Barring any unforeseen illness or tragedy, can you ensure that you will live a long and healthy life?
I just read an article by Matt McMillen, 4 Keys to a Long Life, where he cites that surveys show “not smoking, exercising, healthy diet and moderate drinking cut risk of early death.”
I agree with all of those things as means towards prolonging your life. However, my philosophy may be just a little bit different.
As a Christian, I live my life by the Bible as a guideline from God. No perfection here—just a life saved by God’s grace and trying to daily live out my salvation.
So how does this pertain to living a long and healthy life?
One of my favorite verses of scripture is “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)
I take that verse to mean that God wants to prosper us and keep us in good health, as it pertains to how our spiritual life is faring.
Of course, not all prosperous people are living examples of God’s Word, but we need to keep our focus on ourselves and what we are doing in our own lives.
We are a spirit, we have a soul/emotions and we live in a body.
Not only do we need to exercise right, we also need to keep our spirit fed with good spiritual food and make sure we are cultivating healthy emotions in our lives. For more on this subject, you can check out a guest post I did on Jennifer Slattery’s blog, A Journey of Self-Discovery.
So, on to the physical aspect, what do I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
For starters, I work out three times a week doing Pilates and Yoga and I try to go walking the other days.
What else can you do to maintain your physical health?
Sounds simple, even though it’s not always so easy to do—sometimes it seems easier to eat pre-prepared meals and nuke everything. However, if you plan things out, you can make eating healthy meals, a reality for you and your family.
Start out by planning a weekly menu.
Obviously, you can always deviate from this plan, but it’s a way to plan on eating healthy meals without going crazy that night when you’re trying to plan dinner. Make salad (preferably romaine or spring mix or spinach—rather than ice berg, which lacks the same nutrients) with every dinner or at least several times a week. Make sure to include vegetables with every dinner and include them with your lunch, if possible as well. Limit your intake of desserts and sweets and opt for healthier options like fruit and yogurt with granola.
What are some ways you are living your life in an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle? We’d love to hear from you.