Shontta’s Top 30: Part Three of Four | List Three—Five favorite workouts

You all are the best! Hearing from readers is always great for us here at Covenantblessing. It’s encouraging to know that we are encouraging you! Recently, you’ve responded to my personal weight loss testimony. And since this is another area in which I minister, I always want to share things that God showed me on my journey. Working in the fitness industry has been a tremendous blessing. I’m continuously learning and tweaking my own eating habits and exercise routine; I want to share that with you as well.

Part 1: Fitness and wellness rules to live by, Part 2: Top 5 Free Ways to Get Fit

I’ve put together five categories with my personal top five items. These lists are not limited to all that I believe, eat and participate in, but they are the ones I like best and do most often. Included are links to sites that I believe will assist you in gaining knowledge about your weight loss/maintenance efforts. I believe in you, and more importantly so does God! He promised to bless everything you do, and you can do all things through Christ who give you strength (Ps. 1:3; Phil 4:13). Here goes:

List Three—Five favorite workouts:

These are the not only some of the workouts I teach, but they are my favorite ones to be a part of.
  1. Aqua fitness. Call me biased, but not only do I teach one of the best aqua fitness classes around, it’s one of my favorite ways to workout. In the water you’re nearly weightless, there’s no impact and the healing power is excellent. Everyone from world-class athletes to 80-year-old ex-dancers train in water. A bounty of benefits are attached to aqua fitness. Resource: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/evan3.htm.

  2. 2. Strength training. Previously I mentioned the importance of this portion of fitness. Stronger muscles mean stronger bones, a faster metabolism and enhanced immunity. Resources: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/strength-training and http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/growingstronger/why/index.html

  3. 3. Bootcamp. Enough said. These programs are not for the faint of heart or most beginners. Individual classes are offered everywhere from local fitness clubs to independents. If you’re ready for a challenge, look up one in your area, participate in the one your gym offers, or check out a video version from the library!

  4. 4. Running the bleachers. This is nearly as intense as bootcamp. Again, walk or drive to your local track and proceed to the empty cheering section. Run or walk those babies as long as you can stand to (I normally shoot for a minimum of 20 minutes).

  5. 5. Abdominal routines. Ah, the abs. Take your pick of routines. Currently I’m between the P90-X Ab Ripper X DVD and my own concoction of abdominal exercise favorites. Same rules apply—check out a video, FitTV or take a class with a special emphasis on abs. Resource: http://www.beachbody.com/text/products/programs/p90x/popup_parseb_051010/workouts_12.html
Be blessed friends and have the perfect day everyday

Psalm 138:8
--Shon Stevens is a writer and professional fitness instructor. Shon lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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