Spiritual and Physical Fitness
Spiritual and Physical Fitness | April 17, 2010 | Order Info
Scripture: Psalm 139:13-15; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 9:24-27; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Timothy 4:7; 2:3-5; Hebrews 11:6.
In the fall of 2004, NBC introduced a new reality show call “The Biggest Loser.” This is a competitive show in which contestants actually win if they lose. The contestant that loses the most weight by the end of the season is “The Biggest Loser” and therefore the winner.
Those who watch the twelve-week competition witness the contestants change physically, emotionally and mentally. While being monitored by doctors and having their own personal trainer and chefs, contestants morph into considerably different people. And the biggest losers typically lose 100 pounds by the end of the twelve weeks.
No doubt the show is an inspiration to watch, whether you need to lose weight or simply adapt a healthier lifestyle. And even though you may not have the luxury of a personal trainer or chef, you can benefit from the following eight lessons that contestants learn on the show:1
1. You shouldn’t go it alone. Learning new health habits by yourself can be lonely and discouraging. Do it with a buddy or a team of supporters. This way you can encourage each other.
2. Your attitude matters. So surround yourself with positive people. If your fitness buddy is negative and complaining, that can rub off on you. And if you become negative, chances are you won’t stick with your program.
3. You won’t always see results. Some weeks you may work just as hard and lose nothing. Although this can be discouraging, it’s normal. And remember—you are still making a difference in your health even when you don’t lose.
4. You have to train your brain. If you’re out of shape or overweight, you may suffer from low self-worth. But believe in yourself. With every small success, your confidence will build. If you fail, try again.
5. You have to change your lifestyle. Losing weight and getting healthy is not a temporary thing. Once you’ve reached your goal, you must keep the healthy habits you’ve learned—for the rest of your life.
6. You have to work hard. It’s not easy to lose weight. It takes a commitment and a lot of hard work. Many people want to lose weight, but few are willing to pay the price it takes to reach their goal.
7. You can have fun! Add some variety to your exercise program. Boredom with the same routine can be discouraging. Chose exercises that not only work, but that are also fun for you. And switch routines to keep your body guessing.
8. You have to be consistent. Consistency is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on vacation, stick with the healthy lifestyle changes you’ve made. Continue the healthy habits you’ve learned on your journey to be the healthiest you can be.
It takes commitment to develop and maintain a healthy physical lifestyle. And as we learned in this week’s lesson, it takes commitment to develop and maintain a healthy spiritual lifestyle, too. Just as having physical health depends on things like a healthy diet, exercise, water, sleep and abstinence, so also there are things we need to do to have a healthy spiritual life.
We need to not go it alone. We need to belong to a group of believers—to get encouragement from them. We need to pray and read the Bible daily—to incline our hearts and minds toward doing God’s will. And we need to share what we know of God’s goodness with others—to keep the fire we have alive.
Having a healthy spiritual life will not only prepare us for heaven, but it will also get us through the disappointments and trials of this world, till we reach the place where all is well.