FITNESS FOCUS: Chest Lift While it may appear to look like a sit-up, this movement focuses on the upper abdominals, core stabilization, and incorporating breath with movement. While practicing this move, deep focus on engaging the core with the breath is key to strengthening the targeted muscle groups.
FAITH FOCUS: Often we do not focus during our daily lives. We tend to go through the “motions” of the day without considering how these movements affect the overall spiritual core. Like the chest lift which is a small, focused move, our daily small tasks can reap certain benefits or consequences. Performing the chest lift without engaging the core with the breath can result in pain in the lower back and strain in the neck not to mention it will not work to strengthen the desired muscle group! In order to reap the benefits of our life with Christ, we must focus on engaging our spiritual CORE with the BREATH of the Holy Spirit. We must focus on His will for us daily, learn to listen to that Holy Spirit whisper guiding us in our movements. When we place His Word in our heart, our CORE, we will be sure to move with stability as we practice His daily purpose for us.
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4: 20-23)