She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
This verse, I think pretty much speaks for itself. And I am convicted here, because it's something I need to pay more attention to.
The Proverbs 31 woman is physically strong. She can hold her own when it comes to physical labor because of her strength. She can take care of what needs taking care of around her household, and we can bet that she has plenty of energy to get it done, too. Well, I know for a fact she at least has much more energy than I have as of late.
This really makes me think of one of my husband's occasional frustrations with me. I try to keep my order of priorities straight: God first, husband second, kids third, and then everything else. Am I perfect about it? Absolutely not! But, a lot of the times, I let myself fall into the "everything else" category. With many things, that should be the case, but let's be honest, wives and mamas. In order to take care of all those other things, we do need to be concerned about our own health. If we are sick, or weak, or have no energy, what are we really going to be able to do for anyone else? Are we giving our family our absolute best?
The more I look into nutrition, the more I'm convinced that we can fix so many ailments (and I'm not just talking flabby arms and fluffy tummies here) with proper diet and exercise. I'm not going to delve into nutrition too much in this post, as that could take up way more room than I have, but if you visit my food blog, you will get an idea of the kind of diet I am reaching toward in order to help battle my Multiple Sclerosis. Different people need different diets, so do some research and find out what's best for you.
Exercise is so important for physical health, and getting and staying strong. I have slacked off big time from what I was doing not so long ago, and I can tell. You can really accomplish so much more when you are in shape! I seriously need to get back on track.
Walking has to be one of the easiest, cheapest, most convenient way to exercise. When the weather is cooperative, the kids and I are out walking almost daily. When it's cold and wet outside, or if I just feel like getting a bit more of an intense workout in, I'll pop in a Leslie Sansone walking video.
These are great workouts, especially for those who are just getting started with the whole exercise thing, but challenging enough for workout gurus who are just looking to change the routine up a bit. Seriously, Leslie's workouts are my absolute favorites.
Of course, non-TV workouts are endlessly in abundance as well. Once you feel yourself getting too comfortable with walking or your go-to workout, start branching out. Even playing with the kids counts! Here is a great resource for practical workouts that will really get you strong. I will put a disclaimer on that last link and say that while Mark's philosophy about evolution doesn't line up with what I believe, his nutrition and exercise ideas on their own line up with what I have researched and found to be healthy. The nutrition especially is extremely close to the MS Diet, so, despite our different underlying beliefs, I still enjoy and benefit from his blog. :)
So, ladies, let's make sure we're taking care of our health, and that we are keeping ourselves fit, for the Kingdom and for our families!