Creating The Right Balance Is Key In Life

I have two growing children (ages 14 and 10), both athletes and good at their sport. Lack of activity among my children is not an issue. My daughter swims 2/12 hours a day for her swim team and my son plays football, basketball and runs track. I love to see their energy. They remind me everyday that running, jumping and swimming is fun. They don’t think of it as exercise but they do know that to be good at something they have to practice (practice makes perfect is our family motto). To win is great but to improve on an event or a stroke or a shot is just as good because it leads them to their ultimate desire: to be good in their sport.

My husband, an athlete himself and a coach, exemplifies this characteristic to our children everyday. Their desire to want to be good at what they do (not just in sports, by the way) is half the battle; it is deeply engrained in them. Their willingness to practice without complaining is an example of their discipline in wanting to do the work. I’m always amazed by that. I had less to do with that. I must give great kudos to my husband for setting the stage for them to become better athletes. He knows what it takes to become good at a sport. He played basketball and tennis and was (and still is) good at both sports. I didn’t have those skills. I have a better understanding now, of course. This foundation of love for sports will transfer into their adulthood.

My hope is that they will continue to play a sport and love it throughout their adult years. They won’t have this hang-up of “exercising” (a curse for most adults today because it is considered work—no one wants to work, right?). They will continue to “practice” to become better at their sport always knowing if they stop (or lessen the amount of time spent) they must compensate for the lack of moving more with the diet of choice. Creating the right balance is key throughout life.