By Rachel Hauck
most of you will hate: exercise.
Yeah, I know, the excuses are long and many.
take care of our bodies as much as our hearts and minds.
years ago I realized my entire body hurt. I was starting to think I was going
to have to life with pain in my shoulders, hips and back the rest of my writing
life. While I wasn’t happy about it, I wasn’t sure what to do.
had a neck warmer thingy with beads in it that I’d heat up in the microwave. But I finally burned up the insides.
been an exerciser – biking, lifting weights, running, spinning, aerobics – but
I wasn’t purposeful.
program is intense. The routines are long so it’s hard to
fit in an average day, but along the way, I learned a few strengthening tricks
that eradicated my pain.
an Executive chair for years. The kind where the seat and back are concave. But
the sides of the seat were padded so half my back side was down, half up,
shifting my hip out of whack.
hunch my shoulders and arch my back. Over time, I knotted up and stayed
correct chair. In fact, I’m on my second one!
He had me doing dips and push-ups, and all kinds of mean squats, but my shoulders
and arms began to get built up.
all day wasn’t such a strain.
probably the last place most of us focus. Core is from you neck down to your
thighs. Sit ups and crunches, push-ups, squats, all the stuff we did in
elementary P.E. class is core for our cores!
Are you going from the bed to the car to the office chair to the dining room
table to the couch and finally back to bed?
you can rid yourself of some of it with a few good, purposeful exercises.
afford one, pray for the Lord to give you one. It makes a huge difference. A
good mattress too. We got a Sleep Number bed and my hip pain left.
push up. Work up to ten or more a day. By push up, I’m legs extended in the
plank position. Not on your knees, girls.
feet a few inches apart and sit down into a squat, touching your fingers to the ground. Then stand, raising arms over head and
repeat the squat. If you get ambitions, you can jump for the last few squats.
crunches, oblique exercises.
worship CD and boogie around the house, maybe do some “whacky-jacks” in the
midst of it, work those obliques.
building your body to be a better and stronger writer?
Her latest book, The Wedding Chapel, was named to Booklist Top Ten Inspirational Novels of 2015.
She co-authored the critically acclaimed Songbird Novels with platinum selling country music artist Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.