What Happened to the Importance of Posture?

What Happened to the Importance of Posture?

“Sit up straight. Shoulders back. Chest up. Good posture.”   How many of us have heard this or something similar before? Though I don’t ever remember being taught good posture or particularly being fussed at over it, I do remember my grandparents being proud of their good posture as they aged.   And it said something about them. That they were…

How Can Being Like Clay Shape Your Life?

How Can Being Like Clay Shape Your Life?

Do remember back in the day when they had those little 25¢ toy dispenser machines at the grocery store? Sometimes when my mom and I were done grocery shopping, she’d treat me to a little container of what I called “slime” from one of those machines. There was something about that slimy stuff that I loved! And even though it dried out…

Does Just a Little Compromise Matter?

Does Just a Little Compromise Matter?

The other day I was pouring a smoothie for supper. And I noticed that I was doing it teapot style. You know …   “I’m a little teapot short and stout Here is my handle, here is my spout When I get all steamed up hear me shout, Tip me over and pour me out!”   Yeah. That one. I…

Is it Better to be Right- or Left-Handed?

Is it Better to be Right- or Left-Handed?

  Is it better to be right- or left-handed?   No.   Next question.   Maybe the question should be, “Was Adam right or left-handed?” Because however he was created is how we were designed to work best.   While the Bible doesn’t really spell that out, we can do a bit of digging using the Bible, what we know of God,…

10 Virtuous Woman Ways to Build Strong, Healthy Bones

10 Virtuous Woman Ways to Build Strong, Healthy Bones

The other day I was kneading bread dough and thinking about how great that is for building strength in my wrist bones and also for building grip strength which is something that has been deteriorating the more inactive people become. As in, grip strength was SO 30 years ago. (source)   I started thinking about the virtuous woman from Proverbs 31.…

What is the Best Exercise Prescription for Your Body?

What is the Best Exercise Prescription for Your Body?

We probably all know we should exercise. In fact, there are specific recommendations we’ve likely all heard to give us guidelines of how much exercise to get.   The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) currently recommends adults should do moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week or a minimum of 150 minutes…

What if We Taught Our Children How to Make Bread?

What if We Taught Our Children How to Make Bread?

The other day I was doing my hand strengthening and wrist bone-building exercises.   And by doing my exercises I mean that I was making bread with my toddler.     It struck me. What if instead of teaching physical education as sports or exercises, just for the sake of being active and having fun, we taught the connection between…

How to Make Like a Tree and Be Flexibly Strong

How to Make Like a Tree and Be Flexibly Strong

The other day a runner mentioned how she struggles with tight iliotibial bands and even though she stretches them, they still seem to get tight.   Makes sense.   When we move in one direction most of the time and repeatedly for long periods of time, we can expect that tightness will develop in certain areas of the body. And…

Will the Real Garden Workout Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Garden Workout Please Stand Up?

  The other day I was on Pinterest looking for some inspiration in regards to real exercise. I typed in “garden workout” thinking it would be great to find some examples of people working in their garden as their daily exercise.   Instead what I found were regular old workout routines. Outside.   Picture fitness lady wearing spandex, lifting weights,…