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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: Start Your Tennis Shoes!
By Teresa Marshall


Yes, we enjoy watching people exercise on TV and getting their heart rates going. While sitting on the couch polishing off a bag of Oreo cookies and expanding the waistline!

Seriously, in todayís society lack of exercise is a major health problem. This is not only for adults but for children. We have become too sedentary by sitting at work, and sitting in the computer too long doing various things. We sit and watch too much TV. TV can be productive with time limits. Learn to turn the television off and go for a walk!

So do not wait until your doctor is telling you to exercise. Decide to walk before you have a heart attack.

Start by walking a half hour a day or build up to that amount of time. Walking does not require a membership fee, or expensive equipment. A good walking shoe is worth your investment.

Walking helps to maintain overall good physical fitness. By walking 30 minutes and maintaining your heart rate, this helps to strengthen your heart muscles. It increases your blood circulation. Reduces bone loss and keeps the bones healthier. You can control weight by walking. This aids in keeping the cholesterol in check. Moreover, walking improves your immune system and reduces stress.

The American Heart Association ďItís never too late to Start! Even if you don't begin walking until middle age, youíll increase your life expectancy. The benefit is hard to measure accurately, but a Harvard Alumni Study conducted by Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger and his colleagues and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1986 found that individuals lived two hours longer for every hour of regular exercise they did. ď(www.americanheart.org) Why not add hours instead of decreasing hours by lack of exercise?

By reducing stress, you can increase your serotonin levels. Serotonin gives that overall good feeling. This helps you to relax. You can think clearer and work more effectively.

Walking aids in sleeping better at nighttime. You are physically tired enough to sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep enhances total well being.

Physical fitness gyms are making it easier to go exercise. There is a bonus of social interaction and building friendships. With friendships comes encouragement.

The YMCA organizations offer a sliding scale fee for families with lower incomes. For those who are public employees, there maybe a deduction in fees. The Y offers programs for children up to Senior citizens.

If a fitness center is connected to the hospital. The administration may have financial assistance, too.

With all these options, there is no excuse for people not to exercise. In the wintertime, this is an excellent place to come.

For those of us who are Godís children. He says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. What type of temple are you providing for the Holy Spirit? What type impact are we demonstrating to others?

Let us begin this year by becoming more physically able-bodied. So start your tennis shoes! GO!

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Marita Vandertogt02/23/07
Thanks for the shot in the arm.. or should I say foot. My treadmill is right beside my computer... time to get back on!! Blessings!
Jacquelyn Horne02/23/07
You've convinced me! Liked the title. A few singular/plural errors but an overal good thought.
Donna Powers 02/23/07
Cute title and a great call to action. Thanks for the reminder and you wrote it well.