Many people may think fitness is only a physical challenge. But, once in it, we quickly come to realize it’s much more — it requires thought, motivation, perseverance, and change. And change always requires mental and emotional action as much as physical steps.
Kim Dolan Leto shares parts of her own wellness journey as well as practical tips and faith-based encouragement in her book, 10 Steps to Your F.I.T. – Faith Inspired Transformation (Fedd Books, 2015). Within the first chapter, readers can see she has the right motivation:
“…our first reason for losing weight should always be to get healthy, not lose weight.” – p. 5
She incorporates solid fitness advice from a faith perspective, encouraging readers to exercise in some form daily (while still following safety guidelines), eat God-made (natural) foods over man-made (processed) foods, and seeking support and strength from God to persevere.
Her writing tone blends encouragement with practicality well. I only found one chapter where I felt her advice to be more restrictive (on an aspect of eating), though she explained more in subsequent pages. The reflections questions at the end of each chapter are fairly predictable, but the “strategies” action steps are solid, helpful, and doable (though that doesn’t mean easy!). She also offers several printables/tips sheets within the book that summarize practical tips or offer other helps in reference-sheet form. The exercise guidelines will be good help to beginner exercisers. Many of her most helpful tips propose ways to fit healthy eating, fitness, and faith-focused time into our society’s busy days.
The author is very focused on emotional and spiritual health alongside the physical, which can help readers focused on either/or to be more comprehensive in their approaches. She perhaps doesn’t offer big revelations in fitness or faith (though all of it is sound advice for beginners!), but combining the two as she does helps clarify need for both in refreshing and doable ways. She also offers a workout DVD to accompany this book (though I did not have the opportunity to obtain it for review at this time).
This book would be most useful for readers beginning their wellness journeys, readers who have tried unsuccessfully to meet fitness goals in the past and needed a more rounded approach, and readers who want faith-focused encouragement to persevere.
How do you incorporate faith into your wellness routine?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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