We all have that one friend who is gung-ho about fitness. They post about it, talk about it, badger you into doing workouts with them, and more. That person is clearly rocking it when it comes to physical health. I am not that person. I have tried to be that person, but it has never worked out for me long term. Which kind of sucks. I’ve been thinking about it a lot though recently. Not only because I’ve lost all the progress I made at the beginning of the year with weight loss, but also because physical health is something I’ve realized goes hand in hand with my spiritual health. How can I focus on my connections with God when I am not showing him my gratitude for everything he has given me–including my body.
In the Mormon Church we have a health code called the Word of Wisdom. People often focus on the semantics of caffeine, coffee, tea, and drugs. There’s more to the Word of Wisdom though, like eating meat sparingly. You can find the entire Word of Wisdom here.
So, what can I do to commit myself to providing the best I can for my body long term?
I think a big thing to remember is it’s hard to feel good when you feel bad. It sounds simple but I can’t seem to get it down. I know I can feel amazing when I’m touched by the Spirit. I thrive when I can follow the promptings of the Spirit. I can’t always do that when I’m huffing and puffing and out of breath because I just had to eat ice cream every day and I forgot to exercise… for the last four months. The realization that taking care of your body so you can connect at a higher level with God needs to happen.
After you’ve realized you have a gift from God that needs to be treated as a gift from God the best thing I can suggest is making a plan.
Find a workout and just go with it. I don’t care if it’s CrossFit, running 5Ks every weekend, or doing yoga. Find something that will strengthen your body so you can get through the day without aches and pains.
After you’ve found the workout for you find the right fuel for you. I don’t care if you do keto, go vegan, try a cleanse, or just count calories. You need to find something that will work for you and will fuel your body for what it needs to accomplish. You can’t turn your body into a fine tuned spiritual machine if you’re falling asleep because you did too much or because you can’t hear the still small voice of the Holy Ghost because your stomach is grumbling too much.
Go out and do great things. Take care of your body so you can be healthy so you can, “run and not be weary”. I’m going to be right there with you trying my best.
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