Be The Example
BE THE EXAMPLE
Author: Coash Krista
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Actions speak louder than words. I am not a mother, so this is not written from the viewpoint of a parent. But, JP and I are the children of incredible parents who helped us become the people we are today.
Fitness has been a part of my family since before I can remember. I have vague memories of my mom or dad strapping me in those behind the rider’s bum kid seat on the bike and riding around with me. Once I was able to ride a bike, my mother would take me along with her when she would run. I remember we would run and ride down our street, take a left hand turn onto Fish Brooke Road, and then she would make me turn around and go back because the next street was too dangerous to ride a bike on. She would meet me back at the house and I always imagined her running a marathon, when I think it was just about 3-4 miles. Running was my moms favorite thing. She always said her goal was to be able to run 3 miles no matter what even if she hadn’t been running for some time, and that stuck with me. My mom started lifting weights forever ago and has always loved it. She still comes to Life In Motion Fitness today 3-4 days a week!
My dad was beyond active. I remember my dad always playing and coaching hockey. He built an outdoor hockey rink the our back yard and would skate around with us. He worked out while he was at work a lot, so I did not see him do his weights, but I always thought of my dad to be the strongest guy alive when I was a kid. He was big into boxing and hung a punching bag in my basement and when he would go down and use it, he would punch the bag so hard I thought the entire house was going to fall down! He still goes to boxing classes and comes to Life In Motion Fitness to this day!
My grandfather was always into staying fit. When I got into Crossfit back in 2012, my family had a joke that my grandfather, Oscar, created it! Grampy would go to Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, pick up the biggest log he could carry, and just start sprinting around like a crazy person. He would be all over the place doing push ups, squats, burpees, and then he would grab the log and run back. Grampy was always an advocate of exercise. He passed on his crazy workout style to my father by being the example to him on what being healthy looked like. Grampy always believed, movement was the key to life, once you stop moving you might never get back up.
For your kids sake, take care of yourself! You are showing your kids every day what being an adult will be like, and if you aren’t putting your health and wellness close to the top of your priorities list, your kids are taking that in more than you even know. You waking up before your kids to go to the gym and coming back to get them ready for school, they’re seeing “mom or dad goes to the gym before work”. You come home with your sweaty gym clothes on, your kids are thinking “mom or dad goes to the gym after work”. You get up a little early on Saturdays and Sundays to get a quick workout done, they see it! Even if it’s not a big deal, they notice and it’s being stored in their minds. When they get older into high school and college they will start to think, maybe I should try to hit the gym before or after school/work, not because you told them to, because you showed them how to do it. Be the example of health and wellness you want your kids to see.
I am grateful to have had these values shown to me as a kid, you're kids will appreciate you showing them how to be healthy as well. The added bonus of showing your kids how to be healthy, it can give you great motivation and priority to keep yourself healthy! Because if you are not going to do it for yourself, do it for you children. Health and self care is one of the most important lessons to learn, don’t wait until they are older and don’t want to hang out with you any more!
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