Out on the bike


This is a picture from my ride this morning. Not on my cruiser this time, it is from my pedal powered version!

One of my my hobbies is fitness. I do weights and cycling. Sometimes I ride the exercise bike and sometimes it is out on my old faithful mountain bike. Today, the cooler morning and a light breeze made me want to hit the trails.

This old mountain bike has been riden since 1993. Every time I think about upgrading I look at my old bike and decide to stick with it a bit longer. It has served me well.

During my ride this morning I paused to take this picture. As I paused I thought of Psalm 65:8 NIV. It says, “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy”.

It was a nice moment with God. Remembering all He has done for us. I also got to enjoy His creation while getting some exercise too.

How about you?  Have you got any hobbies that allow you to mix fitness with your love of God and His creation?

Blessings,

Dave

I love exercise but…

I love my exercise and keeping fit. I have trained all my life and I currently train six days a week in my 50s. My current program is three gym sessions and three mountain bike rides per week on alternate days.

However, while my exercise is important, my spiritual training is more important. As today’s verse says, it has benefits for this life and the life to come. I have this up in my home gym so I never forget. 

Physical exercise helps my heart, my muscles and my mind, but my spiritual exercise keeps me close to God and walking in His plan for my life. It also makes it better for the people around me, especially my family.

It is good to keep fit, but we need to make sure our spiritual fitness takes priority.

God Bless,

Dave

Keeping a fitness diary

It is that time of the year when people starting thinking about setting goals for the next year.

Today I thought I would share one of my tips that has helped me with my exercise for more than 30 years. I keep a fitness diary.

It is just a A4 diary with a week to an opening. I write down my weight training, cycling, exercise bike, bush walking and/or jogging.

I find keeping a fitness diary keeps me motivated by keeping me on track with my goals and I can quickly see my improvement.

If you are starting a fitness program in 2018/19, a fitness diary might just help.

Mix up your training

Several weeks ago I did a post titled, “My top 7 fitness tips”. In it I shared some of my favourite bits of encouragement I pass on to people from my years of exercising. Today I want to share one of the key ones I use – mixing things up.

All of us get bored with what we are doing at times. We just get stuck in a rut and lose motivation. I have done this many times since I started my fitness program 30+ years ago. In fact I have lost count of just how many times!

One of my keys I found is to mix up my training. My key aerobic fitness exercise is cycling. I find it is good to keep my heart rate up and keeps me lean. In saying this though, I do change how I cycle every now and then when things get a bit stale.

I have two bikes – a road bike and a mountain bike. If I get bored riding on the road after six months or so, I just pull out the mountain and ride the trails of Merredin. It is still cycling, but it freshens up my mind and allows me to keep exercising.

I also have a trainer where I can sit my racing bike on and pedal away the kilometres in my shed. If mentally I really really really don’t feel like going for a ride on the road or through the trails, I just sit on the trainer. This is especially good if it is pouring with rain or really windy.

I have found that by mixing up my cycling training I can keep mentally fresh and keep doing my cycling for fitness. After all I am not training for the Olympics, I am training to keep fit, so it doesn’t really matter what I ride. It is more about being consistent in what I do.

I hope this tip helps you in some way if you are trying to get a fitness program started or continue in what you are doing.