Friday, February 10, 2012


One of the best overall exercises for any age group is walking. Walking briskly for at least 10 minutes a day has been proven to benefit not only physical health but emotional and mental health as well. However, you can enhance the benefits of walking by doing Functional Walking. Functional Walking is walking at a normal pace while making various functional or "real life" movements periodically during the walk. For example, after walking for a few minutes, reach down with your right hand and touch the ground, then stand up and continue walking. After a while, reach down with your left hand and touch the ground. In another few yards, turn around and walk backwards, then walk sideways for a while. After walking for another few yards, stop and reach around behind you and touch the ground as far back as you can. Continue to walk another few yards, stop and reach around behind you on the other side, stretching as far as you can to touch the ground behind you.

This is Functional Walking. It is taking regular walking and adding real-life "functional moves" such as bending, stretching, reaching, rotating the body and reverse or lateral walking. To make it more challenging, walk at different paces, perhaps adding speed walking, sprinting or incline walking to the functional walk.

Functional Walking develops flexibility, coordination, balance, core strength as well as overall fitness while mimicking real-life bodily movements. The body is designed to move, bend, stretch and reach in various planes and at various angles involving multiple joints, which is why this type of exercise is so beneficial for everyone at any age. To begin, try Functional Walking for 3 times a week for 10 minutes each time and then increase both time and frequency as you improve in your condition.

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Before you drink your next soft drink - think twice. Scientific evidence is mounting concerning the negative effects of consuming soft drinks. It is well documented that soft drink consumption is linked directly to the rise in obesity. Evidence now shows that drinking diet beverages can affect your waistline as well. Also, high blood pressure, bone loss, poor teeth and chronic high blood sugars are associated to the consumption of regular and diet soft drinks. Long term studies now show that drinking just two soft drinks a day (regular or diet) can add inches to your waist, contribute to type 2 diabetes, elevate triglycerides, contribute to heart disease, increase chances of stroke and even damage your kidneys.

So, instead of reaching for a soda or soft drink, try a healthy substitute instead. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Water
  • Mineral water
  • Seltzer water (flavored Seltzer water is available)
  • Hot tea
  • Ice tea
  • Coffee
  • Milk
  • Diluted fruit juice (with mineral water)
  • Water with lemon or lime

Bottom line: For better overall health, stop or minimize the consumption of sodas and soft drinks and substitute a healthier alternative. Your wellness depends on it.

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The Bible says that if anyone believes in Jesus Christ, they will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). What is eternal life? For most of my life, I assumed eternal life was living forever. However, every person lives forever regardless of their faith. When we die, our spirit either goes to be with the Lord in Heaven or we live forever in eternal damnation, separated from God. So then, what is eternal life? The Bible tells us in John 17:3 that eternal life is knowing God on the most personal and intimate level. It is knowing God in the person of Jesus. Knowing His thoughts, personality and emotions. It is knowing what pleases Him, and knowing how much He loves us.

Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice so that the barrier of sin would be removed in order for us to really know our Heavenly Father. What God wants most for us is to know Him personally and intimately in the person of Jesus Christ. God has done His part to remove the barrier of sin, which was blocking our relationship. But you have a part in this divine relationship as well. You grow in your knowledge of God more intimately when you spend time with Him. Prayer is spending time with God expressing yourself to Him. However, studying and placing God's Word in your heart is the best way to know Him personally. Are you spending quality time in God's Word getting to know Him? Eternal life is not just something in the future, it is yours NOW when you spend time with God in His Word. Knowing God in the person of Jesus Christ is the most valuable and precious relationship you will ever have.

"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." John 17:3 (NASB)

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