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Healthy Lifestyle


For most of the past year, people are coping with abrupt, unexpected change. Exercise is something you can continue at home, even if you don't have access to any equipment. I want to give several workout suggestions. I want to remind you that caring for your body is caring for your soul. If you find yourself anxious and fixated on the latest news updates, do your mind a favor and work your body out.

Lainey Greer

Make the effort at home now to incorporate some regular workout times. I would encourage believers to make the most of extended days around the house. Instead of wasting hours, spend extra time in Bible reading and prayer. Our God is sovereign over all things and promises to be a refuge in times of trouble. Being unsure and fearful is natural right now, but if our faith is real, then it should grow in such challenging times. Christians can also strive to be a source of calm and peace to our unbelieving friends, family and other believers, even while practicing social distancing. Who knows what kind of spiritual revival God could bring out of these unpredictable times if we submit our worries to Him, trust Him with the future and share the hope of the gospel with others.

If you're not sure what some of these movements are, Google can help out. For reps and sets, unless I've indicated otherwise, stick to 3 sets of 12 or 15 reps. Get your family or neighbors involved in these workouts, too.

3 workouts with no equipment

1. Complete as many rounds as possible in 8-9 minutes for 3 rounds

15 jump squat — 10 plank twists

15 sidekicks — 10 full sit-ups

15 shoulder taps — 10 knee repeaters

15 1 foot jumps — 10 elbow pushups

15 wall sit kicks — 10 planks w/alt. arm raise

2. 4 sets - 15 reps

Squat, calf raise, backward walking lunge, 1-minute wide plank

3. Complete as many rounds as possible in two, 7-minute rounds

1st round: 15 froggers, 10 squat jumps, 15 dead bugs

2nd round: 15 lunge jumps, 10 shoulder pushups, 15 seated twists

3 workouts needing running/ walking/stair access

1. 45-second run with 30 step-ups after each round of 3 sets

Walking lunge and pushup

Plank twist and bent over T-row

Side squat and lateral raise

2. Complete 6 rounds

15-second sprint, 7 burpees, 30 seconds on stairs, 7 squats

Next core work: Hold each 25 seconds for 2-3 rounds

Bicycle, hollow hold, side plank (each side), superman hold, plank foot tap, leg raise

3. Complete as many rounds as you can of both exercises in 4-5 minutes

1 lap and 10 burpees

15 squat and 10 plank V ups

15 dumbbell clean to press and 10 dead bugs

10 inchworms and 10 Frankensteins

15 wall sit calf raises and 15 mountain climbers

3 workouts with dumbell or resistance band access

Workout 1: Goblet squat, alternating chest press, leg press up

Split squat, alternating bent-over row, superman swimmer

Z press, reverse curl, mountain climber

Workout 2: Romanian deadlift, alternating lunge, calf raise

Chest press, chest fly, triceps kickback

Bent over row, reverse fly, upright row

Workout 3: Lower: back lunge to 1 leg deadlift (do reps on one side & switch), squat to calf raise

Core: plank bird dog and butterfly sit up

Upper: chest press, 1 arm row, skull crusher, hammer curl

Core: seated twist and plank shift

Lainey Greer is a Ph.D. student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her blog is https://greerlainey.wixsite.com/ embodiment/my-blog

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