One of the main reasons I want to be healthy is so I can be a good role model for my son. But when I say that, I think more about when he’s older and really understands eating healthy and exercise. I honestly had no idea that I could be such a good influence on him at not even three-years-old, but much to my surprise, I might just be!
I took him to the playground one recent weekend morning. We were the only ones there, and he was happily playing with dirt under the slide. I, on the other hand, was totally bored and thought about what I could do to bide my time. I’m not sure how, but I thought, why not exercise? (Exercise to combat boredom, who would have thought?!) Wanting to stay close to where he was playing, I began doing step ups on the steps. After a few minutes, I was feeling good, but not as good as when I looked down and saw that he was doing them with me. He looked up at me with a big smile, held my hand, and we did the steps together. He helped me count out the reps, and we laughed together trying to do the steps backwards.
I’ll be honest, I was close to tears realizing that (1) I was having fun exercising, (2) I was setting a good example and (3) the K-man was responding with enthusiasm. You see, I thought that to be a good role model, in terms of being healthy, that I had to, well, be healthy. When I imagined myself as a good role model, I imagine a thinner me playing soccer or something. It didn’t occur to me that I could set a good example just by trying.
Me, setting a good example. Who knew?!