COREchallenge: 12 Days of Fitness

Below is a link to a Faith and Fitness Newsletter.  One of the articles gives a “12 Days of Christmas”- type fitness challenge.  Here’s how it works.  You are given 12 exercises.  You complete #1 one time, then move on to #2 (do it two times and then #1 one time).  Keep moving through the exercises.  You finish by doing all (12 reps of #12, 11 reps of #11 and so on) exercises in a row.  *Bonus: Do this routine for the next 12 days!  (Yikes!)  Now, to be fair, this is a more challenging workout than what we are used to here at COREministries.  However, I thought I would share it for those of you ready (and able) to kick it up a notch!

Check it out: 

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Your-Holiday-Workout—Faith—Fitness-Magazine-Newsletter.html?soid=1101670984446&aid=OjJt_xOlKbo.

Ok, OK… so maybe it’s a little intense to add such a complex routine.  So, COREministries has an alternative “12 DAYS of FITNESS” workout for you.   Complete the following 12 exercises for a stronger core, improved posture, flexibility, and overall strength. (NO need to do these in the same repetition format for the above workout.  Just complete the 12 exercises in order 5-8 reps of each.)

1. Standing Roll Down

2.  Push-up

3.  Child’s Pose

4.  Table Top Swimming

5. Seated Roll Downs

6.  Rolling Like a Ball

7. Bridges

8.  Hundred

9.  Single Leg Stretch

10.  Double Leg Stretch

11.  Criss Cross (feet down or in Table Top)

12. Swan

Hope this workout is fun and helps you stay invigorated and energized through the Christmas season!

By the way, did you know of the “secret” meaning of each verse in the song?  There are several articles on line which explain the Christian meaning behind each verse.  (See below)

“1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ;

“2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments;

“3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love;

“4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels;

“5. The five gold rings recall the torah (Law) the first five books of the Old Testament;

“6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation;

“7. Seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit (I Cor 12:8-10);

“8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes;

“9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22);

“10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments;

“11. Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples; and

“12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

 For more information on the Christian history of The Twelve Days of Christmas song, see the following article at www.christianhistory.net entitled “The Real Twelve Days of Christmas” by Edwin and Jennifer Woodruff Tait.  You may also be able to find the article by following this link: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/news/2004/dec24.html.

Have a blessed week!

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