Would you like to know how to lower your risk of early death by 20-40 percent? Do you want to become less susceptible to physical injury? Would you like to breathe better, sleep more soundly, and lower your chance of getting a headache? Do you wish you could motivate yourself to get more exercise?
This evening’s blog represents part two of the fourth of the eight principles of the introduction to C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Discovery. Information in this blog is from the book C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Discovery. As you read these posts, if you wish to read the entire book by Drs. Des Cummings, Jr. and Monica Reed, please visit this link: https://merchandise.creationhealth.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=sem-026.
Activity: The Real Fountain of Youth
Activity means finding every muscle you can and using it! God made all of those muscles for a reason and designed us so that activity is key to living his prescription for full life. Active people are more alert, energetic, fun, caring, and alive!
Activity strengthens the body to fight disease. It enables you to sleep better, look better and feel better. It’s all part of God’s plan to fill your daily adventure with joy, peace, hope, love, patience, kindness, and good health.
The Real Fountain of Youth
In 1493 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon stepped aboard a ship bound for America. He would share the voyage with famed explorer Christopher Columbus, who was on his second journey to the New World. Ponce de Leon didn’t embark on the expedition merely to experience a sightseeing trip. He set sail with one goal, one vision, one desire in mind: to find the legendary fountain of youth—that mythical spring of water that would grant eternal youth to the one who drank from it.
But for all his long years of searching, he never discovered what his heart desired most—the source of perpetual youth. Hundreds of years later people still continue Ponce de Leon’s’ quest.
Is there a real source of eternal youth in this world? Many researchers believe they have found the closest resource we have for fulfilling the promises of the legendary fountain of youth. It is simply physical activity.
Research has clearly shown that with regular physical activity, a person sleeps better and is less susceptible to injury. And spiritually, those who exercise often find a deeper connection to their Creator, who made them for a life of health, happiness, and peace.
Activity is an important part of the CREATION Health model and a vital component of wholeness. And again, this principle goes right back to the Garden of Eden.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Gen. 2:15) Paradise, for Adam and Eve, wasn’t a world of idleness. They were responsible for cultivating the garden. It was God’s way of keeping them physically active.
Case in point, simply getting up off the couch and walking for 30-40 minutes three to five times a week can diminish our risk of premature death from cancer and cardiovascular disease by 20 to 40 percent.
Exercise and the Mind
Amazing as it might seem, physical exercise affects more than just our bodies. It also helps our minds. Mind affects body. But body also affects mind. It buffers against stress, it is an effective treatment for anxiety, and according to some research, it is an effective psychotherapy in treating mild depression.
Here are six practical steps to ensure your ACTIVITY success:
Checkup—Always make sure you have seen your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
Partner—If possible, find exercise companions.
Aerobic Exercise—Aerobic exercise consists of three phases; warm-up, aerobic, and cool-down. Ideally you should work your way up to 30-60 minutes of activity three times a week.
Strength Training—Strength training is done to improve the overall strength and endurance of muscles not used during the aerobic phase. Push-ups, pull ups, crunches, and lower and upper body weight lifting are all beneficial.
Stretching—Stretching is often ignored as part of a balanced exercise program. It promotes maximum flexibility by working muscles and joints through their full range of motion.
Everyday Activities—don’t forget other daily activities that will increase movement. Take the stairs instead of an elevator at work whenever possible. Mow the lawn. Play actively with children. Ride a bicycle to visit a friend. Park your car in a spot farther away.
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:8
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Steve Johnson is a Certified C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Seminar Leader. For more information about when the full seminar is being presented or to have it presented to your group or organization, please visit the Heaven by Health Wellness Academy at www.heavenbyhealth.com