The Fitness-Spiritual Connection

The Lord wants us to take care of our bodies and if we fix our hearts on HIM , the Spirit is who leads us to improving our lifestyle. How about taking it one step further & ask the Spirit to help you during your workout?   

At the beginning of each day, I try to spend about five-ten minutes reading the Gospel reading and reflection. Well, I felt compelled to share my reading today because it goes along with training the body physically, as well as spiritually:

“Mass offers us an opportunity to have our eyes opened to see Jesus more clearly. All we have to do is be alert and fix our hearts on him. All we have to do is ask the Spirit to help us, and we will get a new taste of God’s love. So whenever you pray or receive the sacraments, try to sense the Spirit at work. You may feel love for Jesus rising up in your heart. You may feel moved to repair a wounded relationship or to tell your family that you love them more often . God wants to give us demonstrations like these so that we can all become great witnesses to his power in the world”. 

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The Lord wants us to take care of our bodies and if we fix our hearts on HIM , the Spirit is who leads us to improving our lifestyle. How about taking it one step further & ask the Spirit to help you during your workout?   

While training clients, I ask them to really focus on the muscles they are supposed to be using. They visualize that particular muscle working & I notice their form is much better! 

God created our bodies & knows exactly what it needs and when. If you focus & really listen, the Spirit will tell us EVERYTHING we need to know and will help you perform the exercises correctly. 

Imagine what we could do if we just focus & allow the Spirit to move us while we are doing any task, even exercise! It is not magic. It is not a coincidence. It is the power of the Holy Spirit ! 

It is your responsibility to do what the Holy Spirit is moving you to do!

It is your responsibility to do what the Holy Spirit is moving you to do!

Move More & Burn More Calories

Moving More will burn more calories & decrease risk of some cancers, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, improve mental health, & increase longevity!!

Moving More will burn more calories  and decrease the risk of some cancers, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, improve mental health, & increase longevity!! These are just some of the many possible benefits of regular exercise.

CDC’s recommendations for adults ages 17-64; At least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week or an equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week AND Muscle Strengthening Activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

If you don’t have a lot of time or if you aren’t quite up to the physical level of doing 30 minutes or more, start with 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity at a time. On top of this, find ways to burn MORE calories throughout your day. Take the stairs, park far away, cook, clean….whatever, JUST MOVE!!!

For more fitness fun, tips and motivation visit www.MoveMoreFitness.com.

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5 Components of a Healthy Lifestyle

Fitness & health is not just about bicep curls or hitting the treadmill. It is so much more! Where are you the strongest? Where are your areas of opportunity? Let’s find a balance to help us live a healthy lifestyle!

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After many years of research and studies, I think we all know the relationship between physical activity and the overall quality of life. Evidence shows that physical activity is related to a lower risk of premature development of many health problems. Through physical activity, we can improve our lifestyle by preventing or delaying development of health problems.

I’ve been studying fitness for well over 10 years and have found that fitness and health requires a balance in five key areas. Sure you may be naturally flexible but what about strength? That may require some work! Or what if you were born with the tendency to build muscle and strength but lack flexibility? Flexibility may need some extra work.

After training numerous clients and students, I’ve compiled a list of what I view as the important base components of health & fitness. Of course we could elaborate on each component but let’s stick with the basics for the sake of the beginner, which is my specialty.

I’ve included links & encourage you to research a little more into each component.

Cardiovascular Endurance –  The ability of the heart, lungs, blood vessels to deliver an adequate supply of oxygen to exercising muscles. Cardiovascular exercise utilizes the heart, lungs, and large muscle groups, such as running or walking. Anything to get the heart going at a higher rate for a period of time.

Muscular Strength & Endurance– Muscular strength and endurance improves when a resistance is placed against particular muscles or groups of muscles, as in weight training.

          Muscular Strength: the maximum amount of force a muscle or muscle group can develop during a single contraction. This would be your weighted workout such as bicep curls with weights.

          Muscular Endurance: the number of repeated contractions a muscle or muscle group can perform against a resistance without fatiguing. An example of this would be holding a plank and a several unweighted squats in a row.

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Flexibility– The ability to move a joint through its full range of motion; the elasticity for the muscle. Referred to as the “range of motion” of a joint (e.g. knee or shoulder). Flexibility improves with activities such as stretching or yoga.

Nutrition– Food provides your body with the nutrients it needs to remain healthy & active. The six major nutrients that are necessary for a healthy body are : carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. A deficiency in any one of these nutrients could hinder you from reaching your fitness goals.

Postive Mindset– I love the YMCA and consider myself a “Y’ person. I had my first job in fitness there 18 years ago. (WOW I’m getting up there!) I believe they have the right philosophy with their triangle of “Mind, Body and Spirit.” It is all connected and without one, you are kind of off balance, right? To realize your full potential in any area of life, it is necessary to focus on your overall happiness with life and the healthy lifestyle choices that you make everyday.  Limit your stress and take the positive approach. Find outlets for stress and incorporate ways to let the goodness pour in. I understand you may not be able to control what is going on around you but you can control how you react to it.

Now I want you to think about which areas are you crushing? Which areas could use some improvement? I can tell you that I’ve always been somewhat awesome with muscular endurance & I’ll chalk that up to my gymnastics experience. -Get it? Chalk/Gymnastics?? Though, I do need to drink more water, nutrition has always been one of my favorite subjects. I think it is safe to say that area is okay.

Unfortunately, my mindset has not been the greatest and I do lack on physical strength. Give me a baby and I will hold them for hours or have me use my body I will squat, lunge, plank forever. But give me a heavy weight and ….yeah , well. Good thing I have my strong hubby who dominates in strength.

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Here is the important thing to remember, none of these are perfected overnight. It takes time, patience and dedication but you can do it! I will tell you a few ways I have worked on my mindset, which is SO much better then where it was 5 years ago. For one thing, improving my relationship with God has helped me leave things up to Him and have Him guide me to do what He wants of me. Oh heck yeah, it is hard and I do not always listen but it’s a process.

Other tools that helped was therapy & coaching. I believe everyone could benefit from therapy and/or coaching of some sort. Therapy is not for crazy people -though some people swear I may be a little crazy. I think talking with a coach or a therapist shows that you are STRONG! Besides, a good therapist or coach will give you the tools you need to cope with whatever your issue(s) may be, so you no longer need them. And that is the same thing with a personal trainer, or at least this one. My goal is to give people the tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle thus they no longer “need” me!

Now that I have shared a little about my strengths, weaknesses and steps I’m taking or have taken to improve my lifestyle, I would love to hear from you! Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle? Then tell me, which areas of fitness are you a rockstar? Which areas could use a little help?

Keep fit & keep moving!

-Adrienne

 

 

 

 

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