Featured Bloggers for Rain Has an Edge
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS
- KEEP IT ALIVE
- LADY LEE MANILA
- LADY SIGHS
- LOVING LIFE
- POETRY IF NOTHING ELSE
- RAMBLES OF A RARING WRITER
- SECOND WIND LEISURE (SUNDAY STILLS)
IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to the most recent post, not my page. I don’t see links to my page.
For More Ideas about Fitness…
- KEEP IT ALIVE
- LADY LEE MANILA
- LADY SIGHS
- LOVING LIFE
- SECOND WIND LEISURE (FRIDAY FITNESS)
- THIS THAT AND THE OTHER THING
- YOUR BLOG LINK GOES HERE.
Check out these early-bird participants. This challenge runs until next Tuesday, and these bloggers have some awesome quotes, stories, and pictures.
Definition of Fitness – noun
- “Good health, (and) especially good physical condition resulting from exercise and proper nutrition.”
- “The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.”
- “(biology) The extent to which an organism is able to produce offspring in a particular environment.” American Heritage and Webster’s Dictionaries
My Choice Quotes for Achieving Total Fitness
I got carried away with this post inspired by Terri’s Fitness Friday posts. Feel free to skim or spend some time, listen to some music and enjoy the ambiance of fitness.
‘The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?’— Greg Plitt, fitness model
More than half of us immediately think of physical fitness when we hear the word fitness, but isn’t there more to life than having a fit body? Click on Greg Plitt’s link and you get a picture of the current model of physical fitness.
Trust me, I have nothing against physical fitness and at times have worked hard to achieve it. Just like being a professional pianist, writer, doctor, or any other highly-skilled individual, the price of achieving extreme fitness will be high. If you want to look like a model on the cover of a fitness magazine today, you will spend 8-10 hours a day or more exercising and eating a strict diet of mostly protein to the exclusion of other enjoyable things in life.
‘If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.’— Bret Contreras, sports scientist
Is that what extreme physical fitness you want? If so, get a trainer and read on. If not, read on.
‘If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.’— Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, actor and pro wrestler
Marsha’s Four-Step Plan for Total Fitness
‘Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.’— Henry David Thoreau, poet and philosopher
My assumption and philosophy of life are that most of us want a well-rounded life that includes physical fitness but doesn’t exclude everything else. If that were not the case, it would be much easier to stay on a diet and exercise every day. The truth is that most of us falter on our resolutions to do so by mid-January or early February. While many don’t make resolutions like that in the first place.
Curating, my Word of the Year, suggests that we take in the entire picture of who we are and what we want in life before we set goals. Today I will discuss Step One in some detail.
Four Steps to Fitness in All Areas of Your Life
- Take stock of what we enjoy in all areas of our life.
- List physical, mental, and spiritual obstacles that hinder you from doing what you enjoy.
- Figure out how to kill two or more birds with one stone or meet several goals through one activity.
- Substitute healthy habits you enjoy for unhealthy ones.
Life Area #1 Physical Fitness
‘Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.’— Winston Churchill, British statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
We all fail. Here are some ideas to keep up your spirits and enthusiasm. Terri Webster Schrandt in her February post of Fitness Friday suggests that we:
- Do more of what we love. Walk more, bike more, and play more.
- Eat less of what we enjoy that isn’t good for us and more of what we enjoy that is healthy.
- Get help to stop hurting yourself.
My Two Cents Worth
- Drink plenty of water (64 oz daily is not too much!)
- Maintain your weight under “obese” for your height, bone structure, and age (not morbidly obese). For me, at 5’4″ that ledge is 150 pounds.
- Get enough rest. This is where I really fall down. The only thing that has helped me is Valarian, but I always forget to take it. Tylenol or red wine, warm socks, and a heating pad I put in the microwave also help. Sleeping with Puppy Girl does not help.
- Avoid being sedentary. This is hard for writers, right? The advice of my vein doctor is to get up once an hour and to wear compression socks while you work.
- Get regular checkups especially if you have a family history of a disease. A regular mammogram caught my cancer at stage one when it was still an easy fix.
If your life revolves and depends on doing harm to your physical body such as engaging such as smoking, drinking, having unhealthy sex, doing drugs, engaging in dangerous sports, mutilating your body, or doing other harmful things people do to their bodies, then you must also search for a deeper meaning to find out why and practice step #4.
Warning: This Mental Video Gets Very Physical
Life Area #2 Mental Fitness
Of course, an educator wants everyone to include mental fitness into their routines. Some people love to go to school and read. What if you hate or don’t have time for either of those activities? Here are six options to improve and exercise your mind.
- Listen to audiobooks.
- Attend lectures – such as Town Hall meetings.
- Use Google and Wikipedia (or other sources) when interesting topics come up that you don’t know about.
- Always write – blogging, keeping a journal, poetry, short stories, or how-to books will keep your mind sharp and your conversations interesting.
- Travel – visiting museums, going to ball games, art exhibits, concerts, and taking pictures will stretch your knowledge about many subjects.
- Solve puzzles.
|A) 062||B) 602|
|C) 042||D) 204|
Did you get it right?
Life Area #3 Spiritual Fitness
As I travel, I like to take pictures of churches or even activities that I think may have a spiritual overtone to them. That is much easier than talking about the topic of spirituality. Nonetheless, I think it is an important part of our total fitness. So bear with me or skip on through this part.
Some people love to go to church, but many people do not. Knowing God and developing your spirituality is not limited to human endeavors (what a shock.) This is what I believe about people, not about God.
- All people grapple with sin and what to do with it.
- All people ponder the mystery and meaning of life and how it relates to them.
- All people wonder what happens after we die. Watch Netflix if you don’t agree!
- All people believe in a higher power than themselves when the chips are down.
A dear friend and I discussed this topic last week. We have different beliefs, but we respect each other. She practices mindfulness and spirituality using practices and philosophies that she and her spouse have developed for themselves over the years.
As I thought about what we said, I think we all mold religion (our beliefs) whether or not we claim a certain religion. As a former Nazarene pastor’s wife, I know that even Christian churches do this. Church leaders and founders agree with certain beliefs and don’t like others, so they break away from one church and write their own doctrine based on their study and understanding of the Bible.
Individuals in every church do the same thing. Some drink, others don’t -even in churches that prohibit or don’t prohibit drinking. Some keep Lent, some don’t. You get the idea. The bottom line for me is that I know I can’t save myself and forgive my own sins. I’m not authorized to do that. LOL. If I were I could do anything I wanted and say I was okay. No fitness is required.
As a Christian, I trust God to provide that way for me and believe that He did that through Christ. That does not mean that it is my job to convert anyone or do everything I want to do. We all have the same needs and we can all do the following things to improve our spiritual fitness.
- Five ways to seek spiritual fitness.
- Meditate or pray
- Practice and be mindful of what you learn: kindness, forgiveness, self-control, generosity
- Worship and sing
- Remember we all will die.
Life Area #4 Social Fitness
These are all pictures from Woodlake Rose Garden. From the homeless to community members who happened to drop by the park, working in the garden pulled people from all walks of life together in a social setting. It did not matter whether they were paid to work or not they all had a common purpose and something to talk about.
Knowing how to relate to others is nothing to put down. It’s a struggle. We get angry when people don’t agree with us, we fight, backbite, gossip, sue, never speak, divorce, self-isolate, move, harbor resentment, and the list goes on. Social fitness is one of the biggest world problems right now. Practice these seven steps to becoming more socially fit even if you think you hate socializing.
- Work – even in the yard, people will notice and start talking to you. Most people make their strongest friends through work. Either volunteer or paid work helps people socialize.
- Blog – you can do it in the privacy of your own home and meet like-minded people.
- Take classes, work out, walk, help out in an area you enjoy, go to parades, outdoor concerts, out to eat. Do anything that exposes you to people. Then try the next steps.
- Say something nice to a stranger or the person you are with.
- Ask a question.
WQW Fitness Posts Past – Present – Future
- WQWWC #19 Fitness Health or Wellness
- WQW #3: Fitness Resolutions You Can Keep
- WQW #14 Fitness Followup #1: Four Steps to Achieve Total Fitness (Today’s post)
- July 6th Fitness Followup #2: List physical, mental, spiritual, and social obstacles that hinder you from doing what you enjoy.
- October 5th Fitness Followup #3: Figure out how to kill two or more birds with one stone or meet several goals through one activity.
- November 9th Fitness Followup #4: Substitute healthy habits you enjoy for unhealthy ones.
Now it’s your turn.
Have some fun with quotes and fitness this week. Share your tips with us either in your post or in the comment section. I hope you will allow WQW to fit into your blogging plan and enjoy. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. BTW songs count as quotes. Sorry if I overdid it!