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Your Body is a Temple

Updated: Jan 12

When you think about the body, it is one remarkable piece of artwork that you have possessed since you were born. So intricate and purposeful in all of its ways.

It’s functioning and proficiency trajectory starts all the way back when you were in your mother’s womb. As you develop overtime , you begin to experience different developmental changes both physically and mentally. Based on upbringing, socioeconomic status, family structure, beliefs, and culture, we all have different thoughts and expectations when it comes to our physical health and nutrition.

Maybe you grew up in the South where food is the center of all that you do and you were never taught how to properly prepare a nutritious meal. Or what if your family was not an active family and only participated in activities in the home like watching tv or playing games in the family. Maybe you did not participate in sports because your family could not afford it. Maybe due to your physical build, you did not think you were capable of doing physical activities and avoided it all together. Or for most of us, we have grown up in an internet/social media driven society where individuals are drawn to their phones and not toward outdoor activities.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

Whatever the case maybe, it is time to get up and get moving! Your body is all that you have until your purpose on earth has been fulfilled, so you should treat it with care. It is time to give the body what it needs and not what just feels good in the moment. Your purpose is important because it is attached to so many lives that are waiting for you to do just what you were created to do. How will you do that if you are physically ill and unhealthy? YOU CAN’T!

So, what should I do?

Physical exercise is extremely important to our longevity in life as well as having proper nutrition. Thirty minutes of exercise such as walking, has been proven to be effective toward overall health. Implementing a nutritious diet and exercise regimen is one of the most important aspects of self-care and self-love. Take a moment and think about your physical health right now.

  • Are you in good/poor health?

  • Are you experiencing chronic or debilitating health issues?

  • Does your body respond negatively when eating certain foods?

  • How often do you exercise?

  • Is it hard to move around and do normal activities?

  • Have you gained/lost an excessive amount of weight?

  • Do you eat too much fast/unhealthy foods?

  • Do I consume too much alcohol or smoke excessively?

  • When was the last time I went for a check up with your physician?

Your journey toward physical health is all about intentionality and being diligent with taking the next step toward a better self. Your regimen does not have to make a complete turnaround all at one time. Learn what your body needs and go from there. Take it slow and steady because it solidifies results. Choose one thing at a time that you want to implement in your routine and stick to it. Trial and error is okay, as long as you never give up. Enjoy the process and watch your life change for the better. Your light within is waiting for you to get active, so let’s take this journey together!

-Chiara J.

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