Fit and Close-knit—My [Almost] Perfect Family
I know I have mentioned this before, but here I go again! Family is so important. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are in, your family should be a main priority. The relationships you have with your family members should take precedence over any other relationships in your life because they are the ones that are going to be there for you no matter what. They will be there through the highs and lows; but not if you haven’t taken the time to nurture those relationships. Furthermore, just as you put time and effort into making sure your relationships are healthy, you should also be putting time into encouraging each other to make healthy choices and live an active lifestyle. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to do things together. You can kill two birds with one stone by doing something active together!
I’m not trying to go on about how lucky I am again or say that I have a perfect family, because honestly, I don’t think such a thing exists. However, I will tell you that we are extremely close-knit and as a result, we stay fit together. For example, I have run three half marathons with my step father, three with my mother, and the three of us have run two together. Not only do we get to train together and motivate each other, but we also then get to tackle the big accomplishment of crossing the finish line together. I’m not going to lie, it’s a pretty cool feeling. But let’s say you aren’t a runner. No worries, I’ve got other suggestions for you. My brother and step father go surfing together on the weekends. I bring my mom with me to Barre Classes and other various workout classes. Although I’d have to say that my favorite way we keep our family fit and close-knit is by going on family vacations together.
Again, not trying to sound like a spoiled brat or give the impression that we are this picture-perfect Brady Bunch family, but we have always been close. And even though my brother and I are adults and have lives of our own, we still make time to stay active with our parents and enhance those relationships. One of the ways we do this is by continuing to do family trips. We may not all drive out in one jam-packed SUV anymore, because as I stated, we are adults now and have careers and significant others. But we do all arrive, stay in the same cabin or hotel together, and spend all day and night having a blast together. Also, just because I say that we stay fit on vacations does not mean there’s a drill sergeant blowing his whistle at 5:00 a.m. getting us out of bed for boot camp or a 10 mile run. However, when we’re in Hawaii, it is pretty typical of us to all get up and go on either a run or a walk first thing in the morning followed by a hike, surf, or paddle board session later on that day. But one of our favorite family vacations that involves staying active, which we take at least a few times every year, involves something that doesn’t actually feel like working out (but trust me, the next day you’ll feel it). What might this be? Snowboarding! In fact, just this past weekend we were all up in Mammoth hitting the slopes together. It really doesn’t get any better. We wake up early, cook a healthy breakfast, gear up, walk to the lodge, grab a chair lift, ride all day, walk back to the cabin, hit up the Jacuzzi to warm up and comfort sore body parts/muscles, cook a healthy dinner, relax by the fire playing board games all night, and wake up in the morning to do it all over again! Sounds pretty great, right?
See, keeping your family fit and close-knit doesn’t have to feel like work. It’s a blast! Plus, the rewards are immeasurable. It’s never too late to work on relationships or a healthy, active lifestyle. So if you don’t already make these things a priority in your life, I urge you to give it a try, to see how rewarding it can be. I promise you won’t regret it.