Instill The Love Of Fitness In Your Children

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

7 thoughts on “Instill The Love Of Fitness In Your Children”

  1. This is a great post! My parents didn’t instill a love of/for exercise and while they did stress to eat vegetables – it wasn’t so much about eating healthy as about eating what you were served. I wish I had been taught good eating and exercise when I was a kid because I have never really been able to embrace it and i need to

  2. My daughter loves to exercise like my husband and I do – she gets out our free weights and ‘works out’. Now if I could just get her to put them back when she is done!

  3. I have two beautiful children and they both are very active. My daughter always wants to be outside and we take walks together at night. My son is older(14), so he likes to exercise on his own. He does sit-ups and he also does long bike rides with my boyfriend. 🙂 I love that you wrote that not only do your kids exercise but so do you. I think it is always good motivation for children if their parents model what they say. We need more parents like you. 🙂

    1. Thank You Jessica! I just found a family workout class and both the boys and I have been attending. It is SO much fun to go to this class with the kids. Exercising is always better when you have a buddy:)

  4. Great notion! I’d prefer to put my son in the yard and let him burn off some energy while fixing up my outdoor projects!

    Jokes aside, exercise for children is vital for a long and healthy life. I recently read an article about how exercise as a youth greatly decreases the chance of fracturing or breaking a bone later in life. Besides this, exercise fights obesity, boosts confidence, and allows children to be more interpersonal with peers. So go for it kiddos!

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