The other day I noticed that I am overall much stronger than I have been in a while. I can carry the increasingly heavy little guy around without getting sore, and I generally feel my posture and overall strength has increased. It could be all those long walks pushing the 20 kg stroller + baby up and down the hills, mixed with being active when playing with the little guy.
I hadn’t really thought much about it until I saw in the mirror that my back seems to have a lot of muscles in it that I didn’t notice before. I’m a thin guy, so I guess you might notice these things easier. The weird part is, the front of my body seems un-altered (in my opinion, but maybe my wife would notice otherwise). So the strength and muscles are only really evident in my back. Weird, huh?
So, I guess that even if there is no option to go workout, you can still increase your strength if you are a stay at home parent. You just have to be active (surprise, surprise, “be active” is one of the most common prescriptions for everything). I really do wish that the front of my body was where you could notice the difference (nobody says, “oh look at that guy’s back!”), but alas, I’ll have to just walk around with the smug satisfaction of assuming I have the most ripped “Dad Back” in the neighborhood. 😛