19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 6
The media is saturated with information about health and fitness. You can find information about correct exercise techniques, healthy eating and how to make healthy recipes. There are downloadable workouts, there are support forums for various health programs, and there are blogs and websites that specialize in the exchange of health and fitness information. There are also research articles and journals for those like me who work in a health care profession. With so much information, there is really no excuse to not be able to become informed and to live a healthier lifestyle. The warning, however, is to make sure that the resources of your information are credible, and to gather opinions and counsel from multiple sources. We also need to limit our time as well as how much time our children spend on computers and other electronic devices. We should encourage, instead, exercise through indoor and outdoor activities that promote movement. Spending too much time looking at a screen has also been found through studies to interfere with our ability to get restful sleep.
If we keep our bodies healthy, we will live a longer, more abundant life, and we will have the energy and physical ability to be a servant of God, ministering to others: 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2
It is important to keep our bodies healthy, but it is even more important to keep our spirit healthy. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4. We are only on this Earth, occupying this body for a short time, but the condition of our spirits has an eternal value to it. The media of course is full of things and ideas that can distract us from God’s truths, and we must navigate the spiritual information out there carefully and prayerfully. The media, is also, however, a very abundant source of information, and connection for believers to help nurture and mature them spiritually. There are Christian web sites that promote Bible study, family relationships, marriage relationships, and Chrisian living in general. Christians can connect to each other through personal online interaction in the form of emails, prayer chains, Bible studies and blogging link-ups. You can have daily devotionals or scripture passages sent to your email to start your day with meditations about God.
Important to remember, however, is that God still wants us to draw away from the distractions of life, including the media, and carve out that quiet time one on one with Him…and He will meet us there to renew us.
11 The LORD will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11
Our mindset is so important when we decide that we want to be healthy and fit. Just like so many other goals we set, if we don’t really want it for ourselves, we will not succeed. And why should we want it, when it is so much easier to live a sedentary lifestyle with all the creature comforts so easily available such as TV, video games, and computers that we enjoy sitting in front of for hours. After a hard day at work, who has the energy to do anything else? And who wants to take the time to eat healthy foods when junk foods are so readily available and palatable as well?
As a physical therapist, I am afforded a daily dose of the reality of how important it is to take care of our bodies. Younger and younger people are being hospitalized with strokes, some of them even in their 20s and 30s. Most people that you pass on the streets are significantly overweight and deconditioned, and they are suffering or will suffer from premature joint deterioration, diabetes, heart problems, and a myriad of other health ailments. They may be cruising down easy street in their daily activities and eating choices today, but they compromise the quality of their future.
WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO GET OFF EASY STREET AND ENTER THE WORLD OF PHYSICAL EXERTION, HEALTHY EATING, AND SWEAT?
FRIENDS WHO ARE FIT: Surround yourself with people who make their health and fitness a priority and you will find yourself with people who have a positive mindset, a determination and grit that is very inspirational, and it extends to all aspects of their life. They will encourage and motivate you on your own fitness and health journey.
FEELING BETTER: When I exercise regularly and attend to healthy eating habits, I feel so much better. My clothes feel better on my body, my energy levels are higher, my moods are more stable, I deal with stress better, and my outlook is brighter.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Being fit and eating right is a challenge I feel good about when I succeed, and it’s a worthy goal to strive for. I know that the payoff is not just today but years down the road as well, when I am physically able to actually enjoy my grandchildren, my retirement years, and growing old gracefully
i WISH to ENCOURAGE all OF those I encounter IN this LIFE to VALUE your HEALTH, realize HOW important LIFESTYLE choices MADE today ARE to OUR future LIFESTYLES…AND TO REALLY SERIOUSLY CONSIDER ****THAT APPLE A DAY****