60 Days In (Now 130)

I started this blog 90 days ago and got distracted. Well. The headline above refers to being two months into the new year, that will soon be an old year, as we settle way into what’s happenings in our lives, community, country and the world. How have these categories affected you mentally, physically and spiritually? Has your stress level risen out of control? Gained weight? Mad at GOD? Running towards GOD? Angry at your neighbor? Angry at yourself? That’s enough. I believe you get the idea.

While a good counselor and coach and perhaps even a mentor, will help us work through our issues and our emotional response to them, what can we do to aid the process? You guessed it! Exercise and proper eating. Notice I did not say “diet”, as it has too many meanings. I am not going to teach you anything new here, but to say “you already know” that staying hydrated holds the key to our well-being.

A few facts. Rather than “reinvent the wheel”, I found a great article citing six great benefits of drinking enough water. They include:

  1. Brain health
  2. Weight loss
  3. Detoxification
  4. Regularity
  5. Youthful skin
  6. Healthy muscles

Now get the deails here – https://www.brainmdhealth.com/blog/6-amazing-health-benefits-of-drinking-water/

Let me know what you think.

The taste of Flint 

The Flint, Michigan water saga keeps growing in the wake of those being held accountable for this horrible crisis.Filtering is not a long term fix. What’s next for the #FlintMichiganWaterCrisis? New criminal charges expected. Click to read CNN article below.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/29/us/flint-water-crisis-charges/index.html

WHY DO I HAVE AN HOURLY ACTIVITY GOAL?

The headline and the following content is an excerpt from Q&A from my fitbit mobile app. It reviews the importance and health benefits of being active hourly.

“Research shows that prolonged sitting is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems. Even if you meet typical exercise guidelines, sitting for long periods of time can still compromise your health. Fortunately, moving even a few minutes every hour reduces the negative effects of sitting.”

Three sources they cite are:

http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/preventdisease?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpreventdisease.com%2Fnews%2F14%2F011014_Sitting-Prolonged-Periods-Stalling-Metabolic-Machinery.shtml&utm_referrer=#2587

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25931456

http://www.ll.dlpa.bru.nihr.ac.uk/Sedentary_Behaviour__New_Study-4347.html

Renew Your Mind

The Dimensions of Wellness encompasses many facets. So, it should be no surprise that today’s blog topic speaks to the spiritual. To have a healthy body, we need healthy thoughts, which lead to healthy words and healthy actions. I like using the Bible Scripture Romans 12:2 because it tells us to renew our minds and we will be transformed. Another verse even tells us how to do it. It instructs us to have the mind of Christ. Wow. Philippians 2:5

What is the mindset of Christ? We might use another scripture to answer that question. The scripture I’m thinking is the one that talks about the fruit of the Spirit. Whether or not you are a Bible-believing Christian, or are an otherwise spiritually “religious” person (or not), you have been taught the principles of the fruit of the Spirit, as have I. These principles are even taught in business as emotional intelligence (EQ or EI).

Okay, “the fruit of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.” Galatians 5:22

Embedding these behaviors in our thoughts and minds should cause us to practice them. Think about for a moment. What would the world, or our personal environment, look like, feel like, if we each adopted the fruit of the spirit? It would be an amazing place. No crime, no hunger, no poverty. Peace and joy. Love would rule the day. Wouldn’t it be grand?

Let us each intentionally grab these nuggets of truth and practice then daily. We will encounter challenges of opposition along the way, but the more we integrate them into our lives, the more others will change around us. Let’s make a difference.
http://bible.com/296/rom.12.2.GNB