No one has ever lost weight and kept it off if they didn’t enjoy it. That’s why so many diets fail to work. If you’ve been tortured by low-carb meals and unmotivated to use your gym membership it is time to openly ask the question you’ve been secretly wondering… Where’s the FUN factor?
If you had no obligations, an unlimited budget, and total freedom to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? Most of us would do something that gives us some level of personal enjoyment. It would be fun—maybe REALLY fun.
The reality is that we have many responsibilities, limited resources, and quite a few restrictions on our time, attention and energy. That often translates into personal fitness being a scheduled activity that is a low priority. The natural progression is to reschedule, cancel, and finally forget about it altogether. The cycle of inactivity, gaining weight, and declining health continues.
In an effort to prevent that from happening we often resort to drastic and dramatic measures. The diets are painful and the exercise is uninspired. You hate it but you do it. If you’re tired of a self-defeating lifestyle then draw on a Christian outlook to make fitness functional for you.
The Bible instructs us to rejoice, give thanks, and praise God. To honestly do that, you have to truly be thankful. Pursue joy, goodness, and peace. Find hope and promise each day.
Fill your days with active fun. If you are a parent get physically involved with your children regardless of their age. If they are young you may chase them around the house or wrestle on the floor with them. If they are older the possibilities are unlimited. Whatever you do remember that you don’t have to be the best at it. In fact you don’t have to do it well at all. Just have fun.
If you’re single, join others in doing something physical. You can join others that are already doing something or find someone that is doing nothing and start an activity together. What is important is that you choose something that you want to do. Resist the fear of what others think. Make your pursuit of fun your personal pursuit of Christ.
Food can be fun too. In fact it has to be fun. God designed our sense of taste to bring pleasure. He made us to experience satisfaction through a full stomach. His Word calls us to use wisdom and exercise self-control. To really find the fun factor in food discipline how often you fill your stomach and what you use to fill it. A nutritionist or dietician can give you many ideas for balanced eating.
“Are you having fun yet?” Keep asking yourself that question. After all we’re created for God’s pleasure.
For more, read the latest issue of Faith & Fitness Magazine.