By Brooke Boon, Founder of Holy Yoga.
Should Christian’s do yoga? Some say yes and some say no. This important article will give you insight into a Christian-faith approach to yoga. Should you learn to be silent, meditate, worship and seek unity with God? Let God transform your thinking, your attitudes and your heart.
If you belong to a small fellowship group at your church you may be wondering how to make it more than a guided discussion of the most recent Sunday sermon or book study. If you belong to a group exercise class you may be longing for deeper interaction with others. ActivPrayer is one program that is bringing together the best of both group exercise and small fellowship groups. Learn about it then get one started in your community.
A book review by Kimberly Bloom
With all the wellness resources available to me you would think I could easily address my weight challenges. I needed to find some real truths. The book Made To Crave helped me do exactly that. It is far more than another diet book.
By Mike Daly and Pastor Dave Scott
What if your pastor’s rousing Sunday sermon on perseverance was followed Monday morning by an exhausting run on the treadmill with your pastor --- yelling, “Faster!” What if your personal trainer customized a diet plan just for you then prepared a lean and healthy dish for the church fellowship dinner after he served you and others communion? For one California congregation this is their reality.
You made it to the final exercise of this holiday training program. Time to do some biceps curls and Triceps Extensions. Do the curls (each arm) first. Then do the triceps extensions (each arm). They are your 12 bonus reps.
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By Jason Rhymer, Training Department Editor
HOLIDAY TRAINING You know it happens. Your workout routine – is OH SO ROUTINE. We have the perfect solution. That repetitive Christmas tune you’ve no doubt sung just a few times is the model for one incredible workout. Get ready for 12 different exercises that are performed just like the song. Spread the holiday cheer and get someone to join you in this holiday training.
The Romanian deadlift is quite a mouthful. Call it RDL for short. Stand with a barbell, dumbbells, sandbag, or other implement in front of you with arms extended (Picture 1). Slightly bend the knees, but don’t bend them once you start the next part of the movement.
To do the one-arm Row as your tenth exercise do 5 on each side (each arm). – I like to tweak this great strength move a bit so that you get more core involvement.
Keep both feet even on the ground (other versions have you put one knee on a bench), and reach onto a bench or other secure object. The goal is to get the back flat and parallel to the ground. Grab a dumbbell or other implement with the other hand and pull it to your side, getting your elbow as high as possible.
The good news about doing jumping jacks in this holiday training regimen is that this is a rest set before your last 3 big sets. Hopefully, you have been doing jumping jacks since you were a child and the pictures will tell you all you need to know about this classic fat burner.
Low-Impact Version– step instead of jump and keep arms even with the chest as they move.
For the kettlebell Swing I realize you may not have access to a kettlebell. If that is the case, you can do this same exercise with dumbbells (even a filled household plastic bottle with a handle – like a gallon milk bottle). However I highly recommend you use kettlebells. Invest in some for your personal home gym.

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