Not an airplane runway.

Instead, think Milan, think Paris, think London, think New York. Think of any of the fashion capitals of the world.

What pictures do these runways conjure? Glamor? Lights? Red carpets? Makeup? High heals? Expensive clothes that you know you will never afford, let alone wear? Name dropping of the who’s who in the fashion industry? Men and women gracing the cat walk – looking picture perfect? Models, mostly of one shape and one size?photo (26)

The run way does not stop there. Your life is a run way, and you are the model. And especially if you have children, you are the model they look to every day. They watch. They observe. They take it all in. They may not speak, but they are watching.

I want to model a healthy lifestyle for my children. I want to model fitness and exercise. So I let my children see me pack my exercise bag. I let my children know my exercise timetable. And sometimes, I let my children come to exercise with me. When I am with them, I look out for them, I cheer them on, I high-five them as often as I can. I let them know that they are doing the right thing. On the way back home, we talk about the exercise we have done, especially regarding what they enjoyed about it. I hope and pray that what they have learnt, what they have seen me do, they will do too, not just while they are with me, but for the rest of their lives.

What are you modeling for your children as far as health and fitness are concerned? Your life is the run way. You are the model.

Monkey see. Monkey do.


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