Fatherhood: it’s a unique experience that – for many men – can be totally life-changing. It also happens to be an experience that can change a man’s biology – his body and health. Fatherhood is, in other words, not just an emotional, psychological journey: it’s something much more than that.
So, in celebration of dads – and all they do for us – let’s take a look at 3 ways fatherhood can affect a man’s body and health.
Many men experience a decline in testosterone levels when they transition into fatherhood. Scientists think this is because lower testosterone in men may promote caregiving behaviors, possibly making them more nurturing dads.
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Regular physical activity is important because it contributes to a healthy body and mind. However, it’s not uncommon for men to experience less physical activity when they become fathers. This is often due to new, family-related responsibilities that can make it difficult for a dad to commit to regular physical activity.
What’s more, fathers with young children tend to experience a larger decrease in physical activity levels compared to mothers. Because of this, fathers are also at a greater risk of obesity than moms are.
(So if you’re a dad, try to make sure you still hit the gym, take walks, participate in sports, or do any other form of physical activity you enjoy.)
First-time dads often experience a good deal of stress. (If you’ve recently become a dad yourself, you probably know exactly what that stress is like.) New dads often have a full-time job to balance along with their responsibilities around their newborn child. This can mean that there’s simply no time to relax.
(Side note: consider getting Dad an at-home Men’s Health Test, which measures important hormones like cortisol – the “stress hormone.”)
The good news here is that – at the end of the day – fatherhood is an often deeply-rewarding experience, despite the sleepless nights, stress, and the “non-stop-ness of it” all (as one new dad put it).
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