Lifestyle Support for Healthier Living
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Each day spend time out of doors where you can breathe fresh air, assuming you live in an area where the air is clean. Its negatively charged ions are known to inhibit cancer growth and to improve the body's overall condition.
Indoor air, that is often positively charged, inhibits positive factors such as the body's ability to produce stress-relieving hormones. There are also many known replenishing psychological benefits associated with spending time out of doors every day. Numerous studies have shown that regular exposure to sunshine creates a sense of well being and happiness that enhances and strengthens the immune system and all other systems of the body. Vitamin D is created naturally by exposure of the skin to the sun. Vitamin D is required for proper bone growth and maintenance. It is also an up-regulator for all metabolic activity. Strive to combine your daily exercise with adequate intakes of sunshine and fresh air. Sufficient vitamin D is created in just 15 minutes of exposure to the sun in most latitudes, if the sunshine is present and if it can reach the skin of the forearms and face.
Years ago, Ezra Taft Benson, the former Secretary of Agriculture to the United States and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged the following: He counseled that as you exercise daily by going for walks, bicycle rides, and so forth to listen to recordings of the scriptures and the Lord’s living oracles, which is to spend exercise time feasting upon the words of Christ who created man, the heavens, the earth and everything that in them is.
It should not be a surprise to you, that when you go outside to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and pleasant exercise, that your best “fat-burning” pace is a pace that does not wind you, or even inhibit talking, but is a pace that allows you to enjoy every aspect of God’s creations as you reflect upon his words, which will tell you all things that you must do.
As you so do, your daily exercise will cease to be a chore and will become an incredible gift that will enable you to sing and shout praises to the Lord. Let your heart be filled with joy, praise, and thanksgiving and express your love to God as you enjoy this time basking and replenishing your spirit while surrounded by God’s beauties. To the extent this time blesses you physically, that is wonderful, but let the umbilical nurturing of God’s life-quickening Spirit and instructive word become your true aim. This is a far more motivating and lasting ambition than merely logging more time to burn fat.
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