First Corinthians 10:31 gives health-conscious people everywhere a biblical treadmill to run on: “So whether you eat or drink, orwhatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” In context, the author, Paul, is helping his readers understand that meat offered to false gods wasn’t tainted, but some unbelievers felt that it was, so Christ-followers should eat (or not eat) in deference to their neighbors. The ruling ethic being, “Practice freedom regulated by love.”
- Be creative with regular exercise. Like many folks, I sit at a desk most of the day, so I have to go looking for my exercise. Go walking with a friend, find a treadmill on Craigslist, use the neighborhood gym a few mornings or evenings. Go swimming if you can. Take a spin class.
- Be realistic. If you’re dieting, don’t go from your usual 2000+ daily calorie intake down to 900 per day. You’ll cure your starvation after the dinner hour with a bowl of ice cream, completely blowing your diet on day one. Decrease your calories, yes, but remember the slow-but-steady wins the race. Two pounds per week is a worthy goal—those pounds are more likely to stay off than the ten you lost on that 7-day cleansing regimen. Same goes with exercise. Don’t try to run a 5K right off. Build your stamina and stay healthy (i.e., no injuries) as you train your way towards a goal. Know your body’s limitations as you start so that you can work your way to a stronger, healthier self.
- Be proactive. Schedule your exercise and put it on your calendar. Find an app or an old-fashioned journal to help you record your caloric intake. Writing it down and, better yet, telling someone else adds accountability to your efforts. Knowing that your trusted friend is watching your food journal on MyFitnessPal may help you deny yourself that ice cream cone with the kids. And who wants to be the one who stands up the friend who will get up before the sun to walk with you? Share the journey with someone else.