Back in Week One of 7 Weeks to a Build Stronger Body, I briefly mentioned the link between our physical bodies and our spiritual life. We tend to think of them as being completely separate entities, but they are not. They are both part of the whole that makes us who we are and we can strengthen them both at the same time.
Strengthen Your Spirit While You Strengthen Your Body
I promised to give you some specific ways you can connect with the spiritual aspect of physical exercise during your workout. This is not something you hear from most fitness enthusiasts. Nor are you likely to hear it at church.
As I said before, the idea of the spiritual being connected with the physical body during exercise is typically from an Eastern, non-Christian worldview. Although I don’t agree with many of their spiritual ideas, I will not go so far as to say that my faith has no role whatsoever in my fitness. I believe it does. I believe that my relationship with God through Jesus is relevant to every aspect of my life, including my workouts.
There are many ways to strengthen your spirit while you are strengthening your body. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Finding time to exercise is one of the greatest fitness challenges we busy mommies face. As I tell my children whenever they’ve lost something and expect me to magically produce it for them, “It won’t find you. You have to go find it.” The same thing applies to working out. The time to make it happen won’t find you. You have to be deliberate about hunting it down.
If You Can’t Find the Time, Make It!
Making the time for something important you want to do means you have set aside something else you want to do that you have decided is less important. We’re all given the same 24 hours a day. No one gets any more or any less. It’s what we choose to do with those hours that matters. If we aren’t intentional about assigning our time to work on our priorities, then it will mysteriously evaporate in cyberspace or in front of the TV.
The best way to get in shape is not to get too far out of shape in the first place. Yeah, well. I personally didn’t do so well at that and I found my perfect excuse in multiple pregnancies. I wish I had stayed more active during pregnancy and, at least, made some effort at fitness once the baby was born. Of course, that’s much easier said than done. Morning sickness, bed rest, C-sections, and sleepless nights all compound the problem and conspire against us to keep us from fighting for our fitness.
Workout Options for Busy Moms
The way I see it, a busy mom has 3 options:
As a busy mom of 8 children, I struggled for years to exercise consistently. My two biggest obstacles were motivation and time. Over the past two years, I’ve finally found ways to overcome my obstacles and push past my excuses. I now enjoy the benefits regular workouts so much that motivation is no longer a problem and I make the time to exercise consistently. I want to pass on what I’ve learned so you can reap the rewards of staying fit too.
What’s Your Motivation?
Nobody is born fit. Every fit person has to work for it both in the gym and in the kitchen. (Unfortunately, we cannot depend upon our success in one area to counterbalance our neglect of the other.) The biggest difference between people who are fit and people who aren’t is to what extent they’ve believed or rejected their own excuses.
Here’s the truth. Exercise is hard. Being unhealthy is hard. It’s difficult either way. Choose your hard. Do you want to continue to battle the health issues that wage war against you, or do you want to fight for a stronger body? That’s what you have to decide.
This post is the second part of the why and how of staying well hydrated. If you missed the first part, read why water is so important to every other part of your health here. Now that we are motivated to drink more water, we are going to talk about how to get it done.
Drink Well to Be Well
Yesterday, we looked at the dangers of not drinking enough water. But that’s not the only problem. Not only is not drinking enough water a problem, but some drinks like coffee, soda, alcohol, and energy drinks can dehydrate you even more. This is when NOT drinking will help you stay properly hydrated.
How much water is enough?
So how much water should I be drinking anyway? There are many ways to answer this question.
Welcome back to 7 Weeks to Build a Stronger Body! We are in the 3rd week now and hopefully you have figured out your why and identified some attitudes about food you want to adjust. This week is all about drinking enough water.
Your Body is Mostly Water
Have you heard the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, that’s not really true. Actually we should say, “You are what you drink.”