Monthly archive for December 2010

A Strong Base of Support–Your Legs!

Strong legs are important for sports, leisure activities and for everyday life! Whether you love playing tennis, hiking with your family, or just want to be able to walk up and down stairs, you need to plan fitness workouts that include strength training for your legs. There are many ways to do this. You can use your own body weight with no equipment at all, doing sets of squat and lunges. We do it to music in Body & Soul classes, and it makes the time pass quickly! This will strengthen the quadriceps on the front of the leg, the hamstrings on the back of the leg and the gluteals in the hips, all at the same time. Just a beginner? If you feel like you are just a beginner at leg exercises, start by standing in front of a chair, then sit and stand slowly, feeling the muscles of

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ears ago when my daughter was no more

Years ago when my daughter was no more than 3 years old, I joined a diet Bible study called 3D- Diet Discipline and Discipleship. I failed miserably. The study was far from adequate, for both my mom and me, and my leader was far from encouraging for me. This past August (2010) I joined my new church’s First Place 4 Health and have been impressed with the entire “system”. My leader is encouraging and the Bible study is WONDERFUL! I am much more aware of what I eat now, which I need since I’m diabetic. Tonight I ordered the first book, since it’s the one I need most and was not the one we studied when I joined. God is moving in my life and I need to make sure I keep HIM first. Thanks so much for encouraging a quitter like me. I tend to start studies and “diets”

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What a Year!

Make your tax-deductible donation to First Place 4 Health by clicking the button below.   What a Year! The year 2010 has been exciting as we have watched the Lord work through our First Place 4 Health groups and events throughout the country.  Over 750 people participated in the events, resulting in transformed lives and new FP4H groups.  The annual FP4H Wellness Retreat in Round Top, TX, was amazing, and we have received numerous emails from the participants stating they are still “riding on the wave of God’s grace and encouragement.”  Leadership Summit arrived with over 160 participants from 26 states and two days of wonderful training and fellowship. A Year Full of Blessings & Challenges This year has been a year full of blessings and challenges for the First Place 4 Health ministry.  We completed our first full year as an independent 501c3 ministry in June 2010, having been

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12 Days of Fitness

On the twelfth day of fitness, my true love… What is one of the best gifts that your true love could give to you? The gift of commitment to health!  And it’s the best gift you could give to your true love, your family and your friends. Don’t we all want our loved ones to be healthy? Don’t we also want to be healthy enough personally to enjoy being with our loved ones?  This Christmas season, talk with your true love and the rest of your loved ones about making a commitment to fitness as a team—don’t wait until January 1, instead commit in December to start with at least 12 days of fitness, which can turn into twelve weeks of fitness, which can turn into a habit of fitness that lasts throughout the year and your entire lifetime! On the 1st day of fitness, walk one mile, or more

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Anxiety is a Choice

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. —Philippians 4:6 Life offers us no shortage of things that tempt us with anxiety.  The pressures of jobs, relationships, parenting, keeping house, paying bills, eating healthy… even balancing all of the above can produce an abundance of anxiety – if you let them.  The apostle Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, says, “Do not be anxious.”  When I realized this meant that I actually had a choice of whether or not to give in to anxiety, my life started changing – for the better. You see, when the Lord gives us a command, like this one, He always provides the “how to” do it.  When we recognize the familiar feeling of anxiety, we are to stop – and take our feelings and concerns to the Lord in prayer.  Not

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