Fitness & Exercise

 
Praise the Lord everyone, 2017 is here! I pray everyone had a blessed Christmas and a blessed New Year. With a new year, you vow to make changes for better health and wellness for you and your family. I want to start the new year out with fitness and exercise.
 
Fitness and exercise is a great way to get in shape, lose some weight, maintain what you already have, or a good way to start something new and different. Always see your doctor first when you make the decision to get healthier and fit. This way, if there is a health issue discovered, it can be dealt with and handled accordingly. If you have health issues already, see your doctor to make sure it won’t interfere with any treatments you are currently receiving. As always, our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost and God expects us to take care of ourselves.
 
When it comes to beginning exercise and fitness, always start slow (at least 30 minutes). The routine you chose should not be grueling or strenuous to the point that you could hurt yourself. So start slow and go slow! Chose things you like to do (like dancing, walking, jogging, or biking), this will help you keep focused on what you are trying to achieve; feeling better overall in mind, body, and spirit!
 
If you are a member of a gym, go at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes or less each visit, then increase as time goes on. No matter your medical condition, there is a workout routine for you. 
 
Saints, it’s time to get away from the computer, TV, video games, iPads, and phones. Get moving! Take time to take care of you. whatever routine you chose, always warm up first with activities such as slow walking, light aerobic movements, and light stretching. 
 
Whatever exercise you chose:
 
  • Cardio: walking or running, do at least 20-30 minutes, 4-5 times a week
  • Stretch conditioning: target all muscle groups
  • Weights: use those you are comfortable doing 8-12 in a set and increase as time goes on
  • Stretch training: at least 2 times a week, never work the same body parts 2 days in a row
  • Flex training: doing slow, sustained static stretches 3-7 days a week with each stretch lasting 10-30 seconds
 
This is a beginners guide to getting fit, it can also be used for those who used to exercise and quit and want to start again. In all you do to get healthy, give God the glory!
 
Be blessed