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WW: Health Management

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Health is not valued until sickness comes. Being healthy is now the trend but what are you doing about your own health? With Paul Tan-chi, ‘WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?’ Managing Life’s Essentials is back with topic on managing our health. Here are my key takeaways:

How you manage your health is answerable by asking these three major questions:

  1. How often do you exercise?
  2. What kind of food do you eat regularly and what is your eating habit?
  3. How many hours do you normally sleep?

1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” Imagine that one day, the President told you that he’ll be visiting your house. What will you do? I bet you’ll clean everything up. You’ll throw away all the trash and you’ll make sure that every area of your place is nice and pleasant. Am I right? Having that mindset, it is necessary for us to take care of our physical bodies as these are the temples of the Holy Spirit. God dwells in us. As much as we want to impress the President on how spotless our houses are, it is essential to present our bodies worthy for the place of the King of Kings.


Aside from being lazy, we can think of a lot of excuses for not stretching and working out. Is time an issue? – remember what I’ve shared in Time Management, “Do not look for an available time, set the time.” In fact, there are a lot of exercises which may cost us only 5-minutes of our time daily. Is venue an issue? – we can actually do some exercises by having an area of less than 2×2 meters. You might want to watch an exercise demo of air squat here. Do not waste your time searching for the best exercise. The best exercise is one that you will be able to do on a regular basis.


You are what you eat and drink. Everyone knows that too much of everything is bad. You know your weakness in terms of food intake, thus, make it a habit to resist and flee from the temptations of having too much of what you know is not right. You might be a fan of sweet desserts. I admit I’m into salty foods. Again, moderation is the key. Eat at least three times a day, do not skip meals. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Avoid instant and processed foods. Be vigilant with what you eat because whatever you put inside your body will manifest on how healthy you will be. Remember that everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.


Most car accidents occur due to lack of sleep. Poor memory, chronic diseases and bad moods are all typically brought by having not enough sleep versus what is needed. What makes it difficult for you to live a lifestyle of  “early to bed, early to rise”? Is it because of your favorite TV show? A computer game? Social media network? In order for you to achieve a well and sound sleep every night, try to limit your activities in the evening as much as possible. Have a hot shower before going to bed. Also, avoid eating heavy meals after 9 pm. Do not overexercise at night. You might also want to play some relaxing music while sleeping.

We might have several reasons or sources of motivation on why we wanted to live fit and healthy. It might be for our children, in order to avoid and fight sicknesses or we might want to look good and fabulous. Whatever it is, remember that in 1 Corinthians 6:20, God says “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” More than two thousand years ago, there was a man in the name of Jesus, who died on the cross and took all the pain, all the shame and all the blame for us to have an eternal life. He lives in us. He dwells in us. The good news is that we can give glory and honor to Him with the way we are taking care of our bodies.

Being healthy is not just about living longer; taking care of our bodies can yield benefits today!

The time to start living wisely begins today.

Come with us as we unpack a 4-week series on managing life’s essentials. WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG? Join us in the succeeding session (Relationship Management) on Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 in the evening at CCF Center, C5 corner Ortigas Center. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s free! Email for inquiries.


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