This Chinese family's weight loss transformation is the epitome of #fitnessgoals.
Many of us struggle to lose weight, but it helps a lot if you bring a workout partner. That’s why 32-year-old Chinese photographer Jesse Ding asked his father to exercise with him to help him lose some extra weight.
Little did his father know that Jesse had gained the extra 10 kg intentionally—he was just looking for an excuse to spend more time with his father. (We’ll get back to this point later.) From 10 March to 30 September 2017, they worked out together, tracking their progress every 10 days:
Jesse’s parents had moved in with him and his pregnant wife in Xiamen to help with the baby, and he saw that his father was depressed. He had lost a lot of money when his bamboo ware factory closed up shop in their hometown, and though only 53, he felt like he was too old to do anything.
In Xiamen, Jesse’s father only had a few friends. He started drinking a lot, and his health deteriorated.
“He wasn’t quite healthy,” Jesse says in a Facebook video. Not only did his father develop a big beer belly, but his overall statistics were “beyond healthy levels” as well.
Getting back in shape
To boost his father’s confidence, Jesse gained 10 kg, then asked his father if he wanted to work out with him.
Jesse became his father’s fitness coach, giving him tips and cheering him on to do better.
In the beginning, Jesse had a hard time convincing his father to work out with him, but after a while, his father started looking forward to exercising. He even joined an exercise club, walking 10km every day. There, he started making new friends.
First, they did exercises at home or outdoors, but after a while, Jesse asked his dad if he could take him to the gym to build muscles. “He was happy to do that,” he said.
Happier dad, happier family
This is the happiest that Jesse has ever seen his father.
“Working out with my dad allows me to know him better,” Jesse says. “I found that he’s a very lovely person, and sometimes, he’s just like a child. He’s completely different from my impression of him. "
His father has become more confident and optimistic, and this new outlook has improved his relationship with his wife. Jesse's dad now accompanies his wife to buy groceries together. He makes nutritious meals for her, helps with the laundry, and even trims her nails.
And of course, he now works out with her too.
Exercise has become part of their family’s lifestyle, and it's made them not only fitter, but closer and happier.
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