Spring is here and pool season is right around the corner. I know I can’t wait. Have you been exercising this winter? What about weight training? When we develop our muscles, they have more tone, definition and strength. The body is equipped to do all the things we want and need it to do. I know I’m not getting any younger, but I plan to stay fit and active for as long as I possibly can.

So this week’s post is about exercise and no, it is not a dirty word, so let’s do away with any negative thinking or excuses right now, ok? Being able to exercise is not a chore. It’s a blessing and a lifestyle. Exercise is a part of my life and has been for many years. Having been out of commission several times, I know what it feels like to be immobile. It’s not fun. Fun is being able to move and regular, consistent exercise helps us do just that.

Exercise is important. I know you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating, especially with the rate of obesity on the rise all over the world. There are many ways to strengthen our muscles and get our bodies moving. Now that the weather is warming up, I love to get outdoors as much as I can. My sons love to play soccer. When I was raising my kids, I used to get up in the mornings at 5:30 am and go for a run. It is a great way to get a quick cardio workout in and all you really need is a good pair of shoes. I’d sign up for 5 and 10k races and collect donations for charities. Then there is biking, working out at a gym, taking a fun group exercise class like Zumba, playing several sets of tennis, swimming, the list goes on and on. Let’s not forget yoga and pilates – two great ways to tone and strengthen our core. Two fantastic low impact weight-bearing exercises that can really train the heart muscle as well as strengthen the bones are fitness walking and hiking. Both are easy and free.

While I’m on the subject of strengthening our muscles, let’s not forget our spiritual muscle. It, too, needs to be strengthened. Did you know you have a spiritual muscle? Yes, indeed, and it’s called faith. We all have faith to some degree and it needs to be strengthened and developed just like our physical muscles. Think about it. We have faith in ourselves, in others, and many of us have faith in God.

How do we develop our faith muscle? Glad you asked. By exercising it, of course! Faith needs to be used in order to grow stronger. You know those trials I’ve been sharing with you recently? Well, every trial we go through is an opportunity to develop and strengthen our faith.

Check out this month’s video

and send me your thoughts. What do you think of the idea of having a spiritual muscle? Does yours need to be exercised more? What concrete things can you do to strengthen it?

Love to hear from you. Until the next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!

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