My mother is 81 years old and still maintains an active lifestyle.
Over the course of her life, she has consistently made physical fitness a priority. Every day, she completes an extensive series of abdominal crunches, push-ups, squats and stretches. She also uses a stairmaster for twenty to thirty minutes. She earned her black belt in karate when she was younger and still takes regular lessons and teaches children’s karate classes. Although my mother has slowed down as she’s gotten older, she is mentally sharp and physically capable. She has no trouble driving her car, mowing her lawn, weeding her garden or playing with her great-grand children. My mother taught me to take good care of myself. I’ve never eaten fast food, drank coffee or smoked. I am 56 years old, and I workout for an hour every morning. I vary between running, cycling, swimming, kayaking and jumping rope. While I have watched my peers go through surgeries, rely on medications and gain weight, I have none of those problems. I’ve maintained my quality of life. My kids learned the importance of physical fitness and healthy eating habits. They were all very involved in sports throughout school. We often compete with each other and share our workout progress. We motivate each other and regularly exercise together. We take vacations as a family and always include physical activities such as renting bikes, hiking, kayaking excursions, snorkeling and zip lining. We make sure to find accommodations with a fitness center and meet there every morning. I know that they will continue this dedication to physical health by passing the same lessons onto their children someday.