If you have read my blog for any length of time or at least skimmed over my posts, you’ll know most of what I have to say deals with finding our worth in Christ, embracing inner beauty, and living the Christian life out of a loving heart confident in Christ’s love for us. Today, I want to talk about something with the help of my friend Jimmy Peña that may seem contradictory at first.
The issue of health and fitness.
It’s almost as if we as Christians tend to shy away from this issue because of what the fitness craze has done. Instagram is over run with half-naked models flexing their muscles in provacative poses and neon colors. It’s turning average people into insta-superstars because they bare it all on the internet, and frankly, it is very off-putting to someone trying to live a Christian life. Because of this, Christians have either fallen into the trap of joining this #fitfam or shying away from the gym at all. I have even thought to myself, “Well, I’m not going to tell everyone I’m on a diet or I’m working out, isn’t that all “vanity” anyway?”
Is God really ONLY concerned with our hearts?
This is where my friend Jimmy comes in. Jimmy Peña is an exercise physiologist, speaker, and bestselling author whose clients have included LL Cool J, Mario Lopez (with whom he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Extra Lean), and Tyler Perry, and he has written a book that has me so incredibly excited.
His newest book The Prayfit Diet is empowering Christians to take back the fitness culture. Not only does he offer practical advice in ways that anyone can grasp, but he explains from the Bible why we should be keeping ourselves healthy through fitness and healthy eating.
I know I sound like an infomercial right now, but I BELIEVE in this book, guys. It’s like #fitfam and #faithfam met, had a baby, and named it the Prayfit Diet. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean by this.
“The Prayfit Diet doesn’t encourage the extraction of your sweet tooth, nor does it champion rapid weight loss at the expense of overall health. Eating your macronutrients in equal proportions facilitates weight loss, not by steering you in the direction of the drastic but by returning you to the way that you were intended to eat in the first place.” (pg 30)
“The Lord didn’t intend for us to fret over every single calorie in the way that other fad diets would have you believe.” (pg 31)
“Whatever your goals are, big or small, jot them down and refer to them daily. As you do, whisper to yourself, ‘God’s will and good health,’ because here’s the thing: if it’s important to you, it’s important to Him. He cares when you care. He cries when you cry. Your goals of health, when listed for the right reasons are a means of praise. Just turning your heart toward accomplishing them brings Him thanks and praise. And you know what? I think the things you accomplish through the Prayfit Diet–even of those things weren’t on the list–will simultaneously glorify the Lord and amaze you.” (pg 40)
Whether you are just starting on a journey to better health or you are in the middle of one or you have reached all your goals already, whether you don’t exercise at all or you just joined a gym or you are a regular, whether you have no idea where to start or you simply need new motivation, the Prayfit Diet is such a refreshing faith-filled perspective of WHY we should be taking care of our bodies for the glory of the Lord and to accomplish His purposes. It will truly change your perspective.
I really believe the Christian community needs and can use Jimmy Peña’s knowledge for the glory of the Lord and that the Prayfit Diet will empower Christians to take control of their health in order to win the world for Jesus Christ.
Check out Prayfit.com for more information on Jimmy or his book, to preorder, and even enter a special preorder giveaway!
You will not regret it. :]