Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Hidden Benefits of Zumba

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

  1. benefits-of-zumbaNo Resentment – Zumba is an aerobic exercise that tones the whole body. The hour goes by fast. It’s the only exercise that I look forward to. There is no dreaded workout, no watching the clock because I wish it was over, and no resentment that I have to exercise to keep my body in shape for my husband. None of that. I do Zumba for me, and it benefits my body, my health, and my husband with no down side.
  2. Increased Energy Level – Exercise increases endorphins which cause me to feel more clear-headed and improves my mood. I sleep better. I have more energy for my husband and my children. Often when I come home from Zumba, I’m a better companion for my husband because I don’t feel foggy.
  3. Body Acceptance and Awareness – I used to be a total klutz. I didn’t really know where the end of my body was until I started doing Zumba. And I love my body now more than I ever have, not because it’s better than when I was in my 20’s, because it’s not. But I’m more confident now, as far as moving my body. That confidence is highly appealing to my husband.
  4. Long-term sustainability – Every other time I’ve done exercise, it’s fallen by the wayside as soon as I’ve reached my goal. Zumba is one of those things that I don’t mind doing for the rest of my life.
  5. Delight your husband – Besides the increased confidence in your body, the fact that you are more toned speaks volumes to your husband, and he notices. Many Zumba classes are held at churches, and my own Zumba instructor is a married Christian woman with two small children. She moves her body in a sensual way that would be highly appealing to her husband, and I want to learn exactly how she does that. Especially for godly women who keep themselves away from smut, this is a safe way to learn how to delight your husband with your movements. God is pleased when you delight your husband, so it’s godly to learn how to be sensual. No matter what shape you’re in, no matter what a klutz you are, you can learn how to surprise and delight your husband and make him happy. Intimacy is clean and pure, and God is the one who invented it. Even if your relationship with your husband is already good, Zumba can make it even better by teaching you how to move in an appealing way. For this reason I strongly endorse Zumba for Christian married women.

Finding the Desire to Exercise

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


Finding the desire to exercise can be hard. Here are a few things you can do to improve your desire to exercise:

  • If you are tired, exercise will often clear your mind and make you feel more alert and refreshed. Your body will feel more energized, too. Sometimes when I’m tired, I purposely exercise to regain my energy.
  • Find something you love, whether it be hiking in nature, swimming, roller blading, walking, or Zumba. If exercise is something you enjoy, you are more likely to do it.
  • Listen to a fun workshop audio while exercising. Time goes by so much faster if you are learning something mentally while exercising. Or listen to fast-paced music.
  • If you have no time to exercise, squeeze it into the day in ten-minute segments. Climb up and down your stairs for ten minutes. Do sit-ups for ten minutes later in the day.
  • Take your family on a fun outing that involves exercise: a trampoline place, ice-skating, skiing, lazer tag, or rock climbing.
  • Dancing to music with your children has got to be one of the most enjoyable ways to exercise. It’s also a great way to bond with your children!

What other ways have helped you in finding the desire to exercise?

A Good Pair of Running Shoes

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

good-pair-of-running-shoesYears ago when I started to work out at the gym, I was such a tightwad that I refused to buy a good pair of running shoes for $100. I just used the $30 tennis shoes that I had always worn. While on the treadmill, my feet would start hurting after about five minutes. After fifteen or twenty minutes, I was limping. Yes, I was limping on the treadmill, and I kept going. How stupid is that?

I know that especially in homeschool circles, frugality is considered a virtue. But when you are refusing to spend the money to do a job right, you might as well not do it at all. After a few weeks of limping at the gym, I finally broke down and told my husband that I just didn’t want to limp on the treadmill any more. My husband laughed. He thought it was ridiculous that I hadn’t bought running shoes already.

So I went and bought myself some running shoes. I felt like I was walking on clouds. No wonder the other people at the gym weren’t limping; they felt like they were stepping on marshmallows. This taught me a lesson. Frugality can only go so far, and you often get what you pay for.

One of the perks of buying a $100 pair of running shoes is the fact that you will feel guilty if you don’t use them. This will further motivate you to work out.

Even if you are not a member of a gym, I recommend that every homeschool mother buy a good pair of running shoes. Why? Your body is not your own; it belongs to your husband. Working out isn’t so bad when you feel like you’re wearing fluffy slippers. Just imagine jogging around the block and coming home not only refreshed and energized, but looking better for your husband, which God requires of you anyway. Go on. Just do it.

Jump Sky High Trampolines

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


We took the family to Jump Sky High Trampolines, and the kids had a fabulous time. My husband and I were able to get exercise while our kids had fun. Even the walls are made of trampoline material, which means that the kids can climb the walls… literally.