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Christian Workout Programs vs Regular Workout Programs

Dear Reader: 

Last week we talked about EXERCISING- the dreaded concept. I know, me too. I hate hate hate it.You can try a Christian workout program, or you can try a regular workout program. This week we  will discuss the pros and cons of Christian workout programs vs. regular ones. We will also give our opinion on which one is better.

Benefits of a Christian workout program 

As someone who has tried both Christian and regular workout programs, I can say that both have pros and cons. First, let’s look at Christian workout programs. One of the main benefits of these programs is that they provide a sense of community and support. Working with other Christians makes you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. Additionally, many Christian workouts incorporate prayer and Scripture reading into the routine, which can help to motivate and inspire you. On the downside, Christian workout programs can be expensive and may not offer the same variety as regular workout programs. 

Benefits of a regular workout program 

Now, let’s look at regular workout programs. They often have a diverse range of exercises, making them ideal for people who want to try new things. They also tend to be more affordable than Christian workout programs. One downside is that you may not feel supported or connected to others in the class.

How often should you be working out to see results 

While there are many benefits to working out regularly, it can be tough to find the time to fit it into your schedule. If you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle, you may wonder how often you need to work out to see results. The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours at the gym every day to see improvements. Most experts recommend that people exercise for 30 minutes 3 times  per week. However, the frequency and intensity of your workouts will depend on your goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may need to work out more frequently, and if you’re trying to build muscle, you may need to lift heavier weights. Ultimately, the best way to determine how often you should be working out is to consult with a certified personal trainer. They can help you create a workout plan that fits your needs and schedule.

Exercise has also boosted mental health, reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood and sleep quality. Working out routinely can increase energy levels, improve brain function, and even help to fight off depression. So whether you choose a Christian or a regular program, get up and move your body! Just go for a walk! How about right now?! 

My Christian Music Faves

Dear Reader,

I thought I would take a moment to talk about how I use music to encourage myself. I really like to just take a moment during my cleaning/cooking/ weekend-frenzy to really listen to music. 

Sometimes that listening to music sesh ends in a full worship sesh that can be heard reverberating not just through the walls of my apartment but probably down the hall in the entire apartment building. 

The songs that I really enjoy are as follows:

  1. New Wine- Hillsong Worship
  2. King of My Heart- Steffany Gretzinger, Jeremy Riddle & Christine Rhee
  3. Ever Be- Bethel Music
  4. Who You Say I am- Hillsong Worship
  5. No Victim- Kristene DiMarco
  6. Known- Tauren Wells

I have to say of all these my #1 fave is King of My Heart. I cannot explain how much I connect with this song. I need to be reminded that no matter what, God is still good. I especially love the version with spontaneous worship where at some point Ms. Gretzinger just starts singing “ You never fall off of your throne” and I JUST LOVE THAT. God never falls off of His throne. Never. 

As someone who really has been through a disproportionate amount of hardship, it really helps me to believe that all of it can be used. That all things will work together for good and that God is making new wine. 

Ever Be reminds me that I should pray without ceasing and most of what I need to do is Praise. God is who He says he is and there is always a reason to Praise. 

I am Who He Says I am. This is a really hard concept to understand in a world that is always trying to break us down. People who are constantly criticizing our work, our appearance, the sound of our voice, our clothes, etc. I am who He says I am. Periodt. 

I am no victim…  reminds me that I cannot dwell in dark places. I just can’t. I am a victim in a lot of ways. But that’s not the point. I wasn’t born a victim. I was not meant to be a victim. My destiny is not victimhood. I am covered by a force of love. 

Known is one of my favorite songs. As someone who feels like I cannot really relate to others on a deep level, this song reminds me that I am already fully known and loved. As the name of this blog says, I am irrevocably beloved. I cannot do anything to change that. And I didn’t do anything to deserve it. I did nothing to endear God to me. I am just beloved.