Yesterday, my son (16 years old) called me and asked if he could buy some dumbbells to workout and build his body. At first, he suggested getting some 20 lbs. weights. I suggested that he start smaller and work his way up. It’s not about the heaviness of the weights, but rather the reps you do. At least not in the beginning of the workout process.
As we drove to the sporting goods store, we talked about health and wellness. He genuinely was interested in fitness. We discussed how the health and wellness process begins with what you put into your body. Like gas is to a car; food is fuel and your engine needs good fuel to run. I explained that if you’re going to workout, you’re going to need more protein and balance your carbohydrate intake too. He replied, drink a lot of water too and stay away from sugary drinks like soda. He gets it.
I gave him a basic schedule for lifting weights and doing some cardio. M-W-F work with the dumbbells and include pushups and sit ups. Tues-Thurs-Sat do your cardio which would include 45 minutes to an hour of walking or light jogging. Begin, with this, and we’ll gradually increase the workout.
Our discussion made me rethink my wellness. With my busy work schedule, I need to set aside more time for my own health too. Make it a Family Affair.