I decided to buckle down and start doing some exercise.
But I don't really like to exercise, and my health and weight actually makes it hard to exercise.
There was once an exercise I enjoyed and actually excelled. It was yoga. I took a class back when I was in college. For the first time in my life, I felt that I could be physical. I enjoyed it and continued doing yoga after class was over. I grew more flexible, of course, but also stronger and with more stamina.
Imagine my chagrin when God spoke to both me and my husband that He didn't want me to participate in yoga any longer. There was the whole pagan aspect that I could no longer accept. It was really hard to surrender the one thing that allowed me to exercise my body for the first time.
Then I found out about Laurette Willis
and PraiseMoves: The Christian Alternative to Yoga.
She offers a page of questions and answers on her website offering her testimony, experience, and philosophy behind PraiseMoves.
One of the biggest differences between yoga and PraiseMoves is the meaning of meditation. In yoga, meditation means emptying your mind while in Christianity and PraiseMoves, meditation means to focus and think on God and His Word. Each movement relates to a Scripture and Scripture is quoted throughout.
I've made it most of the way through the 20 minute workout. I just can't do the getting down on the floor and back up...yet! Mija has been doing it with me and has enjoyed it. Another benefit is 20 minutes of PE credit for her!
I know to most doing not quite 20 minutes of exercise for two days in a row is not a big deal, but to me it is. Maybe a little public accountability is what I need.