“Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.”
As a mom, I want my children to be healthy, but as someone who has had body image issues, I do not want my children to succumb to the pressures of the world to have the “perfect” body or be the greatest athlete, just for the sake of perfection or stature. I have had to learn the practice of asking God what His purpose is for my body and how He intends I care for it. I want to train my children the same way. We each have a unique purpose, so what my children need to do to train for God’s purpose for them might be different from someone else’s. I do not want them to fall into the same comparison trap that I sometimes find myself in. I want them to ask, seek, and knock…to run, reach, and stretch toward the goal that God has set before them.
Ok, so that sounds great, but how do we do this? How do we train a child up with a FAITHful fitness mindset in a world that focuses on the external instead of the eternal?
Well, I do not have this all figured out. (Hence the “Part 1”) For me this will have to be a work in progress. My goal is not to simply make sure my kids are active, but that we can be active as a family. Sure it is fine to have them in sports and have my own exercise time, but there are so many things that pull families in different directions these days, I want to do something that will bring my family together. It only in this togetherness that we will build the family that God has commanded of us. As I strive to become more faithfully fit and more fit in my faith, I want my children to be gaining the same strength for their own lives–this will start at the CORE- of our hearts and in our homes.
Please join me on this journey to bring FAITHful fitness to the family. Over the next few weeks our Friday posts will be devoted to this series. Whether your home has children (or grandchildren) in it or maybe you are just a kid at heart, the exercises will challenge everyone and make fitness (and family time) fun!
Today’s activity: Start the Conversation.
Before we can just jump into an exercise routine, we need to discuss with our kids why it is important to do it in the first place. This is a good time to turn to God’s Word, finding scriptures about the purpose and creation of our bodies. We can also explore the current interest level our kids have in doing any type of physical activity. What physical activities do your kids already enjoy? Discuss this with them and how each activity is good for them.
Here is an example from earlier today:
One of my children likes “tag”, so we discussed how this is good interval training and cardiovascular exercise. (and what those mean!)
The other likes baseball, so we made a list of all we could think of that baseball requires of our bodies: flexibility, strength, power, agility, short distance running, hand-eye coordination. We talked about that although baseball helps in all of these areas, we can also look for other exercises to do that help those elements of baseball.
So just start the conversation…that is the “warm up”. We will move on to the “work” next week!