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Working out with my kids

They are strong, healthy and have plenty of stamina.

When my kids were growing up, physical activities were a part of our regular lives. My children were encouraged to go outside and play. As a family, we went for nature walks, bike rides and played tennis. We liked to swim, paddle our kayaks, ice skate and organized family volleyball tournaments. As the kids got older, we signed them up for all sorts of sports. Both of my sons and my daughter played hockey, baseball and basketball. They joined the school’s track and cross-country teams. They were too busy to get into trouble. Even when we went on vacation, we included excursions that required physical exertion, such as hikes, zip-lining, canoeing and snorkeling. I made sure that my family ate healthy and well-balanced meals and drank plenty of water. My three kids are now adults and they continue to prioritize physical fitness. As a family, we often participate in local marathons. When we vacation together, we meet up first thing in the morning in the fitness center. We tend to compete with each other, seeing who can run faster or longer, lift more weight or win the tennis match. My kids all maintain an ideal weight. They are strong, healthy and have plenty of stamina. I know that they will lead long and productive lives and avoid the medical concerns that come with a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. While it wasn’t always easy or cheap to set a good example, my husband’s and my efforts have proven worthwhile. My children are now having kids of their own and continuing to focus on exemplary physical health.


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