Faithful Fitness on Friday

The world is my gym!

On days that are cold I set up my mini trampoline in my kitchen/dining room.  I will add a stepper or weights, a mat and I bounce away.

I don’t want to have a gym membership.

There are many reasons:

1.  Been there done that.
2.  Latte Factor:  I don’t want to spend the money on it when I know everything I do can be done at home.
3.  The continual unspoken competition.  (Yes this can be healthy but often it is not, from what I see!)
4.  The observation of silently comparing.
5.  THE NOISE!

A gym is not peaceful for me.  In order for me to stay connected to my faith through my fitness I must do it my way.
The way I know is most natural for me.
The way I will stick to it.
The way it will remain a constant in my life.
The way I connect to God and keep focused and keep my perspective about my physical fitness.

 My way is the way I keep my eye on the TRUE prize for any challenge or goal:  GOD!

This may not be the right way for some, or for many, but it is for me.

Therefore….

THE WORLD IS MY GYM:

1.  My front drive and street.
2.  My kitchen/dining room area.
3.  My living room.
4.  My bedroom.
5.  The church hallways and gymnasium.
6.  The grocery store.
7.  Parks.

MY EQUIPMENT:

1.  ME….MY BODY!
2.  My broom, mop, duster.
3.  My mini trampoline/rebounder.
4.  Medicine Ball
5.  Small dumbbells
6.  Elastic bands.
7.  Large Heavy things in my driveway, backyard, anywhere.
8.  Pull-up bar in the doorway going from the kitchen to the laundry room.
9.  A yoga ball.

What do I do while I work out?

I pray my rosary….I listen to devotionals…I watch something inspirations…
I STAY CONNECTED TO GOD!!!

How long do I work out?

I have learned a great deal about the science of how our bodies respond and function to stress (exercise is stress to the body)…..I have learned LESS TRULY IS MORE!

I limit myself to  20-30 minutes of hitting it really hard to obtain a great sweat 2-3 times a week.  These workouts are all about my strength.  Whether I am just rotating through different lifts and movements, or if I am doing interval kind of stuff….they are the ones that make me really huff and puff.  These workouts can sometimes be only 12 minutes!  Especially if I am doing sprints.

My longer days of 30-35 minutes are usually going for a walk and adding burpees every 2 blocks.  Or “walk/jogging” on the mini trampoline while I watch something.

Most days I average 23 minutes of a designated workout time.

THIS IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR ME.  This is how I keep my FITNESS FAITHFUL:

I wake.  Roll out of bed onto my floor.  I do a nice back arching stretch.  Then, I reach out in front of me.  The whole time saying: GOOD MORNING LORD…THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER MORNING!

Then, I do about 30-40 push-ups as fast as possible and about 30 donkey kicks for each leg.  All the while saying:  LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH TODAY TO CONQUER ANYTHING THAT COMES MY WAY.  This helps remind me that my strength comes from HIM not me.

I proceed to the kitchen, start a kettle of water for my tea.  I drink down 2 glasses of water, stretch reaching high, feeling alive and looking upward to my wonderful Lord.

NOW I AM READY TO START MY ROSARY.

I assess if there are dishes to put away, laundry to fold, dusting to be done.  Therefore while I am praying my rosary I sweep/mop floors, prepare my hubby’s breakfast and lunch for the day, start a load of laundry, fold the load from the night before, put up any dishes, etc.   ALL of these chores allow me to receive great stretching.

Sweeping/mopping:  rotation stretching
Putting away dishes:  reaching up and down
Folding and starting laundry: bending, movement

My tea by now has been steeping.

I love doing my rosary prayers during these chores and stretching because it reminds me to thank Mary for the sacrifice she made to bring us our amazing Saviour.  It helps remind me to always find joy in my housework.  It gives me the opportunity to ask her to whisper in God’s ear for me about any concerns I may have.  Mother’s tend to have that special way of talking to fathers about their children’s wants, needs, desires.  Why shouldn’t this be any different!

After my rosary, I usually assess if I have time to hit my actual workout before my hubby wakes or if I wait until he heads out the door.

If I wait, I usually take that time to sit with my cup of tea and write, reflect, journal, work on schedules, bills, lesson planning, clear out emails….etc.

If not…then I hit it!

or reversed….I hit it once hubby has left for work!

I usually do something with my mini trampoline either in my kitchen, front yard, or back yard.

I love burpees.
I love step ups.
I love jumping jacks.
I love deep squats.
I love push ups.
I love sprints.

I am getting better at pull ups.
I am constantly learning and adapting different movements, stretches, strengths.

I love to work out either to my rosary, whether another one, or Joyce Meyer, a TED talk, a YOUTube video, a documentary or something that is going to help my mind and spirit learn and grow!

The rest of my day is about stretching through things.  Stopping to do a few jumps or push ups or stretches.

OR….even just shutting my eyes for about 10-15 minutes in a meditative and restful state!

At night before I enter into bed as I am reflecting in my mind about my day and blessings; doing my examination of conscience I stretch one last time.  Sometimes I throw in some push ups or planks, some arch stretches, and hip bridges.

I stand reach high….breath and slip into bed.  I write in my journal for a few minutes, thanking God for my day.  Writing down all I had evaluated in my thoughts then turn out the lights with reminding myself I must get rest to do what HE needs me to do.

Thus I strive for 7-8 hours of sleep.  I would prefer 8-9 but I am learning, baby steps!  I need to make sure I don’t stress even about not getting the extra hour of sleep I would like to have.  Therefore I make sure and tap into a nap from time to time….but that is for another day, another post!

Thus….there is my day!

This is how I keep my fitness focused on my faith….
On honoring God….
On health…
On true living…

And not on…
vanity…
not on…
comparing…
not on…
pride….

I hope this gives you all some ideas on how to make fitness fun and faithful!

Would love to hear any of your ideas and thoughts!

Blessings and hugs always,
~K 🙂

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