In the high-speed, go-go-go nature of our everyday lives, taking care of ourselves can often fall to the wayside. It gets smothered under other needs — and suddenly we’re left feeling worn-out and sick. Our shoulders tense from stress, we’ve been eating way too much fast food, and we’re having constant aches and pains. Does this sound familiar?
Taking care of yourself physically is so important — important enough to do every single day.
Remember how much you love taking long walks on the beach? At sunrise, sunset, or anytime in between, long walks on the beach are beneficial for mind and body. How often did you wish you hadn’t walked the beach? You probably can’t recall a time. Walks on the beach are always a good idea, and they are a great way to take care of your body.
To take care of yourself physically, begin by making small changes in the way you take care of your body, and you’ll start to see big results. Add greens to your morning smoothie, make that doctor’s appointment you keep putting off, stretch before you go to bed, and drink more water — with a few lemon slices for extra flavor. Sign up for that yoga class, ask a friend to keep you accountable for your eating habits, and introduce a new vegetable to your dinner table every week. And, of course, go for walks. There are countless ways you can take care of yourself.
You only have one body. It’s easy to neglect it and even harder to get back on track — we’ve all been there. It is an uphill climb. But, just like taking walks on the beach, you won’t regret it.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Excerpted with permission from Life Is Better at the Beach, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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Do you get regular exercise? Are you taking care of your body? If not, why not? We only get one, so why not treat it right for the glory of God? Not to be overly-focused on our exterior selves, but to be fit and healthy for the jobs God has for us to do. Today, let’s get out and walk and take some steps toward living healthier! We won’t regret it! Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear about how you’re taking care of your physical body! ~ Devotionals Daily
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