By: Toni Ziegler

Recently, I saw this in action; and it blessed my heart.  Two sets of father and son duos were working out in the free weight room at the gym I work for.  The sons looked to be 14 to 16 years old.  The fathers were teaching them how to lift weights properly in order to receive the greatest benefits of their time and effort.  I also saw fathers (and mothers) bringing their children, ages 12 and up, into cardiovascular classes like spin, body combat, and Zumba.  Everyone is having fun in these classes and doing some great things for their bodies and health! 

The Bibles says in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”  This applies to every aspect of life from building body strength, to building faith strength, to building character strength and more.

Teaching our children to take care of the “temple” (their body) that God has given them through working out is an excellent way to “train up a child”, would you agree?  Many children play sports, and they learn from their coaches and trainers how to increase their body strength which rolls over into character strength and more.  Spending time with your children in a “workout” atmosphere sets them up for a better life of strength and good health!

When it comes to a man’s position in the family, the Bible says that he is considered the “head” of the family.  Everything that a man does to support his wife and children creates a trickle-down effect for generations to come.  The more active a man is with his children, especially girls, he sets them up for better decisions in life.  Nothing is sweeter to me than seeing men who are actively taking their place in child-rearing.

Proverbs 13:22 says: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.”  Most people think first of an inheritance as having to do with money.  However, an inheritance is so much more than that.  It’s about leaving an inheritance of character, morals, good examples, and, MOST importantly having faith in God.  Leaving an inheritance to his children’s children means the generations to come of grandchildren and great-grandchildren get the benefits of a father’s actions as well!

Men, I applaud you for stepping up and becoming excellent examples for your families.  There are many ways to do it, and teaching your family to be “fit” in their bodies is one of the most important ones!  

It is said that a family that prays together, stays together.  And it can be said also, that a family that goes after a fitness lifestyle gets to do this longer and with greater health benefits! I pray you’ve been blessed!

Toni Ziegler is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer.  

She trains at Cross Gates Family Fitness, 1311 Gause Boulevard in Slidell, LA 70458 

She is the founder of Your Temple Fitness.  Feel free to email her at: