40 health tips to jumpstart your next 40 years

Caring for our bodies is one way we can honor God (1 Corinthians 6:19). As a good steward of your body, prioritizing diet and exercise plays a huge role in staying healthy.

In honor of CHM’s 40th birthday, we want to give you these health tips to jumpstart your next 40 years!

  1. Make time to work out. Whether you’re lifting heavy weights or simply taking a daily walk, find time to invest in some form of physical activity.
  2. Quality sleep is important. Invest in a good bed, commit to getting to bed at a decent hour, and don’t compromise your rest.
  3. Push yourself to do a little more today than you did yesterday. Set goals, reach them, and then set new ones.
  4. Take time to prioritize your mental health. If you need counseling, seek it! Having a healthy mind is as important as having a healthy body.
  5. Find fun ways to exercise! Do you enjoy or admire acrobatics? Try taking an aerial acrobatics class! Do you enjoy being in nature? Go for a sightseeing run in the woods.
  6. Achieve one goal at a time; don’t overdo it.
  7. Avoid fast food and processed food. Instead, cook at home more often with fresh ingredients, herbs, and spices.
  8. Eat simply. Consuming more whole grains, green vegetables, colorful fruits, and fish is healthier than red meat.
  9. Continue to learn new things and embrace your inner creativity.
  10. Take time to worship! According to Vanderbilt University, it reduces mortality by 55 percent.
  11. Dance the stress away. Dance also increases cognition and memory function.
  12. Spend time with pets. This decreases blood pressure and cholesterol while improving mental health.
  13. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Regularly do whatever helps you minimize stress to improve your overall health.
  14. Get in your exercise time in the morning before work or school. You’ll start the day feeling like you’ve accomplished something—because you have—and any other physical activity you get throughout the day is gravy!
  15. Try a 40-day sugar fast
  16. Drink enough water. Take a reusable water bottle with you throughout your day to work and when you're in the car. This helps keep you hydrated. This also stops those fast food and Starbucks runs to grab a sugary drink.
  17. Take care of your teeth and floss daily. These small, simple preventative measures can contribute to your overall health and fewer cavities.
  18. Spiritual health is important for physical health. Attend church on a regular basis, join a small group or volunteer.
  19. Filter your decisions through your current season of life. Are you a college student? Empty nester? New mom? Listen to what your body needs right now in your current season of life. Be kind to yourself by supporting your mental, physical spiritual needs right now.
  20. Practice and protect the Sabbath. Pick 24 hours each week to worship your Maker and delight in the life God has given you. Fill these 24 hours with everything that reminds you of the gospel and why life is worth living! Love to garden? Cook? Read? Paint? Sabbath is not just a day off or a time to sing worship music all day, it’s a set-apart day for living in contentment and delight by enjoying the things that fill you up!
  21. Forgive often and quickly. We are commanded by Jesus to forgive. We know it’s the “right” thing to do, but what does it have to do with our health? Jesus wants us to live an abundant life through the power of the Gospel! He knows that when we withhold forgiveness from others it doesn’t just hurt our relationships, but it’s also harmful to us. Often many mental or physical issues can be rooted in our choice not to forgive someone who has hurt us.
  22. Start adding in the fruits and veggies you like. Slowly add in new ones so your first several days of eating healthier feel more natural and less intimidating at the start.
  23. Walk with intent. Sometimes we think of walking or running as something that’s only helpful for physical well-being, but as believers, we can use that time to focus on prayer as the primary goal.
  24. Don’t over-research or over-complicate the small stuff. Choosing a good option over the “best” option is still better than choosing a “bad” option. You can always upgrade as you learn more or have opportunities.
  25. Always keep exercise clothes or “dirty clothes” in your car. That way, as you’re driving places and see a cool park you have time to stop at, you don’t have to worry about not having the proper clothes or shoes!
  26. Worry less about tracking calories and more about eating quality food.
  27. Plan ahead and always have a healthy snack (or several) available, in case you get a sudden hunger pang.
  28. Something is better than nothing. Even if you move your body just 10 minutes a day, get in the habit of dedicating time to some physical activity.
  29. Start your day with the Lord and find small moments throughout the day to recognize His goodness and be grateful for the ways He’s working in your life.
  30. Practice gratitude. It can lead to a healthier attitude and lifestyle and can make a positive impact on others as well.
  31. Limit sugary drinks. This helps lessen the risks of heart disease and diabetes.
  32. Avoid bright lights before going to bed. Bright lights can disrupt your body's natural production of melatonin and contribute to poor sleep patterns.
  33. Laugh often. Laughter has many health benefits, including stress relief, soothes tension in the body and improving your immune system.
  34. Nurture your social relationships. Spend time with friends, family and other people you care about. This is important for your mental and physical health.
  35. Meditate. Taking the time to be still and meditate on God's word improves physical and mental health. Be present and focus on the breath He has given you.
  36. Monitor your stress levels. Stress and anxiety can lead to serious health issues. Take regular breaks, check in with how your body feels often, and create healthy boundaries to limit stress in your life.
  37. Take a multivitamin. Taking a daily multivitamin helps with maintaining sufficient levels of nutrients.
  38. Reduce screen time. Too much screen time can lead to many health issues, including obesity, sleep issues, depression, and neck and back problems.
  39. Track your movement. It's important to move our bodies daily. Use an app or fitness watch to keep track of your movement.
  40. Love your neighbor. We're all trying to work on something. Kindness with ourselves and others can go a long way.

 

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