Biblical Fitness Ideas for Your Body
5. Get active.
Strengthen your body through physical exercise. We’re not talking marathons or triathlons here (however if these are already part of your repertoire, keep it up)!
Simply by being MORE active each day, you can boost your immune system and maintain, or even prevent, many chronic illnesses.
For encouragement in your exercise efforts, select exercises that you find enjoyable, develop an accountability system, and/or keep a record of your activities.
6. Learn to relax.
Our bodies are not designed for continuous work. It’s important that we learn to relax. Yes, learn. Our bodies can be taught to relax.
One way to relax the body is through deep breathing exercises. Two simple, easy ones to get you started are the equal breathing and 4-7-8 breathing methods.
Equal Breathing – Inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four, all through the nose.
4-7-8 Breathing – To a count of four, inhale through the nose. Hold the breath for a count of seven. Then exhale through the mouth for a count of eight.
Information on these and other deep breathing exercises for relaxation can be found via a quick Google search.
7. Develop healthy eating habits.
According to the National Institute on Aging, as we grow older our metabolism can slow and our body composition can be different than when we were younger. Good nutrition, therefore, is essential.
- Begin each day with a healthy breakfast. It sets your metabolism for the day.
- Make sure fruits and vegetables are part of your daily diet.
- Vary your proteins by eating more fish, beans, and lean meats.
- Learn to substitute with more healthy options—mustard for mayo, popcorn for pretzels, Greek yogurt for sour cream, etc.
8. Get enough sleep.
We are created for sleep. In fact, all of creation sleeps. Help your body out by getting the required minimum eight to nine hours of sleep each night.
We’re not talking about eight to nine hours of unconsciousness. Rather, it’s head-on-the-pillow to head-off-the-pillow time. There are five stages of sleep and our body needs to experience each one.
Tips for enjoying a good night’s sleep:
- Get as much daylight as possible and sleep in darkness.
- Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time every night.
- Avoid caffeine during the late afternoon and evening hours.
- Observe a “no screen time” policy for at least thirty minutes before bed.
- Can’t sleep? Do deep breathing exercises such as the 4-7-8 technique, pray for whatever or whoever is on your mind, or recite Scripture.
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