Fitness for Father’s Day

The author and her dad

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads.  Being a Dad is an awesome and sometimes frightening responsibility.  You have younger human beings counting on you for food, shelter, love, support and guidance.  Being your best as a dad requires a certain level of fitness. Make a committment today to be fit and healthy for your family.

My dad was a smoker who quit after my sister cut up his cigarettes one night while she cried, “I don’t want you to die daddy, I don’t want you to die!” That was his moment to commit to a healthier lifesyle.  He’s 79 now.  He has survived open heart surgery and colon cancer.  He still goes hunting every Fall and Spring and hikes up and down the mountains of Central PA.  I have no doubt that he would have died long ago, had he not made that commitment that night with my sister crying hysterically at the kitchen table .

So dads, do whatever it takes and give yourself the gift of fitness.  Start today and keep with it daily.  Quit smoking, start walking, join a gym or get a good at-home fitness program.  Be a good role model in this age of obesity and stick around for lots of good times with the family you love!

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at

4 thoughts on “Fitness for Father’s Day”

  1. Sue,

    I constantly think of my two little girls (who will one day be beautiful women) as my legacy. This is one of the reasons I consider my health so important. I want them to learn that tomato sauce and ketchup are not really vegetables, while also encouraging them to live an active lifestyle. The better I keep my self in shape, I hope, means I can be around longer for when they are older, but still need their “daddy.”


    1. Mitchell, it is awesome that you think of your girls and that keeps you motivated. I think of my family and my students. If I am not a good example for them of a healthy lifestyle, who will be. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. i come from a family where health and fitness is not a top priority and sadly never will be even tho i have made it mine but im considered the “goofy nutty one” LOL!!!! I ran into my dad the other day when i was getting gas for my car and he was sitting at a table outside the gas station eating a sub and chips and drinking a vanilla pepsi and told me he eats his dinner there every day then went on to complain about all his health issues which are totally related to his eating and lack of exercise! ..makes me sad that he wont listen to me and thinks that at his age it wouldnt even be worth changing now! ill keep trying tho! might even show him this post! thanks for sharing!!!

    1. It’s funny you say that because when I (and my family) were younger (me in college for PE) we would go to the beach and I would work out every day and try to eat as healty as I could during vacation. They ALL made fun of me. Now that we are older, guess what? Everyone is more concerned with their health and no one laughs at me any more, in fact most of them are walking, running or working out during vacation too. We made a family decision to not have dessert every night of the vacation. My point is, don’t give up and be an example. The family went from making fun of me to joining me and my niece is even following me into the Health and PE field.

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