The start of the year can be a great time to get healthy. For some it is exhilarating going to the gym, eating a healthy or setting new workout goals, but for others it can be intimidating. Whether it is Paleo, Keto, Whole 30, Daniel or another eating plan, it can be confusing to try and figure out what works best for you. Then you add in all of the workout options from classes at the gym, at-home programs, and workout equipment, it can be overwhelming. No one knows this tension better than Celebrity trainer and author Alec Penix.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in dietetics, Penix moved to LosAngeles. The Michigan native has nearly a decade of experience in the fitness arena and has worked with Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas,Singer/Songwriter Natasha Beddingfield, Actor/Singer Aaron Tveit, and dancering siblings Derek and Julianne Hough to name just a few. He has worked on International Concert Tours, Musical productions, and on set for both television and film to help prepare his clients to look, feel and perform their best.
Penix recently released his first book SEVEN SUNDAYS. The book, a 43-day devotional, takes readers on a journey of spiritual and physical fulfillment that will help them to better understand who they are on a deeper level rather than what’s seen in the mirror. Over the course of six weeks, readers will work on the “6 Pillars of Purpose” that build up this strength. In SEVEN SUNDAYS, Penix explains the connection between faith and fitness, and shares his success story as well as his clients.
Penix seeks to guide people through the physical journey by having them adopt a healthy lifestyle. He believes that all things are possible if you use faith as your bedrock. To him, spiritual development is a critical factor of the physical transformation process, aiding in overcoming internal roadblocks. In order to help each one of his clients achieve their fitness and health goals, he approaches training by focusing on the interior and the individual’s spiritual needs to aid them in transforming their bodies and achieving healthier lives.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Get up and get active. Sometimes it can be helpful to use a resource like SEVEN SUNDAYS, a trainer or another program. Pray and ask God to direct you to what is going to be the best fit for you. Don’t get discouraged if you miss one day or eat something that is not on your plan. Instead, give yourself grace and get back on track. Set a goal for eating healthy and being active. Remember not to compare yourself to other people. Each person has a different goal and capacity.
Get some accountability. Whether it is a friend, small group or trainer, find someone in your life that can challenge and encourage you and you can do the same for them. Share your workout goals and eating plans with them. It might even be a goal to get back into reading the Bible and praying more. It can be helpful to meet once a week maybe after working out together or over a healthy meal and share your progress. You can share your challenges and triumphs and pray together too.
Let your faith be your foundation. It can be easy to get caught up in the weight loss and work out craze. The culture around us tells us we have to look a certain way and in order to have that ideal body or look, we have to eat these certain things, wear these specific items and do these exact activities. It can be overwhelming. Rather than get caught up in the world’s standard, reflect on what God’s standard is for you. It is important to remember that God gave us our bodies as a temple to worship Him. Take a step back and ask God to help establish your faith as the foundation for any lifestyle changes.
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