Posted on November 07 2018
Ways to Prioritize Both Your Faith and Fitness
It can be hard to find the time to squeeze in healthy meals, workouts, and your daily devotions in today’s fast-paced world. If you’re feeling discouraged about your goals, remember Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God wants to help you grow in every area of your life, including your physical fitness. Try to combine your faith and your fitness routines to grow closer to God while strengthening your body. If you’re ready to start an encouraging, healthy, faith-fueled lifestyle, consider these few suggestions.
Focus on Health, Not Appearance
Everywhere we turn, it seems like there’s a new diet fad. Weight loss supplements and new diet programs are constantly advertised all over TV and social media. While it may be tempting to try one of these “quick fixes,” the goal of these programs is to help you lose weight in the short term without focusing on any other aspects of health. Most people who try one of these diets do lose weight, but end up gaining it back and end up on a dangerous “yo-yo” diet.
If you truly want to be healthy and focused on God’s desires for your life, you need to be committed to working on improving your overall health. Eating better, exercising, socializing with other Christians, and growing spiritually all play a role in your health; finding a way to balance all of these aspects in your life will be much more fulfilling than just trying to lose weight or improve your appearance.
Write Down Your Goals
Did you know when you write down your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them? You can prioritize your faith while setting goals by simply following the FAITH acronym. This format helps you set realistic goals for yourself in any area of your life. Here’s what each letter represents:
- Faith-filled and specific.
The goal of mindfulness is to notice and accept all your feelings and surroundings in order to be totally present. It may sound easy, but it takes practice before it can become a helpful tool. Next time you begin your exercise routine, focus on just your own thoughts and your five senses. For example, notice the specific muscles you’re working, the temperature of the room, or any sounds you hear. If you find your mind starting to wander, simply take note of it, think of a favorite Bible verse or a prayer, and bring your attention back to your workout. The more you practice being present, you’ll find it easier to focus on both your daily devotions and your fitness goals without becoming worried or distracted by your thoughts.
Listen to The Bible
One way to help you grow spiritually and physically stronger is to incorporate the Bible into your daily routine. There are a variety of free audio Bible apps available to download, so it may be a good option to listen to your daily devotional during your stretches, stationary exercises, or while you’re prepping healthy meals. If you prefer to read your Bible, you can try listening to a Christian podcast or compile a playlist of your favorite worship songs to inspire you while you exercise.
Join (or start!) a Group at Your Church
Many churches today have exercise groups or programs for people who want to get in shape with fellow Christians. These groups are full of kind, like-minded people who can encourage you when you feel like giving up and provide support for your spiritual and physical needs. Not only are you likely to make long-lasting friendships, but being involved with several others means that you’re held accountable for your goals. You’re less likely to give in to temptations or skip a workout if you let others know what you want to accomplish. If you need help staying motivated, working out with others is definitely a great choice for you!
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