Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. — John 14:1
Two years later, alien-like sea creature gains Internet stardom
by Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
Among the more bizarre-looking visitors to California waters this summer are Mola molas, or ocean sunfish, which are being seen in unusually high numbers. But it’s a stunning photograph of one of these gentle giants that appears to be getting the most attention. The image, captured off San Diego by Daniel Botelho, became an instant hit after being posted last week on his Facebook page…
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Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2
The toughest part about an exercise program is getting started. The best way to start exercises is to start slow and steady.
In order to change your lifestyle from sedentary to physically active, you need to have a workable plan.
Choose an exercise that you can practice easily all year round. Most people enjoy walking, swimming, jogging, and fitness videos. If you have a medical condition, be sure to consult your physician before you begin any type of vigorous activity.
Always begin your exercise slowly. Be sure to make it fun, not overly strenuous. Give yourself a chance to get used to the new activity. Allow yourself the necessary time to warm up before your exercise and as well, time to cool down afterwards. Five minutes for warm-ups and cool down times are often recommended. By doing warm-ups first, you will be less likely to injure yourself.
Aerobic exercises are a great way to remain healthy or even to lose or control your weight. Regular aerobic exercises help to prevent heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and cancers. They can improve your muscles and strenghten your bones, and improve your flexibility. Aerobics can also lower your blood pressure, and lessen depression. Aerobic exercises include bicycling, swimming, stair climbing, hiking,running, walking, aerobic dancing and many other activities.
Aerobics use the large muscles in the legs and buttocks to strengthen your heart and lungs. These are called cardiovascular exercises. Regular aerobic exercises makes your heart stronger.
Establish a reasonable schedule by allowing certain days to be off. It is good to exercise at least three times a week. A well thought out schedule will continue and be more productive on the long run. An example would be to exercise maybe every other day with two or three days off every week. Begin your exercise moderately at first with maybe only 30 minutes per day. Make time for several different activities. If you find that 30 minutes is too long of a time at once, break up your session into shorter intervals such as maybe two sessions of 15 minutes. Don’t stop exercising if your muscles hurt at the start; that’s normal and this will gradually decrease and disappear in time. If you experience any severe pain or swelling, make sure to stop.
Choose a convenient time of the day to exercise. When exercising, it’s best to wait a while after eating or to wait till the weather cools off if it is too warm.
Make sure to wear shoes that you can breathe in and that allow enough room for comfort, but yet properly support your feet.
Have a goal in mind and plan to achieve it gradually. A great way to track your success is to use a chart. You could maybe list the minutes you exercise each day.
To succeed, you must stick with your plan of exercise. Make time to reward yourself for each accomplishment. As you progress, you can increase your levels of exertion over time.
And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased. — Hebrews 13:16
Most people set goals, but very few will ever live to see them become reality. There are many reasons for goal setting failure, but the principle one is a lack of understanding how to set goals.
The fact is, when you set goals in the correct way you will…
Increase Your Productivity.
Because you set goals, and prioritize your day around them, you tend to get things done quicker and far more efficiently. You refuse to allow distractions get in your way. Frivolous activities fall to the side, and people who would otherwise be a drain on your time seem to fade in the rearview.
Have Powerful Self-Confidence.
The purpose you feel from going after the things you are most passionate about fuels a deep and natural feeling of well-being within you commonly known as scorching self-confidence. The elation you get from achieving the little goals along the way only serve to make you feel more confident in yourself and your abilities.
Develop Laser-Like Focus.
By knowing what you want, and exactly how you are going to get it, you are able to zero in on this task with laser-like focus. With this ability to truly concentrate on things, you are able to achieve faster, and at level of quality that will astound your peers and family.
Now that you understand the benefits of goal setting, let’s jump into the process of learning how to set goals in a way that will give you that highest chances of success. Adhere to these simple rules the next time you set goals—
Set Goals and Plan From Today.
When you set goals, it is great to think about where you want to end up tomorrow, but keep in mind that the most important step is the one you take today. What are you going to right now to make sure that you goals take shape? What is the first step going to be in your journey? When we set goals we are talking about the future, so it is easy to relegate acting on it until tomorrow or the day after. Don’t fall into this common mental trap. Set goals, and start living them immediately.
When You Set Goals, Allow Yourself Flexibility.
Why is this necessary? Simple, when we make our goals flexible and liquid, we allow ourselves the chance to adapt when things don’t go our way. When we set goals that are rigid, and we don’t achieve them, we tend to throw the whole process out the window. When the true culprit is that we didn’t give ourselves the chance to make some mistakes along the way.
Affix a Deadline.
When we give a goal an open-ended deadline, we are performing a form of procrastination. We are allowing ourselves to place the goal in the distant future, in the land of “somewhere” and “somehow.” We are leaving our goals to fate, and fate rarely has a way of giving us anything without us putting something in first.
Vary Your Plan of Attack.
When you set goals, you should be thinking about the different ways that you can achieve them. You want to be able to attack your goal from as many angles and directions as possible. This will do two things: First, you will have options if your original plan doesn’t work, and secondly, by varying your attack you will be consistently engaged. We get bored doing the same thing over and over again. For instance, if you had set goals regarding losing weight, you could try several different diet plans and numerous fitness regimens.
Monitor Your Goals.
Now that you have set goals, created a plan of action, and have taken the first step in achieving them, here comes the hard part—following through with them. An easy way to do this is to monitor and evaluate your goals. Keeping track of your progress will give you a chance to see where you are doing well, and where you aren’t and be able to adjust accordingly.
This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. — John 15:12
Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. — Luke 6:38