What Does The Bible Say About Health and Fitness?

Have you ever wondered, What does the Bible say about health and fitness?

So many of us are trying to improve our health in a culture that makes it incredibly difficult. The typical American diet is unhealthy, lifestyles are sedentary and we’re inundated with products and promises offering quick results that don’t deliver. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused, and end up out of shape – both physically and emotionally.

Emotional issues greatly affect the success of our physical goals. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains that 85% of all diseases are caused by emotion. The health problems we are facing now, and the diseases that may be lurking in our futures, are a direct manifestation of the emotional traumas we have lived through and how we have chosen to react to them.

In order for a real life change to occur, we need healing, strength and a power source greater than ourselves.

Perhaps you’ve been dealing with illness, death, divorce, body image disorders, eating disorders, or depression. And perhaps you’re wondering how to keep going and where to find hope?

Did you know God desires health and happiness for you?

Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about your health and fitness.

Consider These Key Scriptures:

Health & Taking Care of Our Body:

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV).

Discipline:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7, NLT).

Our Body Image:

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (PS139:14, ESV).

You Are Beautiful to God:

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (Song of Solomon 4:7, NIV).

Exercise:

Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NLT).

Discipline to Be Healthy:

Avoid compulsive behavior (including with food) of all kinds to honor God. “‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but I will not be mastered by anything… Therefore, Honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:12, 20b, NIV).

Physical Strength:

She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong” (Proverbs, 31:17, ESV).

Forgiveness:

As far as east is from west— that’s how far God has removed our sin from us” (Psalm 103:12, CEB).

Confidence:

So don’t lose your confidence, since it holds a great reward for you” (Hebrews 10:35, ISV).

Purpose:

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” Phil 1:6 NAS).

Fear:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV).

Self-control:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5;22-23, NFJV).

Comparing:

Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else” (Galatians 6:4, NIV). Thinking: “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8, MSG).

When You Don’t Know What to Do:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV).

Faith:

For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians, 5:7, ESV).

Balance:

Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags” (Proverbs 23:20-21, MSG).

Confusion & Indecision:

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37, NIV).

Wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5 NIV).

We All Have a Purpose and Plan for Our Lives:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer, 29:11 ESV).

You Can Begin, Again:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

Renewing Our Minds:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2, ESV).

Strength to Overcome:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” ( Romans, 8:37).

Hope:

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” ( IS 40:31, NIV).

Exhaustion/Rest:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28, NIV).

Anxiety:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NET).

Owning Our Part in Our Goals:

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23, NIV).

Pain:

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4, ESV).

Worry:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).

Extremes:

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant {and} cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon {and} devour” (1 Peter 5:8, AMP). A physical journey toward health requires a deeper understanding of you.

This scripture shows God’s blessing for good health begins with our souls:

“Dear friend, I pray that you are doing well in every way and that you are healthy, just as your soul is healthy”
(3 John 1:2, ISV)

People email me because they are hurting, frustrated and want to give up. Although their goal is to lose weight and get healthy, their personal battles are preventing them from achieving their health and happiness potential.

My hope is to show that the Bible is not antiquated –
it’s our manual for life and the answer to any problem you have.

Using scriptures from the Bible, I have been able to strengthen my spirit, and find a peace, success, and wholeness that I could’ve never achieved alone.

Questions for Reflection:

  • Did you know God cared so much about your health and happiness?
  • Can you see how spending time training your mind with the truth about you, could change your life?
  • Will you consider spending more time strengthening your soul and spirit?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Here to Help You Get Healthy, Happy & FIT,

kim

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By | 2016-10-14T14:06:00+00:00 November 8th, 2014|Christian Fitness, Faith, FIT Soul|4 Comments

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  1. Meera February 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you! You are a true inspiration!

  2. Elise February 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    You are right. Don’t judge. I love what you are doing can’t God bless you a thousand times over and He has and will Amen

  3. Mandy Tooley November 25, 2014 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Hi Kim,

    All I can say is wow, praise God for you.

    I was really doing well with my training and I competed about 2 years back and was looking good.

    On 14 February 2014 (valentines day), I found out that my husband had had an affair for 4 years with a lady quite a bit younger than myself and since then I had lost all hope and even though Im born again and spirit filled was feeling like I had lost my mind and the drive to train. I go to gym and train but my heart hasnt been in it. All the time I thought I was looking good for my man and he wouldnt look anywhere else (boy was I wrong). The reality was I was doing this for him and not myself. Reading your scripture have been pure insperational. My goal was always to do what you are doing, but here in South Africa. I originally competed because I was truely inspired by you. I always wanted to compete but thought that I couldnt because I was a Christian and when I read about you it was a turning point in my life. I thought if God could bless you and you could be a mouth piece for Jesus and you are able to complete I could do the same. I took part in my first competition and came 4th. There are so many moms in my age group (46 years old) that need someone to look up too and help them and I was there until I fell off the rails with my training and eating in February. I have just realised that I should do this for myself and not for anyone else.

    Thanks again for all the scripture I have printed them out and will keep referring to them when I need encouragement.

    Kind regards
    Mandy

    • Kim Dolan Leto November 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      Mandy,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m truly sorry you had to go through that with your husband.

      However, I love that you are taking everything you’ve learned and using it to shine in who God created you to be. You can be a light for so many women.
      I’m honored and blessed by your words.

      All my best to you,
      Kim

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