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An Atrophy of Faith


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A Brave New World

An amazing Brazilian couple we’ve recently made friends with came over to our house last night for dinner. Monday evening isn’t exactly the usual time of the week for having friends over but it suited our guests who have a very hectic working schedule that involves them both regularly working into the early hours of the morning – via pretty unsociable patterns – and Monday was a day off. Having only previously met and talked briefly at church, we were about two minutes into conversation over dinner when it dawned on me that this beautiful couple sitting opposite us were mighty in faith!

About a year ago they had made the decision to radically relocate their lives, along with their two children, from Brazil to Scotland simply because God had asked them to. Now we were enjoying dinner together as they both shared stories about the goodness and the power of God in their lives. With all of the many challenges you can imagine in moving from one country to another (employment, schooling, food, weather, culture, language, friends etc etc), they are now prayerfully waiting on the Father to show them how He wants to use them in this brave new world.

Faith is a Muscle

In the natural world of exercise and health, when you regularly participate in resistance training your muscles get bigger (hypertrophy); when you don’t get involved in said resistance training your muscles waste and become weak and small (atrophy).

I had worked in the world of fitness and health for more than ten years so when my new friend used this phrase (faith is a muscle) to explain his understanding of the key difference between the Brazilian and UK churches, it struck me powerfully. But mainly it registered forcefully with me because it was a phrase that had come out of the mouth of a believer who was truly living by faith in front of my very eyes!

It was also because I am someone who does regularly lift weights to keep in good physical condition that this metaphor had a profound impact on me: it’s all very well training and looking after your physical muscles but if you’re not exercising your muscle of faith you’re weak on the inside. I hate the idea of being weak and flabby in the physical so how much more horrible is the thought of being a weak and flabby spiritual man of faith?

Primed by the miraculous, awe-inspiring stories of our friends, I wanted to start exercising faith there and then!

Comfortable Christianity

Thinking about this simple analogy for the spiritual life of faith, how healthy is your faith, would you say?

Chat to someone about it.

Do you feel like you exercise your faith regularly or perhaps you feel a little out of shape?

People don’t exercise in the natural for lots of reasons many of which are often very valid but perhaps God is asking you to talk to Him about starting to exercise your faith in a new way?

What does the Bible say?

“…faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Romans 10:17

Why not drop us a line or leave a comment to continue the conversation?

 

Exercise and Health, health

11 Tips To Stop Being Unhealthy in 2017


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“The greatest gift you can give anyone is a healthy you” as my previous pastor once said. It’s true – you’re not going to be the rock solid blessing you’re supposed to be to others if you’re not healthy and fit.

So, drawing on my decade of experience working in the NHS and for private health clubs as an exercise specialist, here’s a set of rapid-fire vlogs to help you get going this year – feel free to drop me a line for any specific help:

  1. Set a long-term goal
  2. Get some new kit
  3. HIIT – Mix up your training types
  4. Fitness Blender
  5. Find a mate
  6. FITT acronym
  7. Be realistic
  8. Les Mills BODYPUMP – Build lean muscle to beat fat
  9. Get some new trainers! Never run in old shoes!
  10. SIS Electrolytes
  11. Polar self-tracking

*Body Pump info HERE:

*Fitness Blender info HERE

*Science in Sport Electrolyte info HERE

* Self-Tracking info HERE

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Personal Bests


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On top of our normal training, Mairi and I have been investing in a Personal Trainer for the last 4 weeks at Nuffield Health. The sessions with Rob are hard-core.

Because I’ve worked in exercise and health for 15 years, including within clubs like Nuffield, I tended to put this off as an option because of my own knowledge base in this industry. (more…)

Exercise and Health, sport

FbN2 Fitness Blender Challenge: 30, 40, 50 or 60?


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We follow Fitness Blender as an excellent part of our exercise plan. Amongst swimming, BodyPump, weights and other CV exercise, it’s great to have some HIIT routines (High Intensity Interval Training) to challenge different energy/fitness systems.

Here’s a particularly hard Fitness Blender HIIT challenge. Why not give it a go and see what interval you can get to? I managed 40 but Mairi nailed 50! (tip: make sure you’re properly warmed up). (more…)

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Firebrand FITT Notes


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In my professional role as an NHS Exercise Practitioner, I’ve had the privilege of helping over 6000 patients one on one in the last 6 years to: improve their general health, lose weight, recover from open-heart surgery, reverse chronic metabolic diseases like diabetes, overcome depression and start walking again from life-threatening morbid obesity – the list goes on and on.

During that time I’ve met people from virtually every walk of life, most of whom wanted to lose weight and improve their health through physical activity.

Here’s some info for you if you are currently unhappy with your health/weight and how you might make that all-important move from being inactive to even moderately active. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments box and I’ll reply asap, otherwise I advise asking your GP about GP Exercise Referral/Prescription services in your area.

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