As soon as we signed up at , we did their health assessment and advice on workouts etc. The advice wasn't bad, but I felt it was too advanced for the very first few weeks. They were jumping straight to targeted muscle workouts: arms one day, legs another day, shoulders another day, chest another day, etc. That's valid, but I think it's the wrong thing to start out.
What I envisioned instead was a general upper body day, a general lower body day, broken up by cardio days or, rather, play days. I did a little research online, and found that several online personal trainers advise the same.
In fact, this trainer seemed to have the exact right idea, and even outlined the workouts exactly as I thought was right. My boss and neighbor, both certified personal trainers, confirmed the approach.
The trainer is Lee Hayward, and here's a link to his Beginner's Workout Playlist:
This approach has worked well for us. Our play days are mostly raquetball, but they're also starting to do longer swim time in the lap pool.
Within 2 weeks, the youngest son commented on how he "could just run" while playing soccer in the park with friends. That's what we're after!
That quiet moment before sleep. The lights are off. The TV is off. Two small fans are humming; it's too cool for the louder swamp cooler. Those final thoughts before you drift softly into sleep.
What do you think about in such moments? What colors fade into your room? What do you bring with you into your dreams?
I feel joy. I feel peaceful joy and the end of the day. That magical, orange light at dusk. The still trees, signaling rest. The crickets sing. There is contentment with a day lived well. I lie back and listen to creation sing to its creator. My creator. The sentinel angels settle into their evening posts of guardianship over my family. And all is well.
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“If any of your students are unsettled, or if you are unsettled, reassure one and all that the victory in this final contest has already been declared. The victory is already in the record books—these books, the scriptures! We know for certain that if and when everything else in the latter days is down or dying; if governments, economies, industries, and institutions crumble; if societies and cultures become a quagmire of chaos and insecurity, nevertheless, through it all the gospel of Jesus Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that bears that gospel to the world will stand triumphant. It will stand undefiled in God’s hand until the very Son of God Himself comes to rule and reign as Lord of lords and King of kings. Nothing is more certain in this world.” http://bit.ly/1G2WSam
I have now participated in this council for many years. My gratitude and reverence for the Lord’s pattern grows each year.
My heart swells with love and admiration for the faithful and obedient members of this Church from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Your faith strengthens my faith. Your devotion makes me more devoted. And your goodness and willing obedience inspire me to be a better man, husband, father, and Church leader.
I remember and think of you each time I participate in the Council on the Disposition of the Tithes. Thank you for your faithfulness as you honor your covenants.
Right now, I'm just ranting. It's so bothersome installing things on Windows (v7)!
First I click the install file. No, wait, I double-click the install file.
Then I confirm that I want to install.
Then Windows wants to confirm that I want to install. That is, if I see the confirmation popup behind all active windows. #wth
Then the developer wants to confirm that I want to install.
Then the developer's mother wants to confirm that I want to install.
It's like a bad night at the improv.....
Interestingly, my two youngest sons approached their mother and said that they wanted to be more fit. They had mentioned it from time to time, but this was more like a request. I had also been trying to work out more at the gym at work, but was failing to get on a regular schedule, so I was considering a local gym membership for early morning workouts.
Well, when the boys asked, too, we figured it was time to move on that. So, we joined our local in Sandy. That's not really a plug for Gold's, but it was the closest gym to the house, has the variety of activities that I felt was important to keep the boys interested: weights, cardio, raquetball, basketball, pool, steam room, sauna, hot tub.
Since the first week of school, we've been going nearly every day. My older son goes sometimes, but his school schedule is ridiculous, and besides, he's already darned fit. He wants to do more, but can't fit it in yet.
I'll write more about our exercise pattern and approach. For now, just know that we're on track to become more fit, little by little. It's good!
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