Health & Wellness Expo 2012

May 18, 2012 08:40 by Angela
This year Faithful Fitness for Life will be at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Washington, DC for the annual Health and Wellness Expo 2012.  There will be guest speakers on healthy living; screening services and information of various health issues and programs.  Health fairs can provide a vast amount of information to help you start changing the way that you think about food, exercise and life style.  We only have one body and it is a gift from God. It is never too late to start taking better care of that gift.  Don't neglect it any more.  Make today your first step in making a change to your body, mind and spirit.  Remember if you take care of your body it will take care of you but it starts with making right choices. 

Please join us on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10am - 2pm at the Macedonia Baptist Church on 2625 Stanton Road, SE, Washington DC 20020.  Please share your comments on our blog. If you have a fitness story, please email it with picture(s) (before and/or after weight loss). In your story, we would like to know how much weight you lost, what changes did you make in your diet and exercise programs; and what inspired you to stay focus and avoid those road blocks. You can submit that information at our contact us.

 






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Benefits of Attending Health Fairs

March 24, 2011 12:15 by Angela

Health fairs are perfect opportunities to learn from various professionals in the medical, health and fitness industries. You are able to talk to one-on-one with a professional or representative who has provided brochures; sample nutritional snacks; give-away items; health services, such as, checking your blood pressure; and other materials and activities to promote the business of living healthy. It is also an opportunity to learn about careers in the health and medical field. Some of the key benefits of attending a health fair are as follows:

  • To learn more about specific health and medical programs
  • To learn about new advancements in the health, medical and fitness programs and technology
  • To obtain information on nutrition and exercise
  • To obtain feedback and services from health professional
  • To learn about careers in the health and medical industries

 

When attending a health fair, use your time to collect information that interests you regarding your physical and mental well-being to ensure a better and healthier you.  Come join Faithful Fitness for Life  at the Fitness and Nutrition Conference, "Taking Charge of Your Temple" at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 10am-3pm.

 


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Living a Healthy Lifestyle While Beating The Odds

December 23, 2010 00:58 by Angela

It is so important that we eat right and develop a healthy diet that becomes a part of our lifestyle. Gaining weight is so easy when we make unhealthy choices to eat foods loaded in grease, fat and carbohydrates. Losing weight, however, requires exercise and monitoring what we put into our bodies but what if we were diagnosed with an illness that adds on to the stress of trying to reach our fitness goals. How would you react? Would you give up? Would you become depress? Or would you have a determine mindset to make a change regardless of your situation or the circumstances and walk on faith?

Tiffany Lee is an example of a determine women who walk on faith and made that change for life. Her most important goal was to become as healthy as possible and despite being diagnosis with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).  She was not going to let it beat her or keep her from reaching her health and fitness goals.  

 

Lupus (SLE) is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.

Doctors wanted to send me to a rehabilitation hospital in order to regain my muscle strength as my muscles atrophied (shrank in size/strength).  But being the person I am, I refused and got myself back on my feet and within 2 months I was totally back in the gym and ready to move forward. Through all of my trials and tribulations, I managed to receive my national spinning certification and AFPA (American Fitness Professionals and Associates) personal trainer certification.”  In my opinion, she gives a victorious, inspirational testimony  that I could not wait to share with my readers.  

Click here for Tiffany's site. 

Lupus Foundation of America

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Tips and Items to Help you Stay in Shape after Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 09:23 by Angela

Did you overindulge at the Thanksgiving dinner table? Are you feeling stuff and sleepy? It's OK. Not all of us can resist the candied yams, macaroni and cheese, gravy over stuffing, biscuits and homemade pies. Thanksgiving dinner is the biggest meal of the holidays. My family is usually nibbling on leftovers and creating several meals from it after the big day that includes turkey sandwiches. But don't feel guilty about it. Instead, let's recover from it by getting back into our normal diet routine. Here are a few tips to do so:

  1. Drink plenty of Water. Water is an internal cleansing of our body. It transports nutrients to all cells and tissues of the body while eliminating toxic and noxious substances from our digestion system.
  2. Re-engage in your diet. After a heavy meal, you need to eat light for the next several days. Begin to plan meals that include raw fruits and lightly steamed vegetables. They provide antioxidants that  are high in potassium and serve as a diuretic to shed excess water.
  3. Exercise. After a heavy meal that is loaded in carbohydrates, people become sleepy and lethargic. In addition, turkey contains a natural chemical called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that builds certain proteins. The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps regulate sleep. It is always good after any meal to take a walk. Walking tones the muscles without stressing them. It begins to circulate the blood throughout the body that helps the digestion process without making upsetting your stomach while relieving the tightness of a full tummy.

Below are a few websites for additional information on staying healthy for the holidays and several items that we think would be great stocking stuffer for you to get started on your fitness goals.

Happy Holidays from Faithful Fitness for Life.

 

 

 

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Can Healthy Living Produce Long Life?

September 22, 2010 08:43 by Angela

When living a healthy lifestyle, one can expect to look good, feel better, have more energy and reduce the risk of health-related diseases. But can healthy living produce long life?  According to Bernando LaPallo who recently turned 109 years old, it can.  His diet consists of eating primarily raw fruits, veggies and fish.  He lives in Mesa, Arizona on his own.  He still drives and walks 1.5 miles each day for exercise. Age Less, Live More: Achieving Health and Vitality at 107 and Beyond He tells his story of how he learned the secrets of long life through his father a Brazillian-born doctor and herbalist. His father taught him the "proper nutrition, the wisdom of movement and exercise, and the profound value of faith". LaPallo is an example of how healthy living produces a healthy mind, body and soul. 

Check out his interview:

 

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How becoming a father motivated me to want a healthier lifestyle

June 20, 2010 15:46 by Angela

Becoming a parent changes your life entirely.  You now have a precious little baby that is looking to you to take care of him or her.  You begin to provide the love and nurturing that he or she needs to grow up healthy.  This father's day, I wanted to post a testimony of how children can motivate and inspire parents to want to live a healthier lifestyle.  Will Collins gives his inspirational testimony of how his children provided the encouragement that he needed to lose 200 pounds.  He discusses how prayer, scripture and fasting were incorporated into his fitness plan. He says, "Life has so many adventures involved in it. Some referred to as "ups & downs". But if you stay focus and stay the course, you will find your niche and end up doing the things you enjoy the most. You must keep on striving!" And what Will enjoys most is being a father and with his children.

After I read this, I thought it was the perfect testimony for this Father's Day. There are a lot of good fathers who do not get the recognition that they deserve.  Society is more focused on the "dead beat" or absentee fathers which you are constantly watching on talk shows. Let's start celebrating the good fathers who can be positive role models for the other fathers to follow.  A positve role model of a father in the family will even inspire children in generations to come to want to continue and have this standard of life.

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What are the Benefits of Breathing Exercises?

March 1, 2010 09:32 by Angela

As we go about our busy day working, job hunting, attending classes, studying assignments, taking care of the family or whatever activities that comes with life, we may feel stress, tension and/or anxiety. You just want to escape and find peace of mind and relaxation. In today’s economy, you may not have the money to hop on a jet and fly away to an exotic island. But you can close your eyes, take a deep breathe and exhale while imagining that place of leisure.

Deep breathing exercises are relaxation techniques that reduce tension and stress from the body. It helps to clear the mind while improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of the whole person in a matter of seconds. They are easy to do. It just requires finding that calm and quiet place in your home, on the job, in your car or in your thoughts.

Breathing exercises consist of the following:

1. Good Posture. Get a chair with back support to avoid slouching and sit up straight.

2. Take a deep breathe by inhaling completely through your nose. Place your hands on your abdominal area which is just above your waist and feeling your chest inflates as the lungs fill with oxygen.

3. Then, slowly exhale through your mouth as your chest gradually deflates as the oxygen leaves the body.

Breathing is the most vital function of the body. It is automatic. "The primary role of breathing is gas exchange: our cells need oxygen and their waste product, carbon dioxide, needs to be expelled… Many holistic practitioners believe that the breath is the link between the physical body and the ethereal mind, and that spiritual insight is possible through conscious breathing". However, the way that we breathe is controlled by our brain. Shallow breathing is a response to stress or anxiety. Deep breathing exercises assist by balancing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood signaling the brain and relaxing the mind. They can lower one’s blood pressure while reducing the stress level creating a more calming and relaxating state of mind.

Other forms of breathing techniques include:

  1. Control breathing used in Lamaze classes by expectant mothers that focuses rhythmic breathing and changing the woman's attention from the pain of labor to the breathing exercise.
  2. Pranayama Yoga promotes proper breathing while exercising by bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control Prana or the vital life energy.
  3. Aromatherapy is the practice of breathing in different plant oil fragrances that create a psychological and physical calmness of the body as a whole.

"When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika

For more information on breathing techniques or exercise, check out these websites:

Pranayama - The Art of Yoga Breathing
http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/pranayama/

Abdominal Breathing for Labor and Birth by Robin Elise Weiss
http://pregnancy.about.com/od/naturalchildbirth/a/relaxation.htm

Deep Breathing Exercises
http://www.stress-relief-exercises.com/deep-breathing-exercises.html 

What is Aromatherapy?
http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/wharoma.asp



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Can You Keep A Promise To Your Self?

February 8, 2010 15:42 by Angela

At the beginning of a new year, many people make resolutions to change or improve something about their self and/or life. Resolutions are those promises that we make to do something different in our life and achieve results. But as the year progress, it becomes harder to stay committed to those promises. We lose focus and forget all about the list of things that we agreed to do. We slip right back into our old habits and give up before we really even started.

Keeping promises require commitment and determination. You must be loyal and honest to your self. You must have a drive inside of you that is so forceful that you do not easily surrender to the challenges that come your way. Here are a few questions you should ask your self when it comes to keeping promises:

1.  Do I keep my word? Some people know how to talk a good game. But there is no substance to the words that they speak. It is as though they are letting out a bunch of hot air. As a self check, pay attention to the next time you promise to return a call to see if you actually do it or forget.

2.Am I dependable? Many people offer assistance with good intentions to do it. But some things comes up that may not be preventable or there is a change of heart that is due to a more comfortable situation or a better event. As a self check, pay attention when you offer to do something and then change your mind.

3.Do I make excuses? Excuses are reasons to procrastinate or to put off doing something. They can hinder us from moving forward to reach goals. As a self check, pay attention to when you make an excuse not to do something and note if it actually get completed.

Let this year be a different. We need to start to follow through on the things that we are promising ourselves in just the same way that we would if we were making promises to someone else.

For more information, check out:

Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Make A Commitment To Yourself
By Linda S. Pucci, Ph.D.
http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Good-Intentions-Are-Not-Enough--Make-a-Commitment-to-Yourself/1152199

How to Keep a Commitment
By Sandra Choukroun
http://www.ehow.com/how_2208798_keep-a-commitment.html

If you have some suggestions or comments that you would like to share, let us know on our blog. 


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Battle of the Bulge, the Journey Begins.

January 20, 2010 15:13 by Angela

Healthy living is a life-long journey of emotional, physical and mental highs and lows. .  “Unemployed, broke, depressed, and basically broken down on my luck. Those days, all I did was surf the net and waste a lot of valuable time doing nothing.” This is the beginning of Mike Jarrell’s amazing fitness journey (http://faithfulfitnessforlife.com/mikej_it.shtml).

He describes the challenges that he faced not only in the gym but in his life. His story really hit home for me as he explains how he stayed focus despite everything that was working to distract him.  It was his determination and life changing decisions that turned everything around for him.  He did not let anything or anyone keep him from reaching his aspiration. In fact, people came into his life providing him the network and support that he needed to get where he is today.  “I give the gym and my workout routines credit for my change in life. I did work again. I went back to school and right now have a year left. I am going for sports management, and hope to one day own my own personal training gym or work with student athletes. I am currently a certified personal trainer and I enjoy helping others. I am also purchasing my first home and I have a good job. I am so much more now than I ever dreamed of being. I am a better person, and I believe the gym, GOD, and my family and friends have helped me along the way.”

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When I first read this story, I could not wait to post it on the site.  I really believe that it is an encouraging testimony that all things are possible regardless of the circumstances surrounding you.  You just need confidence, patience and most importantly, faith.  

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Do the holidays have an affect on the mind, body and spirit?

December 24, 2009 06:39 by Angela

The holiday season affect people in many different ways. Whether it is Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or just celebrating the New Year, each person embraces the holidays in their own unique way. Some people live for the crowds and rush to shop while others look forward to those moments of being with family and friends. Whatever the case may be, the holidays can affect who we are in body, mind and spirit. This is usually due to the circumstances surrounding our daily environment. 

During the holiday season, the fitness routine goes right out the door.  People are invited to parties and dinners that involve rich, delicious foods, drinks and desserts. Just one cup of plain egg nog can have 343 calories.  When enjoying the holidays, eat and drink in moderation. You should expect to gain a few pounds but don’t let it get you down or take you off track of your weight loss goals. Try to schedule some time in the gym to work off those extra pounds and alleviate the stress that some time comes with the holiday weight gain. 

It is all about attitude that determines whether the holidays are a sad or joyous occasion. For example, losing a close love one can be depressing and lonely during this time. But it does not have to be. It is all in how you perceive it. Instead of dwelling on the lost, focus on doing a new holiday tradition that celebrates the memory of that person. Some people plan a getaway trip with friends which do not have to be flying to an exotic place. It could be just creating a ski lodge at your house with decorations and treats to create the atmosphere. Others have created virtual holiday gatherings on internet chat rooms to meet new people and share ideas. It is all up to you to determine the state-of-mind that you want to dwell in for the holidays.

And finally, it is all about the spirit of giving and love that makes the holidays special. I have heard some people say that it is becoming a society of "me" and "selfishness". As Michael Jackson puts it, it starts with the man in the mirror. Everyday of the year should be about giving love to one another. Love is a free and easy gift to give some one. It makes such a difference in people lives. It not only affects the person who is receiving the love; but the one who is giving it, too. 

For more information, check out these sites:

Holiday Eating Tips:
http://www.snac.ucla.edu/pages/Resources/Handouts/HO.Holiday%20eating.htm

Surviving Christmas Depression:
http://clinical-psychology.suite101.com/article.cfm/surviving_christmas_depression

Getting the Holiday Spirit:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/misc/holiday_spirit.html

Faithful Fitness for Life wishes everyone
a Happy Holiday and
a healthy and blessed New Year!


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