Fitness – Why Fitness?

At Fit 4 Life we encourage a healthy fitness philosophy.  What do we mean by that?  Well fitness is one of those things that can easily be taken to the extreme, either extreme inactivity or extreme obsession.

We believe it is very important for everyone’s physical and mental health to include some physical activity in your schedule.  The NZ government recommends 30min of moderate activity every day.  Statistically only 52% of adults in NZ have 30min a day and 10% of NZ adults are active less than 30min per week!

Being physically active has great advantages:

  • better overall health
  • more energy
  • lower stress levels
  • increased self-esteem
  • better posture and balance
  • better weight management and weight control
  • improved fitness
  • stronger muscles and bones
  • better sleep and feel more relaxed

Keeping active can also reduce the risk and/or effects of a number of health conditions:

  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • obesity
  • strokes
  • diabetes
  • certain cancers (especially colorectal, breast and endometrial)
  • depression
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • stress
  • some respiratory conditions.

At Fit 4 Life we want to help you to find a good balance of activity in your life.  We offer a variety of group classes as well as program options to help you find an enjoyable way to add regular physical activity to your schedule.  If you ever have any questions or need some advice come talk to any of our friendly staff or volunteers.

Jason – Fit 4 Life Staff

Fitness – What does being ‘fit’ really mean?

I have had the privilege of working as a team chaplain with rugby players since 2005. These guys are the epitome of being fit. They eat, breathe and sleep fitness. If they aren’t as fit as the coach, trainer or nutritionist wants them to be, they are immediately told how to get back where they need to be! Unless you’re training as an elite athlete, you probably don’t have the luxury of a fitness team around you like that.

So how do you get fit and stay that way?

I have a different outlook on fitness than most. Yes, physical fitness is beneficial, but there are 2 areas that are overlooked, one more than the other. I’m talking about mental fitness and spiritual fitness.

Mental fitness is easy to figure out. Read a book, take a class or even study a subject on your own to increase your knowledge.

But what about spiritual fitness? How do you increase your spiritual fitness? I believe God has put us on the earth for a reason. He wants us to have personal relationship with Him. He loves us and wants us to rely on Him for strength and wisdom to make it through this life. We are spiritual beings and He wants us to be fit spiritually!

You can start being fit by reading theBible and understanding how God wants us to be spiritually fit. A good place to start is in the book of John in the New Testament. Talk with friends who go to church and ask how they stay spiritually fit. Visit a church and find out why people go to stay fit.

One verse in the bible that sums this up is found in 1 Timothy, chapter 4, verse 8. It says, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Fitness is very important to us all. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t use it you lose it!” Make sure you stay sharp and in shape by using the abilities you’ve been given. Stay fit physically, mentally and most important, spiritually!

 

Jamie – Fit 4 Life Staff

New Cheap Glenfield Gym – Fit 4 Life

Fit 4 Life, a new fitness centre on Auckland‘s North Shore is open for business.

What makes us different? We’re “……more than a gym”. Our focus is not just on physical fitness, but also providing more for our members. Free seminars on relevant topics that are interesting to our community – relationships, money, family etc – free financial planning is available and more importantly we want to provide a place where people can get to know others and build solid friendships. Overarching all of this is our belief that a spiritual life is important and specifically a relationship with God. Fit 4 Life operates under HTL Ministries a Christian charity, but is a place for all people. Our beliefs are the core of how we operate and the programmes we offer.

Come check us out at Fit 4 Life, 65D View Road, Glenfield. Ph 09 442 5395. We’re open Mon – Fri 6am to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Check out our website www.fit4lifefitness.co.nz

Oh….did we tell you that we’re non-profit and therefore one of the cheapest gyms around!!!!

Welcome to Fit 4 Life!!!

Welcome to the first blog for Fit 4 Life….”more than a gym”. We hope you will find some interesting articles on here not only about physical fitness, but also practical tips for all parts of your life from relationships to finances.

Keep checking back for more articles and check out our website http://www.fit4lifefitness.co.nz

The Fit 4 Life Team