Sunday, 01 August 2021

F Faith and Fitness

The Health Resolution

Well, we are staring 2016 in the face! the year seemed to fly by in 2015!  This is the time of year where many people are contemplating their New Year's Resolutions.  Many people resolve to continue and push harder with their health and fitness. From experience as a personal trainer and gym owner, I know that so many people resolve to include pursuing a fitness program and getting healthier into their resolutions.  This is great, but so many times I see the influx of people in the gym in January with great intentions to get healthy and fit. And then after a couple of months, they fall away from it and don't continue.  If people genuinely realized the benefits of exercise and how it can better their life, if they would just stay disciplined and determined, they would never quit!  In this article, I want to highlight a few of the reasons why it is beneficial and necessary to include exercise in your goals and outlook for 2016!

My personal reasons for including exercise/fitness into my resolutions are seemingly endless!  After years of exercising 5 to 6 days a week (your body has to have a rest day or I would workout 7 days a week!), I have discovered and experienced MANY reasons why I continue!  I am going to highlight just a couple! 

Good Health

My main motivation to exercise hard is for my health!!  I am going to touch on just a couple of ways exercise helps me with maintaining good health.

1.     Circulatory System....Regular exercise has a dramatic effect on your circulation and cardiovascular health.  Exercise increases blood flow and reduces your risk of circulatory conditions like the build up of plaque inside your arteries.  Exercise promotes good circulation by strengthening the muscles in your heart, lowering your resting heart rate, and preventing the build up of plaque in your arteries.

2.    Respiratory System....The lungs have to work harder to provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, both of which are on high demand during exercise.  This makes the lungs stronger and the lung capacity larger. 

3.    My FAVORITE and MOST IMPORTANT reason to exercise....The Lymphatic System....There is SO much I could say about this but I am going to try to keep it simple but to the point!  The lymphatic system is not connected to your heart so it has to depend on something else to create the necessary action to maintain its flow.  The key is it NEEDS to flow!  It depends on your movement to flow!  So this means the more you exercise, the more your lymphatic system flows and functions!  If you are inactive, your lymphatic system is stagnant....thus the breeding ground for unnecessary illnesses and diseases like heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, allergies, the common cold, flu, skin conditions, just to name a few!  I exercise to prevent and ward off sickness and disease!  It has been years since I have been sick with anything outside of a minor headache!

Aging and Maintenance of Weight Loss and Muscle Tone

15 minutes a day of moderate exercise has proven to extend a person's life by 3 years.  An hour a day (4 to 5 days a week )of moderate exercise has been proven to extend a person's life by 7 to 10 years.  If this isn't enough to motivate you to begin exercising or to get you back on track with your fitness, I don't know what it will take!  Exercise also has benefits as far as our appearance of aging.  It not only appears to keep skin younger, it can also reverse the skin aging in people who start exercising later in life.  Exercise keeps your weight at a healthy level, and adds muscle tone and definition that not only looks great, but keeps your body healthy and functioning like it should!

Mental Health

What you do with your body has a powerful effect on your mind.  Mental well being means feeling good-both about yourself and the world around you.  It means being able to get on with life in the way you want.  It has been proven that physical activity/exercise helps maintain and improve mental well being in a number of ways.  It has been proven to help people with depression and anxiety.  It is a wonderful stress reliever as well!  I know from experience, and I hear this across the board from my clients!

These are just a couple of reasons why I continue to push myself hard in the gym day after day, year after year!  Now I want you to hear from my clients!  I asked them to share why they include a fitness program into their New Year's Resolutions each year.  One thing you need to understand is that I have a very diverse group of clients.  They range in age from 11 to 83.  I have clients of all races.  They vary according to their beliefs.  They vary according to their reasons for exercising.  I have clients with so many varying professions.  But their responses have a very similar tone.  This is what a few of them shared with me!  Their responses vary, yet are very similar at the same time!  I'm sure you can relate to some of them!

"I want to get healthy and stay off of dialysis and be healthy for my son."

"I want to stay healthy.  It is also a huge stress relief for me.  I also do things at the gym I never thought I could do and it makes me feel awesome about myself."

"I want to be physically stronger.  I want to feel good and look good."

"It once started off as a New Year's Resolution, and then it became a way of life."

"It helps me to keep my sanity!  I am a better person when I workout.  It's also fun to do things I never thought possible."

"I want to include fitness to improve my overall health."

"It has done wonders for  my anxiety.  I'm stronger physically and mentally because of working out."

"I want to be stronger and feel better about ME.  Plus I turn 40 in 2016 and want to feel good about it."

"I'm about to be 50 in 2016!  I want to be in the best shape of my life"

"My health is what is most important to me, and I want fitness and exercise to become the norm, just like eating breakfast, lunch, and supper!"

"There are many reasons I work out...but for me it's not a "resolution" for my year, it's my way of living. Yes I slack here and there...especially now-but I never stop. The main reason I work out is to make a better me. It's one hour that I get to myself each day. I am a work in progress yearly and strive to meet goals that I never thought I could meet-and so far I have done that yearly since I started at KPF/the gym! It makes me a better mother, wife, trainer, and friend. My week begins with a workout and ends with a workout. KPF/the gym is a place that I call home and with a huge family. I love our gym and am so thankful. So my main reason for working out-it makes a better me and I plan to continue the work with my family:)"

" Exercising has given me hope, I had to stop just recently on count of a broken foot, but going back... Going back for Health, Hope, Self esteem, and to feel loved."

"Fitness/exercise to me is as important and essential as brushing my teeth, taking a shower, putting on clothes, breathing air...especially if you enjoy breathing air then workout is a must!  Our bodies are a temple of God, a gift He has given us. I believe that we are to do all we can to cherish and take care of the gift God has so graciously given us. Fitness/exercise can prevent many medical conditions and even reverse many medical conditions. It is clinically proven to be a strong intervention for depression. I could go on forever with the benefits and reasons that I workout but I think I have shared enough, however I will add that every reason listed God has given me victory over each reason through physical fitness. KPF provides a challenging schedule of workouts each week along with a great atmosphere, great people and encouraging trainers. Fitness/exercise... I HAVE TO HAVE IT!"

"I exercise for my overall health. GOD has blessed me with good health and I am doing my part to take care of my body."

"That one hour at KPF/the gym,  is my "me" time! It is a huge stress reliever. I also want my kids to know how important physical activity is in our lives. I love to hear my kids say, 'my mom can do it, she is strong.'  God has blessed me with good health and I want to continue to take care of what He has given me."

" I have chosen to include fitness and exercise in my life for a few reasons. First because I want to be healthy and strong. Another reason is because when I first began my journey in fitness I didn't want to be fat and 40. And finally I didn't want to be flabby as I lost weight, I wanted to be toned."

"The first and foremost reason is that I love my trainer and the people she surrounds herself with each day. There are days I forget how powerful God's love is ... Then I go to KPF/the gym  and HE is revealed to me each time. Is my health important? Absolutely! But my soul is important too...and in that 1 Hour I gain strength in both vital areas."

" I had chosen to include health and fitness,exercise in my life because my health is my wealth,and I so love my trainer, she is Angel!! And it's time to re focus and get back in the gym!"

I hope that as you read this article you found inspiration to begin, continue, or rekindle your fitness journey!  God truly has commanded us to take care of our temples, our bodies, and there are so many reasons why! Let 2016 be the year that you take better care of your body than you ever have!  You can do it!  It takes discipline and hard work....but it is so worth it!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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