Today’s product recommendation is the show that encouraged me to start on my whole foods journey. It is a fitness workout show that airs on a couple Christian channels and it is AWESOME! The host of Faithful Workouts, Michelle Spadafora, is encouraging, uplifting, and professional. She worked for many years as a fitness trainer and has found a way to make her own show incorporating Christian music and Biblical encouragement. Her show encompasses all four of A Helping of Hope’s “F’s” (Faith, Family, Food, and Fun) and that’s why it is getting the STYDS bump from me:
- FAITH: there is a lot of upbeat spiritual encouragement in Faithful Workouts. Michelle shares personal stories, devotional thoughts, and edifying truths…how she does it so simply and succinctly is amazing! It transforms a physical workout into a spiritual massage for the inner person!
- FAMILY: some workouts include children: in fact, this is a workout you can do with the whole family. You can cleverly reinforce Biblical concepts in your children while promoting a healthy self-image and helping them get a foundation in making healthy choices.
- FOOD: Michelle gives a lot of encouragement and advice for making a transition to a healthy diet (she comes from a “low calorie” perspective, which I don’t, but her advice on sugars, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains is spot on). Hearing these simple, positive reminders repeatedly helps to change mindsets; we really can change the way we eat!
- FUN: Three people workout with Michelle regularly: two women and one man. They each work out at different “levels”. The neat thing is, they aren’t perfect! Occasionally, they wobble and giggle; this doesn’t take away from the quality of the workout at all, instead it emphasizes how accessible healthy living is to normal people. We don’t have to be perfect bodybuilders…but we do need to work hard and work smart. Michelle’s workouts include exercises for balance as well as toning; it is a lot of fun seeing personal progress over time as the movements become easier to do well.
Faithful Workouts DVDs are available here. I have the “Loving God’s Way” 3 DVD set. It helps to have exercise bands (also available on the site), an exercise ball, and an exercise mat, but they aren’t necessary. I did the workouts for a long time without them by doing the low-impact version of the exercises. I got mine as a Christmas present from my parents: if you know of a loved one who has been looking for a whole-body workout program, why not give them the gift of health and encouragement this Christmas?
Helping of Hope. Right Choice: work out regularly to upbeat, uplifting shows like Faithful Workouts three times a week (see, a 3 DVD set is perfect!) Bright Future: much improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health…and perhaps, a reclaimed figure after this Season’s festivities? 😉
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