New Exercise Program?
When we enter a new year, many people make a resolution to lose weight. Are you one of them? Do you believe that your child is a bit on the heavy side? Do exercise programs make you cringe?
First of all, we all want to respect our bodies as the temple of God for the Holy Spirit dwells in it. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). Therefore, we want to have physical fitness so that we can lead long and healthy lives. We respect our bodies as God’s temples. So what kind of exercise is necessary to keep our bodies healthy?
Some people think that 30 minutes of exercise is necessary to maintain good health. Other’s advocate 60 minutes of exercise a day. But is that realistic? Do you have that much time to dedicate to exercise? Perhaps you will be more faithful to exercising daily if you chunk it. Start off exercising each morning by going for a 10-15 minute walk. Perhaps you can walk on a treadmill in your home and do simple exercises like sit-ups, deep knee bends, or push-ups in addition.
The key is to get your heart rate up for 5-10 minutes. That will strengthen your heart muscle. If you exercise each day for 15 minutes, you will start gradually losing weight if you keep the calorie intake at the same level as before. However, if you decide to exercise 15 minutes in the morning and then 15 minutes after work to unwind, you will start to notice a change within two or three weeks. You will feel energized and more mentally alert.
For those who truly want to lose weight, consider cutting out snacks altogether and cutting down on carbohydrate intake. Stay away from sweets and seconds. Focus on eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, drink a glass of water before each meal, and you will start losing weight in a gradual and healthy manner. For more information go to the USDA website, www.usda.gov for healthy diets. For more information on healthy exercise, go to https://health.gov/our-work/physical-activity. Have a healthy and happy New Year!