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Build Body Strength

November 1, 2010

Recently, my 14 year old and I started working out together.  One night at the gym, he asked me to help him become more “Flexible.”   So, I started sharing with him a few ways that we can become more flexible.

1.  Use slightly lighter weights and more repetition, in order to work the movement of the muscles.

2.  Stretch – every day.

For a more thorough explanation on stretching and types of stretching, take a look at Brad Appleton’s article “Flexibility“.   Brad is a software engineer, and gets pretty “techie” regarding flexibility, but he’s also a Calvin and Hobbes fan (gotta love that mischievous side!)

Another resource that speaks more to flexibility for Pregnant moms, and rings true for men & women during every stage of life is at BeFitMom.com Whether it’s cleaning house, playing with the grandkids, shooting hoops with the guys, or walking around the mall with your girlfriends, flexibility is important.

By the way, work new muscles by incorporating a variety of activities into your lifestyle!  For a gym rat like me, hit different cardio machines, work various machines, and in different orders.  Also: the free weight room is where I get my best workout.   For outdoor lovers: swim, hike, bike, play basketball or softball, enter competitions like half-marathons and triathlons, and have fun!  Many of these activities can easily be enjoyed with loved ones too.

Ephesians 4:14-16 talks a bit about how we can become more aware of how we are using our resources and health.

14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

If your ligaments aren’t strong, the whole body will fall, like gelatin.

So,  strengthen your ligaments with regular exercise in a variety of events, and GROW your body and your spirit!

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