Archive for December, 2013

To sweat is to pray

Friday, December 27th, 2013

On Monday, a dear friend died of lung cancer. She was the one who encouraged me to write my blog. She was the one who, despite a year of chemo, still rode her bike to feel better. She was the one who hiked with hip pain and danced – even without hair.

I learned this quote from her:

“To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past, anointing all your parts in a baptism by fire. Sweat burns karma, purifying body and soul. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self-healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.”
~ Gabrielle Roth

When I talk about “Family Fitness”, I don’t just mean kids and their parents. I mean exercising, playing with and working out with friends who are family, and family who are like friends.  I hope over the two-week holiday craziness, you take many moments to find movement, dance and joy together.

Extra Merry

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Family spin on Christmas morning made the day extra merry and great!christmasSpinChristmas Workout

Hoola Monsters Contest

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

By Guest Family Fitness Mom Erica M.

Focus on Family Fitness is having a contest! We’ve learned about a fun hoola hoop & DVD program for kids – just in time for the holiday season.  Jr. Hooper Molly goes on a fun adventure to Hoolaville – a vibrant, funky village filled with super hooping creatures. Kids will play, laugh and hoop dance to original music.Hoola Monster Peaking

Check out a clip of the video here. http://hoolamonsterkids.com/

Since we celebrate family fitness – especially with all the temptations around the holidays – we are having a giveaway sponsored by the Hoola Monsters. Share a photo of your crew in action and you could win the hoop & DVD kit for a healthy new year!

Use the holiday vacation to take pictures and try new healthy activities together.  Best photo wins! Send pictures to Kim@FocusOnFamilyFitness.comHoola Monster

Contest ends January 1st. Photos may be used on website.

Exercise as Potent Medicine

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Can exercise be as effective as drugs for some medical conditions?  Time to workout with your friend with diabetes and/or Grandpa who had a stroke.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/exercise-as-potent-medicine/?_r=3

 

Meet you there

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

After last night’s second friendly but intense city board meeting, I think of this quote from Poet Jalaluddin Rumi.

Field Running“Beyond our differences…

there is a field

I will meet you there.”

To play! Run! Walk! Be free together!

Learning how to fly

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Soar to great habits together!Airplane