The next discipline that we have to look at is getting regular exercise. The most important thing about ‘exercise’ is not what you do, but to actually GET MOVING!! So I have taken a few tips from Clare at Peak 313 Fitness on how to do that!
Try looking at this first…
Desire to lose weight + lack of activity = unattained goal
The more we sit around, the more we feel sluggish and sedentary. And it has been proved that the more we sit around, the more depressed we can get and the lower we feel. Moving is essential to weight loss and a life of zest and health. God created us to move!! The recommended minimum is 30 minutes a day 5 days a week…but how many of us actually do this?
The important thing is to get moving. We all KNOW that exercise is important, but most of us find it hard to do consistently. If we start - we start with all guns blazing, and maybe we get through a couple of days or a week before the energy and commitment goes, before that extra half hour in bed sounds so much better than getting up to exercise and we're back to square one! The key to a regular workout is to keep it simple. The goal is to make fitness a habit. If we don’t develop the habit first, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. So as you plan your workout, keep it simple and fun.
So my challenge to you is to set yourself an exercise goal right now. In order for a goal to properly work it has to be quantifiable and it has to be achievable. In other words you have to be able to tick it off a list! I used to write goals like 'exercise more' or 'eat better' but those aren't something that you can quantify. They need to be much more specific - like 'exercise 3 times this week' or 'eat 1500 calories each day'. And they need to be achievable. There is absolutely NO POINT in setting goals like 'run a marathon on Sunday' when it's Monday morning and you haven't even run to the end of your street before!! And all of the fad diets that come along like cabbage soup or only eating meat etc - wont work either. God created us to eat everything - everything in moderation that is!! But more about that next week!
My goal this week is to start. I am aiming to do half anhour at least 3 times this week, and then try to increase that every couple of weeks until I am able to do 5 sessions. And it doesn’t matter what you do… as long as you do something!! For me, it will involve one of my many DVDs or a walk with my son and my ipod! But ultimately my aim is just to get off the sofa and actually do something.
And remember - we're not alone in all of this. God is interested in every part of our lives and He's interested in whether or not we exercise! He is there to help us in all things... so why would He not help us to get out of our lovely warm bed, to do something that is going to have such a positive effect on our lives? Of course He will!! Have you ever thought about asking Him?
'I can do all things
(including getting out of bed first thing to do some exercise)
through Christ who gives me strength.'
(Blue added by me!!)
Keep shining... J