Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Secret of Exercise

I have found the secret to exercising. Just find something really exciting to watch or listen to while you do it. I finally got into the habit of getting up early every morning and exercising before the kids woke up after my last baby was born over three years ago. I am in a very good routine, just in time to get upset. My new baby will born in August and then I get the challenge of starting over, figuring out when to exercise with a nursing baby. Sometimes a baby gets up VERY early and doesn't want to go back to sleep. He/she isn't content to just sit there and watch me exercise either. I am into attachment parenting, but a Velcro baby that I wear even while exercising is beyond my comfort zone, and I don't have a jogger stroller. I love having babies and nursing, but sometimes it gets tricky to always be "on call" to nurse when I am in the middle of something else that can't be done at the same time.

They do eventually fall into a rhythm though, and I have found the secret to making babies sleep longer so I can "get something done" in predictable snatches of time (More on that in another post later.) Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favorite URLs for things to listen to while I exercise. I jog in place on an old couch cushion close to the computer in our family room (I broke our minitramp that I'd been using, thanks to pregnancy weight gain). Maybe if I get really ambitious I will download some of them and go walking outside now that the weather is nice, but don't count on it.

You can download these onto your mp3 players and listen to them during family car trips or just while you are working in the kitchen. Most of what I am listing is for moms and dads, some for the whole family. Best of all, they are all free!

1. lds.org Did you know you can download mp3 files of General Conference, as well as the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Joseph Smith manual, the church magazines, and the scriptures? Even the study guide for the Sunday School class lessons, with all the corresponding scriptures to read? I teach nursery so I don't get to go to Sunday School or Relief Society anymore. I listen to the lessons on my iPod during the week and that's when I get my spiritual instructions. When we went to Arizona last fall we listened to the Friend magazine on my iPod hooked up to our car stereo speakers. It made the trip much better for the kids.

2. libertyandlearning.com Oooh, this one is so good! Stephen Pratt, who was mentored by Cleon Skousen, presents lessons on American history that are very eye-opening and thought-provoking. These are not your traditional boring high school American history lessons. He teaches things that I never knew before and probably 99% of Americans don't know. Watch the Founding of America, parts one to three. The intro music is a little obnoxious, you can just click on "skip intro" if you don't want to hear it., then click on "videos" on the left.

3. awakeandarise.org This site is set up by LDSaints devoted to principles of liberty. It has some old speeches by Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Ernest L. Wilkinson, and Cleon Skousen. It also has some more Stephen Pratt lectures, such as this one here awakeandarise.org/article/empire_no_clothes.htm. (Sorry I didn't make that a link, I have tried before and it gets messed up when I publish the post. Just copy and paste please.)

3. monticello.org This is the site for Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home.

4. byub.org You can listen to Education Week speeches, BYU Women's Conference speeches, and my favorite, scripture discussions by BYU professors. I am finally understanding Isaiah after listening to these. I am currently listening to the D&C episodes to correspond with the Sunday School readings and the Isaiah episodes too.

5. librivox.org This site has some classic literature read aloud by volunteers. We have listened to Girl of the Limberlost (one of my favorite books) in the car by downloading it from here. It's free, so don't expect great, dramatic narrators. After all, they are volunteers. You can expose your kids and yourself to a lot of the classics here (not every classic, just those that are in the public domain).

6.speeches.byu.edu This has even more great auricle goodies from zoobie land. You can even find a talk by Gandhi's grandson, full of great stories! A lot of the content is free. This site has most of the talks given in the Marriott Center for devotionals and forums.

7. gw.edu/misc/radio/ From April to December of 2008, a group of everyday people who are studying classics met together once a week to discuss them on a radio show in Monticello, Utah. The discussions were facilitated by Shanon Brooks, one of the honchos from George Wythe College. They picked some fascinating books and articles. You can even print some of the articles as PDFs for free.

7. svu.edu This is Southern Virginia University, a private school for LDS, not owned, however, by the LDS church, like BYU is. I was excited to find that one of my former neighbors from Provo, Glade Hunsaker, former professor of English at BYU, has a speech here. Just click on speeches on the right side of the bar.

8. tjedonline.com This is the personal web site of Oliver and Rachel DeMille, who came up with the Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy/movement. You can get some free audio downloads here as well as some for a fee.

9. azlaf.org/southwest-tjed-forum/2008. These are free mp3 files from the a TJED forum held in Mesa, Arizona. How nice of AZLAF to put them up for free.

10. shelovesgod.com. This is the site of an LDS woman, Marnie Pehrson. She has a lot of free audio files for Christian women by different speakers. They are inspirational and comforting.

11. jeffersonhour.org. This is the site of a TJ impersonator. He does a weekly radio show. It is interesting to hear the thoughts of someone who has studied Jefferson so intently.

12. For fun, think of a topic or person you are interested in and go to youtube.com, and type it into the search box. I have found some fascinating things here on a range of topics such as the stickman concept from Leslie Householder, the beattitudes of Christ by Cleon Skousen, the infinite banking concept, and why the Federal Reserve is a bad thing. Just be careful, YouTube has bad stuff too.

13. cookusinterruptus.com This one will help you fall in love with fixing food for your family again. It's "how to cook fresh organic whole food despite life's interruptions." You click on a recipe and then it shows you how to make it. What a great idea!

14. classical89.org/thinkingaloud/past.asp These are episodes from the "Thinking Aloud" series that airs every weekday morning on BYU's radio station, Classical 89 FM. They cover a huge range of topics, from breastfeeding rates to classical works (the first Monday of every month) to the Golden Section. Fascinating information!

15. For even more great free stuff, go here ldshomeschoolinginca.org/audio.html.

Happy listening as you exercise, purge your house, prepare meals, and take those fun family car trips! Just don't ask me how to download these files onto an mp3 player. I have a resident technological consultant, my 15-year-old son, who does all of mine. Maybe you can borrow a neighbor kid if you need help.


  1. Wow! What a great post, I cant wait to check these sites out!

  2. What a fascinating post. I am bookmarking it and telling a friend. She will love all the websites. You are an amazing woman, thanks for taking the time to print all these.

  3. Thank you SO much for sharing these wonderful resources with all of us! What a blessing.

  4. Thank you so much! I will make good use of this list! I am always on the look out for good and uplifting things other LDS homeschooling mothers are doing that make things run more smoothly and help life to go easier. I have enjoyed your blog and will check back here regularly. Congratulations on your baby, and a speedy recovery to you!