I just read the wonderful story of Doug Werner and his 9 year old daughter, Abbie. She had flunked her school fitness test and she was initially depressed. Abbie knew she had to do something. She was a bit overweight and didn’t want to suffer with obesity issues as the years went by. But, both Doug and his daughter saw an opportunity – one that went beyond exercise.
Doug worked in the fitness industry and he ran marathons before being injured. Both father and daughter were out of shape, and they decided to do something about it. And, what they did provided them both with more than better health.
They decided to not only get fit as a team, but also to use their time together to strengthen their relationship too. They started by walking together every morning. During their walks, they talked, shared stories, and learned about each other. They became not only exercise partners, but “friends” too.
6 months later, Abbie passed her school’s fitness test, and today she’s a member of a junior rowing team. She has found that, no matter what physical shape you’re in, you can get healthier if you just put in the effort. But that’s not the real lesson here.
4 years have passed since Abbie and her dad started their exercise ritual, and they still take walks together several times each week. Their relationship is much stronger today than it’s ever been before. Doug says that their time together has “changed our relationship forever.”
That’s what is really important. Getting healthy can be about more than just health. It can be about deepening relationships and building bonds too. So, if you make the decision to get healthy, take someone that you love “along for the ride.” Use your time together to improve your health and your relationship too.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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