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In essence, my father was leading by example. And, not only did I learn from his example, but so did my brother and sister. They are both committed to exercising and eating right (most of time).
This brings me to some of those secret benefits I mentioned earlier. Our kids now watch us workout and eat healthy. The same things that happened to me as a kid are happening to next generation. Our kids want to use home gym, do stretches and floor exercises, and eat nuts and fruit for snacks instead of candy and cookies (most of time).
Here is my point in all of this. By taking care of himself my father was taking care of his kids and his grandkids. And, you can believe that his great grandchildren will benefit as well.
What better gift can one pass down than desire to lead a healthy lifestyle and enhanced quality of life that goes with it? There is nothing better.
In addition to influencing your children, this same mechanism can and also does apply to friends, parents, co-workers and employees (if you are a business owner). Iíve seen this happen with many of clients I have worked with over years.
The reasons are many but end result is still same. Your healthy way of life will inspire others around you to take better care of themselves through a healthier life style.
The moral of this story is: By leading a lifestyle built around physical fitness and smart nutrition, you may be taking care of a lot more people than just yourself.
Joey Atlas, MS - Exercise Physiology, is considered one of the top personal trainers in the US. He is the author of the best selling audio CD "Controversial Secrets of a Personal Trainer", www.ControversialSecrets.com. Joey is a co-owner of GAC Personal Training, www.GACtraining.com, where he continues to guide people toward a better quality of life through proper exercise programming and nutritional guidance.