Does the thought of work, extracurricular activities, and mundane household chores sound like the story of your life? Similarly, many people use these undertakings as excuses to dismiss the idea of working out altogether. Did you know that thirty minutes a day of moderate exercise (walking briskly, washing windows, & gardening) has been shown to have significant health benefits? Increasing physical activity not only improves our health, but also helps to prevent diseases, disabilities, and advance our overall quality of life.
Becoming a healthier version of yourself begins with simple lifestyle modifications. Try taking the stairs at work instead of riding the elevator. When you drop the kids off at practice, avoid the temptation to park right in front of the field and instead park further away which forces you to burn those extra calories. In the same way, avoid sitting down on the bleachers to chat with the other parents and encourage them to lap the field while the kids practice.
“Living and walking in the spirit of excellence” is not just a motto that we declare on Sunday mornings, but one that we strive to live by in every aspect of our lives including health and wellness. Paul reminded the church in Corinth that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV). As such, we should strive to glorify God in our bodies by maintaining a healthy lifestyles.
Tonquita Hampton, PT, DPT