I remember years after college, I was going to a St. Paul Saints game at Midway Stadium. I was going to pay my ticket and after I got my receipt, I noticed they charged me the “under 18” price. I was helping out with a community youth event (2010 +/-) at a nearby high school and one of the organizers asked me what year in high school I was in. Elderly guys at the local fitness center always ask what year in college I am. A friend from church came over with her family yesterday for lunch that I hosted at my house. The lady that I’ve known for years since going to my local church (1997 or so) told me “I look so good-looking” at my age still. Everywhere I go, most people comment how “younger” I look then my actual age (36), so I decided to share my personal tips to the global community. I don’t have it perfect, but I would love to share what I do and would love to learn more additional tips from readers like you.
I’ll start with the “wholistic” approach of body, soul, and mind (in no particular order of priority). However, my faith is “number uno” to all three as I start and end my day (Joshua 1:8) with God’s Word (soul food)….
“For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”–Proverbs 9:11
When I first became a Christian (see , my eyes started to open as I read God’s Word. One of the verses that really “opened my eyes” on the importance of keeping healthy overall is..
“12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will…”–Romans 12
I was diagnosed “border-line” diabetic 6 or so years ago and this “woke” me up to change my life style. Rice is a big staple crop in my Asian-Filipino family’s diet in our meals, which I know played a factor in contributing to diabetes in my mom’s side (grandma and herself). I wanted this generational “genetic health issue” to stop with me, so I decided (w/ God’s help through His Word on “discipline”) to change my eating habits (e.g. Good News Foods). I already cut or eliminated my intake of “soda/pop” around that time, so I just gotta “eliminate” other “bad habits”.
My full-time job requires some “physical” stamina and health, so going to the “local gym” has been very beneficial for me. I don’t only do “exercises” there, but pretty much throughout the day. I regularly doing some exercises (e.g pushups, sit-ups, and stretches) each morning when I work my other job (pt) to “wake” me up and gives me a great start for the day. I “try” to ride my bike to as many places (e.g. workplace, fitness center, shopping around town, errands, etc..) as possible if weather (e.g. even during the winter as long there is no “blizzard”) is cooperative.
Another way is keeping “active” (e.g. church functions: local church-used to help with Sunday School, currently serving as a greeter in a every other month basis schedule, etc…; community volunteering, etc..) in the community in various activities using my God-given gifts, talents, skills, etc..
Lastly, it’s important to have an “active” mind, which I feel “eating healthier” contributes to a clearer mind. I keep learning new “bad foods” out there almost daily when folks share interesting articles on (Facebook-ask for my pics of my past years!) or finding articles/headlines when checking my email. “Knowledge is power”, right? Yes, I’m finish with college, but we “never” stop learning. That is why I love teaching ESL/GED at the local school as it’s more beneficial learning from my students than teaching them what I’m constantly learning.