The Man and His Health
Kuya Kevin here. You may know me from my blog about relationship and purity issues (KuyaKevin.com). But today I’d like to talk about a different topic; one that I’m also passionate about. Let’s talk about fitness: the man and his body.
We men are naturally physical beings. This is truth becomes apparent as soon as we are able to crawl. Boys tend to be more malikot (fidgety) than girls. We love to run, climb, and do about anything else that involves moving.
Then comes the teenage years. This is the time we often excel in sports. With manhood comes strength and power, so we learn how to challenge these newfound physical abilities.
Unfortunately, this often changes as we age. We become less physically active and get careless about our health. We start packing on the pounds and begin to lose our vitality. Tragically, some men will go to early graves due to poor stewardship—not taking care of their bodies.
Here’s what bothers me: I see many young men in their 20’s who are already starting to decline physically. This time should be their physical peak, yet they are allowing bad habits to rob them of getting the most out of life.
Here’s something else that bothers me: preachers are some of the worst offenders of bad health habits. I often joke about wanting to avoid the “Baptist preacher midsection.”
Don’t get me wrong, here—I know this life and this body is temporary. I also don’t believe we should base our self-worth on having washboard abs or big biceps. But come on—can’t we serve God more effectively if we take care of our health? Isn’t that what good stewardship is all about?
Allow me to give you just a few tips for a healthier lifestyle:
1. Avoid Cigarettes: If I could give one health tip, this would be it. Do I really need to explain why? Cancer and cardiovascular disease are inevitable results of this nasty habit. But we men have another reason to avoid “cancer sticks”: cigarette smoking hits us below the belt. Think about it—anything that damages your cardiovascular system is going to affect your sexual functioning.
2. Use Alcohol in Moderation (if at all): Most men love to have a cold beer after a hard day of work. But they are probably not thinking about the testosterone suppressing properties of this favorite beverage (alcohol and other ingredients in beer tend to suppress testosterone). An occasional drink won’t kill you, but going overboard will destroy your life and health pretty quickly.
3. Control Your Diet: Here’s another one people misunderstand. There’s nothing wrong with having pizza and a doughnut every once in a while. But we should use moderation and try to eat healthy most of the time. By “healthy” I mean a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Learn to eat well most of the time and the occasional splurge won’t harm you.
4. Exercise: What’s the best exercise? The answer is simple: one you will do. I love lifting weights and highly recommend it. But you may prefer jogging, martial arts, or playing basketball. Anything to get you moving and sweating will benefit you in the long run. The important thing is to find something you like and do it regularly (at least a couple of times a week).
Take care of the body God has given you, and feel free to visit my blog for more fitness tips: Lose Fat, Gain Muscle (Strongandfit.net).
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. – 1st Timothy 4:8