Thursday, October 4, 2012
Day 4: Exercise that encourages
A few months ago a friend of mine suggested that we start exercising together. I thought it sounded like a great idea. So we had to decide what to do. We both like to run so that was an option. But we were hoping to include as many of the ladies from our church as were interested and we were afraid that running might leave some ladies out. Plus, there comes a time of year around here when we both give up running outside for the more comfortable temperatures of our treadmills. So, we decided to look around for some exercise video we could do together.
We stumbled on a new favorite: PrayFit. PrayFit was put together by Jimmy Pena, a fitness expert and Christian. He and a friend of his put PrayFit together with the purpose of meeting two basic needs, spiritual nourishment and physical development. We bought the DVD and the devotional book that goes along with it and got to work.
Wow! We love it. I love the PrayFit tagline: In Jesus name, we train. Because that's why we are doing it. Sure, the side benefits are nice (living longer, looking better in a dress, etc) but the real reason we workout, the reason we do anything, is to bring glory to God.
The PrayFit workouts are great. It's just 33 minutes or so, which fits nicely into our morning schedule, and it's a pretty intense workout. And the level of intensity is really just dependent on the participant. So someone really fit (like my friend) can work out alongside someone less fit (like me). Finally, we love the encouragement that Jimmy Pena provides throughout the video. My friend and I, along with other ladies from the church, now meet three mornings a week at 5:30am to workout together. And the workouts are an encouragement to my soul as well.
Also, the PrayFit website has daily devotional thoughts that have been really helpful to me. Check it out!