Take a hike!

Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I have been asked many times the following question, “I’m so tired when I get home. I just want to crash. How do you keep exercising when you’re tired.”

I have a simple answer: Take a hike!

When you are tired, the best thing to do to drum up some energy is go for a walk, no ear buds, no phone, just you, outside, walking around the neighborhood or at least around the block.

The strength you need is just around the corner because you have it in you.

We are so burdened with work stress, family stress, friend dramas, political arguments, technology and Facebook. No wonder we feel tired when we get home. We just finished working a stressful job and now we are about to submerse ourselves in another stressful universe.

In only takes a few minutes to walk around the block a couple times. But that short time can be so rejuvenating.

When we are tired or burdened we make poor choices. We eat too much. We eat the wrong foods. We forget to eat. We forget where our strength comes from.

Losing weight is surprisingly simple. You have some simple, basic steps you need to take to lose weight, change your eating, increase your activity. That is it.

The basic building block of activity is walking.

The basic building block of eating is good planning.

And the source of our strength is the One who put the building blocks together to make us.

So, when you get home from a stressful day, before you eat, before you cook or order food, before you get mired in the stress of life at home or buried in technology, take a hike. Hike until your head is clear. Hike until your energy returns. Hike until you only hear His voice. Hike until you have a clear plan for what to eat.

If you do, your calories will go down; your steps will rise up; your stress will decrease; your satisfaction with life will increase.

You will see results. You will see new perspectives. You will see a new person in the mirror.

And you will find strength.

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