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We only want the best when it comes to health and wellness. However, each of us have our own sets of fitness standards which makes us unique from each other. Some depends on diets while other prefers exercise programs.
More and more people are struggling to get in shape, which are mainly due of today’s abusive sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits. Both of which causes weight gain and if left untreated, may lead to obesity. As you know, suffering from any weight issues may very well lead to serious diseases and death.
If you are an avid follower of this blog, then you are well aware on different information with regards to fitness, most of which are perceptibly simple to apply.
Unfortunately, most dieters and workout enthusiasts are failing to keep the weight off. Lack of discipline, motivation and consistency are three contributing factors why success are so rare in most fitness program. So if diet and exercise don’t work, what are your other options?
One alternative but effective approach is to rely on your faith. Do you believe that having a deep relationship with God can help you lose weight? How deep is your spirituality and can it influence you more on your weight loss goals? Let’s find some answers directly from the words of God – the Bible.
What are the Bible Principles with Regards to Fitness?
With all the sectarian diversions of Christianity, we are thought to practice different kinds of religious doctrines and faith activities by our parents. But one thing is certain, if you believe in Jesus Christ and his spiritual father, you also believe that all Christian religions are all based in the Bible.
Being a Christian myself, I believe that the bible is the first health manuscript ever written, a testament to God’s knowledge over our earthly bodies. The principles of the bible are well detailed, teaching us proper moral attitudes and giving us the best guidelines with regards to health.
First off, King David suggests that we should love our body more than anything because it is a gift from God. David wrote in Psalms 139:14:
“I shall laud you because in a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful, As my soul is very well aware”
David is reminding us that we need to love and appreciate our body and life as a whole. If you want to follow this bible principle, you need to prioritize your health before anything else.
Next is to have the right goal. Having a specific fitness goal is your guide to wellness. Without a goal, there is nothing that will help motivate you to stay on your course and will most likely lead to failure. David’s son, King Solomon reminds us to have a goal in life. This can be found in Proverbs 4:26:
“Smooth out the course of your foot, and may all your own ways be firmly established”
Now once you identified your goals, you need to turn your attention to your dieting regime. If you want to lose weight or improve your slimming efforts, you need to apply a well-balanced eating plan.
What does the bible preach about healthy foods? Consider the book of Daniel. The opening chapter is about Daniel’s arrival in the kingdom of Babylon, he was accompanied by three fellow Hebrew brothers. Prophet Daniel wrote the following verses in Daniel 1: 8:
“But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not pollute himself with the delicacies of the king and with his drinking wine. And he kept requesting of the principal court official that he might not pollute himself”
King Nebuchadnezzar gave the four Hebrews including Daniel, the privilege to eat in his court. This means that they can indulge themselves with every food that the kingdom have given them. This includes meats and other unhealthy foods and wine.
But Daniel and his companions grew up through the teachings of the Mosaic law, which includes restriction to unhealthy foods such as pork meats. Their spirituality were tested. In Daniel 1:12-13, Daniel ask the court official to put their belief to a test.
“Please, put your servants to the test for ten days, and let them give us some vegetables that we may eat and water that we may drink;and let our countenances and the countenance of the children who are eating the delicacies of the king appear before you, and according to what you see do with your servants.”
If you continue reading the next three verses 14-16, it reads that Daniel and his companion have developed more lean mass compared to other servants of Babylon who ate all the unhealthy foods given by the kingdom.
The amazing physical improvement of Daniel and his brothers were the result of healthy eating regimen. They became more healthy and fit compared to other people of Babylon.
The lesson here is not to restrict yourself from pure vegetarian and fruit diet, but to vary your food accordingly. As you may already know, fad diets offers short-term weight loss which could also be devastating to your health. If you can combined protein-based foods with nutritious and fiber-rich foods, then you will achieve good health.
How about with the Greek scriptures? The gospels written by Jesus Christ’s apostles are filled with laws, not just about spirituality and morality, but also for health and wellness. Take a look at what apostle Paul wrote to the Roman congregation found in Rome 13:13:
“As in the daytime let us walk decently, not in revelries and drunken bouts, not in illicit intercourse and loose conduct, not in strife and jealousy”
Then turn your attention to 2 Corinthians 7:1:
“Therefore, since we have these promises, beloved ones, let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in God’s fear”
Apostle Paul was reminding the first century Christians to avoid wild drinking sessions and other bad habits that could degrade their health. Today, you may follow this bible principle by not smoking, avoiding too much alcohol beverages and of course illegal drugs. Good health will follow if you live decently as the verse suggest.
What about the bible’s principles about fitness? Apostle Paul mentioned a small detail about exercise in his letter to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:8.:
“For bodily training is beneficial for a little; but godly devotion is beneficial for all things, as it holds promise of the life now and that which is to come”
Paul is suggesting that exercise or physical training have its due benefits, which today are necessities to achieve good health. However, the verse favors the true benefits of having a close relationship with God, outweighing the temporary exercise benefits of our mortal life.
Bible is the Best Motivation for Fitness
As you can see, God prepared the perfect fitness guidelines for us to live a fuller and meaningful life. If you can truly follow these bible principles, you will definitely achieve perfect health and fitness.
Losing weight is an endeavor that many thought to be difficult to accomplish. If you are totally lost and you have no idea where to start your fitness program, then finding your faith can lead you to the right way. Your faith can help you in winning your battle against weight loss plateau.
For our last verse, I want to share with you what Samuel wrote in his book found in 1 Samuel 16:7:
“Finally, never forget that “mere man sees what appears to the eyes; but as for God, he sees what the heart is”
About the author:
Noah Mark Rodolfo is a weight loss and health blogger. He regularly writes about dieting, physical wellness, best slimming pills, foods, nutrition and other weight related issues. Visit his website at Weight Loss Tips for the latest health buzz!
Bible verses reference:
New World Translation of the Holy Scripture