative with fitness and spending time with his kids. – Anisa

Picture this.  I’m a new dad…dog tired, flat on my back, trying to calm the fussy baby perched on my chest.  Baby up, baby down, baby up, baby down.  She smiled, she giggled, she cooed…a few more reps and ooh, I felt the burn in my triceps.  I was in the worst shape of my life and I was feeling it.  This had been a remarkable transition indeed.  Just a few months earlier, this little baby came into the world, and promptly turned mine upside down.  It’s not that I wasn’t trying…In fact; it felt like I was working harder than I ever had.  In all my efforts to try to be the father and the husband and the doctor that I wanted to be, my own attention to exercise had simply fallen by the wayside.  It wasn’t long before my gym membership expired, but sure enough my baby stayed on a steady growth curve: 15, 20, 25 pounds…and we kept at it.  Sit-ups with her on my knees, lunges with her in my arms…our routine had become a ritual.  It was our special daddy-baby time that we both eagerly anticipated.  Now about eight years and three kids later, (with 14 nieces and nephews in the mix) and I am still finding new ways to enjoy and share this combination of fitness, fathering, and fun.

There is no question that it takes some serious skills to juggle the demands of work and life as a modern day involved father.   More than ever before, dads are taking an active role in the day to day raising of their children.  And it’s a good thing too.   Studies show that children who grow up with an involved father develop sharper minds, healthier bodies, and are more confident, more sensitive, and generally more likely to succeed.  It’s clear that being an involved father is good for dad, good for kids, good for the family, and good for the world.  It seems like a no-brainer right?  But there’s a catch…it ain’t child’s play.  Or on second thought…maybe it is.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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