by Corey Latta | From Our Men’s Issue | Click Here For The Full Issue
In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul asks his readers, “do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?” This verse is one I strive to live by, a truth I apply to every area of my life, especially the area of fitness. I’ve been involved in fitness since I was 14 years old (that’s almost 20 years!), and I can think of nothing that has been more beneficially formative to my overall emotional, spiritual, and mental health. No matter what your current level of fitness is, you can make great gains in bodily transformation and quality of life.
If there is one practical truth I’ve seen proven time and time again, a commitment to stay healthy through clean eating and regular exercise will radically enrich your life. We are given bodies by God to take care of, strengthen, and use to live out His purpose and our dreams. Have faith in fitness. It won’t let you down.
These 5 tips work for both men and women, but let me target the fellas. I’m going to give you pointers that will help boost your confidence, build your body, and keep your temple in top shape.
- Eat clean! Hours in the gym cannot compensate for a bad diet. Muscle, fat loss, and health are cooked up in the kitchen. Maintaining a clean diet is involved and multifaceted, it’s so important to cut out all fast food, keep your sweet-eating at a minimum, eat at least 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight, drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, and take a multi-vitamin.
- Lift weights are least 3-5 times per week. There is no substitution for lifting weights. A regular lifting routine will be one of your greatest weapons in building muscle, increasing your body’s ability to burs fat, and giving your body the shape you’ve always wanted. A good weightlifting routine will hit the entire body in a week’s time, every body part. You can do this by splitting your days to focus on a couple of areas. For example, Mondays you can work Chest and Triceps, and then you can target Back and Biceps on Tuesday. Create a routine that will train every muscle group in a week’s time.
- Cardio, cardio, cardio. In my opinion, you should do cardio for every day you lift weights. I try to get in 30 minutes a day, helping me sustain a fitness routine that builds muscle and improves my cardiovascular health. And other than your diet, nothing works so well to burn fat as a regular cardio. Run, get on the elliptical at your local gym, shadowbox in your living room, take a fitness class, just keep moving!
- Keep your body guessing. No matter what your fitness plan, you want to change it up every couple of months. Our bodies like to adjust, and when they adjust they often slip into cruise control, creating stubborn plateaus that we have to constantly combat. Changing your routine will keep your body in a state of adjustment, better engaging your muscles and preventing it from slipping into a place of slow growth.
- Last but certainly not least: make a commitment to live a fit life. All of the previous is worthless, if you don’t make a conscious decision to improve your diet and workout. THE greatest muscle you have is your mind. Get it right and your other muscles will soon follow on the road to a stronger you. When building temples for God, construction starts with the head. Commit and have faith in fitness.
In his spare time, Corey is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in Memphis. For more on Corey’s fitness routine or for more information on personal training, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.