Had to pick up kids from Y Day Camp today and decided to let them swim for a bit. My goggles were broken, so no freestyle for me.
However, instead of lounging in the hot tub, I swam 1/2 mile backstroke instead. Whoa! That was a whole different workout! Shoulders shoulders shoulders!!!
The best part, though, was when I told my stepson, A, that I swam 1/2 mile, he was so impressed and wondered if he could do it.
After a few lengths of the pool, he exclaimed, "This is ADDICTING!" So, for the next half hour, I watched this rather uncoordinated asthmatic kid determinedly struggle up and down the lane 15 times. HE SWAM A QUARTER MILE!!!!
AND, all on his own, he devised a "training plan" to swim 1/4 mile today, 1/4 mile tomorrow and a full 1/2 mile Thursday (for a total of 1 mile this week). It was so adorable. He asked, "Leah...can we swim laps together?" Awwww! The kid is only 9 yr old. I AM SO PROUD OF HIM!!!!
There's nothing I love more than seeing an active kid - especially when it's a kid who has not had the best examples in terms of adults who model healthy behavior. In fact, downright TERRIBLE examples of health...obesity in this house and awful sickness and morbid obesity in the other. UGH. But I love that we are now getting healthy as a family. And I know we have a LONG way to go, but at least we are headed in the right direction!
I've also just been informed that lap swimming is THE best exercise and activity for kids with asthma! Perfect! It was so meaningful and special to watch the switch flip in his mind and to see him get a little spark of passion for something. I know that if he keeps going, he could improve his form and who knows? Ironman someday???
The rest of the night, he was just on Cloud 9. He kept hugging me and saying over and over, "You are so awesome! Leah, you are so awesome!" It was really precious.
It just goes to show...people are watching. And you may inspire someone when you least expect it...after a regular old, non-PR run-of-the mill workout.
Get out there and do it!