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Editor’s blog: Looking for ideas on being more active

I’m not an active guy and I’m worried that my lack of activity is rubbing off on my kids
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This isn't editor Mark Gentili.

I played hockey until I was 13 or 14, having started at around age 9. I played soccer for one season when I was five. 

In elementary school, I did track and field, basketball and volleyball because it was a small school and most of the kids played.

I watched NHL hockey when I was around age 12 for a while, but that was fairly short-lived.

I’m not a sports guy. I’m just not. I don’t have a team; I don’t have a sport; I don’t have a favourite player.

I can appreciate why people watch sports, though. It’s always inspiring to watch masters of their craft ply their trade. 

But I have no interest in watching sports on a regular basis. We are not a sports household and my children have no interest whatsoever in watching either.

When my children were young, they both played soccer and I coached their teams while they did it. It was fun. My son played hockey and I managed his team for a season or two. My daughter danced ballet, but I wasn’t much help there, other than being her chauffeur.

We are not a terribly active household though, and I’m concerned that my lack of interest in physical activities is having a negative impact on them.

It wasn’t so bad before the pandemic. They went to school, went out with friends and while they didn’t really work up a sweat, at least they moved their bodies more than 10 feet in a day.

My son, who is 19, now works two days a week cleaning floors. He gets some exercise.

My daughter, who is 15, does not. 

I’m particularly concerned about her lack of activity. But, as I said, we’re not an active family. We like drawing and painting and writing and making music. Solitary pursuits? Yup, we’re there.

The longer this pandemic goes on, the longer she will continue to work from home. The longer she works from home, the longer she goes without moving her body. 

I have no ideas on how to motivate her. Of course, I have no ideas on how to motivate myself either. 

If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.