I’m a podcaster by profession. It’s my job to interview guests and to truly listen. But listening doesn’t come naturally to me, I must confess. I’ve always been a talker. (In elementary school, my report card consistently included the note “Talks too much.”) I’ve had to learn to listen. But listening isn’t just a …

The Christmas Clap by B-Shoc | Body & Soul Fitness

I love Christmas music of all kinds. I love the traditional carols, I love the recently written songs about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of family. And yes, I love the crazy Christmas songs that just make you smile, tap your toe, sing along and clap. One such song is “The …

"The Best Christmas Ever" by Newsong | Body & Soul Fitness

What would make this year the best Christmas ever for you? Stop and think a minute, list some things in your mind, then check out this list in the song “The Best Christmas Ever” by Newsong: “When the snow starts falling, friends come calling, you can feel the love in the air. Singing carols …

We live on a street where we get power outages often. And, by often, I mean sometimes when there is a gust of wind that wouldn’t push a sailboat 10 feet, we lose electricity. As soon as it starts blowing outside, my neighbors and I have gotten into the habit of gathering flashlights and …

As a Body & Soul Fitness instructor, I don’t repeat a lot of older routines once I have learned the new session. The big exception is Christmas 2012 which I have taught for the past 5 years for the 6 weeks before Christmas.  It is always wonderful to revisit and be brought back to a particular …

I love the holidays. In my opinion, Christmas songs can start as soon as the first leaf turns orange signaling that fall is here. Halloween and Thanksgiving are fine and all, but, for me, the Christmas spirit takes over fall and winter. This is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but a …

The nativity scene pictured here has been part of my Christmas since childhood. I have many fond memories that stir my heart as I think of where it was placed in the home where I grew up and the sweet family times we had at this time of year. It was passed down to …

In a blur of rituals and jam-packed schedules, it is easy to lose sight of the joy of Christmas. For most people, the stretch of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one mad rush of holiday activities. There are kids’ concerts to be attended, gifts to be purchased, then the trips to see family. …

The holidays can be a time of stress and over-eating. We want to offer an alternative— fitness, faith, and service. Come to a free class, be inspired, get a good workout, and give back to your community!   Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)   …

What does Christmas mean to you? There are so many aspects of this special season that bring us joy. I urge you to take a moment and think about what matters most. Take a deep breath, smile and think about the true meaning of Christmas. Part of Christmas is about “shopping”-whether online or in …