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How Fitness Brought My Family Closer

How Fitness Brought My Family Closer

by Fadil Ameerally

The hardest thing about staying in shape for most people is the time and effort it demands.  Yes, I know it can be challenging to juggle family, career, and fitness.

Unfortunately, I’m like most people who can’t eat whatever they want and stay in great shape. I have to fully commit to a healthy lifestyle.

When my last child was born eight years ago, I was overweight and out of shape. It not only affected my job as a firefighter but also my home life.  My wife constantly asked me to eat healthier, but I wasn’t motivated.

While home with my newborn son, an 18-month-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, it hit me how exhausted I was from being out of shape.  I looked at my wife, who had quickly lost her pregnancy weight through exercise and healthy eating, and finally decided to do something about it.

I started with a diet and cardio every day; walking at a 3.5 mph pace on a treadmill for 60 minutes. When I had lost 30 pounds, I incorporated weight training and started running to lose the rest. I lost more than 60 pounds in five months and was the lightest I’d been.  My work and home life improved remarkably, and it all changed because I wanted it to.

I never missed cardio before my shifts at 5 a.m. because I was seeing great results and didn’t want to revert to the old me. I truly believe I could have lost my family if I hadn’t changed.

Fast-forward eight years later, and I’m more active than ever. Plus, our kids are following in our footsteps.  My daughter competitively dances six days a week, and my two boys are into soccer and gymnastics.

The best part? My kids see their parents doing CrossFit at the gym and ask us to do workouts in the backyard together. So my wife and I write up little CrossFit workouts for us as family.  My children already see the benefits of exercising and love doing anything physical. I know that will serve them in the long run.

Fitness has brought me closer to my wife, children and made me a better person.  All it takes is for you to want it.