Guest Post by Michelle Spadafora – I believe God has purpose in everything. Always. So it’s no coincidence that Michelle contacted me with her Christian exercise plans. After having a baby and dealing with an increase in my pain levels, I am truly thankful to connect with her. She found me on a fellow Christian’s site.
In the next month, we will be doing a giveaway and review of her “Faithful Workouts” DVD’s. Very exciting. Reading this article has inspired me! And I hope you are blessed by it as well.
Even though we know exercise is good for us, why is it so hard to muster up the energy to do it? We’ve seen the studies that prove exercise helps us:
- maintain a healthy weight
- fight certain diseases
- keep a good attitude
- sleep better
- have more energy
With all of these health benefits, you would think it would be easy to get ourselves moving each day, yet most of us struggle to make it part of our routine. For some of us, the challenge is even greater because of chronic pain. Have you ever thought, “How can I possibly think about exercising when it hurts just to get out of bed?” If you do struggle with chronic pain, I want you to know I feel for you.
I have watched my mom suffer for almost 10 years. She has chronic back pain, even after 4 surgeries. She also has a shoulder that causes her such pain that she can’t raise her arm. She has a tremor in her other arm that won’t let up. She is 85 years old.
Here’s what’s so awesome about my mom: whenever I see her she asks me to design her a new workout routine.
If anyone has a reason to throw in the towel when it comes to exercise, it’s her, but she doesn’t. The reason she keeps on exercising is because she focuses on the exercises she CAN do and doesn’t dwell on the ones she can’t.
Often a change in our attitude can make all the difference.
What exercises CAN you do?? Be thankful that you are healthy enough to do those exercises.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5
If we want to change our actions, it is important that we first change our thoughts. “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.” (Rom. 12:2 NLT) When our thoughts about exercise change, it makes it easier to change our actions. The key to this verse is we need to allow God to change us.
If you want to consistently exercise, it starts with your ABCs:
Ask for His help:
God cares about all parts of your life. (1 Peter 5:7) Please pause and take a moment to talk with God about your health. Share your fears with him. Are you fearful you will start out strong and then fall into old habits? Talk to Him like you would a close friend.
Don’t hold back, ask for his help; ask Him to give you the strength to stay faithful to an exercise and healthy eating plan.
Do you believe God can help you? Do you believe what God says in Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things though him who strengthens me.”
Check your motives:
God cares about all parts of your life and He will give you the strength to succeed but there’s a catch – your motives must to be in line with His will.
“. . .the Lord examines their motives.” Proverbs 16:2
“. . .if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” 1 John 5:14-15
What are your motives for wanting to start exercising? The “World’s messages” tell you to exercise and diet so that you will have a ‘great looking body,’ that will ‘impress others’. God doesn’t care about outward appearances (1 Samuel 16:7), but He does want you to use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for His glory (Romans 6:13) Take time to think about this. What is motivating you to start exercising? Do those motives line up with God’s will?
When your thoughts about exercise change to that of gratitude, when you ask and believe that God can help you and when your motives for wanting to exercise are in line with God’s will, you are on the path to victory!
If you are looking for an exercise routine that’s right for you, check out Faithful Workouts. Their free f3 Plan offers over 45 exercise videos and weekly menu plans. www.faithfulworkouts.com/f3-plan-1
Michelle Spadafora, the founder of Faithful Workouts, became a believer in 2003. As her faith grew, she became increasingly moved by God’s love for her and wanted to share it with others. She began incorporating upbeat Christian music and Biblical messages into her workout plans. Today, the Faithful Workouts program airs on TV stations around the world and their free online program touches thousands. Follow her on Twitter @faithfulworkout.