Fitness Focus: Personalizing your Fitness Routine
When choosing which fitness routine will work best for you, it is important to remember that EveryBODY is different. In addition to having our own personal likes and dislikes (some people like to run, others like to bike, some enjoy the accountability of a class whereas others prefer to motivate themselves or workout in private) we also need to keep in mind that our bodies are all different. Choosing workout options that address your preferences as well as your physical characteristics can help you be more successful in your fitness routine. A lot of times we get caught up in the idea that if we do “XYZ” workout, we will look a certain way. We are often disappointed when we don’t seem to be able to “fix” our “problem areas” without considering that what we think is problematic because it does not meet our expectations might just be part of our physical makeup. Just because certain attributes might not fit the ideal that society has created, doesn’t mean that it is not OUR ideal shape.
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. It is a good time to remind ourselves that we are all DIFFERENT, that our BODIES have different needs, and that choosing what works for us without comparing to others can help us be more successful in our fitness goals. Here are some guidelines to consider when choosing your fitness and diet routines:
♦ We all have different genetics that influence our bone structure, body size, shape, and weight differently.
♦ Avoid comparing your body with your friends’ bodies or the people you see in advertisements or on your favorite TV shows.
To be your healthy, ideal weight:
♦ Treat your body with respect.
♦ Give it enough rest.
♦ Fuel it with a variety of foods.
♦ Exercise moderately.
♦ Resist the pressure to judge others based on weight, shape, and
♦ Respect people and yourself for qualities of character and accomplishments,
rather than appearance.
Listen To Your Body
Eat what you want, when you are truly hungry.
Stop when you are full.
Eat exactly what appeals to you.
Do this instead of any diet, and you are likely to maintain a
healthy weight and avoid eating disorders.
FAITH FOCUS: As we consider our own personal needs for our physical bodies, let us also take the time to examine our “faith diet” and “faith fitness” routine. Although some things are the same for everyone seeking to build their CORE in Christ (prayer, study of God’s Word, practicing our faith) how we go about these “routines” of faith depend on our personal preferences. Perhaps you enjoy praying the scriptures or using a prayer “tool” to help you. Sometimes we need a steady “diet” Bible Study books or classes to hold us accountable to our learning, other times we prefer the solitude and freedom of just reading Bible passages. Maybe we enjoy signing up to volunteer at our church OR we go outside the church walls to practice our faith routine. Whatever we choose, we must do it for God’s glory, only then will we receive the rewards of our faith routine and be fully satisfied by our daily diet in His Word and His Way.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
Note: The information in this post was provided by NEDA to support National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. For more information contact http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.