Olivia Williams shares insights on how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions to be fit and healthy
As the New Year approaches, Christians living in a demanding world seek renewal and growth. Finding the strength we need to tackle life’s challenges is crucial – not just for our bodies but for our spirit and soul as well. As Christians we have a unique perspective on strength that extends far beyond comprehension, as we understand the importance of having the Lord as our strength.
The ‘tradition’ of New Year’s Resolutions has convinced many Christians to believe health and fitness promises for the coming year.
The Challenge of New Year’s Resolutions
The ancient ‘tradition’ was to make promises to the heathen god Janus. However, this tradition is still widely practised by many Christians. It is therefore no coincidence that today over 88% of resolutions fail. But the good news is you have another way to start the year.
A Covenant for New Year, New Strength
Repeating unhealthy habits, which may include overeating, excess alcohol/sugar, processed food, lack of sleep, will ultimately send the blood sugar, heart rate, fat, weight and stress levels into a frenzy. So instead, replace them with a New Year New Strength covenant with God, one that is rooted in discipline, perseverance and self-control. Because these qualities are deeply rooted in Christian teachings, they can be harnessed for our holistic well-being.
The God-centred Approach to Strength
Remember that strength isn’t just limited to weight training. It’s a tripartite concept that involves physical, mental and spiritual resilience.
We should view our bodies as vessels or even temples of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are called to honour and care for our bodies, which includes taking regular exercise, proper nutrition, having sufficient sleep, and other self-care practices. These are essential components of building strength to better serve our family, community and God.
The Blessings of Strength Training
Exercise is one of the best things we can do for our health to prevent disease. God’s Word said to ‘…discipline your body and make it your slave!’ (1 Corinthians 9:26).
Using resistance as part of your physical health plan enhances strength and vitality. Resistance training – incorporating body weight exercises and resistance bands – enhances strength, can improve glucose levels, and slows down ageing by up to 20 years!
Besides, people of the Bible lived in motion and had physical strength. Without emotional/mental and spiritual resilience it would affect your vitality and purpose, as all are interconnected.
Five Tips for Strengthening Your Journey
- Make physical strength training a priority. Evaluate your current strength training practices with consistency and discipline.
- Seek guidance, support and God’s presence in your health and fitness journey.
- Make a commitment to improve your physical strength while maintaining a spiritual connection.
- Draw closer to God and ask Him where you can improve your mental strength to help support your physical strength.
- Daily ask yourself the following: How many hours of strength training are you doing? What exercises are you doing regularly? If your schedule is irregular, what is your plan to make it more consistent? Are there any barriers? What strength exercises could you try?
Are you not strength training because you don’t know what to do? If you haven’t been strength training, then start now! If you do not know what to do, consider joining ‘The Strength of a Woman’ FREE webinar to help build the ultimate strength plan for 2024.
Olivia Williams is a clinical health and fitness/weight loss specialist, nutritionist, life coach and spiritual leader. Visit www.scriptfit.com
Webinar for the New Year: ‘The Strength of a Woman’
If you’re eager to build strength in spirit, soul and body to face these tough times, you are invited to join me on this Zoom webinar: ‘The Strength of a Woman’ on January 8 at 7pm. During this 45-minute session, designed for Christian women, I’ll be sharing insights to empower you in several areas of your life.
1. Spiritual Empowerment: You’ll discover how to fortify your faith in God, nurture your spiritual connection, and cultivate resilience in the face of life’s challenges.
2. Emotional Healing and Wholeness: We’ll explore the transformative power of self-compassion, forgiveness, and learn how to find emotional balance, inner peace, and manage emotions and stress.
3. Holistic Well-being: Understand the interconnectedness of your faith, emotional well-being, and physical health – fitness and diet. Develop a well-being routine to rejuvenate your spirit, soul and body.
Visit www.scriptfit.com to register for your free place.