Today it is nearly Christmas and when this happens family comes together. Have you noticed how similar you are? How you dislike the flaws in your family, because you recognise those flaws in yourself?
Well, in the Bible this is called “stronghold”. What a stronghold is passing down traits from the parents to children. Have you ever said, “I will not be like my mother/father!”? Have you noticed you are similar to them with good and bad traits? These are learnt at an early age and develop as you grow.
strong•hold \ˈstrȯŋ-ˌhōld\ nounMerriam Webster’s Dictionary
1: a fortified place
2 a: a place of security or survival 〈one of the last strongholds of the ancient Gaelic language—George Holmes〉
b: a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic 〈a Republican stronghold〉〈strongholds of snobbery—Lionel Trilling〉2
Yet, why am I saying this in a health and fitness blog? Well, for this reason, your health and eating habits are passed on via “strongholds to your children. Sit on that couch and they will learn that from you. eat lots of chocolate, they will as well. Though why use an odd term like strongholds, for one they sound cool, but are not, and the fact that breaking these traits, or strongholds, are REALLY hard, even the Bible says this:
2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
This is one of many that say the same thing, strongholds need POWER to break. So to a normal person this takes inner strength, faith and courage.
Do you want your children to grow up and not live as long as you, or be ill? I don’t that is one of the reasons I got fit. That I can see my children grow up, get married and have children of their own. I now encourage them to eat well, but not always (you do need those treats to keep going). I encourage them to exercise and get fitter. My youngest just won two bronze medals in floor gymnastics today. My oldest does street dance and goes to the gym. My wife is now going to the gym after many years of health problems and a brain tumour.
So this New Year, join us at one of our classes, or come for one to one training, or just get out and run. Try and help your lineage last as long as they can, so they too can bring up an even better generation. Who would not want their children, grandchildren even close family
Merry Christmas all.