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Simple Tips for a Fit and Healthy Winter

Dear Reader: 

Hey there! Now that winter is in full swing, it’s time to buckle down and get serious about staying fit. For some of us, that means hitting the gym harder than ever. But for others, it might mean trying a new workout routine or signing up for a fitness class. No matter what your approach is, we’ve got some tips to help you stay fit this season. So let’s get started!

Get a jump start on your day by going for a morning walk or run

Nothing quite compares to the feeling of getting a jump start on your day with some exercise in the morning. Not only is it great for your physical health, but studies have shown that regular exercise can improve mood, sleep quality, and overall cognitive functioning. Going for a morning walk or run has many benefits – you get a dose of fresh air and exposure to sunlight which can naturally boost energy levels. It’s also a good time to zone out and let your mind wander – coming up with creative ideas or solutions for any problems weighing on you. Morning walks or runs can help to clear the cobwebs from the night before, allowing you to approach the day refreshed and energized. And to top it off, squeezing in some exercise first thing gives you an incredible sense of accomplishment! All in all, there are so many reasons why starting your day with a walk or run might just be one of the best decisions you make each morning.

Join a winter sports team to stay active and social

As the temperatures drop, it can be easy to retreat indoors in hibernation mode and ignore your physical activity goals. But don’t let Old Man Winter slow you down! Joining a winter sports team is a great way to stay active, even in the coldest months of the year. An organized team provides structure and accountability for players who are looking for motivation to stay on track with fitness goals. Plus, playing with a sports team gives you access to network with people from different backgrounds and experiences, which can help open up doors for professional opportunities or develop new friendships. And of course, there’s nothing like cheering on your teammates and celebrating victories as a collective unit — especially when you’re bundled up against brisk winds! From skiing to hockey to basketball and beyond, there are plenty of winter sports that can keep you active and social during the chillier months of the year. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and join that dream winter sports team this season!

Invest in some at-home workout equipment so you can stay fit even when it’s cold outside

Staying fit during the cold weather can be an uphill battle. With the shortened days and longer nights, it’s tempting to stay in and veg out on the couch. However, investing in some home workout equipment is a great way to stay active all winter long. Not only will you save money on gym memberships and fitness classes, but you’ll also enjoy being able to get your sweat on anytime, day or night! Look for items that are multi-functional, such as adjustable weight benches with built-in racks so you can customize your workouts from the comfort of your own home. You could also consider buying kettlebells, resistance bands, or jump ropes for a full-body workout without having to leave your house. In addition to saving time and money, exercising at home is a great way to stay motivated even when temperatures start to drop. So don’t let winter keep you from staying fit – invest in some quality at-home workout equipment today!

Make healthy food choices – focus on fruits, vegetables, and lean protein

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up all your favorite foods. Making small changes in your diet can lead to big improvements in your overall health – and it’s not as hard as it sounds! To get started on the path to healthier eating, focus on adding more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your diet. Fruits and veggies make delicious snacks and sides and provide essential vitamins and minerals for keeping bodies strong. Lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, or beans are great options for adding protein without excess fat or calories. When making meals at home, try experimenting with flavorings like herbs or spices so you don’t get bored with your dishes. Eating out? Ask for a lighter version of your go-to dish; many restaurants now offer healthier options like salads and grilled proteins. Making smart choices when it comes to food doesn’t have to be dull; a little creativity can go a long way toward creating tasty meals that are both nutritious and satisfying! , And soon you’ll find yourself swapping out unhealthy habits for new ones in no time! Making healthy food choices means treating yourself right – after all, nutrition is an important part of self-care.

Avoid sugary drinks and snacks that will only make you feel sluggish

Many of us turn to sugary snacks and sodas for a quick energy boost. But, unfortunately, these processed foods are just empty calories that end up leaving us feeling more sluggish than ever. It’s important to remember that too much sugar can be toxic to the body, especially when combined with alcohol and caffeine. Even natural sugars like honey and agave should be consumed in moderation, as an occasional treat or reward. Instead of sugary beverages or snacks, opt for healthy alternatives such as water, unsweetened smoothies or teas, fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, legumes, and whole grains. These options contain healthy carbohydrates that will give you sustained energy throughout the day while also providing essential vitamins and minerals. Making smarter snack choices will not only help maintain your weight but also leave you feeling energized so you can focus on your work or other activities. So next time you’re looking for a pick-me-up, reach for healthier fuel instead of sugary treats!

Keep moving even when you’re inside – take the stairs instead of the elevator, and do some light stretching throughout the day

Whether you’re stuck inside due to the weather or, due to the pandemic, stuck inside most of the time anyway, it’s important not to neglect your physical movement. Every little bit counts and helps maintain both physical and mental health. Take the stairs instead of relying on elevators – if possible, two at a time! But if that’s too much for your current fitness level, don’t choose several steps over quality and take one step at a time. Moving your body for just 10 minutes a day can up your energy levels, improve circulation, and provide some cardiovascular benefits. Going for a stroll is always beneficial but if that’s not an option due to restrictions (or it’s just too darn cold outside!), try light stretching throughout the day. Find yourself an open space in the house and stretch your arms above your head from side to side and do gentle chair squats periodically – these will help reduce cramps and stiffness caused by period ended periods. It’s all about consistency – no matter what type of movement you decide on doing. Give it a few days/weeks and almost subconsciously you’ll find yourself drawn to boosting your daily fitness regime without having to think too hard about it! So why not give it a go? All of us couch potatoes need our dose of incentive once in a while – whether we stay inside or venture outside! So keep moving even when you’re inside – leave laziness behind! You won’t regret it. 😉

By following these simple tips, you can stay active and healthy all winter long! Start your day off right with a morning walk or run, then make sure to eat healthily and get in some at-home workouts. And finally, keep moving even when you’re inside – take the stairs instead of the elevator, and do some light stretching throughout the day. By making small changes to your daily routine, you can stay fit and feel great all season long!

Tips for Staying Financially Fit this Holiday Season

Dear Reader: 

The holiday season is upon us once again! ‘Tis the season of giving, and that often means spending. Lots of spending. But just because everyone else is racking up credit card debt doesn’t mean you have to. This is the perfect opportunity to get creative and save some money. So before you start your holiday shopping, check out these tips for staying financially fit this holiday season.

Set a budget—and stick to it!

The first step to staying financially fit during the holidays is to set a budget—and then stick to it. Determine how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, food, etc., and then make a list of all the people you need to buy for. Once you know how much money you have to work with, you can start getting creative with your gift-giving.

Get creative and save money

1. Set a budget and stick to it

2. Get creative with your gift-giving

3. Shop sales and use coupons

4. Make your gifts

5. Draw names in your family or group of friends

6. Exchange services instead of gifts

7. Have a potluck party instead of catering

8. Celebrate at home instead of going out

9. Delay some of your holiday spendings until after the holidays

10. Use a credit card that offers cash back or rewards

Get crafty!

One of the best ways to save money during the holidays is to DIY as many gifts as possible. This year, why not crochet a scarf for your Aunt Martha or bake some homemade cookies for your neighbor? Not only will your loved ones appreciate the thoughtfulness of a handmade gift, but they’ll also be impressed by your mad crafting skills!

Make a holiday savings plan

If you know you’re going to need extra cash for holiday expenses like travel and gifts, start saving now! Open up a dedicated savings account and set aside a little bit of money each week leading up to the holidays. This way, when December rolls around, you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Shop smart

When it comes time to do your holiday shopping, take advantage of deals and discounts whenever possible. Join retailers’ email lists so you can be among the first to know about sales, and search for coupons before heading to the store or checkout page. You can also download cash-back apps like Ibotta or Rakuten to earn money back on your holiday purchases. Just be sure not marry any purchase just because it’s discounted—only buy what you need (and will use)!

Use rewards points

If you’ve been racking up rewards points all year long, now’s the time to cash them in! Many retailers offer bonus points or special rewards during the holidays, so be sure to take advantage of those if possible. You can also use points from credit cards or loyalty programs like Airlines Rewards to help offset travel costs or score some freebies for your friends and family.

The holidays don’t have to break the bank! By following these simple tips, you can stay financially fit this holiday season without sacrificing quality or quantity when it comes to gift giving—or anything else. So put down that credit card and get creative! Your wallet (and your loved ones) will thank you for it later.

Philosophical Truth and Ethics: Is It Science-ing Morality?

Dear Reader:

When it comes to philosophical truth and ethics, there are a lot of different ways to look at things. Some people analyze the concepts based on scientific principles, while others may take a more spiritual or religious approach. No matter which way you slice it, though, I think there is an essential core truth inside of us all when it comes to morality. We may call it different things – our conscience, our higher self, or the holy spirit – but I believe that deep down we all know what is right and wrong. This inner truth is what guides our actions and choices, even when we may not be consciously aware of it. It is what gives us a sense of compassion for others, and what drives us to act by our values. And while there may be times when we make choices that go against this inner truth, I believe that ultimately it is always there, waiting to guide us back to the path of righteousness.

Although I recognize that college philosophy classes are a nightmare for Christians, I’m asking you to put aside that classroom trauma for a minute while you read this. 

What are philosophical truth and ethics, and why should they be studied as a science

Philosophical truth is deceptively simple to define: it is the agreement between our thoughts and reality. For example, the statement “the earth is round” is a philosophical truth because it accurately describes the shape of the earth. In contrast, statements like “I am happy” or “that dress is blue” are not philosophical truths because they are based on our individual opinions. However, even though the definition of philosophical truth is simple, actually determining whether a statement is true can be very difficult. This is because we can never know for certain whether our thoughts accurately reflect reality. As a result, philosophers have long debated how we can know whether a statement is true.

Ethics, on the other hand, concern themselves with right and wrong conduct. Unlike philosophical truths, which can be verified objectively, there is no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes right and wrong conduct. Instead, ethical principles are based on our individual beliefs about what is good or bad behavior. As a result, ethical debates are often more emotional than intellectual; people tend to feel strongly about what they believe to be right or wrong. Nonetheless, ethical principles are an important part of our society, and philosophers have long studied how we can develop sound ethical systems.

One of the famous and most done philosophy/ethics exercises in college classes is to think about what if you had to take a life to save many lives. The most prominent example is if you could go back and kill Hitler, would that be wrong? We all know that the bible says point blank murder is wrong. But there’s that niggling feeling in my chest about whether it would be wrong to kill Hitler- a man who led to many many people’s deaths. I don’t have an answer. Philosophy teaches us that it’s okay not to have an answer and to grapple with facts, feelings and spirit. Ethics strengthens our notion of what is acceptable in our society. 

Both philosophical truth and ethics should be studied as sciences because they help us to understand the world around us. By learning about different ways of knowing and different ethical systems, we can develop better methods for determining what is true and what is right. In addition, philosophy and ethics provide us with a language for talking about complex ideas. Without these disciplines, we would be limited in our ability to communicate and grapple with difficult problems. Ultimately, philosophy and ethics should be studied as sciences because they make us more thoughtful and reflective citizens of the world.

What implications do philosophical truth and ethics have on society as a whole

The search for truth and the study of ethics has always been closely linked. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle famously said that “the aim of the ethical life is a good life,” and many philosophers since have agreed that living a good life is the best way to find happiness and fulfillment. In recent years, however, some philosophers have argued that truth and ethics are two separate domains. They claim that society does not need ethical values to function and that individuals can pursue their happiness without being concerned about the greater good. While this debate is sure to continue, it is clear that both truth and ethics play an important role in our lives. Truth helps us to understand the world around us, while ethics give us guidance on how to live our lives. Together, they provide a foundation for a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Tell us what you think, can ethical theories are tested and proven, or are they purely speculative? Is there a way to reconcile the differences between different ethical theories?

Christians and Science

Dear Reader, 

This month we’re gonna get into Christianity and Science. There are some of you that are doing a great job in accepting that faith and science go hand in hand. There are others that won’t touch science with a ten-foot pole… that are like the world was created in 7 days period. I just want to open the dialogue that God gave us science and there is nothing about it that should inspire fear.  God gave us herbs, minerals, and vegetables. He also gave us chemotherapy and vaccines. Yes. I. Said. That. 

Let’s all remember that this is a healthy discussion. Even if you disagree with what I say this month, I just want you to recall the purpose of this theme and discussion. I want to remind us all that God wants us to have life and have it abundantly. We should use all the resources available to us to make this happen. May you continue to be well, to be happy, and to be whole… in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Routines, Rituals, and Practices 

Dear Reader, 

This month we’re going to talk about routines, rituals, and practices that make our lives better. We’ll talk about morning and evening routines, spiritual practices, exercise, and even cleaning! God wants us to have an abundant life and there are things that we can do to help ourselves along in that direction. Science even supports the idea that routines, rituals, and practices can help us become more healthy and happy. 

I do have a caveat. Everything in moderation. Yes, we need to exercise but not for 12 hours a day! Yes, we need to eat, but not 8 x a day. Yes, we need to clean, but we don’t have to go so hard that our lives are out of balance. God is about balance. So as we talk about different tools for health and well-being let’s all remember (ME TOO) that everything must be in moderation.  I hope you can incorporate some of this into your life and live a Godly, balanced life. See you soon!