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May 31, 2016

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Use What You Have!

Have you taken charge of your health?

A family of history of diabetes forced me to re-examine my eating habits. I admit I wasn’t doing a good job. There were days when I skipped breakfast and consumed large portions of unhealthy snacks. My body was God’s temple but I was treating it as a landfill.

I also wasn’t spending time training my body as often as I should. If I took a health survey today, I would fault lack of time as a reason for not spending more time exercising. But I knew God wanted more than excuses.

More and more women today are taking time charge of their health by using tracking devices, or using online research to understand their health condition or illness. In a health survey, women who said they use a health-tracking device believed it improved their health. Over 60 percent who used tracking devices didn’t believe increased use of health tracking devices will keep them from visiting their health care providers.

There are multiple ways of maintaining one’s health.

My answer for overcoming my health deficits came one evening through prayer and meditation. “Furthermore, then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 4.

Instead of excuses, God wants us to use what we already have and what we can manage.

A starting point for taking charge of my health was including exercise time on my calendar. I didn’t have a gym membership or fitness equipment, but I did have a good pair of sneakers. I started walking and doing aerobics. When I began setting aside time for exercise, I began seeing results.

During one of my workout sessions I had a walking buddy. Sometimes having someone to walk with beats having the best home exercise equipment. As we walked, my walking buddy and I shared goals and praised each other’s accomplishments. The feedback encouraged me to continue my exercise goals and not to give up if I miss time due to other commitments.

What’s your hurdle in taking charge of your health? Don’t wait for the right moment or right type of equipment. Use what you have.

Shazzy Fitness instructor and Guest Blogger Anne HunterAnne Hunter is a child of God, health education enthusiast, and Certified Shazzy Fitness Instructor. Anne has been a Sunday School teacher for over fifteen years and volunteers her time at women and children's shelters in her community. Subscribe to our newsletter and get awesome updates on faith, fitness, fun, family and fellowship!


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