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Monday, August 12, 2019

START WITH THIS ONE THING

At the end of each training session, I am stretched by my trainer, while on a mat, flat on the floor.  It is painful!  Think stretching an old dry rubber band and it snaps.  Yep, that's the way it feels some days.  When we finish, and I am on the floor moaning and groaning, he always gives me a cross handed lift off the floor.  A hand up



One of the things I have realized is I have begun to put my hands down to help myself up when sitting anywhere--couch, chair, floor.  I have become accustomed to using the extra leverage to get back into a standing position.  Instead of relying upon my core, I am cheating and the result is a weakened core.  If I could give you one piece of exercise advice, it would be do not use your hands to push yourself from a sitting position to upright.  At first, this may require scooting forward in the seat, or doing a little rocking to get the momentum going.  In the long run, you will grow stronger with each push to the upright position using only your core.  A weak core is a symptom of a weak you.  Start with this one thing, standing without pushing with your hands and watch yourself grow stronger over time.




When The Trainer and I were talking this over, I told him I could not get off the floor without using my hands (try it--NOT easy).  He asked could I get up while kneeling on one knee. There you go, a place to begin.  Slowly try one or two of those a day until you can get up without assistance off one knee. Then begin to work on getting up off both knees without assistance.  Then try cross legged and getting up.  (NO, THERE WILL NOT BE A VIDEO DEMONSTRATING ME DOING THIS) It is a slow process over time to restrengthen what we have allowed to become weakened.  We might need a little help at first, but soon we are on our on again.  Wanting to live life to the fullest, we must keep the all important core strong.  That hand up often is all we need to get the ball rolling.

There are times, I have received a spiritual hand up.  Someone has spoken truth, challenged me, or asked difficult questions about my spiritual habits.  My good friend, Len Woods, has written yet another book




It is a collection of "hands up" solutions to common spiritual challenges.  All we have to do is take what he says, apply it, and repeat.  We will grow stronger from the application.  I have just begun reading his latest offering.  What a gift he is to us all.  Need a hand up, order the book!  Time to get those spiritual exercises going and reap the benefits of a better life.


Iron sharpens iron.
So one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17



7 comments:

  1. "At first, this may require scooting forward in the seat, or doing a little rocking to get the momentum going."

    I just tried this. Rocked myself backwards and forwards on the chair. It's on wheels. It flew away from underneath me. I fell forwards. Hit my face against the monitor. Started a nose bleed. Fell to the floor. Banged my head against the table. Lost consciousness for a few seconds. And could not get up from the floor seeing I was already a little higher on the chair anyway.

    Thanx for your advice, Lulu.

    God bless.

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  2. VICTOR!!! Surely not!!!! I would feel horrible if you were injured!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. The ambulance men came and carried me out on a stretcher. They asked me how I hurt myself. When I told them they laughed so much they dropped me off the stretcher and I hurt my legs as I fell to the ground. They picked me up again and put me in the ambulance. As they shut the door they banged my head against it. When I arrived at the Emergency Room I had a bleeding head, bloody nose, small concussion, grazed knees and legs and I had lost my hat. They thought I'd been involved in an road accident. I told the nurse that I fell off a chair. She laughed so much she wet herself. I slipped on the puddle and was on my back on the floor once again.

      Thanx again, Lulu.

      God bless.

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  3. I'm going to take your advice, Lulu, as to how I get up off a chair or even the floor - that's a challenge! And this book sounds like a winner, for sure.
    Blessings!

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  4. I am very aware of my age now...hubby was laughing at me yesterday on how I got off and on the bicycle. He changed the seat 4 times...I'll tell you, getting old is no fun. Just saying. As for stretching, I need one of those contraptions that hook up my arms and legs, LOLOL.

    In all seriousness, great advice, Lulu. smiles

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    1. Now if I could just follow my own advice!
      Blessings!

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