The best thing happened yesterday morning when I dropped Max off at school! Bella-his “girlfriend” saw me in my usual gym attire and asked me….. “do you go to the gym everyday?” This is great on so many levels!!! It reminded me that kids notice EVERYTHING and that we are influencing them ALL OF THE TIME! So yes I told Bella I go every single day that I can with a big smile! Who knows, I may be one of the people that she remembers from being 6 years old, seeing that smile on my face and knew it was because I was going to the gym! I hope so! I was proud of myself for setting a good example for Max and his school friends!
I have memories from when I was younger, around 12, of my Godmother, Judi, going to the Y and doing aerobics. I started to go too and remembered having so much fun! This I know for sure is my first fitness memory. That is always something I noticed and remembered about her, she LOVED the Y and still does! What a great role model for me and her 5 daughters! This is when it starts when we are little, we are shaped by our families until we grow up and get our own ideas. So, my point is think about what you are doing and who might be watching. You are shaping young minds everywhere you go and with everything that you do! Good habits NEED to be formed at a young age! Little ones deserve to be set up for success. They don’t deserve to have to try to back pedal when they get older to rid themselves of bad habits that never needed to be formed in the first place…..at least that is what I think.
Mommys and daddys I know you are busy but I guarantee if you tag each other out 3 times a week for an hour each to make it to the gym you will be happier and less stressed! Exercise reduces stress and releases endorphins so give each other the gift of happiness a few times a week-an hour alone with no kids at the gym all to yourself! Your kids (and other people’s kids) will notice and they will thank you for the new you, the new awesome you! Be a GREAT ROLE MODEL & DFTBA!