Yesterday I mentioned how I was walking with my mom a few times a week. It has been really nice and today something even better happened. My brother Ronald went too! Actually my brother walked with my mom on our normal route and I was late meeting up with them so I only walked a mile with them and a mile on my own. But it felt really nice to have half my family out doing something active together.
My family has never had a problem being active. All of us kids (there are four of us) played sports in middle school and high school, most of us played two. Even though I was obese I played varsity tennis my freshman year and recreation softball throughout high school. My brothers all played baseball or ran track or something of the sort. We were all pretty active, but active in sports and activities that didn’t do much to bring us together.
That is a far cry from our childhood where activity and fitness was the norm for each of us AND we all did it together. I remember we played baseball and football all the time with the neighborhood kids. The four of us basically made up a team on our own and if we couldn’t play then it didn’t happen. And we rode bikes together, played outside together, went swimming together, and so on. We did a lot of active things together but as we got older that stopped as we all went our individual ways and though we were still active (or less so at times) we did things with our peers instead of each other.
I realized today that I miss being active with my brother. I miss being active with my family and I enjoy it even more now that I’m a bit older (don’t laugh at me calling 23 “older”). I appreciate the fact that today Ronald my mom and I walked together. We had time together and got a workout in! It wasn’t anything extreme but walking a few miles together today was a nice reminder of how my family used to do more active things with each other.
Fitness with your family members is something I haven’t really considered much before because I haven’t been around my family with school and moving a lot and all. But after today I realize how great it is for families to exercise and be healthy together. I know that when I have my own family that is something I want.
How about you guys? Do you exercise or do active things like take walks with your family? Or are you all getting your fitness in on your own and missing out on family fitness time?