Fitness classes for mind body and spirit

IMPORTANT: GOOD HEALTH IS A CHOICE NOT AN ACCIDENT!!! Paying special attention to the person we love most, ourselves.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, 28 February 2009, Church for Sanctuary will launch a new service for those interested in mind body and spirit fitness. These classes will start at ten o’clock and end at eleven o’clock. All classes will be held on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted. A one hour time frame is allotted so that participants can plan their day. But I will be in no hurry to run off, and will be available to continue either our discussions or training.

The fee is a $20.00 dollar donation in cash with donations being collected on the first Saturday of the month and will cover the month. Breaking down to donations of $5.00 per week. A real bargain considering the benefits serious participants will achieve. There are no obligations and participants can discontinue participation at any time but there will be no return of donation fess for any remaining weeks for the month. Participants will not be joining anything, nor will addresses or phone numbers be collected. There will be no donation fee necessary (but donations will be accepted by those willing to make such donation) for Saturday 28 February 2009. Official classes will start Saturday, 07 March 2009, with your $20.00 donations being accepted then. However, for the month of March, four $5.00 dollar donations will be accepted. It is not the intent of this clergyman/trainer to accept donations from people who may conclude that such a fitness program is not for them.

This first class is designed to answer any questions that likely participants might have, 28 February 09. With the class starting, Saturday, 07 March 2009, the focus will be on developing cardiovascular endurance. The class structure will depend upon fitness levels of the participants. Most likely, we will start with walking and gradually move into jogging. Classes will also introduce upper body strength conditioning. Moving onto the stretching of your muscles, as an important component to complete body conditioning. In some instances stretching can help eliminate pain. Some pain is caused by physical inactivity. Many uncomfortable parts of the body that cause discomfort and minor pain. Sometimes causing disruption of sleep which can be eliminated through gentle strength and stretching conditioning, including lower back discomfort.

Without question, we are what we eat, drink and think, so the combination of activities for mind body and spirit can improve your overall fitness level. Yep, we will be discussing mind activities to stimulate blood flow to the brain which might help retard the onset of dementia. Science is still out on this one, but not for me, discover why on Saturday. Perhaps turning you into a person you never thought possible.

You should know that I have been at this for at least 55 years. The news has all been good up to now. So here is the down side, aging is not our friend, in many ways it diminishes the quality of life. But it can be slowed down, and even helping us to regain some of that old vigor. Which is the primary purpose, of my fitness classes.

For those of you fortunate enough to be young, these classes are for you, too. Because what I teach will give you a leg up on the quality of your life as the years advance. I should know, as I am 72, extremely healthy, with great recuperative powers, never hospitalized or on any medications except for pulled muscles and dental work.

This past Saturday, the 21, I turned in a 21 mile run, just for the fun of running. I must say, none of what I teach in my fitness classes has any expectations for encouraging participants to run such distances. Such distances are completely unnecessary for fitness of the mind, body and spirit.

One last thought, obviously what has been said will be expand upon during classes, but nothing said, is intended to counter your patient/doctor relationship. Always share with your doctor, what you are learning and practicing in my classes. The two of you know what you are capable of doing when it comes to over all fitness classes. His or her advice should be primary to your participation in my fitness classes.

To get an idea of the scope of the classes; it might be helpful to a previous posting, just clink on the calender date 22 February 2009. These classes are not designed to promote Christianity; however, on occasions a scriptural reference might be made to like the scriptures referenced in that posting. Because we are a unit of mind, body, spirit and synchronized by God.

These classes are primarily designed for people 50-80 years of age. With the exception of this Saturday, 28 February 2009. All ages are welcome, and if there is sufficient interest, classes will be formed for other ages, including classes for teenagers which can be conducted at the site or at the home where the parents live. Also for those a little shy, classes can be conducted in your home. For retirees, and other people classes can be formed on other days beside Saturdays.

These classes are not about, who can do the most by speed or strength because that is often the way of fools. It it about fitness for the mind body and spirit. Accomplished in moderation, and at the level of each participants comfortable ability. We will work as a unit encouraging and helping each other.

IDENTIFYING ME: I’ll be wearing red training shorts, with either a long sleeve or short sleeve gray shirt, with non matching socks one red and the other blue and white training shoes. I wear glasses, and have white hair, and will be near the first picnic table under the trees, near the river.

LOCATION and DIRECTIONS —- Classes will be conducted at Rotary Riverview Park in Temple Terrace. There is ample parking and shade from the trees. The park is located just off of Fowler Avenue. If you are traveling East on Fowler, get in the left turning lane after you cross the Hillsborough River bridge. Turn left and you will see Fisherman’s Landing Apartment complex, turn left again and that will be Rotary Park. If traveling West on Fowler, at the first traffic light past I-75 exits, turn right. There you will see Fisherman’s Landing Apartment complex, turn left and proceed to the park. If coming off I-75, directions are the same as those traveling West on Fowler.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me through the navigation link. I never answer the phone when I do not recognize the number, so please leave a message and your number and I’ll return your call. I do this to avoid to what amounts to spam. Because as we all know, that there are fools out there trying to peddle something that we neither want or need. After all, we know were to go to buy what we want and need. So spammers reading this get a life and leave us alone.

Health a choice not an accident

Health is so important that without our health, everything we have is diminished to nothingness. Such an avoidable tragedy that can be avoided by some very simple changes. For starters, how about a change in diet and a little exercise. I do not like that word diet. Because in our culture, it suggests something that is temporary. Think of diet as a change in eating habits that negates a return. People who do not, are the people who are often found looking for the newest weight loss gadget. Which allows the fight to continue, in that battle of the expanding mid section. Which we Americans, seem to be losing.

The government reports that sixty percent of the nations children are over weight. They say that thirty percent of these children are really fat. Ever noticed while visiting one of Americas places of commerce. Places like banks, shopping malls, amusement theme parks. And a favorite of mine, the neighborhood grocery store. There you will see, as I suspect you have, people beyond fat. So huge that these stores provide motorized shopping carts. Occupants are so fat that they must spread their legs to make room for their bellies to hang between their legs. If this is what today’s America looks like, then think what tomorrows America will look like. When these overweight and fat kids become adults.

Seems like we Americans have two problems. We seem to go to the extreme in everything. That includes politics, religion just a couple of things tearing the country apart. Then we have the matter of diet and exercise which is doing more than tearing the country apart. The over indulgences in diet and lack of indulgences with exercise, is destroying the nation! Whatever happened to moderation? The common sense approach of not going to extremes.

So, I thought I’d pass this piece of moderation along. The first step in moderation is called “portion control.” One easy step to take, is use smaller plates. Next we all should eliminate those trans fats that are making headlines; as a killer.

A little more about diet. What is about to follow may not be for everyone. But before that conclusion is determined, one might want to do some serious research. It’s advisable to eat foods produced as close to nature as possible. By that, it’s meant skip foods that are sprayed with poisonous substances like pesticides. In short anything foreign to the body. Waxed fruits, preservatives, and food coloring for starters. They are known cancer causing agents. They are without any nutritional value!

We all know how important water is to the body. Avoid tap water, unless you filter your tap water. Tap water is loaded with heavy metals which are cancer causing agents. Another workable option is to buy filtered bottled water. Preferably, bring glass bottles, if you use a commercial vending system. Avoid plastic bottled water. The plastic as you know in made a gasoline derivative which dissolves into your water little by little. But the best choice is to drink ionized water. Ionized water creates necessary anti-oxidants which help to detox the body. In addition, ionized water restores energy which neutralizes free radicals. Damage from free radicals leads to many diseases. As we drink ionized water it supplies the body with extra oxygen, the source of greater energy and endurance. Take it easy when drinking ionized water. Because at the beginning, as the body detoxes itself, you will feel a temporary loss of energy. I started by mixing ionized water with filtered water using gallon sized bottles mixing them 1/2 and 1/2. As time progressed, and my body adjusted to the detoxing effect, I increased the strength of my ionized water. This gradually increases the bodies ph balance. It is like drinking liquid antioxidants which neutralizes free radicals. Helping to keep, or restore the body to improved health, internally and externally.

Last, but certainly not least in importance. Consider a vegan vegetarian diet made up of organic foods, as pure as possible. Healthy living requires higher learning. So for good health, you can not beat good research. And it has another benefit, conclusions are self obtained. Absent the persuasion of retailers, who sell for profit, and not health. For that matter, absent the persuasion of writers like myself.

I value this phrase, “to each their own.” That’s the way it should be. Life is about choices, may yours be one of good research resulting in good health. Health is a choice not an accident.

I leave you with these two last thoughts. “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable will of God,” Romans 12:1-2. Why? because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit which is in us, whom we have from God, and we are not our own. We were bought with a price; therefore we are to glorify God in our bodies and our spirits which are God’s, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Not the usual posting by this writer. Who is without any special training in diet or exercise. Just decades of research and experience. Along with decades of good health which I attribute to my vegetarian diet. Which has become vegan vegetarian diet. Never had to start an exercise program because I developed exercise habits as a child. Those habits have been owned by me for decades, and by the grace of God for decades into the future.

A little more on exercise, get involved in some fitness program. The experts say swimming and walking works wonders for the human body when combined with diet. Do you know that calorie burning machine in our bodies burns extra calories for up to twelve hours after exercise. The combination diet and exercise is the path to health. This writers, path combined with his diet is running, and the gym, for some serious workouts.

Also good to remember moderation, is the key to our success. Call it by what ever name is preferred extremism, or over indulgences they both end in disaster.

This writer is available to discuss the subject matter of this posting. Even though he has no special training in diet or exercise, just decades of intensive experience. Which is not the case when it comes to Christianity, politics, philosophy, law, and community activism. Please refer to the navigation link for contact information. Private and confidential consultations are also available for any aspect of this posting or for matters of a personal nature. Financial contributions are accepted from those willing to make such a donation.

Why Americans should not believe Obama

Jefferson declared what we know as the Jeffersonian Principle, where all power is inherent in the people. But even in his on time he declared that the power of the people had been stolen, and the beholders of this theft had built Kingdoms unto Themselves. This Americans well knows today. The question is what, if anything, are the people going to do about it? Most likely nothing, instead putting their trust in yet in another king, hoping to create a kingdom to himself. He is well under way to accomplishing that feat as the first person of color to occupy, the Peoples House or what those kings call the White House.

This new President, Mr Obama, thinks the answer to what he clarifies as an unprecedented catastrophic collapse if his *stimulus package* fails to become law. It will in one form or another, but it will fail because it is based upon money and money alone. The President is advocating the worship of graven images; a prohibition of centuries and recorded in the book of Exodus. “You will not make unto yourself any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth,” Exodus 20:4. It not that there is anything wrong with money, in itself, it becomes a graven image when money replaces God, as the source of dependency. A graven image, when it becomes desirable to have a kingdom but without God in it, as he is portrayed in the scriptures.

This writer has taught, that this once great nation had its birth divinely born through the blood line of Joseph who had two sons. One of them named Manasseh who is our lineage to what we know today as The United States. This nation was indeed destined to be that beacon of light to a world in chaotic darkness. Where God said that this beacon of light would be like tree planted by a well of water, whose branches would run over the wall, suggesting unprecedented prosperity. What many have to come to experience as the American dream. But the well has dried up, as has the American dream, and as a beacon of light, the bulb has blown out. Money can not replace the bulb or refill the well with water.

But there is a more troubling aspect, as to why the well will remain dry and the bulb blown. President Obama said this at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event since February 1953. “That in history, faith has to often been wielded as a tool to divide, or as an excuse for prejudice or intolerance. There is no doubt that the very nature of faith means some of our beliefs will never be the same. We read from different texts. We follow different edicts. We subscribe to different accounts to how we came to be here and where we are going next. Some subscribe to no faith at all. But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central theme is hate. Perhaps a wishful notion more than a factual one, given religious fanaticism from Topeka to Rivadh.” Pure and simple, the President is advocating the making of graven images, prohibited in Exodus 20:4. Bring all religions under one umbrella of God because all gods will take us where we are going to next. President Obama, a man who says that he found faith while a community activist in Chicago. He does not know his scriptures because Jesus said unto them, “I am the the way, the truth, and the life; no person comes unto the Father, but by me,” John 14:6. What the President was advocating was the continuation of two evil doctrines. One of which is *political correctness* and the other *multiculturalism.* By so practicing those sacred secular commandments of not saying anything offensive and by embracing all people as one entity. Thereby demonstrating one of the greatest commandments of secularism, *acceptance,* because of its hopeful unifying power. Acceptance is not a virtue when it requires capitulation to government submission and acceptance of directives foreign to those of Jesus. But in the end such rhetoric will continue to fail because only Christ can bring people together irrespective race, gender or creed. Erasing political correctness with Christ like correctness. What President Obama should have called for was individual, and national repentance. And extending this invitation to the world community. According to the gospel of Christ, as laid down in John 14:6, as a President who claims to have found faith.

The President got it all wrong! Tolerance or acceptance is not the Christ way! And of course faith divides and is prejudice through intolerance. This is the Christ way, But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44. In is not a matter of tolerance and acceptance or intolerance through division because neither work. What works is found in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel (Christ’ saving grace) of the kingdom (Christ kingdom on earth) shall be preached in all the world (America’s manifest destiny) for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. That is how America’s well of water will be filled. Through which the old bulb is replaced and with The United States once again becoming a beacon of light to the world.

Over the last several days, postings have occurred discussing how this Jeffersonian Principle, *all power is inherent in the people,* might have came into play. Where it was stated that the government created by our founding fathers was divinely inspired and copied. President Jefferson, got one thing right, *all power is inherent in the people.* But it is the Christ principle of people empowerment that will ultimately succeed, if any principle will. Jesus put it this way by instructing his disciples, “If any person will come after me, let them deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow me,” Matthew 16:24. Perhaps the foremost challenge ever offered by Christ, to his community of believers. One indeed that could cause pain and suffering because it is the emblem of that Old Rugged Cross that so may sing about on any given Sunday.

This writer clergyman is available to teach the contents of this posting. From your church podium, or church Sunday school classes or during weekly Bible studies. Including forums outside of the church. And am open to respectful challenges of varying opinions. Especially those who see the kingdom from the Obama perspective. Please refer to the navigation link for contact information. Private and confidential consultations are also available on any aspect of this posting or for matters of a personal nature. Financial contributions are also accepted from those willing to make such a donation.

Run for the body walk for the brain

Research outlines the benefits of each; with one common theme: get moving. Whether it is to detox the brain from mental exhaustion or just to start a new routine. Many people take a walk or a run. Although getting a positive effect from exercise will occur from any kind of exercise. Which can be done anywhere, except when done where the air is polluted.

To be sure running can and does send some people to the ER for assorted orthopedic reasons. (But then, so does sitting on your rear end driving a car, emphasis this writer). But research suggest, most people take more benefit from regular exercise than not.

Researchers at Standford have reported the results of a 21 year study that tracked more than 500 runners who where in their 50’s or 60’s and are now in their 70’s or 80’s. The joggers who put in an average of four hours a week on the trail were matched with for comparison with an otherwise similar group who did not run. Nineteen years into the study 34 % of the nonrunners had died, compared to 15 % of the runners.

Of course, time still caught up with the runners. With many of them reporting difficulty dressing or grooming or getting out of a chair. But on average, runners’ initial report of a disability came on average 16 years later than that of reported by nonrunners on annual questionnaires.

But for the brain, walking may actually be better than running. Since there is more oxygen left in the blood to reach the brain than from most vigorous exercise. Studies in the elderly have found that a stroke risk can be cut by as much as 57% in those who walk as little as twenty minutes a day.

Another study of older women found that those who walked 17 miles a week or more a week were about 40% less likely to experience mental decline than those who walked a half a mile a week. Brain studies have shown that walking helps to tune up specific regions of the brain related to spatial relationships and keeping focus on specific tasks. (source: Scripps News Service)

So what does the scriptures have to say about exercise. “For bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come,” 1 Timothy 4:8. Those scriptures do not suggest that exercise has no value. It is just that proportionally godly development is preferable. However, Paul reminds us when he said, “What! know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have of God. For you were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. So a little exercise combined with spiritual development seems to be part of our responsibility in devotion and service to him.

This writer is deep into a sound body, mind and spirit. Having turned in an 18 mile run yesterday. Finished it off with some abdominal and back work. Like to finish with a full body stretch just to keep the muscles flexible. Combined with lots scriptural study relating such study to currant events. Almost forgot, food and water is important, so I am a vegan vegetarian, who consumes drinking water that has been ionized. Ionized water puts oxygen back into the water, our life source. What many do not know is that the water they drink is killing them. For as Paul said in Romans 12:1, it is my reasonable service because I want my body to be holy and acceptable to God.

Therefore, this clergyman is available assist interested groups with their development of a sound body, mind and spirit. Please refer to the navigation link for contact information. Private and confidential consultations are also available on the subject contents of this posting or for matters of a personal nature. Financial contributions are also accepted from those to make such a donation.