Participants: Curtis & Paula Eakins
Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL000204A
00:01 Bad news, on the fitness front,
00:03 nearly 70 million Americans are now classified as inactive
00:08 or better known as couch potatoes.
00:10 So here's the question.
00:12 What do you call children whose parents are couch potatoes?
00:16 That's right, tater tots.
00:18 Today's program is entitled "American Idle."
00:22 We'll be right back.
00:49 Hi, welcome to Abundant Living.
00:51 This is Curtis Eakins your co-host.
00:53 I like to introduce my beautiful bride of wonderful 18 years
00:56 of marital bliss, Paula Eakins.
00:59 Oh, okay I-I thought I was gonna say that part but--
01:02 Yeah, well I bet you do,
01:03 maybe next program you can say that, okay.
01:05 His wonderful wife.
01:06 Yeah, wonderful, beautiful, it's been wonderful 18 years,
01:09 hasn't it been. Yes.
01:10 Yes, all right, praise the Lord. Okay.
01:12 Let's go for another 18, what do you say?
01:14 It's fine. If Jesus doesn't come.
01:15 If Jesus delayed His coming. Oh, that's right.
01:16 All right, that's right. Okay. Okay.
01:18 Now we got some couch potatoes,
01:20 we got some tater tots. I know you--
01:23 We need to get them and they'll start moving,
01:25 so that's why we call this program "American Idle."
01:30 Of course the last name is spelled
01:31 differently idle not idol, all right.
01:35 So now this is international program
01:37 but here in United States,
01:38 I think also programs around the world
01:41 have different talent programs of singing so,
01:43 but here in America we have American Idol talent show.
01:46 So it's called American Idle,
01:49 because we're idle and we need to get them start moving.
01:51 Well, this is the part of the new series
01:53 that we're talking about, hang on.
01:54 That's true. And that the eight natural remedies.
01:57 Yeah. And let's talk about that because this is the money saver,
02:00 like my wife said of that eight natural remedies
02:03 and this is coined from one of the author
02:05 that we would be talking about Ellen G. White
02:07 who mentioned this in a book called
02:09 "Counsels on Health" page 90.
02:12 And so therefore-- and this acronym,
02:14 so what are the eight natural remedies, honey,
02:16 and this acronym for people to remember
02:19 those eight natural remedies.
02:21 Just walk them through that, honey.
02:22 Okay, well, that acronym is new start. Okay.
02:25 I like that, that word anyway but there was a gentleman
02:28 who was having a time, trying to remember the acronym
02:31 or trying to put together these eight natural remedies
02:33 and so he kind of acquainted in this word called
02:35 "new start." Okay.
02:36 And actually the 'N' stands for nutrition.
02:39 The 'E' stands for exercise.
02:41 The 'W' stands for water.
02:45 The 'S' sunshine.
02:47 The 'T' temperance.
02:48 'A' air. 'R' rest.
02:52 And 'T' trust in the divine guidance.
02:56 Now of course when you look at this word new start,
02:59 I like what David says in the Psalms.
03:01 I thank you God, you're so wonderful,
03:02 you're magnificently made. Yes, he.
03:04 And it go so much long with this program American Idle
03:08 and so with that in mind, you know that,
03:10 really that 'T' trust in divine God
03:12 and he said that he end that word.
03:13 But really and truly we all know that unless,
03:17 the 'T' trust in divine guidance is first and foremost.
03:21 There's no way that the rest of this gonna work, okay.
03:23 Yeah, absolutely, so that's really good.
03:25 And we're gonna walk through
03:26 each of those eight health principles
03:29 for the next coming weeks.
03:30 And so today, it's gonna be one of those--
03:33 we actually going to cover
03:34 two of those principles in one program.
03:38 It's one of my path line.
03:39 Jesus said years ago, we don't kill two stones with one bird.
03:42 So we're gonna be talking about American Idle exercise
03:44 in addition to also air as well.
03:47 So we're gonna talk about that as well.
03:49 Well you got two main references we talk about that before.
03:52 The two main references of individuals
03:54 that we really want to be looking at,
03:56 for getting that reference and the information
03:58 you need to have for this particular programming
04:00 with those references that we have.
04:01 Okay, the two main references we'll be using
04:04 for the eight natural remedies on our series.
04:06 Number one is God's word.
04:09 God's word is the standard of truth for healthful living
04:12 as far as that is concerned and other Bible doctrines as well.
04:16 And second reference is Ellen White,
04:19 the author has been well known to be inspired by God
04:23 by millions of people around the world,
04:26 based on the Library of Congress in Washington D C.
04:29 The most translate author in United States,
04:32 second in the world.
04:33 And people who followed the council of this author
04:36 along with God's word has a degree of health
04:40 and longevity than the rest of the population
04:43 of Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
04:44 So therefore, we must share with the people
04:48 what Seventh-day Adventist have known for years
04:49 and other people have incorporated
04:51 to live longer lives for Jesus Christ.
04:54 Well, you made a comment and that was that God's word
04:58 actually talks about physical activity
05:01 and so where do we go from now.
05:03 You know that somebody is gonna say,
05:04 is that really in the Word of God?
05:05 Is that really in the Word of God?
05:06 Is that really there?
05:07 Exercise, yeah. Yeah, yeah.
05:09 Well, you know, gospel has a lot to say about exercise.
05:11 Gospel, it talks about we should exercise
05:14 discerning truth and err.
05:19 The Bible says that we should run with patience.
05:24 The Bible says we should walk in a light.
05:27 So those are good physical activities,
05:30 right honey, I mean, you know exercise, run and walk.
05:34 But again rest on the spiritual standpoint,
05:37 I want to turn to the book of 1 Timothy 4
05:41 and in this programs for the next coming weeks,
05:43 we'll using God's word as our standard of truth.
05:45 So I invite you to have your Bibles ready
05:48 and if you don't--
05:49 you want just want to jott these text down.
05:51 But let's put exercise in its proper perspective.
05:55 1 Timothy 4 and I'm gonna look at verse 8 and also verse 7.
06:02 Verse 8, "For bodily exercise profiteth little,
06:07 but godliness is profitable unto all things,
06:12 having promise of the life that is now is,
06:16 and of that which is to come,
06:19 exercise thyself unto godliness."
06:23 There's lot of people out there, honey,
06:25 they exercise in everyday or every other day
06:29 and we want to make sure they get their exercise in
06:31 and that's good but again was even more important
06:35 is to exercise godliness, piety, reference, holy, all right.
06:42 So therefore let's puts things in a proper perspective.
06:45 We're not negating that exercises is not important,
06:48 it is bodily exercise.
06:51 But again to exercise godliness is even more important still
06:56 because it's profitable for all things.
06:59 So it has a good balance for us in relationship
07:03 to the spiritual versus the physical.
07:06 So you're saying that, you can get really so caught up
07:10 in the exercise activity until that takes prominence. Yes.
07:15 And so you're just saying that--
07:16 And we neglect the exercising of being godly Christian,
07:21 because we're so focus on the physical exercise.
07:24 So this verse brings out that point. Okay, okay.
07:29 Now looking at exercise from a biblical perspective again.
07:33 Let's go to the book of the Bible, which is Genesis 2.
07:38 Genesis 2, we're gonna look at something else
07:41 when it comes to exercise in Genesis 2:15.
07:49 "And the Lord God took the man,
07:52 and put him into the Garden of Eden
07:54 to dress it and to keep it."
07:58 So God instructed Adam and Eve our first parents
08:01 not only to just eat grapes and the fruits or whatever
08:04 but they were also there to work in the Garden,
08:07 to dress it, that means physical activity and to keep it,
08:12 that means to preserve to attend to the garden as well.
08:15 And so they were engaged in physical activity.
08:17 You know, we already talked about in the earlier nutrition,
08:20 how important it was that God put the food
08:23 in the first book of Bible, how important it was.
08:25 Now here He is speaking also about activity levels.
08:29 That's right, absolutely.
08:30 So Adam and Eve did not just eat foods and vegetables,
08:32 they walked around in the garden and they did some exercise.
08:34 And they were working,
08:35 they were exercising those bodies, that's right.
08:38 What about research?
08:39 What's the newest research that actually talks about inactivity?
08:43 Yes, Steven Blair probably is one of the world's
08:47 most premier experts on exercise,
08:50 as matter of fact he is the scientific research
08:52 for the U S Surgeon General
08:54 as far as exercise and health in United States.
08:57 And he says, he simply put that,
09:00 "inactivity is this nation's number one public enemy
09:04 for the 21st century." Wow.
09:06 There's been numerous studies on inactivity in relationship
09:10 to predicting mortality, also exercise or activity
09:16 and its impact on mental clarity,
09:20 Alzheimer's and Dementia.
09:22 And so therefore there's a lot of information
09:24 as far as inactivity in relationship to 60% of death
09:28 are attributed to inactivity.
09:30 So therefore that's why it's very important to exercise.
09:33 We had a graphic of a muscle, when you look at this
09:36 and see what really happens when we exercise our muscle.
09:39 Let's go to screen at this time.
09:42 Our muscles have many bundles within muscles fibers.
09:46 So when we exercise, we move our muscles,
09:49 we walk and we move our arms,
09:52 these muscles fibers they expand, they also contract.
09:56 And with that in mind, we have the blood vessel there as well.
09:59 So therefore, when we walk, when we move our legs,
10:02 our arms, our bodily muscles,
10:05 our blood vessels of course are now stimulated
10:08 and increases circulation, increases blood flow.
10:12 That's why exercising our muscles
10:15 is very critical for blood circulation as well.
10:19 Okay, we talked about God. Okay.
10:22 And the activity in the garden. Right.
10:24 Talk about researches. That's right.
10:26 And inactivity and so now the other person
10:28 we're talking about is Ellen G. White
10:29 and what she have to say about inactivity.
10:32 Oh, she says quite bit of inactivity of course,
10:35 those who follow her council along with God's word
10:38 has shown to be more healthier
10:40 than most of the American population.
10:42 She has a profound statement on inactivity.
10:45 Let's go to screen at this time.
10:47 I call it 'Rusting Away.'
10:49 "More people die for want of exercise
10:54 than through over fatigue.
10:56 Very many more rust out than wear out."
11:02 Counsels on Health, page 173.
11:04 So that's very profound, okay.
11:06 So of course a lot of people are over fatigue
11:09 and workaholics but what's even more critical
11:12 of those who are not doing anything,
11:14 American idle rusting out.
11:18 So, honey, let's get the people moving here.
11:21 What are some of the things that people can do
11:23 to increase their activity level.
11:25 Let's help them out.
11:26 First of all I brought my friend along with me.
11:28 We use a lot when we're doing our programs
11:29 in community, weight lost programs.
11:32 And let me just go and bring that up first
11:33 because lot of times people are so surprised
11:36 at when we talk about weight.
11:38 Oh, my goodness.
11:39 Okay, now, you know, now this is five pounds of fat.
11:44 Just five pounds.
11:45 Five pounds okay, and it's heavy.
11:46 Its assimilation, it's not really fat
11:48 but it's the assimilation and believe it or not,
11:51 people always stop at our table when they see this
11:53 and they'll say, oh, my goodness five pounds of fat.
11:55 Oh, my goodness.
11:56 But you know what, from inactivity
11:58 we can put that weight on. That's true.
12:00 The name of the game is to get active. Yeah.
12:03 But guess what?
12:04 This is five pounds gain, but how about five pound lost.
12:09 Lost, that's right.
12:10 Now how can we loose those five pounds
12:12 that we are showing you right now
12:14 and that is when we talk about activity level,
12:16 one of the things that we like to do,
12:18 we have first of all our stretch bands and stuff. Okay.
12:21 We love to just, you know, we have all kinds of stuff
12:23 in our house that we're actually using.
12:25 Stretch bands are one of them, these are really inexpensive,
12:27 you can get them up at any of your-at any of your stores,
12:30 any of your stores, you actually get those,
12:32 the bands you put under your feet
12:34 and you actually stretches, stretching the muscle.
12:36 And has the sheet that you can have a program,
12:38 you can workout with that very light weight, yes.
12:40 And then of course people say,
12:42 well, you know, I don't have money for that,
12:43 you know I ain't got time for that.
12:44 So just how about while you're sitting and watching TV,
12:48 you can get just your regular water bottles
12:50 like 16 ounce water bottles and while you're watching TV,
12:53 you can actually just do some stretching
12:54 just with those alone.
12:55 Moving those muscles. You know I'm saying--
12:57 Increase circulation, okay.
12:58 Up and down, oh, yeah, you know any kind of activity
13:00 is better than no activity at all. Okay.
13:02 And of course, I have on me my pedometer.
13:05 My pedometer is number--oh, no--
13:07 I mean I put my pedometer on the nightstand when I go to bed.
13:10 In the morning I put the pedometer on
13:12 and name of the game for me is just to increase that activity
13:14 as I watch the numbers on the pedometer increase
13:18 that I can really see what's going on,
13:20 but I think we also have our graphic
13:21 that talks about the pedometer as well.
13:23 Yeah, let's talk about the value of the pedometer.
13:24 Let's go to the screen at this time,
13:25 the value of the pedometer.
13:27 "These little devices were shown to increase physical activity
13:31 by just over 2,000 steps per day."
13:35 So when people put up pedometer on of course
13:38 you increase your steps about 2,000 steps per day.
13:41 So it keep people, they'll start moving.
13:43 Last graphic we want to show is we had
13:45 The Biggest Loser at First Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
13:48 We're now in second season.
13:49 By the time you see this we probably be in our third season.
13:52 And one of things we did is we went
13:54 and moved them to the gym, this is a six weeks course.
13:57 So let's go to screen at this time and let's talk about,
13:59 what's going on here, honey.
14:01 Well I tell you what, what we had 70 some people,
14:04 76 people actually were involved in this year
14:06 with our Biggest Loser program and we're exercising,
14:10 we have to go in there,
14:11 all have the pedometers on. That's right.
14:12 We have a walking tape we're actually using
14:15 and you can kind of see we're having fun
14:16 and by the way the little girl in the front,
14:18 I mean she just jumped on out there with her mama
14:20 and just thought exercising with us
14:21 although it was an adult program.
14:23 That's right. She hung with us for the last six weeks.
14:26 Yeah, you could see that anybody coming up
14:28 in there is gonna actually want to do what's going on
14:31 and so there name of the game
14:32 is actually to get them on moving. That's right.
14:34 And speaking about getting people moving, Curtis.
14:37 Move into the kitchen.
14:38 I know we got to move into the kitchen
14:39 because you know after we get to finish cooking,
14:41 we got to go and take our walk. That's right.
14:43 And so you know it's time for us to go into the kitchen
14:46 and we're going to make it a wonderful recipe,
14:49 a tofu stuffed manicotti
14:51 and we're going to do many herbal bread.
14:53 Get your paper and your pencil and meet us in the kitchen.