Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer Cool Down

If you are like me, you are wondering where this summer has gone. We seemed to have started this summer with high temperatures and highly active kids-with no intentions of slowing down. Although our children or grandchildren may need us to take them to every possible activity or athletic camp, they keep us moving. This summer has been beautiful and has afforded me the perfect start I needed to get outside and staying active. Our Women of Life- health and fitness events have been focused on improving our eating habits and staying physically active. I recently received a letter from a 47 year-old woman who has been attending these sessions and wanted to share of her exciting accomplishments: “ The health information, healthy diet, and exercise sessions were all inspirational and instrumental to helping me focus on my health and stepping up my game concerning my overall health exercise and diet routine. I’m actually running in events and have already accomplished the 1 mile, two 5k events, and one 8k event.” What an awesome achievement! Like many of you, I have been viewing the London-Olympic games; and I can’t help but feel like USA Olympian Allison Felix. I’ve come off the blocks of summer strong but not always with such perfect form. Physical activity is not only beneficial to our bodies but it helps our minds. It has been widely known that aerobic exercise can treat just about anything, from depression to improve memory. As we remove ourselves from the fast-paced summer begin to focus on your summer cool down- and take some time and relax. Before you focus on back-to-school shopping, get a good book for yourself and rest your mind. Meditate on this verse in your quiet time, Hebrews 4:10, “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” (NASB) Approach the home-stretch with a peaceful summer cool down!