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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How do you define aging? #DadsDisruptAging

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by Disrupt Aging from AARP. All thoughts, opinions and body pains are my own. 

Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do? For me, it's trying to be athletic and show my children how athletic I am, but that has not always been the story. I was never much of an athlete when I was younger. I ran around with my friends playing games like freeze tag, and hide-n-seek, but never anything too strenuous. When I went to high school, I joined a few teams, but not being physically fit, my high school athletic career did not advance at all. After graduation, I started thinking that I passed my prime. I passed my time to be fit and to be athletic, but all that changed when I had my daughter.

I have written before about how I knew I needed to get in some type of shape when my daughter was born. I mean a good percentage of parenting is cardio, right? Chasing your children around at home. Chasing them around at the park. Running them from one activity to another. So with all of this running, it was a no-brainer for me to take up running. Running was my sport of choice, by default and it not only proved to be beneficial but also good for my soul.

As I ran I would think about what I needed to do throughout the week. I would plan ways to potty train my daughter and think about what fun adventures we can have at home, but I also had time for myself to reflect. I started thinking about how good running made me feel and why I did not start doing this earlier. I also started thinking about how I can start pushing myself to do more physically.

So here I am. A dad in my mid-thirties and I have just discovered running and I started looking into doing obstacle course racing. When I went to my first race I stood out like a sore thumb. I did not look physically fit like the other participants, but my mind was ready. I figured that I would go into this race with the same mindset that I have for running: Just keep moving forward and don't stop. I survived my first race and I was hooked.

Let's fast forward a little. As I am approaching my mid-40s I have run two full marathons and have done five Spartan races. One of the great things is that by doing these races my children have seen that even though dad is an "old man" he can compete with the other people on the field. By seeing this, they have started running the children's race themselves and that is a great thing. 

I am always trying to instill in my children that they can do anything that they want if they put their minds to it. I tell them that it does not matter how old they are, how tall they are or how fast they are, as long as they believe in themselves they can accomplish anything. 

I feel that as I am getting older I am getting younger mentally because I do not define myself by my age. I define myself by the person I am and right now I do not think I am in my mid-40s. I think that by my children seeing me run through mud and jump over obstacles, they will feel that they can do that too when they become my age. They will see that age is really just a number and they can accomplish many great things no matter what their real age is. 

Can you imagine that? A world where we are judged on our actual values and experience and not just age. I think that this generation of parents can help redefine that mindset and show people that we should not place people in a box due to their age. Age just equals experience and old dogs can show younger dog new tricks. I'm glad that I can be mentally and physically fit for my children and I can not wait until the day that we can all run an obstacle course race together. 

How do you define aging? Please join me in this discussion in the comments below. You can also visit or follow the hashtag #daddisruptaging on Twitter and Instagram to see how some dads are Disrupting aging.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns: An Amazing Experience to Watch at Home

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Mary Poppins Returns in exchange for a review and giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions, and elated feelings of joy are our own. 

Sometimes there are movies that you do not et the chance to see in the theaters and you kick yourself when you watch them at home. Mary Poppins Returns is one of those movies that should have been experienced in the theaters, but with its recent release on digital and now on Blu-ray, it is a movie that just needs to be experienced by your family.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wonder Park shows us that our imagination is a wonderful thing.

Disclaimer: The Fandads attended an early screening of Wonder Park in exchange for a review and product for a giveaway. All words, thoughts, opinions, and love of chimpan-zombies are our own. 

As a child, the one thing that we have that makes playing with our toys so much fun is our imagination. With our imagination, we take our toys to far away worlds and have adventures that some time rival the books and movies that we see. In these worlds, our characters have lives of their own and rely on you for their next adventure. What would happen to these characters if you lose your imagination? What would happen to this world if you never went back? Thankfully, Wonder Park is here to give us some answers to those questions.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cartoon Network Arcade launches today!!

Cartoon Network fans, today a new app was released that will keep you entertained for hours. The Cartoon Network Arcade launches today and you have to get your hands on it. Let us tell you why.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Saving the universe with Captain Marvel

Why is her name missing from the plane? 

Who is Carol Danvers? Who is Captain Marvel? Why is she getting a movie now and where was she all of this time? These are probably a few questions that many people who are not familiar with the Marvel character have, but these questions do get answered and show us why Captain Marvel is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Being Internet Awesome with Wreck-It Ralph and Google.

In Ralph Breaks the Internet we see Ralph and Venellope traveling inside the internet and meeting all types of characters. From the cool and fast driving Shank to the strange and seedy Double Dan. While this was an animated movie and we knew that Ralph and Venellope would be safe by the end, we all need to know how to traverse the internet and Google's Be Internet Awesome initiative is a great way to help parents teach their children how to be safe online. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Make Ariel Part of Your World with this Signature Edition Home Release

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy in exchange for promoting the home release of The Little Mermaid and hosting a giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and what is that called? Oh yeah, laughs, are our own. 

Out of all the Disney movies that I have seen with my daughter I am surprised that we have never introduced her to The Little Mermaid. She knows most of the Disney Princesses, but Ariel was the one that she has heard of, but never seen. With the upcoming release 30th anniversary release of this beloved classic, it arrived digitally on February 12th, we will finally go to that magical world under the sea together.