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Staying Fit As A Dad: How Allan Wu Juggles Fatherhood & Working Out

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    Being a father has its challenges – when you’ve got to juggle your career and family, fitness may unfortunately take a back seat sometimes.

    But it is possible to still stay in shape when you’re a dad despite our hectic Singaporean lifestyle. And if there’s anyone out there that’s qualified to tell us how to do it, it’s Allan Wu (@wulander). The 47-year-old shares with us how he still stays in incredible shape, how important exercise is for him and his children, and how you and your kids can motivate each other to keep fit.

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  • Has fatherhood changed the way you keep fit? Why/why not?
    2 / 8 Has fatherhood changed the way you keep fit? Why/why not?

    Fatherhood has definitely changed the way I keep fit, especially when my children were younger. During their early years, it was a challenge just to find enough time to get enough rest.  Now that they are older and in school, it’s certainly a lot easier to manage my schedule.

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  • Is there anything different about your fitness routine before and after you became a father?
    3 / 8 Is there anything different about your fitness routine before and after you became a father?

    After I became a father, my priority shifted from keeping fit myself to encouraging them to be active and exercise.  Instead of working out on my own before children, I would integrate them into my workouts such as going running while pushing them along in a jogger or swimming with them in the pool.  As they got older, I would take them on the track and go running or just play football together.

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  • How important is fitness to you and your kids?
    4 / 8 How important is fitness to you and your kids?

    Fitness to me is very important, and I do hope to teach them the importance of living an active and healthy life for themselves and the ones they love.  I hope that my passion for health and fitness will carry over to them long after I am gone. Life is all about priorities and if something is important enough to you, you will find the time to make it work…or work out!

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  • How do you encourage your kids to keep fit?
    5 / 8 How do you encourage your kids to keep fit?

    I’ve always made an effort to take them out myself to go exercise.  Of course, the key is to keep it new and make it fun because we know young children do not have the longest attention spans.  The best way is to keep the kids moving and staying active without them even knowing because they are having fun.  One of my favourite games to play with them when they were younger was “tag.”

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  • How frequently do you exercise with your kids and what kind of exercises do you do with them?
    6 / 8 How frequently do you exercise with your kids and what kind of exercises do you do with them?

    When my children were younger, I used to take them out to exercise maybe five days a week. We would either go running, biking, swimming, or play sports like basketball, football, tennis, squash, and American football.

    Now that my kids are older, they are on school and club teams for basketball so I don’t exercise with them as much because that keeps them quite busy.  Nowadays, I will still play some basketball with them but we don’t run or swim anymore.  My next phase is to start taking them to the gym soon to learn about weightlifting and strength conditioning.

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  • How do you monitor their nutrition along with exercise? Do you do the dad thing sometimes and stop them from eating certain things?
    7 / 8 How do you monitor their nutrition along with exercise? Do you do the dad thing sometimes and stop them from eating certain things?

    Their mother is actually a lot more particular about their nutrition and whether they can or cannot eat certain things.  My children are quite well versed in knowing what is nutritious and unhealthy for them so I don’t need to be too vigilant in that department…yet.

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  • What advice do you have for balancing work/exercise/family?
    8 / 8 What advice do you have for balancing work/exercise/family?

    I think the most important thing is to find your own passion for health and fitness. Once your children see that you’re true and genuine about being healthy and active, it makes it a lot easier for them to become interested and even excited about living a fitter and more fulfilling life!

    All images courtesy of Allan Wu

    By Gilbert Wong Men’s Health Content Producer

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