Ever since I became pregnant with Adeline, I knew I wanted to be a positive role model for my child. One area in which I'm falling off-the-charts-short is physical fitness. Other than cheerleading in high school and our daily walks, fitness has never really been a part of my life. I want Adeline to see how important this aspect of life is--for health, adventure, peace, endurance, and fulfillment. But how do I start? Even though I want to make working out a part of my life, I can't seem to make this leap. Reading the post, "10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out," has given me motivation over the last few weeks. Yet, my habits haven't changed. Still, I envision a life (when our children are old enough) where we spend our time together engaged in physical fitness--golfing, running, tennis, skiing, yoga, hiking. But how long will I put this off, thinking Addie's not old enough?
Thankfully, physical fitness plays a major role in Tim's life, and he's making it part of our daughter's life, too. Over the last month, Tim has worked out to the Insanity videos in our living room. Adeline thinks this is great fun and has gotten more and more excited when it's time to "essercise." Now, she's asking me to join in as well. You can see her enthusiasm here:
When Tim was at work yesterday, Addie came to me saying, "Ready essercise, Mommy!" So that's what it took--my daughter asking me to join her in physical fitness. There was no way I could deny her this pleasure, and it truly is a pleasure for her, as you saw in the video above. I wasn't about to put on an Insanity video, but we followed a yoga DVD that I used a couple years ago. She was invested for about five minutes before she was on to the next adventure. But for those five minutes, she sincerely concentrated on copying the instructor's poses.
Thanks to her daddy, she sees the joy in working out, and is teaching me to see the joy in making fitness a priority. I'm immensely proud of her for helping me over this hurdle, to finally REALLY see the importance of being healthy and living a life that she can admire. Isn't it amazing how we aim to inspire out children's lives, but how often they inspire us instead?