Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Healthy Living Weekly Post: The Good Life (book review part 2)

Chapter 3 of The Good Life by Ruth McGinnis is all about exercise and is the longest chapter in the book. (See my review of chapters 1 & 2 here.) The chapter begins with Webster's New World Dictionary definition of exercise: "activity for training or developing the body or mind; esp., bodily exertion for the sake of health." This chapter stresses physical activity as a way of life and begins with a look at our core or foundation.

The author is a personal trainer and when she works with a new client always begins with alignment and stability as the foundation of a good exercise program. The chapter describes 10 basic exercises to develop inner strength. I actually include several of these exercises in my strength training routine, but have decided for the next month to add a session of these ten stability exercises to my weekly routine. Since they are designed to help build our inner core, I am planning to add this short exercise session on Sundays.

The chapter then continues to address a balanced exercise schedule including aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility/stretching exercises. Instructions are included for several flexibility exercises designed to help maintain a normal range of joint motion function. I really like the approach this chapter takes by going to the basics of an exercise program and building from there. Next week I'll be sharing the author's thoughts on food, balance, and emotional health.

Here's how I did on my goals for this past week:
*Ride the exercise bike for 30 minutes at least four times. DONE - four times!
*Complete a 30 minute strength training routine at least twice. Completed this routine only once.
*Drink at least 48 ounces of water each day. Success four out of seven days.
*Continue reading a book on healthy living. (The Good Life) DONE
*Try at least one new light recipe. X

My Goals for the Coming Week
*Ride the exercise bike for 30 minutes at least four times.
*Complete a 30 minute strength training routine at least twice.
*Complete stability exercises at least once.
*Drink at least 48 ounces of water each day.
*Continue reading a book on healthy living. (The Good Life)
*Add one lifestyle activity at least four days this week.

Tomorrow I'll be participating in the Lighten Up Blog Hop where six bloggers will share a favorite light recipe. Be sure to check back for a recipe to add to your menu next week and to find out how to be eligible for the blog hop giveaway.


Cheri said...

Kudos on the goals you reached!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

It's making me tired just reading about all this exercise!! Well done on keeping it up.

Alison said...

Well done on this week's goals!
Alison xx

scrapchick said...

Great job on your goals!

Rebekah said...

Sounds like you had a good week! Good for you!