I beseech (urge) you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service, Romans 12:1, NKJV).
Since we are created in the image of God and in His likeness, He has placed a responsibility on us to be good stewards not only of the Earth but also of our very own physical bodies. God declares in 3 John 2 (NKJV): Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. Using the acronym NEW START – here are some practical tips you can use to make a new healthy start during 2022.
N is for Nutrition: A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains are essential for a healthier lifestyle as they contain the vitamins and minerals necessary to building resistance to symptoms of disease and general ill health.
E is for Exercise: Cultivate good practice for the body through regular exercise. A 10 minute walk, jog or run is good for maintaining strength in the legs and thighs as well as increasing the flow of blood to the heart. Swimming and athletics as well as other sports are good for strengthening the cardiovascular muscles while also keeping your body lean and fit.
W is for Water: While water may not be to everyone’s taste there are many important functions it has on your body. Firstly, it is a cleansing agent which cleans the body from all its impurities from the inside out. Water not only keeps your blood supply clear from blockages but it also cleans out the kidneys allowing water to pass through easily. It is recommended that 10-12 glasses of water a day be drunk in order to replace the perspiration and sweat that may have been lost through exercise and other activities. Also, unlike many fizzy drinks and fruit juices (which often have a very high sugar content) water cuts down on your thirst, leaving you feeling refreshed from the inside out.
S is for Sunshine: Many of us are highly deficient in Vitamin D which is needed to strengthen our bones as well as boost our our immune system more generally. Therefore it is important to take in a regular supply of sunshine whenever possible as it brings energy to work hard as well as peace to an individual.
T is for Temperance: It is important to take time to reflect on things that make you happy and keep your mind occupied with the good things of life. This could be a fun day out at the park with the children or perhaps reading your favorite book. You maybe meditate on a piece of music that keeps your mind calm and allows you to think positively. It’s about self-control of both your mind and body and the word declares that this is possible because: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).
A is for Air: As well as taking in as much outdoor sunshine as you can, you should also take in a regular supply of fresh air and especially during these times of challenge from coronavirus. Perhaps a walk in the countryside would be ideal, as you take in a fresh supply of air that clears the lungs, allowing you to breathe efficiently while also calming your spirit.
R is for Rest: Rest is so important to God that he did it Himself: And on the seventh–day (known as the Saturday Sabbath Day of Rest) God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh–day from all His work which He had done, (Genesis 2:2, NKJV). Many of us work long hours leaving very little time for rest or relaxation. No sooner has an individual returned from a hard day’s work year, they often find themselves back out again either to shop or to return to work again. Often the end result is burnout which then can lead to stress. Therefore it is important to take as much rest as you can so that your body can recuperate from the day’s activities, bringing your mind and body in synch with each other.
T is for Trust in God: In the Biblical book of wisdom – Proverbs – we counseled to: Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not unto our own understanding: In all our ways we are to acknowledge God and then He will direct (make smooth or straight) our path, (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV).
So as you journey on during 2022 why not adopt the NEW START model in your life so you can have a happy and healthier start to your New Year!
© Copyright 2022, Darell J Philip