Fit Friday: Equipping Ourselves Physically and Spiritually

Today’s guest post is written by Clare – a Certified Fitness Instructor. For more articles by Clare click here. I was cutting coupons yesterday and saw a cold and flu ad with pictures of nasty looking worm-shaped germs resting on a phone. Needless to say, it reminded me of how I need to be mindful of where these little fellas are! (Nice marketing work on behalf of the cold and flu company!) As if the seasonal flu wasn’t enough to think about, we now have H1N1 2009 to worry with–we can’t avoid disease! It’s hard for me to “remember” where […]

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Fit Friday: Running Miles for Melana

This past Saturday many of my friends ran in the Akron, Ohio Marathon for a remarkable cause. On the Women Living Well home page you will find the story of sweet 9 year old Melana who is battling cancer. Diana (a friend of Melana and a friend of mine – pictured above after the race with Melana) began to dream – and her dream grew big. She started a blog and recruited everyone she knew to come and join her for this marathon. On race day 42 men and women showed up to do a 4 person relay, 16 ran […]

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Fit Friday: The Comparison Trap

Psalm 139:13,14 “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I linger in front of the mirror for a moment…what do I see? A grey hair popping out, that big sun spot on my cheek, those bags under my eyes – those are new since having children. And then there’s my beloved muffin top – possibly the thing that makes me most insecure. For me – all it takes is a mirror to get me discontent. The only thing worse than a mirror is […]

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Fit Friday: The Art of the Bubble Bath

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” If you are stressed out from all the back-to-school homework, sports, errands, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and economic troubles…then you NEED a bubble bath. Here’s why – a bubble bath is something COMPLETELY free that only you can give yourself. I remember when my children were babies and my husband was traveling a lot, I would be at my wits end by evening – with no break coming from my husband since he was gone. I found solace in my bubble baths. As soon as […]

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Fit Friday: Dealing With Our Emotions

I Timothy 4:8 says “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for both the present life and the life to come.” Godliness – it’s our ultimate goal – to be a godly wife, mother, and homemaker. Yet emotions and exhaustion get in the way of our ultimate goal. Emotions are a good thing – they help us to enjoy life or process pain. But they can also get out of control and destroy our day! I’ve been told by others that I am a “high energy” person. I tend to talk fast and walk fast. I […]

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Fit Friday: Which Food Network Star Am I?

Do you watch the Food Network? Then maybe you can relate to this article below! Women Living Well’s Certified Fitness Trainer – Clare – is back with us today and here’s what she has to say:************************************ The thought occurred to me one day while on the elliptical machine and watching the Food Network, that our eating habits could be categorized by one if not many of the fabulous chefs on the Food Network. I’m not necessarily thinking about how we cook either. There are a lot of factors which figure into our physical make-up, but we can’t negate the importance […]

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Fit Friday: Power Naps!

What time did you go to bed last night? What time did you wake up? How many hours of sleep did you get exactly? 6 1/2 hours? That’s not enough! Studies show that 7 hours of sleep is the minimum hours of sleep an adult can get to perform at peak performance. Some of us even need 8-9 hours of sleep. What is stealing sleep from you? Can I honestly say that this blog causes me to lose sleep! I usually write my blogs late at night or early early in the morning. In order to get enough sleep I […]

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Fit Friday: Live Strong!

This past weekend I completed my second race. I am a beginner at running but now that I have completed two races, I have learned that the race is not just a physical race but there is a lot going on mentally that interferes with the race process. Just getting the number on my shirt is a mental hurdle. Having a peace of mind while I wait for the gun shot is the next hurdle. Then there’s the hurdle of people passing you on the right and left – and the fear of finishing last. In both races, I ran […]

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Fit Friday: Body and Spirit Connection

Few women are satisfied with their bodies – even the most beautiful movie stars such as Julia Roberts have had stand-ins for certain scenes. Our culture bombards us with the message that we need to buy something to make ourselves more attractive. There’s ads for losing 10 pounds in 10 days, how to look younger, have glowing skin, prettier eyes, plumper lips, glossier hair – you name – they sell it! The message of the world YOU MUST NOT AGE! But guess what – we ARE aging! Have you ever thought about your body and your spirit and how they […]

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Fit Friday: Meet My Trainer Clare!

Some of you have already met my friend who is a trainer – Clare – over on http://www.womenlivingwell.org/. She has generously given of her time and talent so we can build some lean muscles for all that cleaning we need to do hehe! Here’s a recent message from Clare to you! “Hi everyone! It’s been a while since you’ve seen me on the website with any fit tips or exercises, but it comes with good reason…. I had a baby! Lila Irene was born on June 3rd at 10:07am. My labor went very well and recovery has been much better […]

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Fit Friday: Get Fit Cleaning Your House!

This week the theme of Women Living Well has been on the Proverbs 31 woman and homemaking. So the fit tip of the week correlates with the theme. The Proverbs 31 woman is described in verse 17 as having “arms strong for her tasks“. One way that we can grow stronger is simply by cleaning. We can burn about 200 calories walking for an hour or burn 100-500 calories by doing some deep cleaning for an hour AND have the max benefit of getting a task done! Imagine how much harder tasks were physically 100 years ago. Women had to […]

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