Date
18 October 2017
David Beckham says his family is the main force that keeps him fit because he wants to be a role model for his four children. Photo: Reuters
David Beckham says his family is the main force that keeps him fit because he wants to be a role model for his four children. Photo: Reuters

Learn it from Beckham

After his colourful football career, David Beckham discovered a way to extend his legacy by promoting his own fashion brand and charities.

Most recently, he has been promoting health.

The new global ambassador of AIA Group visited Hong Kong on an Asian tour to promote health awareness for the top insurance player, noting that Asians are getting richer but not healthier.

At 42, the heartthrob who has a huge fan base in Asia has a message to get across: small, simple things make a real difference.

To him, it is that simple. Off the football pitch, he fell in love with cycling and boxing and was able to keep in shape. To do that, he has been cautious about what to eat.

“My breakfast is merely boiled egg, cereal and fruits,” Beckham told the local press. “To eat healthy and stay healthy is something we can achieve. You do not need to spend a dime to keep healthy — just walk your children to school.”

Forget the big breakfast and expensive gym class, you get as fit as Beckham by having only simple food to eat and simple things to do.

He said his family is the main force that keeps him fit because he wants to be a role model for his four children.

Despite being a superstar, Beckham knows he is only a normal father. He enjoys exercising with his eldest son Brooklyn, now 18 and a student in film in New York.

He said his children, including six year-old Harper Seven, like sweets and chocolates and it is not easy to have them turn down these tempting snacks. But he taught them not to overeat and offers them dried fruits and nuts as substitutes.

Asked if he would buy homes for his children, just like what many Hong Kong parents do, he said he would not let them pay but he reckoned some things are more important than money.

“It is not about material things. It is about being present for them,” Beckham said.

“What children need the most is care. They need to know you love them. The most important thing is when they need you, you are there beside them. When they do well, you celebrate for them. When they fail, you pick them up.”

If we ignore the rumours about his marriage, we can safely say that Beckham, aside from being a great footballer, is a good father, or at least he talks like one.

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