Our body needs some type of physical work out. Our bodies need some type of exercise. No, you do not need to become a body builder. No, you do not need to take exercise to the extreme, but find out what works best for you. What works for someone else might not work for another. I find that walking just works well for me. It is free. I love to walk, especially in the fresh air. There are those that prefer to exercise with others, because they feel it is more motivational for them. I recall passing the park and seeing several people walking in the morning. I also have observed many walking in the malls now. Bicycle riding is an excellent form of physical exercise. The important thing is that you keep that body moving. This just adds to healthy living. Have you considered doing something that you have never done before? Maybe you might consider walking in a marathon. Maybe you might want to walk in a marathon for a cause that you feel strongly about such as breast cancer awareness or the Crim Race. Many mothers walk in the Crim Race. You will see many pushing their toddlers in strollers. It is not essential that you finish first, just essential that you do it.
I recall complaining about computer problems and machines breaking down to a woman. She listened quietly. Then after listening to my complaints, she responded, “Could it be that you have a spiritual problem?” I had not taken the time to think about that. I did not realize that problems would exist as long as I am living. I did not think about my response or reaction to problems is very important. I did not think about that even though there is a storm of problems around me, that I decide and choose how to feel about it.
I do have a choice. I can nag and complain or I can do something about it. Our body is not just a body. Our body has a spirit. John 3:5,6 “Jesus answered,"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and which is born of the Spirit is spirit." There are those that may feed themselves spiritually by meditating, yoga, or by renewing their spirit daily with the word of God. It is essential to feed the spirit daily, just as you feed the body daily. I have found that reading the word of God helps me renew my spirit. Times that I may not feel my best, I find the word of God will uplift my spirit. Laughing is good for the spirit too. Have you ever been feeling sad? Then a friend would come over and tell you things that just keep you laughing. Afterwards, if you notice, you do not feel as bad.
Do you know of someone who has low self-esteem, possibly because of some type of abuse? The abuse not only damaged them physically, but emotionally. Taking care of your spiritual self is just part of another step to living a healthy life.
Sarah Elise Stauffer of Divine caroline.com states, “Words can be as painful as beatings, as verbal vituperation is a spiritual attack as well.” Has someone ever hurt your feelings because of the words they spoke to you?
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How many times have you ignored your sleep to get something else accomplished? Our bodies are wonderful. The body let's you know when it is sleepy, yet there are those including myself that seemingly ignore that. The body can carry out many things, but it definitely needs to rest. Some require longer hours of sleep than others do. According to Anahad O’Connor at the Well.blogs, New York Times.com, there are those that might be long sleepers. They may need that to work normally during the day. I recall the days when I would party most of the night and then go to work. I would function at work, but not at my best capacity. Have you ever done that?
4. Healthy Eating
Healthy eating involves eating foods that are good for you. Food that is rich in vitamins. Make sure that you are eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Web MD states that healthy eating gives you the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It can also control several health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. I can attest that I have heard many testimonies of people who no longer needed blood pressure or diabetes medicines, because they corrected it with a balanced diet. The good thing about this is that diet corrects this for some. As I watch the Doctor’s TV show, I can recall them saying these same things.
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5. Healthy Habits
There are those that have some type of habit, whether it be biting your fingernails, drinking, religion, overeating, or under eating. You can choose to develop healthy habits. It is always a choice. You may want to start gradually, but the important thing is to start. It is important to make an intentional effort to do this. Healthy habits will include all the above that I just talked about the physical, spiritual, sleep, and healthy eating. You will need to make a choice to have a happy balance. Will you have balance all the time? Not necessarily, because there will be emergencies, sickness, and sometimes other circumstances that are beyond your control. The things that you can control will be the things that you work towards in achieving your balance. The important thing is that you persist and never stop. Some days you may do more and other days you may do less, but the main thing is that you keep your eye on your goal. What are you doing in your life for balanced living?