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The best activities for staying in shape on summer vacation

As the Rev. George Malkmus highlights in his book “God’s Original Diet,” there are four keys to living a long, healthy life: High quality nourishment, the removal of toxins, plenty of oxygen and adequate amounts of exercise.

Fuel your body with nutrients to support a strong immune system.

Exercise is a critical factor when it comes to taking care of your overall well-being.  It builds muscles, increases oxygen intake and strengthens bones, which all contribute to a healthy heart, joints, back, mind and weight. Summer vacation is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to plan an outdoor adventure to enjoy the sunshine and get in shape. After all, it is only fair to take advantage of the light God sheds throughout your life.

John 8:12

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Here are a few outdoor workouts that can strengthen your body, no matter which vacation destination you choose:

Beach jogging

If you plan to vacation with your family on the beach this summer, you should take advantage of the sandy surface. According to research conducted by Griffith University in Australia, jogging on the soft sand puts less stress on your feet than hard surfaces, which can benefit your bones and joints. Even just walking or playing a game of beach volleyball in the sand can exercise your body without putting too much strain on the joints.


Jogging on sand takes stress off your joints and tissue.

Mountain hiking

If your family chose the mountains instead of the beach this year, your well-being is in good hands. While hiking is a great exercise for building muscle and maintaining a healthy weight, that’s not the only perk that comes with it. The American Hiking Society said that hiking as a regular physical activity is beneficial for the body in so many ways: It reduces risk of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Hiking can also reverse effects of osteoporosis and arthritis, and it can even release endorphins that contribute to a positive, healthy mindset.

Canoeing and kayaking

Camping is a excellent way to venture out in the woods during the summer, and it’s a great opportunity to appreciate nature and experience the elements. Canoeing and kayaking are two of the many outdoor exercise activities you can take advantage of in the wilderness. Because paddling is a low impact action, you can reduce your risk of putting excess stress on your joints and tissues, according to Better Health. Canoeing and kayaking are perfect ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen muscles in the arms, back, shoulders, chest, torso and legs. They’re also great for meditation – these activities can be extremely peaceful, aiding a cleanse of the mind!


  1. Sherri Stadel June 18, 2016

    I have 6 or 7 autoimmune diseases and I’m disabled. I live on $733.00 a month, and $190.00 in food stamps! My cousin in Minnesota has complete control of every single penny I get from ssi. And I can’t do anything about it, because without her I simply can’t make it! Yet I was without hot water all winter and can’t carry water from the stove to the sink to wash dishes, much less take a bath! And not one person in the world cares! And I’m only 55 years old! I spent my life on a husband who walked out after 30 years of my life! And my children grew up and went to college to become atheists and think I abused them because I tried to raise them in church! I hadn’t found Michael Rood yet. I pray every day that some how YeHoVaH will move me to Charlotte NC and I’ll be healthy enough to get a job! If my prayers are answered, I will be there and I was a CNA, and spent the last 9 years of my parents lives taking care of my dad who had a stroke in 2000 and passed away 3 months after my mom in 2010, that month I broke my back 3 times in a 28 day period and the last time I broke my right leg/ankle in pieces! Please pray for me to be able to move there and work so I can afford to get the things I need to get healthy again? Because I am going to die here alone, and nobody will care at all! I have pretty much given up at this point, and I don’t even believe you’ll care enough to pray really, but I’m willing to grasp at anything! Thank you and Shalom! Sherri Stadel

    • I am very sorry to read of the challenges you have and are facing. I trust you are a believer in Jesus Christ and are trusting Him to lead you through the challenges. We quite often don’t understand why we undergo trials and tribulations in our life. I’m sure the apostles faced many challenges as they were often persecuted for their faith.

      I assure you that you have been remembered in prayer and we are trusting God to bring people into your life that are in a position to provide you with help and direction.

      We at Hallelujah Acres are often asked to provide assistance in various situations but unfortunately we simply are not able to do what we would like to for the many people worthy of assistance. We continue to provide free information that can be life changing in terms of overall health.

      Simply getting on as much of a plant based diet as one can while eliminating the animal sourced and refined foods will go along way in helping one to experience a greater level of health. Once we get our health under control, we can often improve our outlook for our lifestyle.

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