New Year Resolutions!
May this New Year bring you closer to God, family, friends and more involve in the church community. You all know what happens in the beginning of a New Year. Yes, the traditional resolutions. A resolution is a formal expression of intent to change. It declares your resolve and determination to be different. A New Year is a new start and it is a good time to assess ourselves. The three essential aspects of our life experiences are mind, body and spirit. A good plan for the New Year’s is to make one resolution for each area. What can you change about how you are taking care of your mind, body, and spiritual needs?
This month, we will focus on the body or physical health. Practicing good health is an essential element that God wants us to do. Without good health, you cannot accomplish the mission that God attends for you to accomplish. The practices of good health include physical activity, healthy eating, social interaction and support from others. With this New Year, let’s join me to set some resolutions that will improve our overall health and wellness. Here are a few ideas that you might consider:
Join a gym, exercise group, or walk around you neighborhood.
If you do not want to pay for a gym, you can download free exercise workouts from YouTube. It’s true “A body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest stays at rest.” Let’s work hard to keep our body in motion. Moving our body is important for overall health, but we tend to keep our body more at rest. Purposely move your body for 30-45 minutes at least 3-4 times per week. Find an exercise that matches your interests (walking, running, dancing, weight lifting, and so on).
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are so important for good health because they are loaded with fiber and nutrients that support the functions in your body.
Drink enough water.
The human body is a machine and water is what fuels it. Just like you need to put gas in your car for it to run, you need water for your body to function and replenish.
Get enough sleep each night.
I know that life gets busy and the first thing you sacrifice is sleep. Do not use the phrase “I don’t have time to sleep.” Not getting enough sleep can increase health issues. It is imperative that you get 6-8 hours a sleep each night. When you sleep, you repair your body and you allow your brain to fix any damage that occurred. Keep in mind that you gain weight when you don’t get enough sleep. The most important thing you could do for your body is to get enough sleep.
Base your resolution goals on God’s will.
To have a successful resolution, ask God to show or help you understand what health-related behavior changes he wants you to make in 2017. Before we go off and try to find the best diet, weight loss and exercise, God wants us to seek him first. Therefore, ask God to guide you in a plan on how to accomplish your goals. Remember that God wants us to have a healthy body, as our body is a temple.
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20:
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”