Fitness can be generational. The opposite can also be the case. I need to take care of myself physically. Not just for me and my health and longevity, but for my daughter too. If she sees me being active, eating right, and taking steps to live a long healthy life, then that will become a normal way of life for her.
If I sit around, eat unhealthy foods, gain a bunch of weight, and live an unhealthy and inactive life, she’s going to see that. It will become acceptable. It becomes the old adage of “do as I say, not as I do”. I would hate to do that and set her up for failure and not success.
That being said, while children are most likely a product of their environment, they can break the mold and become something totally different than any example I set forward. But I want to stack the “odds” in her favor by doing my part to set a positive example.
There are many more facets of life that are extremely important and physical health is just one of those. There are also emotional, intellectual, environmental, and, most importantly, spiritual. Not taking the time to dive into all of these, I often talk about the spiritual.
1Tim 4:8 “while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”
This tells me that, while setting an example of living a healthy physical life has some value, the most important thing I can do is set a godly example for my child. That means, teach her about God, point her to God, and follow God myself. I’m not to just preach it, but to live it. If anyone out there sees me NOT doing this, you have the permission to point it out to me, in love. Because you not only care about me, but my family too.
Love you guys. Have a blessed day.