I have decided to try a yoga class--chair yoga (whatever that is).  At this point, any and all stretching is needed.  My tendons and ligaments are beginning to feel as tight as an old rooster~too tough to even put in the cook pot.  I still have the desire to strut around, but the strut has turned into a stumble.  A good friend, who is in the class, told me to bring my own yoga mat.  Why, OF COURSE, I have my own yoga mat!  The only problem was locating said mat and wiping the dust off once I did.

Over the years I have had more exercise equipment than a well supplied gym.  Most of it I have given away after I grew bored or maybe gave up.  Fads come and fads go.  I have owned a couple of bicycles and all the stuff that goes with them.  I still have a drawer full of biking clothes, a pump, a lock, and a repair kit.  For what purpose I kept those fragments from the past, I have no idea.  I have had boxing gloves and pads, all kinds of jump ropes, weights, straps, balls, treadmill, ski machine, leotards (for my one failed class in ballet), tapes, and videos to name a few.

I would never dare attend a class unless I had on "the outfit".  Recently my exercise buds told me I had a bicycling coat on when we were walking and I could not do that.  I told them to call the Bike Police and arrest me.  My trainer told me I should get a special kind of shoes to do my squats in for maximum results.  I AM NOT buying another pair of $150 shoes in which to do squats!  Why even hiking requires the right kind of hiking uniform and equipment.  One hiking buddy recently told me she had purchased ANOTHER backpack~I believe she told me this is her fourth or fifth.  Various sizes and designs~it pays to be prepared.  Of course we need hiking poles, hiking shoes (walking shoes will not do), water bottles, hats, netting (flies can be horrendous), and on and on.  Walk through even a Wal Mart and look at all the equipment available for purchase to take a few miles walk through the woods.  Why REI has an entire section of said equipment--rows upon rows.

One must always have the correct equipment and clothing before embarking on any exercise regime.  We would not DARE step into the gym in our PJ's or, heaven help us, our blue jeans.  I was actually at the gym when a blue jean wearing macho man was told to change or leave.  The right equipment is essential for the war against time and atrophy with Mother Nature.  The BIG SECRET the trainers and gurus do not tell you is, "SHE WINS IN THE LONG HAUL!"

There is a war going on--right now--all around us.  The enemy is seeking to kill, steal, and destroy every moment of every day.  WHY THEN, would we walk out the door without the benefit of our armor?  God has provided the tools and all we have to do is put them on at the beginning of everyday.  It is well worth the effort.  We all know who wins the war, but why suffer temporary defeats when victory can be ours with the tools He provides?  Why spend a moment in defeat, with God as our Commander and Chief?  Dust off the equipment and strap it on-Victory is yours~with God's help.

Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand
against the schemes of the devil.
Ephesians 6:11


  1. I too, over the years, got into many an exercise and keep fit regime. Buying online is so easy. I bought exercise bikes, weight lifting equipment, shoes, clothings, trampoline, youghurt mats, (I spill the youghurt whilst exercising), books, videos, gym equipments and all sorts of other things. Every day they were delivered to my door. Did not do me much good. But you should have seen the muscles the postman developed!

    Great post, Lulu. God bless you.

  2. “Spilled the youghurt”. My first laugh of the day! Thankfully, when I decided to give all the stuff away, they had to pick it up. No need to risk injury over a failed attempt at fitness!
    Blessings, Victor!

  3. When we don the full armor of God each day, that's the best exercise we could ever do. Speaking of exercise, I'm headed to the gym in a few minutes. And stretching? I'd say I need to do more of that, too.
    Blessings, Lulu!

    1. The question is "WHY?" don't I stretch more???
      Blessings, Martha!


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