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Staying Fit Can Improve Your Emotional Well-Being

Staying Fit Can Improve Your Emotional Well-Being

Taking care of your body is so important when it comes to your emotional well-being.  Your mind and the body are connected. When you start exercising, you will start to feel better physically and emotionally. Exercise not only strengthens our heart and lungs, but also releases endorphins, that energize and lift our mood.

Every choice you make will affect the way you feel. Ask yourself are you:

  • Getting enough rest.  It’s important to take care of your body. That includes getting enough sleep. Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to function.
  • Learn about good nutrition and practice it.  The subject of nutrition is not always easy to do.  But the more you learn about what you eat and how it affects your body the better you will feel.
  • Exercise to relieve stress and lift your spirits. Exercise is such a great way to relieve stress. Look for small ways to add exercise to your day, try going on a short walk. To get the best out of exercise try to exercise for at least 30 minutes or more.
  • Get a dose of sunlight every day. Sunlight lifts your mood, so try to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of sun per day.

Having the Support of others will have you feeling your best and help you succeed.

Having the company of others is a great way to improve how you feel.  We are social creatures with the need for relationships with others.  We crave companionship.

One key to reducing stress is to find a supportive companion who is a “good listener” and someone you can talk to without a pre-existing agenda. Develop a friendship with someone you can talk to regularly and then listen and support each other.

Ways to Connect With Others:

  • Get out from behind your TV or computer screen. Technology is great but when you interact with people it has a way of making you feel better.
  • Spend time daily, face-to-face, with people you like. Make spending time with people you enjoy a priority. Choose friends who are upbeat, positive, and interested in you. Take time to learn more about people you meet during the day that you enjoy being around.
  • Volunteer. Doing something that helps others has a beneficial effect on how you feel about yourself. There are so many volunteer opportunities you can explore.  Your church and local organizations of all sorts depend on volunteer support to get their work done.
  • Become involved in a Bible Study.  Getting active in a Bible study reconnects you to others with the same interests and improves your spirituality.
  • Join an exercise class.  Zumba is a great way to challenge yourself physically.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”   

-1 Peter 5:10

Why I can be Thankful for Exercise

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.

Cyndee Longe

BSAM Historian 2013 

Let It Rest

“We gain balance and strength when we let our mind, body, and emotions rest”  


Sometimes, no matter how much we have to do, a few moments

of rest will give us the boost to do all we need to do.  We all know

when our body is telling us to take a break and rest.  So we should rest.

If you ever get caught up trying to resolve a difference with others and

no resolution appears, perhaps the best thing you can do is to let it rest.

Maybe the next time you see this person, the problem may have taken

care of itself.  If not, then you are refreshed and more alert to the right

answers and actions.

When you let yourself rest or a situation rest it can be a great help.

When we step back and rest that is when our body and mind can communicate

with God.  The wisdom we receive will then influence every decision we make

and every action we take.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

–Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

Cyndee Longe