Monday, October 16, 2006

That is the Question!

To Class or not to class!

Can you get as good of a workout at home as you can at a class?

Well, I think everyone is different. I personally need a class. If I workout at home I have the temptation not to work as hard. My muscles start to burn and I quit, but when I'm at class I keep going. I know there has been times when I thought, "I can't do anymore!" (especially hydrants with weights) But I knew I had four more to que and I kept going. So for me I would say I need a class. I would workout at home if I had too, but I prefer a class.

Now I have a friend who can workout at home or in a class and get the same intensity. She is one highly motivated lady and she looks great. So for someone like her, it would be, whatever fits in to their schedule.

Classes can be fun or they can be boring. I think that is up to the instructor. She or he needs to interject humor at times. It helps us to forget the pain. My ladies threaten me when they are really in pain and I love it cause everyone gets a good laugh.

Since I teach a class, I guess I might be partial to attending a group fitness class. I personally think you can get a better workout at a class than at home and here are a few reasons:

You Have A Motivator ... the instructor will keep you going even if you want to quit

Camaraderie With Others ... chances for building friendships

Variety Of Experiences ... more challenging exercises with new ideas

More Room ... not confined to a small livingroom

Continuous 60 Minute Intensity ... no interruptions, no kids, no phones, no doorbells, no food temptations, no computer, ... I could go on & on & on

Get Out Of The House ... you get out, sometimes just getting out of the house can give a sense of well-being

Seems To Go Quick ... when you are with a group, the time seems to go quicker and just is more enjoyable to be with people

Fellowship ... in the class I teach we pray and share encouraging stories

There are eight good reasons to attend a class ...

Ok if I must, I can think of a few to exercise at home ...

Convenience ... sometimes we can't get to a class or it just doesn't fit our schedule

Privacy ... we just aren't ready to venture out to a class full of women who have been exercising for years together

Do What You Prefer ... You pick the tape or the music

That's It ... I can't think of anymore reasons to exercise at home

Clearly (according to this blog) the best place to exercise in a group setting. At least there is more drama there and you might get a laugh or two!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

God's Leading

It is a great day!

I have been considering ending my evening classes. The numbers have been dwindling. Most classes I have about two ladies. Now I am a full believer that numbers do not matter but I'm not so sure that the facilities in which I teach believe that. Last night I was praying on the way to my class that the Lord would confirm to me of what I should do. I truly thought that maybe it was time to teach only mornings. I made the decision that if no one attended this particular evening and then the rest of the week (which was a true possibility) I would, beginning in November, only teach five mornings a week. Well, at 6:02pm the room was set up for class and I waited alone. A feeling of relief came over me since I knew that God was in complete control. I walked over to open the doors to allow some air in so I could work on new routines, and much to my unbelief six ladies were walking towards the building. Now what is the possibility that all ladies would be late. I don't know! But what I do know I'm continuing my evening classes until God changes my mind.

What does this have to do with weight loss?

I guess it could be a nice story of how great and personal our God is!

And it is...

But more important is ...

He cares about every little aspect of our lives. He cares about you and the daily struggles that you go through.

With weight, exercise, body image ... the list goes on forever.

God is a personal God and wants to be your God. He wants you to know who much He loves you. That's right He loves you just the way you are.

Thank Him right now for being there with you at any time and caring about the smallest things in your life.

John 3:16

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Who sang that song anyway?

Feelings .... Feelings... nothing more than feelings. That old song brings back so many memories. It was one of my favorite songs in junior high. I think because I needed to hear the truth in the lyrics of the song. Because most of the time that is all they are ... just feelings.

I am so tired and I have just worked out. I feel so fat! Now my mind knows that I am not fat but I feel fat. Why do we women feel fat all the time. Ok some days I feel good. I wish I could feel good everyday. I wish I never felt fat. Fortuntely I did not eat chips tonight. That would make me feel guilty.

Sometimes we have to tell ourselves that our feelings are false. Feelings can cause us to do things that we really don't want to do. When I feel fat I tend to eat more than I need.

Feelings ...

Feelings cause us to think things about other people. If someone is having a bad day and maybe they don't look us the right way we might feel like, "wow that person must be mad at me." Really no one is mad, it is just they are having a bad day.

Feelings can fool us. Fool us into believing that certain people don't like us or fool us to think that we can eat anything we want. Sometimes feelings tell us that we shouldn't eat and then we don't eat only to starve and then over-eat later.

You know I try to do everything I can to be healthy and look good as I age. Talking myself out of bad feelings is a chore but it is so needed. We need to talk to ourselves and think on good things. I try to remember the good things I do for myself. Like eating healthy, exercising and getting enough rest.

In Philippians, Paul exhorts us to think about good things. Check this out!

"Finally, friends, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."

Push those bad feelings away. They are only there because we have invited them to stay awhile.

They are just feelings...

Monday, October 02, 2006

A Good Workout

I have mentioned a good workout in previous posts. So what is a "good" workout? I can't say a good workout is one that you sweat like crazy because I know many who workout hard but don't sweat much.

Now I believe that sweating is important. It is the way our bodies cool down. Kinda like a built in "air conditioning." I did some researching on why people do not sweat and found there are several reasons:

• Neurologic disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
• Skin diseases that block sweat glands
• Congenital disorders including as ectodermal dysplasia
• Some drugs
• Trauma to sweat glands
• Burns
• Dehydration

As I looked at these different reasons, the one that most intrigued me was the last one, dehydration. I believe that most of us never drink enough water. Most of us are running on near empty. Now I know that some don't think that to be true, after all has an article on how we really don't need 8-10 glasses a day. I weigh 150 and my doctor said I need to drink at least half my body weight in ounces of water a day. That would make about 75 ounces so that equals a little more than 9 glasses a day. Pretty close to the rule of 8-10 glasses a day.

The purpose of normal sweating is to help the body maintain its fluid balance. Fluid intake is provided by the liquids we drink and from the food we eat.
Sweating helps the body to get rid of a variety of waste products and minerals--the most noticeable being salt.

Humm … I think I got a little carried away with the art of sweating!

Back to a good workout. There are many ways that you can get a good workout, it all depends on what you what kind of workout you want. I go to a Pilates class and the instructor is great. I leave there feeling taller, like I know that my muscles have been stretched and challenged. I sweat some but not much. So I believe that a good workout is measured by how you feel when you leave not always how wet you are from sweat. You should feel like you have used your muscles, refreshed and not wore out.

One more thing to get a good workout. Pay attention to your body while you are working out. Don’t daydream or talk continuously to a friend in class. It is important that you concentrate on what muscles you are using. Most workouts can be good ones when you remember that the effort you put into it will pay off in feeling healthier.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Bed Is Better Than A Workout?? REALLY!

This past Saturday I didn’t feel like exercising. I didn’t want to go to class. It was foggy and raining outside. Bed looked and felt like a much better choice. I knew that really I did not have a choice. I had to get up, get dressed in spandex and drive off to class. Now I know that the main reason I had to go to class was that it wasn’t happening unless I was present but there were other reasons to move me in the direction of exercise class.

Friends! Friends are good reason to go to class. If you are not part of a regular class you may not have that motivation and so that is a good reason to check out a class.

Clear Thinking! After a good workout your head is clear and you feel de-stressed.

Adrenalin Rush! After you get past those first 10 minutes exercise becomes self-motivating. Your adrenalin begins to flow and you say to yourself, “I feel better.”

Less Guilt! You have just worked out so you feel good about yourself and you know that you have kept to the disciplines of living healthier.

So if you feeling like … I really don’t want to workout today, make a list of the benefits you will experience if you workout and the benefits (if any) if you stay at home.

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