When we arrived, we first had a short presentation about the importance of fitness and eating right, and then we got right down to business: treadwall climbs (a rotating rock-climbing wall), obstacle courses, track relays, basketball shoot-outs, and of course, lots of exercise balls. The campers finally got to cool down with some yoga, during which they demonstrated—well, enough grace and balance. Hey, it’s hard to hold a half moon when you’ve just been exercising all day; we’ll hand it to them this time.
During all of the exercise, one of the trainers came up to me to tell me what a great bunch we had here. I agreed, of course, but then she continued to say that it’s the first bunch of kids that she’s seen without any cliques—they’re really here as a unit.
As I watched the kids exercise throughout the day, I saw them cheer on opponents during competitive activities and pause to wait for a friend to shoot first in knock-out (politeness that’s NEVER present in that game). I realized that what that trainer said was absolutely true. The Forever-Fit campers are now a unit, completing this journey to a healthier lifestyle together. Little do they know that the subtle group effort evident at NIFS will ultimately have a prominent effect in the long run.
Don’t forget to check out the video of our day at NIFS!