Honouring your God-given Purpose Through Health and Fitness

With the approach of Easter, Olivia Williams shares the health lessons we can learn from Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and how to promote and maintain blood health so we can honour our God-given assignments

The best time of the year is upon us and, as we walk around the supermarkets, the shelves are filled to the brim with tempting sweet treats. Easter is far more than just indulging in sweet treats, however; it’s a time to remember and celebrate the life, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s also a time when families often come together over food, which can pose its own challenges for those of us striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As we reflect on the significance of Easter and the precious blood shed by Jesus, let’s also consider the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including practices that promote healthy blood.

Research shows there is a link between the power of healthy blood and its role in controlling various bodily functions. From regulating temperature and pH levels to transporting oxygen and nutrients, our blood plays a vital role in sustaining life and promoting overall well-being. There’s no wonder God said there is POWER in the blood of Jesus, which we have running through our veins!

But first, we must play our part in taking regular exercise, such as walking in the footsteps of Jesus, which can promote optimal blood flow throughout the body, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to our cells while removing waste products.

Walking in His Footsteps
Throughout much of His ministry, Jesus spent countless hours on foot, travelling from town to town, which would have been physically exhausting. This alone shows us the importance of movement and walking in our daily lives, reminding us of the vitality of movement. His stamina and endurance were definitely worthy to be praised!

Nourishing the Body and Soul: Eating How Jesus Would Eat
In addition to physical activity, consider how Jesus would have nourished His body to fulfil His earthly mission. It’s reasonable to assume that the foods He consumed not only sustained Him but also provided the strength and resilience needed to physically flip tables; carry His own cross; and then hang on it for hours. It’s hard to imagine Jesus having access to artificial preservatives, processed sugars, and the excess calories we are presented with today. By following a diet rich in wholefoods, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, we can replicate the nourishing diet Jesus enjoyed.

Rest and Spiritual Renewal
Let’s not overlook the importance of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. Jesus often sought solace in prayer and communion with God the Father; we too can find strength and renewal in those moments of connection. As we navigate the busyness of Easter festivities, let’s make time for rest and spiritual reflection; it’s essential for our physical and emotional well-being.

By adopting Jesus’ practices into your daily routine, we can support healthy blood circulation; optimise metabolic function; and enhance vitality. Even small changes can lead to significant benefits for long-term health. If you are aiming to improve circulation and develop healthy blood flow, consider incorporating the following tips into your lifestyle.

Practical Tips To Promote Optimal Blood Flow
1. When walking, do so with purpose: hold your head up to heaven, not down to the ground. It’s much harder to dwell on negative thoughts when you’re looking up! Movement not only supports circulation but also promotes mental well-being, helping you resist the temptation of indulging in sugary treats that can disrupt blood sugar levels.

2. Eat mindfully by choosing unprocessed foods that nourish both body and soul, copying the dietary choices of Jesus.

3. Partner with God by inviting Him into your health journey, making Him your accountability Partner for daily choices, and seeking His guidance and strength.

4. Reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by maintaining movement and activity. Remember to honour Jesus’ sacrifice by caring for your body.

5. Consume a balanced diet, rich in nutrients like iron, vitamin B12 and folate, which can support the production of healthy blood cells. Hydration is also crucial for maintaining adequate blood volume and viscosity.

6. Incorporate hibiscus tea into your diet to stimulate nitric oxide production. This will help promote arterial health and vitality, facilitating easier oxygen delivery throughout the body. This can also help alleviate strain on the heart and cardiovascular system, leading to lower blood pressure and increased energy levels.

7. Benefit by adding Ceylon cinnamon to your meals or beverages; it can be beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels and enhancing insulin sensitivity. So, whether you’re managing diabetes or simply aiming for better metabolic health, incorporating Ceylon cinnamon can offer significant benefits.

As a reminder of the importance of honouring our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, by prioritising health and wellness this Easter season, we can honour the sacrifice of Jesus while embracing the abundant life He offers us.

Olivia Williams is founder of ScriptFit, a qualified health and fitness coach, personal trainer, and public speaker.  Visit www.scriptfit.com.

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