If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I frequent the gym throughout the week. I see a personal trainer one day, and go to group workout classes twice a week. My 13 year old also works out a few times a week to prepare him for next year’s school basketball tryouts. My 7 year old has also found a “speed” workout class. He goes to SAQS (Speed, Agility, Quickness, Strength) classes twice a week. He is so happy to have found his place at the gym just like his older brother and I. He wants to be the fastest runner in his class next year and he is working hard.
He has always been interested in exercise, from riding the elliptical, using the TRX and even doing the P90X workout tapes with his Dad. Since he is 7, he changes his future career choice every once in awhile, but one of his choices was to be a exercise buff and make his own workout videos.
My 13 year old is involved in a speed camp that is being held at his school. It is hard core and every day different kids are throwing up due to being overworked. My son LOVES this camp. He doesn’t get sick and is leading the pack. He is winning the races and lifting some of the heaviest weights. He has worked so hard at basketball, it was time for this. He works out at least 4 times a week and has built up his endurance. Most of the kids in the camp are on the football team and endurance isn’t one of their strong points.
I am so proud of my kids, I hope they continue to hold a place in their hearts for exercising. I wish my parents would have pushed fitness on me when I was younger. The most exercising I ever did as a kid was dancing to my favorite music when I got a new cassette. We did have bikes, but we lived in the country and we didn’t have access to the nice walking trails that I have now. Can you remember exercising outside of P.E. class when you were young? Did you parents teach you the importance of making healthy food choices? If not, please instill the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in your children. It is a gift that they will value throughout their lifetime.