‘But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
As a society we put so much emphasis on our outward appearance when the only thing God cares about is what your heart looks like. So this presents a conundrum, should we just be overweight and not care about ourselves on a physical level as long as we ‘have a good heart’? I don’t think so. I am going to challenge it this way – God cares about your heart in all aspects. Not just the way you treat people and your love for Him. He also cares about the physical condition of your heart. When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives, he resides in our heart. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that our bodies are temples and to honor our bodies. So why wouldn’t we treat ourselves well on a physical level?
Research has taught us that being overweight puts a strain on the heart. It can affect your cholesterol, blood pressure and cause metabolic syndrome. To determine if your weight is linked to increased risk of heart disease the two measurements that are used:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Waist Circumference
Body Mass Index (BMI)
The BMI is a mathematical formula that factors a person’s height and weight in determining obesity. It may be less accurate for athletes or older persons who have lost muscle mass.
To determine your BMI go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm
Your waist circumference is the measurement of your waist, just above your navel. It is a good predictor of abdominal fat, as risk factor for heart disease. This risk increases with a waist measurement of over 40 inches for men and over 35 for women.
A small decrease in weight can go a long way to decrease your overall risk for heart disease. So while we shouldn’t be vain, we need to take care of ourselves and stop trashing the temple.
Where do you start? Well, I can help. Contact me at www.beachbodycoach.com/KrysieWeil or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can set you up with a fitness program that is catered to your fitness level and goals, a nutrition guide, meal replacement shakes, protein bars, supplements, etc. I have the tools to get you where you need to go. So let’s get fit for God.
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