By Curtis Child
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
Almost all people are the same. It’s not only what you know. It’s also why you care, why you share your knowledge. Like all my co-workers, I got into the fitness profession for a reason. And that reason entails a story.
While growing up I encountered a great deal of illness with my immediate family. As an adolescent I had seen cancer take the life of my younger cousin, grandmother, and grandfather. My cousin had muscular dystrophy. My grandfather had a heart attack and a quadruple bypass at the young age of 62. I discovered at an early age that life was precious. I learned rather quickly not to take my health, my strength, my life for granted.
You might be wondering, “so what.” We all try to support our friends and families. We work, we shop, we visit. We cherish each other’s company over the holidays and beyond. But how many of us think this entails trying to live a healthier life?
How many of us do thirty minutes on the treadmill and say I did that for my kids? Exercising not only has a direct impact on us, it has an impact on our families and children. Studies show that a child has a higher likelihood of exercising and eating healthier when their parents participate.
So, where do we start? First, get a blood work up and check-up. See where your “levels” are: HDL’s, LDL’s, cholesterols, sugars, blood pressure, and resting heart rate. These are all great indicators of current health. Second, with the help of trained fitness professionals, get body fat skin folds and circumference measurements. With these nunbers and the help of doctors and fitness professionals you can focus on how to reach your health and fitness goals.
Do twenty minutes of cardio for yourself then do another twenty minutes for your family. Lead by example. Children are always watching and they want to be just like adults. Peer pressure may get your friends and family off the couch. Make goals to better your health. If you have the ability to change your health do it. Because there are many who cannot.