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Parish Nurse Article, June 2017

In Body and Spirit…
A message from the Parish Nurses

As we begin summer and the beautiful time of the year in Minnesota, what is another way in which you would like to find a better way of healthy living? One of the best ways to protect and promote health is by staying active, and an easy way to do so is by staying in “step” with the Lord. Health matters for our body, mind, and spirit; if you change nothing, nothing will change. But first and foremost, you must check with your Health Care Provider. Proverbs 14:15 reminds us that, “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.”

If you want more energy, feel better, and improve your longevity, cardiovascular exercise is for you! This is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. It doesn’t take hour after hour to reap these benefits either. When the opportunity presents itself, take a short walk, or do a few exercises you are able to do. The activity you accumulate throughout the day is important in burning calories, but the most important thing is to stay active! Walking for most people can be an excellent form of exercise. It is simple, can be done alone or with other people, requires little equipment, and many national experts support this activity. A healthy diet and physical activity can reduce the likelihood of experiencing some chronic diseases.

Exercising has many positive benefits as well. It could lower blood pressure, improve your cholesterol levels, and create better blood flow throughout your body. It could also help to prevent other health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Care of our bodies is important and should be done out of thankfulness to God, but a lean and toned body is never our ultimate goal! In I Timothy 4:8, we read, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

More restful sleep is another benefit of cardiovascular exercise. Boosting your activity level throughout the day may help you fall asleep faster, as well as help you reach deep sleep. Your concentration and productivity as well as alertness also could see boosts, helping you perform daily activities better. Variety is very important as well! Vary your location, duration, and intensity to help you perform daily activities better. You don’t need a gym membership to get started either. Walking and/or biking among many other exercises can be done to get your heart pumping, and can be done anywhere and anytime. Other things to consider if you begin walking could be:

  • Use of a pedometer to keep track of your steps.
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Start small and gradually increase your goals slowly.
  • Walking your dog or go with another person.
  • Tell someone your plan to help hold you accountable.
  • Use this as meditation or prayer time.
  • Be patient, it takes time to develop a pattern!

Care of our bodies is important and should be done out of thankfulness to God! In Psalms 32:8, we read,”I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”

If you would like to contact a parish nurse, please call the church office, or email parish.nurse@graceofav.org.

Peace and good health to you all!

Lois Askvig and Amy Fleser
Grace Lutheran Parish Nurses

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