I’m convinced that Jesus would win any triathlon. From walking dozens of miles across cities and up mountains [Matt 14:23], you’d have to admit He was pretty active. Many people during Biblical times were most likely in good shape. If we incorporate a few of their physical and dietary routines, I’m sure we’ll see a […]

What We Can Learn From The Bible On Health and Fitness

I’m convinced that Jesus would win any triathlon. From walking dozens of miles across cities and up mountains [Matt 14:23], you’d have to admit He was pretty active. Many people during Biblical times were most likely in good shape. If we incorporate a few of their physical and dietary routines, I’m sure we’ll see a positive change in our physique and overall wellbeing.

Walking & Cardio

We know that cars and carriages didn’t exist back then, but truth told, many of the people mentioned in the Bible couldn’t afford horses and donkeys. They literally walked everywhere, dozens of miles to work, relay messages, to visit family members, and so on.

Now I’m not saying trade in your car for a durable pair of shoes, but adding physical activities into your daily routine is a start. Something as simple as a morning jog (or walk) around your neighborhood, or walking to your nearest grocery store for food are great ways to incorporate more cardio into your day. According to LiveStrong, walking at least 30 minutes a day helps build and strengthen your muscles, relieves stress, reduce the risk of heart disease, and increases your metabolism, helping to lose or maintain weight.         

Physical Activities

Also, many of their jobs were hands-on activities. Carpentry, farming, reeling in fishnets, fetching water from wells–those weren’t easy tasks, especially when performed every day. And if you pay attention to their average lifespans, many folks during Biblical times lived well past their nineties. Since we now have machines to do much of that type of work in today’s society, voluntary physical labor is considered exercise.

Exercise is any bodily exertion or activity requiring physical effort. When performed regularly, it improves overall health and, according to a Harvard Health Study, helps us live longer. And remember, exercise doesn’t have to be a gym workout or boring fitness routines. Swimming, dancing, pilates, rock-climbing, kickboxing, are all great ways to get your heart pumping and tone muscles.

Eating Habits

You may have heard in your church or from a nutritionist of a dietary plan called the “Daniel Fast.” Whether for spiritual or physical reasoning, the Daniel Fast is known to have a plethora of health benefits. Rooted from the Biblical book of Daniel, this diet (or fast) mimics the story of Daniel and his three close friends restricting their food intake to only fruits and vegetables, and drinking only water for an extended amount of time. The result? Daniel and his friends looked healthier and appeared stronger than those around them who indulged in meat, pastries, and wine [Daniel 1:11-16].

You don’t have to be a vegetarian/vegan, but refraining from certain meats and foods loaded with fat and grease is wise. Fried and processed foods containing unhealthy amounts of salt and sugars not only slow down your metabolism but also can clog your arteries, increasing the risk of diabetes and diseases. Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and water into your system will flush out toxins in your body, replace them with vitamins and antioxidants, and will transform fat cells into energy.       

Remember, your body is a temple [1 Corinthians 6:19], you only have one. It’s essential for us to be good stewards of our bodies so that God can trust us in doing His work here on earth. Let’s hold ourselves accountable and aim for healthy lifestyle habits in 2018!

 

 

 

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Ashley Cottrell

Ashley Cottrell

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With a B.A in English, Ashley Cottrell has written blogs for Virginia Bride Magazine, Bronze Mag, and has been a contributing writer for numerous other digital entities. Although a Virginia-native, Ashley resides in Puerto Rico fulfilling her passion as a freelance writer. She aims to use her gift of writing to inspire others and share the gospel of Christ. When she's not writing, you can find her nose-deep in a game of chess, Salsa dancing, or making homemade skin care products.
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