Sunday, August 2, 2015

Why Patience Helps You Keep in Shape

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Aside from helping you keep up with your workouts to keep in shape, patience also helps you maintain fitness in other ways.

Did you know stress or failure to manage your emotions (especially anger) could keep you from losing weight? Stress does that more than fatty food can. Genuinely happy folks (some people have the skill for looking happy while suffering inside, that's not what we mean here) who love good food can maintain good health and fitness.

There was a guy I knew who loved eating and lived a simple, happy life. He never once got overweight. Don't think he was free from life's problems. In fact, he was surrounded by difficult and some problematic folks, was everybody's errand boy, and never had enough money. But he was so patient. And he loved eating good food--well, he loved eating per se, enjoying even simple foods each meal.

I'm reminded:

The godly eat to their hearts' content, [Proverbs 13.25]
He ate so deliciously even with simple meals that I loved watching him do it. So often I loved eating with him.

Patience is powerful. Nothing is impossible to a patient individual--even weight loss. And patience tames your emotions so that they do not interfere with how your body naturally works. Uncontrolled emotions can wreak havoc on the way your body naturally works so that body systems soon begin to decline or fail in their functions, like metabolism.

By your patience possess your souls. [KJV Luke 21.19]
Another rendition of this verse goes like this:

Stand firm, and you will win life.
Impatience, like all other negative emotions, creates a harmful chemical reaction in you that can upset your digestion and your body's ability to absorb nutrients from food. Not only that, it can also affect the way your body stores and regulates body fat.

If you're genuinely patient, you easily keep in shape. But if you're only faking it--as some people can (outside they look patient but inside they suffer a lot from their silent impatience), it'll never work. In fact, it can sometimes be the reason why you gain weight even if you're a health buff.

Being among the fruit of the Spirit of God, patience never runs contrary to spiritual or natural laws. Paul told the Galatians: "Against such things there is no law." In other words, you can never go wrong with patience. You will never upset or break even any system in your body science. It's like oil that smoothens the functions of things.

Thus, patience helps you keep in shape, too.

And it won't cost you a penny to be patient. It's definitely cheap health and fitness with middle income budget. And I often find low and middle income people with the greatest potential for being patient.

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