So in a previous post I wrote about the La Sierra High School PE program and how my family adopted the basic tenets of the program to foster a healthier, more active lifestyle. That’s true. We work out, as planned, three days a week starting with a 7:30am wake-up and breakfast, moving to household chores, and then an 8:30am workout which lasts 30mins. The workout consists of military-like commands from me leading the family (myself and my wife included) in a warmup, some calisthenics, then a cool down with yoga and some mobility work. Good to go. It’s been great.

However, we’ve missed a lot of those the past few weeks. I have been traveling for work, which left my wife to do the leading, and we’ve had various bouts of illness floating about the house. With nine people in the house, one illness can last weeks as it moves from person-to-person. Not fun. But, we still try to maintain order and fun in the home, despite setbacks. Still, I think it’s fair and honest to share with you our failings when they happen. It’s easy to talk about the highlights, the special awards, the great participation — it’s easy to inflate the overall value by not commenting on when the opposites happen. But, I feel like, while that’s “normal” it also creates undue pressure or feelings of self-doubt for others who think they should be living up to some false standard that’s more of an obfuscation than it’s intended to be.

Let’s face it: we all want to hear the awesome stuff. Again, it’s natural. Human nature. Oddly enough, when someone gets famous enough or popular, the inverse holds true. I’ve yet to figure out that phenomenon or where the change delta lies, but that’s me rambling now…

So, back to the point: it’s been three weeks since my family has participated in our routine AM calisthenics together. Are we stressing about it? Nope. Why not? Because, quite simply, that would rob us of the joy of even doing the workout together in the first place. By keeping it fun, and flexible, we don’t stress about it and the joy remains. In fact, some of the kids have been hounding us to get back on the wagon because they miss it! Wo0t! So, for those who read my previous post and were thinking, “How do I get my family to want to do this, too?”, know that the simplest answer is the best answer: make it fun, and keep it fun. Set goals. Establish challenges or competitions. Give awards for the best improvements or the best pushup form or something similar. Don’t give participation awards, but really inspire them to have fun competition with each other. Watch out for the ugly side of competition, and coach them through it.

Oh, and did I mention that you should make it fun…?