Let’s Get Physical- Part One of the Food for Your Heart and Soul Series

18 Jan

Did you ever have to take that fitness assessment in high school following the guidelines from the President’s Challenge?

In the time leading up to my fitness test, I remember getting excited for it so I could show off my athletic skills to the class. Then, what I now call  dooms I mean test day came, I found out, hey, I’m not really athletic. Sure, I played recreational basketball and volleyball every now and again, but I never had an exercise routine that I followed. Honestly, I didn’t know that in order to keep myself healthy on the inside and outside as opposed to burning off a doughnut  per se, I’d be doing myself a favor to create one.

How the heck did I get started on an exercise plan? Over time, I was exposed to Pilates, group exercise classes, swimming, and cardio equipment at the gym. I always wanted to be on a sports team or be an elite dancer, but that never happened, and I saw this as a second chance.

I began college as an Education major and graduated with my BS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.


Since my high school fitness assessment:

  • I can run several miles
  • I can do multiple push-ups
  • I sleep better
  • I have lower blood pressure
  • I feel and am strong



Benefits of regular physical activity:

  • Strengthens bones and muscles- a preventive measure against osteoporosis!
  • Reduces risk of some cancers, type 2 diabetes, heart disease
  • Mood booster- one of the reasons I prefer to work out in the morning
  • Not to overwhelm you, 101 more benefits:



Upcoming topics on the Food for Your Heart and Soul series include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a weekly workout schedule
  • Breaking down resistance training
  • Gym terminology
  • How to fit in a workout when you’re crunched for time
  • Finding the right exercise program

I’m open to topic ideas. Please share if you have one on your mind that you’d like me to talk about! 🙂

If you’re interested in testing your fitness or for kicks, click here. Good luck!

How did you get into exercise? What’s your favorite kind of exercise?

Have a great weekend!


6 Responses to “Let’s Get Physical- Part One of the Food for Your Heart and Soul Series”

  1. Alex @ therunwithin January 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    i know the biggest benefit of exercise for me is the mood factor, I am such a nicer person with some endorphins pumping through my blood haha

  2. @therunginger January 20, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Looking back at those tests is funny; I go out and run 10 miles no problem now, but at the time, those timed miles were brutal!

    I love all the benefits of being fit, both mentally, physically and aesthetically!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 20, 2013 at 3:56 am #

      It’s a great accomplishment to have come this far! 🙂 No one can go wrong being fit.

  3. Emily January 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I hated those challenges in high school because I was never really that athletic! The only thing I could do well was the V Sit & Reach because I’m tall, so I have freakestly long arms 😉 I didn’t start to enjoy working out until college when I realized what an awesome stress reliever it is!

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