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Feelings And Fitness: A Contrary Mix

When was the last time you didn't do something you should have done just because you didn't feel like it? If you're like most of us it wasn't so long ago; and it helps the process, unfortunately, that these brilliant minds of ours have the ability to rationalize any "should do" into a "maybe later" in the twinkling of an eye. So it's no wonder that feelings play a major roll (for most of us) in how successful we are at pursuing and obtaining our fitness goals. A friend in ministry shared with me many years ago a method that God has allowed to work for me, and I pray may be what helps to right the ship for you. As I shared with him one day about how hard a time I was having managing feelings of anger within the context of a personal relationship, he advised that I practice developing a habit of doing the opposite of what I feel. This simple and somewhat challenging exhortation saved the relationship and helps to ward off procrastination and ill response to life's negative issues and influences to this day.

Now I know this for most is easier said than done, and this is exactly why I use the word practice in the recommendation. Of course we all recognize that habits don't just show up one day, fully developed and ready for use. No, we usually stumble upon them at first, and practice them to the point of second nature, and don't really have cause to give them another thought until they are noticed, usually by others; yet to us they simply are a product of our subconscious mind. I know someone who struggled with an addictive behavior recently and while praying they received instructions to stop doing the addictive behavior out of habit; that the first step to arresting the impulse to engage in the behavior was to evaluate whether or not it was being done out of feelings or just habit.

Alright, here comes the good and practical news with regard to this process. In my estimation it is easier to break a bad habit than to battle a feelings. God, in his word supplies the tools we need to combat situations where feelings hold us back from our fitness goals, or any other worthwhile goal for that matter. Here's how it works: Proverb 4:23 instructs us to "Keep our hearts (feelings) with all diligence (a practiced consistency), for out of it springs the issues for life." Now, focusing to apply your new understanding that the feelings that may come up when the flesh takes issue with the "let's get moving" part of your plans to be fit, may likely be the by-product of a habit than a feeling, and therefore easier to conquer. Simply choose to practice doing the opposite of what you're feeling and trust God's provision that you have His assisting grace empowering you to get the job done and eventually you'll replace the bad habit with a good one!

Well that's my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit God's way!

[Derrick is a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry's Ministry Training Institute, as well as an AMF Certified Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness. You can contact him at (626) 524-5125 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text25204 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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