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Magnesium for Fitness

31+-4XzBOKL._SY355_[1]When my aches and pains started several months ago, I initially bought several pairs of dance shoes, switched gyms to experiment on a softer floor, and generally gave up a lot of my gusto for Zumba. The true answer was so simple. Magnesium.

My sister, http://elhogarsencillo.com/, is my go-to person for all things herbal. When I described the pain in my lower legs, aggravated by dancing and excessive exercise, she mentioned that about 80% of adults are low in magnesium. The list of symptoms for magnesium deficiency is as long as your arm! Muscle aches, snoring, anxiety, low blood pressure, and the list goes on.

Enter Life-Flo Pure Magnesium Oil, available on Amazon for $5.92. A little spray on my affected areas, and the pain was gone. Steal of deal! I estimate my 8-oz. bottle will last me several months to a year.

I also purchased Magnesium powder and pills, but found the spray to be most effective for my needs.

  • Magnesium oil can also be used as a deodorant!
  • Magnesium oil causes pain/itching when sprayed on freshly shaved skin, cuts, and even mosquito bites.
  • Magnesium oil is odor-free. No one knows it is there, except when I brag about my fantastic antidote to my lower leg pain.
  • I have also used this on my husband’s back, where he carries a lot of tension from his work and past car accidents.

I highly recommend this product and brand. It is a great value, easy to apply, and very effective.

Cheers,

Western Woman

Resolutions

making Abigail smileLast year I made changes to save money, the environment, our health, and our spiritual well-being. No more disposeable tissues. No more TV. etc…

Instead we spent more time together, made quaint and oh-so-soft flannel hankies, and said “no” to processed foods.

Now, I have a short but clear list in mind.

1. Focus on family; eliminate extra activities. Simplify.

2. Spend at least as much time on my knees as I do on facebook.

3. Save money by making more things at home, as a family. (Like shampoo bars, cheese, and ginger beer.)

4. Invest in all-natural pregnancy and childbirth, giving the best I can for our new baby.

5. Learn to teach Zumbatomic (Zumba for kids), so that my fancy-dancy girls can also take part in my classes.

6. Get my family’s immune system rock-solid. By next Christmas I will not  stand for us catching every bug that goes around.

What inspires you? Make your resolutions (now, and throughout the year.) Write it down; Keep the list clear; pray over it; believe it can be done; and make it happen.

Cheers,

Western Woman

all I wanted was a peach

peaches[1]What do you crave? Do you indulge when you really want something? Yesterday I craved peaches. Last night I dreamed about peaches. This morning I was desperate! Neither my town nor the next had peaches for sale. What is a pregnant woman to do?

I guess I ate an astonishing amount of other fruit, hoping it would cure my craving. I had almost a whole papaya, a handful of blackberries, and two persimmons. I have never consumed so much fruit in my life.

The result was not exactly satisfaction, but I was sure full. I also had a lot of sugar to burn off, so I skipped my usual pregnant fatigue and went to two  Zumba classes.

Cravings. When our soul craves intimacy with the Lord, we need to indulge–not fill ourselves to overflowing with other endeavors that will leave us full, maybe exhilarated, but never satisfied.

Don’t Forget to Dance

Before you go to bed tonight, don’t forget to dance. Do a little jig… Ha, ha.

I love the exhilaration, the release, and the expression allowed through dance. This is a great way to relieve tension in the body, which can make a world of difference for a good night’s sleep.

Let’s get moving and enjoy the gift that God gave us: the freedom to move!

Aside from artistic, emotional, and physical benefits, let us remember that the ultimate joy of dancing is found in worship to God. I find myself worshipping  as I shake to my zumba routines. This spirit of power-praise carries over into other areas as well, reminding me to worship through struggles and temptations throughout the day.

Praise is power. Dancing is a tool created for praise. We are vessels designed to use the tools given us.

Shake it up, Baby 😉

Cheers,

Western Woman

also: after you finish your morning happy dance… don’t forget to smell the flowers and drink your coffee!