THE HEIGHTS SMILE Herald
Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY
WHY IS THERE A GYM IN THE BASEMENT? 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003
Teach i ng My K i ds t he Va l ue o f Phys i ca l F i t ness
Who else thought this last winter would never end? There were some mornings when I looked out on the snow-covered streets and wondered if we’d ever see the sun again. Thankfully, spring is in full swing, and I’m happy to report my kids are getting their share of time outdoors. My two eldest daughters, Addison and Kayla, both decided to go out for track this year. This was a new sport for them, and though Addison is in high school and Kayla is still in middle school, it’s cool to see them participating in the same activity.
Before they signed up for track, Addison was debating which events she wanted to go out for, while Kayla’s main concern was getting more exercise clothes. When she told me she didn’t have any “track workout clothes,” I told her, “There’s no such thing. You just get shoes, shorts, and you start running.” Even without the new clothes, she quickly got the hang of it. The season is halfway over at this point, and I don’t think my kids are going to land a college scholarship or reach the Olympics for track and field. I’m not sure they’ll even go out again next year. The important thing to me is that they are developing good habits for physical activity. I hope at some point they realize there’s a reason I put a gym in our basement, and it’s not just because I like to make purchases on Amazon. As a dentist, my job is the help patients maintain their health by taking care of their teeth. Oral health is important, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. I succeed as a dentist if my kids brush and floss every day, but my job as a dad is to show them the importance of getting a good workout and staying physically fit, too. Your overall quality of life increases exponentially when you exercise regularly. Plus, it helps put off the negative effects of aging. I’d like to think I’ve been doing a good job so far of teaching my girls the importance of exercise. Addison and Kayla have both
“I succeed as a dentist if my kids brush and floss every day, but my job as a dad is to show them the importance of getting a good workout and staying physically fit, too.”
done a great job during their first year of track, and my youngest daughter, Leah, has her own aspirations as an athlete. This past winter, she tested for her second- degree black belt, and she’s been in travel volleyball. All my girls are developing lifelong fitness habits, and it makes me proud. If they ever need any advice about exercise, I hope they come to me. I mean, I did letter in track, after all.
I wasn’t a huge runner myself, though I did go out for track in high school. For me, track was more of a social event with some running thrown in. Luckily, because I lived in such a small district, the school had a no-cut policy. If you went out, you made the team. This likely played a part in how I was able to letter in both football and track, something I am truly grateful for.
–-Jason A. Schermer
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