Family fitness is on top of my priority list. A few days ago I was at the Fitness Studio I train at and I watched a dad bring his daughter who might have been around 10 years of age for personal training. The girl seems to be an outstanding golfer at her age. At first I was very proud of the Dad that took his daughter to improve her game and enhance her performance. I see the part that he is taking care of his daughter and that is a great start. The part that concerned me a bit was that he was truly there to make her compete harder. As I kept on training I realized the dad was just sitting there while he kept on barking instructions. I concluded that the reason the Dad brought the kid in was so she could get better at her game not really worried about her health and fitness. At first I thought he was a proud dad trying to motivate his daughter but I realized the guy seemed to be some sort of “Stage Dad”.
Leading By Example
Everything I commit myself to I try to lead by example. It has been part of my life mantra that I don’t ask of others what I can’t deliver.
It’s easier from the Bleachers or Couch
I was a bit troubled by the fact the dad was just sitting there while his daughter was going through the work out. Here is a dad telling his daughter that he was glad to finally see her sweat and put in the hard work while he sat on a bench. It reminded me of a clip of one of these reality shows where Stage Mom’s seek for their daughter to become beauty pageant queens. It’s always easier to tell others to do what we ourselves can’t commit too.
A Good Reminder
That moment served as good reminder that I need to follow through by being an example to my daughter. I eat healthier so she can eat healthy and hopefully in the future follow my lead. I exercise so in the future she sees the value in exercising.
Areas to Work on
As I try to improve myself I still have issues with my potty mouth in front of her. So just as that dad sitting on the bench barking orders probably knows he needs to live a healthier lifestyle, I need to have a healthier and more appropriate vocabulary in front of my daughter.
What Will You work on?
Let’s use our strengths to work on our weaknesses. What do you think? What can you improve?
Here is a quick video that Andres, my personal trainer, took of Daniela and I while working out. I have the privilege to take my daughter with me at least once a week to the Fitness Studio. Since Andres is also my client, we will be sharing some more info on family fitness over at Fit911studio.com so stop by and subscribe.