Health Connections exists to encourage healthy living in the spirit, mind and body. It is authored by various medical and health care professionals from FBC. The goal is to promote a deeper level of commitment to following and obeying Christ through optimal levels of function and service.
4 LIFESTYLE CHANGES
by: Linda Rockett
“Christians believe, quite rightly, that the spiritual dimensions of their lives are of supreme importance. But then they proceed to the assumption that their physical bodies are unimportant and may be neglected with impunity. They fail to understand that their spiritual lives-including the values and relationships that they hold so dear—are closely connected with the conditions of their bodies. If the body begins to break down, the person may lack the endurance and energy required to serve others, stay in a good mood or even spend extended periods in prayer.” (from Faith Based Fitness, by Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D.)
Can we even begin to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (as Mark 12:30 states) if we do not maintain the physical structure that we have been given? First Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) says,” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” And in James 2:17, “faith without works, is dead.” Every one of us has been given gifts and abilities to use for God’s kingdom. (To discover yours, enroll in PLACE!)
Are you interested in maintaining your health? Do you know that you can not only maintain your health, but prevent disease or improve your health?
All of the following illnesses can be prevented or improved by 4 lifestyle changes:
- Cardiovascular Diseases (heart attacks, strokes and vascular diseases)
- Some forms of Cancer (liver, pancreas, endometrium, colon, rectum, breast, bladder)
Start NOW with 4 Lifestyle Changes:
- Adequate Sleep: 6-9 Hours for adults, 9-10 for adolescents, 10-11 for school agers, 11-13 for preschoolers, 12-14 for toddlers
- More exercise: Start slowly and increase to 10 minutes 3 times a day, 30 minutes a day, up to 150 minutes a week.
- More fruits and vegetables: 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily (not counting iceberg lettuce or French fries); ½ the plate in fruits and vegetables at each meal.
- Manage stress: Prayer, meditation on the scriptures, and exercise reduce stress.
Choose one to improve every 28 days. Get moving! Every day is a gift and life is short! Make God smile!