Why Your Children are the Ultimate Motivation for a Healthy Lifestyle!

Posted On May 2, 2014 By Tom Holland

The ultimate motivation

When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, the key is really motivation. We all know what to do, we just need to figure out what will motivate us to actually do it. The answers are simple. It's implementing them that is so difficult for most folks.

People often say to me, "It's easy for you to be in shape, it's your job." And I agree. I am my own advertising. I have to walk the talk as they say. I also have one of the few jobs where a potential employer can ask me to take off my shirt, and it's not grounds for a sexual harassment lawsuit.

But that's not enough.

Just being in the fitness industry is far from a guarantee when it comes to being motivated to live a healthy lifestyle. The health field is filled with people who are less-than-stellar role models when it comes to diet and exercise (trainers, doctors, etc.). Being in the industry is simply not a foolproof plan for success. So what truly motivates me to make healthy choices each and every day?

My kids.

For me, there is nothing more powerful on the motivation front than my two boys.

I am their most powerful influence, their biggest role model. They look up to me and watch every little thing I do. They watch what I eat. They watch when I exercise. And while it usually doesn't happen right away, they eventually want to do what dad does. They want to be just like their dad. Whether it's a good habit or a bad one, our kids will model what they see us do. Not what we say, what we do.

There are few things more important as parents than giving our kids the best possible start in life. This goes for feeding them as the most nutritious food possible in their formative years as well as instilling in them an appreciation for the incredible value of exercise. Our kids' early years are just that: formative. If we model good habits for them when they are young, we are setting them up for a lifetime of positives rather than negatives.

So when I need a little extra motivation to make healthy choices, I just think about my two boys. I know that the healthier I am now, the healthier they will be in the future. What could be more motivating than that?