by Christina Garrett
You see, the ideality of being truly healthy and well go far beyond just how many inches your waist is. Are you focused? Centered? Can you wake up in the morning with a goal on your mind and visually see your life improving, with your mind set on the plan and purpose that God has for you?
Humanity has been around a LONG time. And it is just in the recent decades where we use our bodies made up of over 300 skeletal muscles (not to mention the 350+ visceral and cardiac muscles) to sit at a desk or to watch Scandal or Empire, scroll on social media and spend much of our time doing fairly sedentary activities. The human body was made for MOVEMENT. The complexity of the human body tells us that our blessed temples were made to give us great functionality, protection, and sustainability that will hopefully carry us past our three-score and ten.
Truthfully, if you can ignite your spirit to draw on the limitless strength of God, and then tune yourself to love and control your body as an act of worship, you can glean great benefits from body movement because of the great advantages that come from an active lifestyle. We must practice self-love and care as well as manage stress, stay balanced and have rocking biceps to carry our Queenly load.
Today’s challenge is to combine your spirit and mind together to do something for your body! Here are 5 great ways that exercise and movement are good for your mental health:
You thought you needed some other way to shake your mind up? God gave it to you already with the phenomenal chemicals and hormones that come from moving in an empowering way! It’s even better when you find a workout that makes you excited! Try out YouTube.
Are you a full-time mom or dealing with hectic coworkers or job expectations? Did you know that stress can cause weight gain? That’s right! A hormone called cortisol is released when we feel stressed and frustrated, contributing to the retention of fat. Let’s not mention how uncute it is to be walking around looking crazy, like you want to hurt someone! Instead of tackling your coworker (or your husband!), put in a good kickboxing DVD or some yoga, and whoo-sah your stress away! Refocusing on your womanhood, power and capabilities will resurrect your day!
- Overcome ADHD, Lack of Focus, Trauma and Anxiety
There is nothing more powerful that realizing God made you a victor and not a victim. There is no greater feeling than feeling prepared, equipped, focused, and uplifted. No, exercise isn’t the cure-all to everything, but the goals that you outline (ex: running a 5k if you always quit at something, taking Mixed Martial Arts or kickboxing if you’re a victim of abuse or been in a dangerous situation, taking a dance class since you suffer with social anxiety of being in front of people) can make you FREE.
- Tap into creativity and get more done
There is nothing like a brisk walk through God’s great creation to remind you that you are a brilliant work of creation yourself! With all of the beautiful complex works of nature surrounding you, your mind starts to wonder and wander about what is to come and the potential that you have in this day and in the future. Empowered, you can return to your responsibilities with a greater sense of capability and strength.
- Become an inspiration yourself.
You do not have to be great to get started, but you do have to start to be great. As a woman who still has weight to lose, the enrichment that I have gained from becoming a runner-mommy, the time management that it takes to schedule daily workouts with four children at home, and the desire to see ladies succeed have become inspirational to many, by the grace of God. Every day that you push yourself to get going, you are a testimony of how great one can be if they draw on the strength from the Most High.
Who can you encourage with your journey? I know someone needs what you have!
About the Writer
Christina Garrett is a native of Washington, D.C., and a vibrant and vivacious wife of a wonderful Pastor for almost ten years. She is a homeschooling mom of four, including a set of twins (age 8, 5,5 and 1). She has a passion for seeing wives and mothers rock womanhood as an outpouring of their commitment to Christ. Christina is the founder of the community organization, Running A Momathon, who promotes self-care, and a life of purpose, diva-attitude and commitment to an active life. She loves the concept of women reaching their dreams and goals while conquering the challenge of balancing their self-identity, marriage, motherhood. We share this mission through conferences and workshops across the country.
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about being a Pastor’s wife, runner-mommy and health when she’s not wrestling children!