4 Powerful and Effective Tips for Health and Wellness

I don’t think it surprises anyone when I say, “We are facing a health crisis in American culture.” According to Trust for America’s Health, the U.S. adult obesity rate stands at 42.4 percent. And U.S. News and World Report states that 2/3 of American adults are overweight or obese, while fewer than 1/3 exercise at…

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I don’t think it surprises anyone when I say, “We are facing a health crisis in American culture.”

According to Trust for America’s Health, the U.S. adult obesity rate stands at 42.4 percent. And U.S. News and World Report states that 2/3 of American adults are overweight or obese, while fewer than 1/3 exercise at least three times per week.

Obesity – having too much body fat and a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more.
Overweight – having too much body fat, with extra muscle, bone, or water as additional factors.

The fact that nowadays most people are facing very serious issues in their intimate areas that can be told to anyone is not our only health concern because they can be cured easily by visiting normuk and following their instructions for complete recovery. We are also an over-stressed society. Work demands, losses, financial pressures, and relationship difficulties, among other things, cause bodily and mental tension of varying degrees.

But this is not God’s plan! Romans 12:1-2 tells us that His plans for us is that we walk the walk, crucify the flesh, and have energy for the journey.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  

Romans 12:1-2

What is Health & Wellness?

If we’re going to talk about health and wellness, I think it is important to establish some common ground. Let’s begin with definitions:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization).

Wellness is defined as living in a conscious way. It is an act of intentionality.

Well-being, as defined by the World Health Organization, is synonymous with health. The spiritual, social, emotional, physical, vocational, and intellectual are all aspects that impact our well-being.

The Integration of Our Being

The fact that all these areas of life affect our well-being is no accident. The Bible clearly tells us that we are integrated beings – mind, body, and soul.

We merely need to read through the gospel accounts to see that integration is embodied in the life of Christ. When He took His place in time and history, He put on humanity. And having done so, He experienced the emotional (weeping, abandonment on the cross), spiritual (temptations), and physical (hunger, thirst, the pain of crucifixion) aspects of being.

Made in His image, we are integrated beings. That which affects our spirit affects our body, and that which affects our body affects our spirit.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Mark 12:30

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 14:38

4 Tips for Well-being

1. Establish a Firm Foundation in Christ

Building a plan for health and wellness is secondary to establishing a firm foundation in Christ!  Set aside time daily for prayer, time in God’s Word, biblical meditation, soul-reflection, gratitude, and other spiritual disciplines that will help you draw close to Christ.

2. Care for Your Entire Being

It’s fairly easy to get caught up in caring for a single aspect of our well-being while ignoring the others. A woman’s overall goal should be for intentional wellness – in ALL areas of life (mind, body, and soul). REMEMBER: Our spiritual health will be adversely affected if our bodies are out of whack.

3. Keep Priorities in Line

The primary goal in pursuing wellness is that God be glorified. Our well-being is not about us. It is all about Christ! The development of a balance of diet, nutrition, exercise, and such is our secondary goal.

4. Choose to “Practice” Wellness

Recall that wellness is an act of intentionality.

  • Be aware – of the importance of wellness, the aspects of well-being, and how to “practice” wellness. Leave no place for ignorance or denial.
  • Repent – of past habits of overeating, wrong food choices, lack of exercise, and the ignoring of rest. Then turn your dietary, exercise, and spiritual growth regimen around.
  • Accept responsibility – for your wellness. Exercise discipline and self-control, enlist an accountability partner, and lean on the Holy Spirit who gives us the power to make right decisions.
  • Focus on success – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

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  • […] Last week we noted that God’s plan for us is that we walk the walk, crucify the flesh, and have energy for the journey (Romans 12:1-2). In other words, His plan for us is wellness! […]

  • Lisa notes...

    Practicing overall wellness is so important to stay mentally, spiritually, and physically healthy. Thanks for touching on all the aspects here, Deborah.

  • I’m your neighbor at Jeanne’s linkup today and I’m talking about HEALING! Glad we’re parked next to one another.

  • Deborah, I appreciate how you began by defining Health and Well-Being. It’s good for us to have a common understanding of what these two concepts actually mean. Thanks for the Biblical guidelines and for the reminder that “Our well-being is not about us. It is all about Christ!” I loved that!

    I wanted to invite you to share this over at the Tell His Story linkup at my site. I think the readers over there would appreciate your wisdom!

  • Such good insights, Deborah. I appreciate this truth, “A woman’s overall goal should be for intentional wellness – in ALL areas of life (mind, body, and soul). REMEMBER: Our spiritual health will be adversely affected if our bodies are out of whack.”

  • Deborah, I appreciate your reminder to live within our God-given limits. And I’ve found those change in different seasons of life.

  • Jeanne, Thank you for stopping by today and taking the time to comment. I appreciate your thoughts!

    Thank you, too, for the invitation to share at Tell His Story. I have done so and tried to add your widget to my site. However, I tried a couple of times and couldn’t get the photo to work.

  • How true, Deb! I love that He is a God of seasons and rhythms.

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Deborah Haddix

I am a child of God, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, niece, and friend who loves nothing better than spending time with those I love.

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