This is number two in a series on how to live and maintain a life of health and wellness.
Read our first Wellness Wednesday: Removing Toxins From Our Homes, from my dear friend Sarah, of Renaissance Mama.
Today we will hear from my generational twin, Steph Penington, about exercise being an integral part of our health and wellness.
Steph has a double Bachelors in Human Development & The Family and Therapeutic Recreation. She is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and recognized mat Pilates instructor. She is a wife to Doug, a mom to a recent high school graduate and a Junior, and worshipper of Jesus.
What do feeling alive and exercise have to do with each other?
When was the last time you felt alive?
Maybe you have never thought about it before.
Now, what kind of thoughts go through your mind when you hear or read the word ‘exercise’?
My guess is that a small group of people get excited, some feel discouraged and the vast majority feel guilty.
When you put these two conversations together, in the context of wellness, they walk on the same path. Wellness encompasses all aspects of our lives. We are whole human beings: mind, body, soul and spirit. We need both our bodies and our souls to be healthy and alive in ways that truly matter.
I believe forcing the body to get to the gym and exercise doesn’t do our “wellness” any good.
In fact, I’d like to challenge the word exercise and invite a shift to the word movement.
And maybe even more importantly, I’d like us to talk about finding a movement that you enjoy.
Dare I say, movement that makes you feel alive?
There are so many levels of movement, from occasional recreation to highly competitive sports. Enjoyment of these different levels is as varied as your imagination. I enjoy riding my bicycle for fun, for a challenging movement and to feel alive. When I exert my physical body I feel empowered, I am spurred on to be better, and better in my choices of health and wellness. All because I engage in an activity that I enjoy.
I painted broad strokes, but I encourage you to stay in the discussion of movement as opposed to exercise. I challenge you to find a movement you enjoy, because it will help shape your days and motivate you to be your best. I invite you to find that movement that makes you feel alive, because the exhilaration of being fully present and expressing yourself is a celebration of who you are.
Some oil-infused products I (Lindsay) recommend as you pursue your movement:
1. NingXia Nitro™
NingXia Nitro™ combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to clear the mind and enhance mental fitness, while also providing a boost of energy and daily pick-me-up when needed.
2. NingXia Red®
NingXia Red® combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient. Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.
– Sustain energy with the combination of select wolfberries and other superfruits. Contains powerful ingredients which are involved in many antioxidant processes and may help prevent against oxidative stress.
– Balanced ingredients make NingXia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for health and wellness support.
– Delivers citrus essential oils containing d-limonene, a powerful component in citrus oils.
– Halal and Kosher certified in 750ml bottles (Halal Certified in 60 ml sachets)
– Powerful formula includes wolfberry which is touted for its health benefits
3. Ortho Sport Massage Oil
Ortho Sport Massage Oil provides a warming sensation to soothe achy muscles.
You can connect with Steph on the Kennedy Fitness web site.
Check back for the next installment of Wellness Wednesday!