Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5-minute Warm-up

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  There are only 9 days of school left, so each passing day is more and more exciting.  Yes, teachers love summer, too.  After looking at my planner today, though, I've got a busy summer full of workshops, summer school, and weddings that is sure to fly by.

Before I get started with my post, I wanted to let y'all know about a sweet deal that Danielle @ Truffles 'n Treadmills has going on!  She's making these super cute non-slip headbands and is selling them for $8.
Image Source--some of the headbands that Danielle makes
But, for the month of May, they're on sale for $6 using the promo code!  Check out her post here about the sale and her Facebook page for all of the headbands she makes!

Ok, now it's back to the usual format today, with some Fitness and Faith!

Yesterday, I decided to complete Workout A from BBB from home.  It was a bit stormy and humid outside, so a warm-up run was out of the question.  I knew I needed to do some cardio before starting the tabata workout, so I completed this 5-minute circuit as a warm-up:
It really got my heart going and blood flowing before starting the strength exercises!  It's so easy to do that you can use this any time you need five minutes of cardio to get you going.

 At my grandparent's house this weekend, my aunt was looking through an old Bible that belonged to her grandmother (my great-grandmother).  It had everyone in the family's names and birthdays listed.  My grandmother was telling her that the list was used as a prayer list and that my great-grandmother prayed for everyone on that list every day.  My aunt then said, "That's so special to know that she was praying for all of us all the time."

That comment stuck with me throughout the day.  It is really special to know that someone is always praying for you.  In my opinion, it lets you know that someone cares deeply about your well-being.  My aunt's comment was also a reminder for me of the importance of praying for those we love, both prayers of thanksgiving for what they are in our lives as well as intercessory prayers for their needs. 

The next day, the "positive thought" for the day on the Christian radio station I listen to was this:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." --Philippians 4:6
I was reminded that God wants to hear from us.  He wants to hear about what we're thankful for, what we need, and what others need.  This verse also address my worry-wart tendencies, but that's another post altogether :)

Since this weekend, I've been making a point to say prayers for specific people each day.  I've got the "regulars" on my prayer list, but I've also been throwing in some different people each day.  It's been really fun to pray for these people, and I hope that they'll know that they are deeply cared for because of it!

Question for you: How do you usually warm up before a strength workout?  Or, do you have a prayer list for people that you pray for every day?
I posted long ago about making prayer cards for all the people in your life.  This is a great way to pray for different people each day, and I highly recommend it!