The road to health and fitness is littered with hills and valleys… just like life… but rarely do we look behind us to see where we’ve been…
Or more importantly… who’s following us.
What I mean is… it’s pretty common knowledge that proper eating and exercise is essential to your well being… but what does your example do for your loved ones?
Your physical fitness definitely plays an important role in their everyday life and it certainly gives them pride.
My fitness is important to them?
Oh! So, you don’t think so?
Well think again…
When my wife was wheelchair bound with rheumatoid arthritis and in too much pain to move I was fit and strong enough to lift her into and out of that wheelchair.
She depended on me for her mobility.
When she couldn’t get out of a chair and walk to bed I could lift her from the chair and help her walk.
I could go on and on about her needs but the fact is she depended on me… and I was ready, willing and ABLE to handle the tasks at hand.
I am so thankful that I changed my lifestyle and became fit and was strong enough to meet her needs.
Rosemary has changed her lifestyle and now she’s back out there enjoying life again.
The other night when I arrived home from work she was all smiles and couldn’t wait to tell me about an incident at the pool.
She was in the pool doing her exercises when she saw one of my former squash partners come out to the patio and drop into a chair and slump down in exhaustion.
Someone called out to him and asked if he was alright.
He said he would be… but he had just started swimming laps so he could get in better shape… and take it from me, it’s tougher than it looks.
The other people there all assured him that he was in great shape and really shouldn’t be concerned.
With that he pointed at Rosemary and said, “Oh you think so, have you seen her husband? I want to be in the shape he’s in, he swims like a fish, he runs and rides his bike, he does triathlons, and I want to be in the shape he’s in.”
He didn’t tell anyone that just a few days prior I had given him a pep talk about the benefits of swimming and bike riding.
Now it might be a bit superficial but Rosemary was very proud of me and couldn’t wait to tell me.
So you see your fitness can bring pride and a feeling of security to your loved ones.
Those two things are important to family life.
You’re exercising for them as well as for yourself and often times they will follow your lead and you’ll end up with a fit family.
If I’ve said it once…I’ve said it a thousand times… diets don’t change people… people change people.
If you ready to take your next step on your road to fitness… do it… and let nothing stop you.
Take that first walk around the block… throw out that pint of ice cream… or even do that first push up.
The only one who can stop you… is you.
And remember… it’s just not for you… your accomplishments can be shared by all those you touch in life.
Never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t”… because you’re not and you can.