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The Secret of Meditation

“When you’re out where the rubber meets the road and meditation has become a habit for you, godly responses will naturally permeate from you instead of you having to rummage through the Scriptures for an answer to whatever challenge you are facing”….Read the full article in LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness eMagazine.

June 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm Leave a comment

Staying Hydrated!

It is during this time of the year when the thermometer reaches 100+ degrees and just walking out side to go to your car you find yourself sweating. The body is made up of up to 75% water and when you don’t replace the water that is lost from your body throughout the day you find yourself dehydrated. The first response to dehydration is thirst. You may notice that your urine output may decrease or even become more concentrated resulting in a deepening yellow color. As the level of dehydration increases your may notice more symptoms such as: dry mouth, sweating may stop, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, heart palpitations, and lightheadedness (especially when standing). These are just some of the minor symptoms; severe dehydration if not treated by a medical physician can lead to a coma.

Your exercise for the week is getting and learning how to stay hydrated.

Here is how:

You should be drinking half your body’s calories in ounces. For example: If your body weight is 200 lbs take 200/2=100. Resulting in 100 oz of water per day.

Make it your goal this week to get the adequate amount of water each and EVERY day. Your body will thank you and reward you with optimum function.

June 28, 2010 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Mind, Body and the Holy Spirit Pt2

”The mind must be retrained to focus on whatever things are true. The body has the ability to hear. In the Holy Spirit there is no striving, just being.” Read the full blog at Embodied Spirituality

June 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

Swimming

It is summer time again, WOW! How time flies, when you’re having fun! One great way to exercise in the summer time and work on your Vitamin D is going swimming outside. On those hot days when you just can’t bear to go for your walk or run, go to the pool. You can swim laps, tread water, walk back and forth where the water is up to your shoulders, do jumping jacks, or play water volleyball. Water activities are a fantastic way to exercise without the extra stress on your joints that running causes. Also, water acts as resistance so there is no need to bring your dumbbells, you can just move your arms back and forth against water to create resistance. Finally, the best thing about getting outside and getting wet is that the kids love it as well. I like to call it “PLAYING” instead of exercise, even though you still burn those calories.

June 21, 2010 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Ball Squats: An Exercise to Firm Up those Buns

Want to tone those thighs and tighten you butt. Try incorporating this isometric move into your workout routine for an extra burn.

Leaning against a wall / smooth surface with hips and shoulders squared. Feet should be shoulder width apart. Slide down the wall until your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Your knees should be over your ankles and NOT your toes. With a medicine ball or pillow in between you’re your legs just above your knees squeeze the ball with your legs. Hold for 10 seconds and perform 10 repetitions. Repeat sequence 2-3 times.

June 14, 2010 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

Happiness and Euphoria

“Being fully engaged with life means packing in plenty of laughter and play. Humor not only feels good—activating regions of the brain associated with happiness and euphoria—but can give us a valuable edge when we want to boost….”Read the full article

June 9, 2010 at 2:09 am Leave a comment

Self Care Exercises

When was the last time you really took care of yourself? Do you even remember a specific activity you did just for yourself? Do you have thoughts of selfishness if you do something for yourself? Many times we often put others needs, especially or kids or spouses needs, before our own. However, did you know that to truly take care of others you first need to meet specific needs of your own? The greatest thing about taking care of your needs doesn’t have to cost your money, special place, or extravagant plans.

With a little creativity you will find many ways to take care of yourself in your own home. For this week choose 2 or 3 exercises from the list and put them into practice every day this week. Take a few notes in a journal to see how taking care of yourself affects your relationship with others.

1. Voice your feelings with someone you trust. Write them down in a journal with descriptive words describing how you feel. Getting your feelings out either verbally or written helps you relieve stress. Keeping everything bottled up inside only sets the stage for an explosion.

2. Make time in your day to play. My husband calls me a big kid, and I love it. Playing makes you feel good because you laugh, resulting in a release of endorphins, the feel good hormone, leading to a well-being. You can’t be serious all of the time.

3. Don’t compare yourself with others. God created you uniquely and individually. Be great full for just being you. Find the qualities you like in yourself you like and focus on them. If there is something you identify in yourself you don’t like make changes to improve it.

4. Just say NO! When you become more comfortable saying no to others, and not feeling guilty about saying it, your self-esteem improves. By saying no, when you choose to say yes it is because you want to and you will feel great by your choice.

5. EXERCISE! You knew it was coming, walk, ride a bike, use the stairs. You don’t need a fancy gym to break a sweat. Exercise is the single most influential thing you can do to change your mood in a matter of minutes.

6. Remember that you are only human and bound to make mistakes. Don’t let others put you so high on a platform expecting you to be perfect resulting in anger and disappointed when you make a mistake.

7. Laugh at yourself. Stop beating yourself up when you make mistake, just laugh about the mishap and move on. Life is too short to be so serious all the time. You probably won’t remember it next week any way. Laughter is the cheapest and most effective form of medicine.

8. Practice being a kind and encouraging person. Find 2 or 3 people to encourage today. By helping someone else you help and uplift yourself.

9. Find a hobby. Is there something you have always wanted to do? Do it!

10. Slow down. Find some time each day for your spiritual life. Sit quietly, be still! If thoughts come up acknowledge them but don’t pay attention to them.

June 7, 2010 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

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