I have always tried to set a good health and fitness example for my three kids.
I’ve made my daily workouts a priority.
Whether I’m tired, busy or we’re on a family vacation, I get up in the morning and exercise for 45 to 60 minutes. I’m also very conscientious about my eating habits. I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time, and I don’t eat fast food, donuts or anything with no nutritional value. I rarely drink alcohol, don’t smoke and don’t drink coffee or carbonated beverages. From the time my kids were very little, I got them involved in all different types of sports. They’ve played ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and tennis. When my oldest son started to enter puberty, he suddenly gained quite a bit of weight. I knew that it was only a matter of time before he grew much taller and slimmed down, but he was extremely self-conscious about it. He asked me for help, and we started working out together. I would meet him off the bus from school, have him change into the right type of clothes, and we’d go for a run together. We did push ups, abdominal crunches, pull-ups, burpees and mountain climbers. At first, he was miserable the entire time. He threatened to quit many times. However, once he started to see and feel results, he became dedicated to our workout program. My son is now an adult and remains dedicated to his physical health and fitness. He has also become a vegetarian. We still enjoy working out together every now and then.