The Essential Guide All Dads Need To Know To Look And Feel Their Best

You may be a real expert when it comes to working out, weight training or cardio work. But when it comes to looking good it isn’t all about how many kilos you can lift on the weight bench. There is a little more to it. Men, especially when they become fathers, can often find that grooming and taking better care of themselves can go out the window a little. This isn’t just in terms of exercise routines, but also in how they look, what they eat, the sleep they get and the mental impact that being a parent can carry. However, it isn’t too late to get back on track with a few things. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about the whole package and not just the biceps and muscle tone. With that in mind, here are some of the essential tips that you can try. 

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Manscaping

Not only can taking care of hair below the belt look more groomed, but it can have an effect on odor too. You don’t have to go to extremes of using a razor if you don’t feel comfortable with that but using scissors to neaten the area up will make a big difference. The same goes for chest hair. However, this can be an area where you notice an ingrown hair that might be causing you a few issues. But relax as you can get things like ingrown hair treatment products very easily these days. Manscaping and the removal of hair, is more of a personal choice. But it can help you to feel more presented and at ease with your body. Neatening things up could help you to feel better about how you look. 

Exercising at home and or outside the gym

The main perception when it comes to exercise is that you need to join a gym, start using expensive gym equipment and subsequently spend a lot of time there. Time that you could be spending with your family or doing other things to help you feel better. Exercise is so important, so you could consider trying home workouts instead. These can often be short and quick, and you don’t even need to travel anywhere, so you can easily fit them into your schedule. This could be a HIIT workout, something aerobic or cardio or even a yoga for men tutorial that could help not just with stretches and flexibility but also when it comes to your mindset. Another option to consider would be running or walking. Generally getting out for half an hour and running a route can make a big difference to your fitness levels when done regularly. 

Be aware of your scent

Grooming isn’t about how you appear but how you can make someone feel in your presence. If you don’t take care of body odor, then you could be damaging the opinions others have of you. We all get affected by body odor, more so than others, especially if we are under pressure. Being a parent often means you put your children’s needs before your own, and many parents can agree there are times when their children look pristine and you don’t match up. Small things like deodorant, a shower, some moisturiser, and maybe your favourite aftershave can lift your spirits and also others around you. 

Mani’s and Pedi’s aren’t just for women

If you want to be well groomed, then don’t shy away from a good manicure or pedicure. Cutting your nails down and pushing back your cuticles can make all the difference. Buffering your nails to give them a natural shine not only helps them to look better but producing natural oils to encourage better nail growth. It’s the small things, but adding them altogether you can feel so much better about things. 

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Unwanted hairs need to go

Nasal hair, ear hair, hair that is growing in places it shouldn’t it can look very unattractive. You can trim them down with a nasal shaver or razor of any other kind to tackle those areas, or if you are brave, you can pluck them away. The same goes for stray eyebrow hairs. Getting rid of them can make a huge difference in your appearance. Some men can head to the barbers and have them do this sort of thing as part of their hair cut. The barber could use a razor to get rid of unwanted hair and neaten things up in areas such as the back of your neck and on your face. Which brings us to the next point. 

Designer stubble takes work

There is a difference between designer stubble and just looking unshaven. One looks smart and the other looks like you have just gotten out of bed after being up with the children all night. While that might be a true story, you don’t want to portray that to others, on the school run, or at work. Designer stubble requires maintenance. Neatening up the edges and encouraging growth. A clean shaven look is also good, but either way, you need to maintain this hair growth. Again this could be something you get done at the barbers to help you with it. 

Take care of yourself

Taking care of what you eat and drink can have a big effect on your look. Drinking plenty of water can do wonders for your skin, as can reducing the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink. Sometimes as parents we can forget the small things such as keeping ourselves hydrated, so you may want to think about having a water bottle close by as a gentle reminder. The same goes for what you eat. Taking care of what you put into your body will take care of what it does to the outside. This means trying to avoid the convenience and the junk and working together with your partner to plan well-balanced meals. We all ensure our children get a decent meal, so why not give ourselves the same consideration? Meal planning together and using appliances like a slow or pressure cooker can help to make more nutritious meals with very little effort. 

Looking youthful isn’t all about looks

Finally, looking youthful and feeling your best isn’t essentially all about what you do in terms of exercise, how you appear and what you eat and drink. It can also have a lot to do with your mindset. So it may be time to start thinking about the focus you put to your mindset and what you can do to change it. Being active with your children and spending time with them. Being happy and grateful for the things that you have in your life. Working on a more positive outlook in life when it comes to small changes such as the future, your career and the next steps for your family. It can help you to feel brighter, especially on those tough parenting days. 

Let’s hope these tips help you to look and feel your best. 

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