long-term fitness

How to Establish and Maintain Long-Term Fitness

Are you in it for the long haul?

My newest book is titled “A Year of Sundays: 52 Faith & Fitness Devotions.”

Why a year? Why 52 weeks?

Sure, you can pick up the devotional and go through it in 52 days. But if you want to truly make lasting change, to establish long-term fitness, you have to commit to the long game. This applies to most things in life – not only your health but also things like your faith, business, relationships, etc. 

In this book, each devotion is followed by an action step. They might even seem quite simple at first. Drink more water. Meditate on a scripture. Take a social media break. But what have we learned from diets? They’re usually extreme. To be fair, most people can do anything for a short amount of time. However, it’s doing the simple things and doing them consistently over time that yields the results. 

You can be sure a new diet or detox will start trending at the beginning of each new year. Magazines, news segments, and social media posts will all be about weight loss and becoming a new you. 

First of all, you are good and you are loved just as you are. You don’t have to become new every year. 

And secondly, these trends, this starting over, only puts you farther behind on your own journey to establishing long-term fitness. 

How to establish and maintain long-term fitness. It starts by making a commitment and focusing on your faith. #FaithAndFitness #LastingResults Share on X

Living fit and free, building a healthy life on a foundation of faith, #moderation365 – none of these will likely ever be trending, but that’s okay. That’s the whole point! You have to commit to the long game. And that’s not sexy to anyone. Sure you might be able to do something hard for a while, but you won’t be able to sustain it in the long term. And don’t you want to establish long-term fitness? Something that is sustainable and that you can automate so that you are free to enjoy your current age and stage of life and all that God has for you right now? 

Commit to consistency. It’s why I wrote a devotional that is intended to take you through an entire year. Don’t dismiss the action steps that might seem simple or seem to not be enough. They’re small things you can do to set yourself up for a healthy life that is sustainable. And many of those things start by changing how you think. 

We have to do the work on the inside for the outside to follow. If there is weight to lose, it’ll come off once you address your thoughts and motivations. 

Long-term fitness has more to do with how you think and where you look for your value and guidance than any physical action or activity that you’ll do. 

Build your health on a firm foundation of faith, and you’ll never waste time and energy on a diet again. Instead you will have found the answer to establishing your version of long-term fitness. 

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