Fitness and church bring families together.

faith-and-fitnessMany people are looking for an easier way to exercise around their schedules. With work, getting children off to school, and your church obligations how are you supposed to fit in your exercise time? This is a tricky question for some people. Finding the time to fit it all in can be easier than you think. Equipment for exercise at home is getting cheaper and easier to pay for with payment plans and lower price equipment options. There are many options to choose from so do your research.

Churches are starting to offer gyms for their parishioners to exercise in. Some gyms are simply a basketball court, but some are adding home exercise equipment for the parishioners to come and exercise on their own time. There are many churches offering this service and it’s becoming a very popular trend in churches across the world.

With this new trend there are many options in exercise equipment that can be affordable and offer maximum cardio for the participants. Here is a short list of some that would be suitable for churches gyms.


Treadmills are a great way to get cardio in and can be bought pretty reasonable. They come in many different styles that range from the super technological to the basic brand. They offer hours of running and walking time which can benefit the younger and older generations.

Stationary bikes

Stationary bikes are a very healthy way to exercise and work those leg muscles. The options that are out now for stationary bikes range from ones with handle bars and ones without. There are even some that are portable so they can be put away at night when no one is in the gym or moved to a more appropriate spot.

Yoga and Pilates

Adding yoga mats and Pilates equipment is very affordable for a gym since they can be as little as $10 an item. Many women do yoga and Pilates and having a gym area to go to with the necessary equipment at their church is a bonus. There are mats and balls that can be purchased. You can also purchase some stretching tools and stepping blocks for step exercises. These are things that can be stored away nicely and taken out when needed.

Make sure if you are adding a gym to your church grounds that you have antibacterial wipes for people to use to clean the equipment after and before use of the equipment. This will help keep down on germs and sickness being transmitted between the participants.

With many churches becoming the epicenter of family life it only makes since to add a gym to the church grounds for the families to have exercise and activities to do with other church goers. Adding a gym and maybe some soccer and baseball fields would really benefit the families that put their time into the church and also help benefit the workers of the church in their fitness routines.

Making a church feel like a family environment is the goal for all preachers. They want families to feel welcome to use their services and participate in church events. One way of doing that is by making it easier for families to pray and play together.

Spinning – the new fitness philosophy

Spinning Exercise

This new fitness craze that has taken over most of the world because of its outstanding results was developed and created by a famous fitness instructor, Johnny D. Spinning. The program involves a cardio workout that uses a stationery bicycle found at the gym, these lessons are great for beginners, and trained athletes and last up to 60 minutes. The spinning class uses varied rhythm, pressure and intervals to train various muscles in the body. At the moment, almost every gym has special studio, for spinning lessons, that has multiple bicycles, where some of the newer models have the option to adjust the height of the steering wheel, the seat and the elevation. Not only are the spinning classes a lot of fun, because they anything but monotonous, they are also great in developing muscle endurance, coordination and willpower. It is believed that spinning classes are some one of the most energy-intensive classes, and it has been estimated that during one 60-minute session, it is possible to burn more than 600 calories, while boosting your metabolism and strengthening your cardiovascular system.

The positive effects of spinning classes are endless and while your main purpose might be to burn fat, in time you will see a general improvement in your overall health and wellbeing. For this class, it is important to wear fit clothes that are not loose and will not cause you any discomfort. Furthermore, as it usually gets extremely hot during the class, be prepared to have the A/C full blast, so do keep in mind that it is advised to wear a T-shirt and pants to this class, as well as have a bottle of water, usually 0.5 liters, as this is the recommended amount, and definitely a towel. It is best to wear cycling shorts or leggings with extra thick material in the groin area and on the bum, as you will be sitting on the bike seat; cycling gloves, to prevent your hands from slipping off the wheel, and proper footwear.

Spinning ClassWhile for other fitness exercises you might need soft, flexible shoes, for spinning, it is essential to wear sneakers with a thick, stiff sole, that firmly fix the foot, otherwise the foot can be over-bent and may cause severe pain. While some use advanced technology, adapted to the Shimano Pedaling Dynamics, used in stationery bicycles, and provide support as well as balance out the pressure your foot gets, others are designed in a way that are shock- absorbent and will protect your feet from external vibrations. The shoes must be breathable and light, because after 45 minutes of an intensive training, you are bound to sweat. To ensure the best hygiene of your feet and odorless shoes, do pay attention to the material from which the shoes are made. While all these have their advantages and issues to consider, trying on all of the available spinning shoes is simply impossible, we did the research for you, please see our top 10 picks here. From Sidi, to Wilson, and Sonoma, we have created a list with the best shoes for men and women, especially for spinning.

While cycling around in a beautiful park is absolutely amazing and healthy, but truth be told, not many of us have the available time or the proper bike to do that, further to that, many of us live in places where this is not possible due to weather conditions, or due to the fact that we live in a busy city. Spinning allows you to have a fun workout, while cycling indoors, regardless of the weather, that will have amazing results on your body, health and attitude!

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