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Father Fitness: Running for Good

Father Fitness: Running for Good

I’d like to say a big thank-you to the Quorn team for allowing me to share my story with you guys.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Paul Stainthorpe aka Father Fitness. I’ve always looked after myself and have been incredibly sporty from an early age. In my late 20s, I unfortunately let my health and fitness slide and got myself into a bad routine.

When I became a Father at 30 it ignited something inside of me to regain my fitness and to start and look after myself again. I want to set the perfect example for my kids, so eating healthy and exercising regularly is a big part of that. My journey is first-time Father to Fitness, so Father Fitness was born.

Nutrition is a big part of my whole journey. I’m not going to lie to you, I let my hair down most weekends but during the week I like to consume a variety of healthy meals. I eat products like Quorn Mince and Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces because they’re low in saturated fat and also a great source of protein. Protein is essential in building muscle tissue and repair.

My current workout routines include weight training, boxing, kettlebells and the brilliant Loxley Suspension Trainer. Events I’ve completed so far include the Pier to Pier run, the Newcastle Stampede, the Blaydon Races, numerous 10k’s, parkruns and Total Warrior. I love running but why do I run? I run for health. I run for sanity. I run for my heart, my lungs, my head, my soul. I run for me. I run for my family. I run for life. I run because I can. That’s why I run.

Running is good for you too. It helps strengthen and tone your muscles. Running makes your heart stronger and also improves your respiratory system. It’s also a great way to lose weight. Some people run just to get that little bit fitter. That’s why I turned to running anyway and I’ve never been as fit as I am now. I’ve spoken to some people lately who were worried about long-term damage to knees and joint. As long as you have sensible footwear and you use a sensible approach, you’ll be just fine.

Running also improves sleep. I have two young kids so sleep has been an issue for me in the past. Now I’m asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Running and exercise in general is also a great stress reliever for me. I run my own business so I can get stressed at times. I turn to running to combat that stress and any other minor irritations.

I recently used my running for good. Back in October 2012 I came up with a concept called ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’ My idea was to run to different locations relevant to the story. For example, I ran to local dairies to celebrate 8 Maids-a-Milking on the 8th day. I was running for a local charity called Percy Hedley. They work with disabled children and provide support for the kids and their families. They are celebrating 60 years in 2013 so I decided to run a total of 60 miles over the 12 days. The 12 days included Christmas Day and New Years Day so the celebrations were limited in our house unfortunately!

Running is good and it’s also good for you too. Why not try running for good?

Thanks for reading,