Health Matters Podcast – Episode 9: What Does it Mean to be GodFit?

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Episode 9: John Hayden – What Does it Mean to be GodFit?

About the Show

Understanding how fitness relates to our relationship with God and our ability to be a servant for His kingdom is crucial for discipleship. The goal is simple. Stay committed to becoming spiritually well and physically well, and watch God work in your life. Watch God transform your attitude, your energy levels, and your perceptions. The purpose of GODFIT is to learn how to become a better servant for God’s kingdom. We are all gifts to this world. We have all been given gifts for this world. THROUGH LOVE SERVE

About the Speaker

Fitness instructor John Hayden, pictured Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, is the creator of GodFit, a program that combines exercise and spirituality.John Hayden is a certified fitness professional that has a wide range of experience training clients such as professional athletes, adults, youth, and children.

As a former collegiate athlete, John’s passion for fitness and wellness has been an integral part of his life.

His approach to fitness is humble. Stay fit to SERVE others. (Galatians 5:13)

 

Gift

Visit GodFit website or email John directly (john at godfit dot com) to receive 6 free body weight workouts. Mention in the email that you heard him on Health Matters podcast to receive the password to unlock the 6 free body weight workouts.

Show Notes

GodFit: Through Love Serve book

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Excerpt from our interview – BEEP Model

 

Kimberley

 

I love it. I was just reading in Acts about Paul and how he got common ground first with people before he started to talk about the gospel. I think that’s a really good way to do that is to have the common ground of fitness and physical health and then move into talking about spiritual health as well.

 

We’re going to move on to the BEEP round. John will give quick tips on the four disciplines of Bible study, eating healthy, exercise, and prayer or BEEP. So what do you have for us for a quick tip for Bible study?

 

John

 

One thing that I’ve learned is that exercise is one of those things you can make excuses for really quick. And same with Bible study. It’s really easy to push it off to the side and say I’ll do it later and come back to it but it never happens and you just get on this train of never doing it. So my tip for Bible study is to combine it with another activity. That’s what GodFit does. It combines your Bible study and spiritual disciplines with exercise. So at the bottom of each of the workouts in the program there’s an opportunity for you to engage in spiritual behaviour. And so my tip is to find out what activity you’d like to combine your Bible study with. And that can be anything. It doesn’t have to be a very specific 15-20 minutes carved out of your day time always. It can go along with different things that you are doing from the standpoint of being efficient. And that’s what this world craves. It needs efficiency, it needs simplicity. It needs to be able to do it in a—I don’t want to say easy fashion—but at the same time that’s what I do want to say because it’s harder and harder to carve out specific moments all the time for your Bible study. So if you can combine it with another activity that you’re already going to be doing or interested in doing you can kill two birds with one stone. And I found that with the GodFit program specifically bringing those two components together has only made the relationship sweeter because now there’s more active worship going on.

 

Kimberley

 

I like it. And your quick tip on eating healthy?

 

John

 

The quick tip to eating healthy is to understand your sugar consumption. I think sugar is something that isn’t talked about enough in our society. It’s everywhere and it’s hard to escape. And a lot of people don’t understand how much sugar they actually consume. That’s playing a huge factor in the obesity epidemic that we’re dealing with as a country, as a world, because sugar is in everything. There’s a lot of sugar that is added in most of the grocery store items that you can purchase and so it’s important for everybody to understand their sugars. The obvious sugars in a candy bar or pop or candy are just so obvious. But what’s killing us and getting us out of shape is all the sugar that’s added to things that we don’t think sugar is playing a part in. So just getting an idea of how sugar is playing a part in your life is really important to eating healthy.

 

Kimberley

 

And your quick tip for exercise?

 

John

 

The key to exercise is having proper motivation. You’ve got to understand why you’re exercising. The one thing I hit hard a lot at GodFit is knowing that the purpose to be fit is God calls us to be fit. He’s got opportunities lined up for us to take action and serve and are we ready to do that? If we can answer that question and have proper purpose and motivation for exercise all the things we think we want exercise for from the standpoint of weight loss, medication reduction—things like that—that’ll all be taken of through faith if our purpose is on God. So having proper motivation is the key to exercise.

 

Kimberley

 

Love it. And finally your quick tip for prayer?

 

John

 

Quick tip for prayer is to have others in mind. It’s so easy for individuals, like myself included, to pray for things going on in my life without really being observant to what’s going on in others’ lives. If we can focus on serving others and having others first prayer can be so much sweeter. And having a journal to write those down and those requests and truly show compassion for others. That’s my tip for prayer. It’s way easy to get wrapped up in our own lives when there are others who really need our help. And prayer is a powerful thing when you’re focused on the right objectives.

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