I have to say that the four letter word S-N-O-W hit us a couple of days ago. Boy, that thermometer dropped significantly! Brrrr. Right now, the leaves are a much nicer sight, don't you think? Since the weather is going to make exercise and physical activity indoors look much more attractive, what are your exercise plans? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your favorite workout. We always love to hear from you.
I need to clear up some possible confusion. In my blog post, "Which is Better? Working Out at Home or in a Gym?", I shared some of the issues that crop up in non-profit gyms like YMCAs and Recreation Centers. In no way would I want to insult people with mental disabilities or their families, ever. I worked at a YMCA and a Rec Center with a lot of great people, including mentally handicapped children and adults. We also had a couple in our church who managed group homes for mentally challenged adults. They are all awesome individuals and I wish more people would take the time to get to know some of them. The point in that post was for people who wanted to workout to consider the time of day and what they may encounter. For someone who is uncomfortable around individuals with mental challenges, a large group from the MRDD workshop can be overwhelming. Even the most patient people I know can get frustrated if it their workouts takes take twice as long on a tight schedule. I apologize if anyone was offended.
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A couple of people asked me why I write more about faith issues than health and fitness issues. I usually post one devotional and one health, fitness, or wellness article a week. The wellness articles may be construed as faith. We have to have our priorities lined up: faith in Christ comes before everything else. This lens determines our view of our bodies and health and fitness because pride will knock at our heart's door, if we aren't careful. Paul told Timothy, "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV. Exercise is very important for our health, to be able to do a lot of activities longer, and better, and to serve the Lord and others at a greater capacity.Looking better is a by-product. The body is temporary, while the spirit is eternal. It is all about personal stewardship. We will always have exercise and weight loss tips, though. I use the 4 Fish emblem on our About Us page to illustrate the passion I have for Totally Fit 4 Life. In fact, on our About Us page, I explain how Totally Fit 4 Life is a large umbrella for more than just exercise, health, and weight loss. It's a ministry to the whole person from a Christian perspective, that is total health. This includes relationships, emotions, devotions, food, exercise, and on and on.
If you go to a yoga class they are going to toss in their spiritual with the physical and try to influence your mind through guided meditation. Hmmm. Not only that, they may even taut a particular diet to cleanse your body of negative energies or impurities. Gyms are rife with New Age and Zen Buddhist thought. Wouldn't you rather have Jesus central to all you do, including your health, fitness, and wellness? We offer a No Zen Zone here at Totally Fit 4 Life. So with that thought in mind, keep checking in to see what is posted. The topics rotate, but there will always be a devotional and a daily Bible verse to keep a Christ-focus. We have some great health and fitness topics coming up. I received some special requests and will be working them into the schedule. Do you have a request? I love getting them! Email me at email@example.com.
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I've started back to the pool for my own workouts. How about you? Now is the perfect time to hit the pool for your workouts! Keifer.com has some great weekly workouts you can have sent to your inbox. They also have great suits and swim gear. Got a favorite water workout? Share it!
Special exercise tip: Are you a gym rat or a group ex groupie? If you've been out for the summer, getting back into a workout will be a bit challenging. Instead of jumping into your favorite class or routine, do something different. Start into a new workout or class. Your body needs a challenge to burn fat and build muscle again. If you go back to what you used to do, you will adapt quickly. Adaptation is nice, but not helpful when your body "remembers" your favorite instructor's patterns or your go-to weight plan. Change is good for the body!
Food tip: Fall is a great time to try out squash, pumpkin, and root vegetables. These are all packed with vitamin A, beta-carotine in vegetables, but animal products have vitamin A as a retinoid. It is important for eye health, helps your skin and mucus membranes ward off intruding viruses and bacteria, and cell regeneration. Be careful about supplementing vitamin A, since it is a fat soluble vitamin. Too much is toxic. Check with your doctor to find out if you need it. Simply incorporating root vegetables, squash, and pumpkin into your diet is adequate.
sources: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/supplement-guide-vitamin-a#1 and http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/betacarotene
Have a blessed week!