1 Thessalonians 5:18 says
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I can give thanks for a lot of things in Christ Jesus: my husband, my family, my health, my church and my friends. Is it possible to give thanks to exercise in some way? I think it can happen if we just change our thinking a little. I can give thanks to exercise when I think of all the positive effects it can have on my body, spirit and mind. There are so many new and challenging benefits of exercise today. Exercise may even improve our mood and memory.
Here are some ideas for staying fit this Thanksgiving:
- Check out if your city has a “turkey-trot,” typically a 5K run on Thanksgiving for a little pre-meal workout. Don’t worry if you are not a runner, you can always power walk it.
- If you are making the meal, choose healthier options such as less butter in the foods, fresh cranberries instead of canned, and fruit or salad sides.
- If you are not making the whole meal, offer to bring a healthy side. How about a vegetable tray, homemade stuffing (you know what you put in it – make it healthier), corn without gobs of butter, lightened-up pumpkin pie…be creative!
- Get your family out moving with you. Go for a walk after the big meal to get it digesting, play football or catch together, play charades, take the dog for a walk, or anything else active that you all like to do.
- When getting food buffet-style: only have 3 things on your plate at a time. You can always go back again, but if it’s not on your plate, you might re-think needing to eat it.
- Drink water. Enough said.
- Know that it was one day, one huge meal (averaging 3,000 calories!), and do better tomorrow.
- Keep up activity through the whole holiday season. You can always take a few minutes to do body-weight resistance exercises (plank, push-ups, etc.) and pack your walking shoes when traveling.
- Spend time being thankful for all that you have, and toast your health and wellbeing
Some days maybe harder than others, but I want to be all I can spiritually, mentally and physically for the Kingdom of Christ. So get active and enjoy the beautiful gift of exercise this holiday season.
BSAM Historian 2013