Next Steps | #2016ChallengeAccepted (Fitness)



Being physically healthy plays a role in how you experience life, which can impact your relationships, faith, and joy. Busy schedules and convenient access to unhealthy food makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle challenging, although it’s worth the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Work through the following questions on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or family around the dinner table and talk through your answers.


Discussion Questions

  1. What is your current health and fitness routine, in terms of your exercise level and eating habits?
  2. One of the #1 New Year goals/resolutions is around health and fitness. Have you ever set a health and fitness goal/resolution? If so, talk about why you’ve either been successful or unsuccessful.
  3. We all have particular views about our body that can shape the way we feel about ourselves. How do you think God wants to shift the way you see your body?
  4. What is your overall relationship with food? Healthy, over-eater, under-eater? In terms of exercise, do you over- or under-exercise? Can you identity the root cause of these relationships with food and exercise?
  5. In Psalm 51:10-12, David asks God to engage his heart to help him change. How do you feel about engaging God for help to overcome challenges related to heath and fitness? What challenges or obstacles prevent you from being your healthiest self?
  6. In Daniel 1:11-15, we see that Daniel is able to stick to his convictions about food with the help of like-minded friends. What steps do you need to take to bring people alongside you to help you with your 2016 healthy lifestyle goals?

Key Scripture

Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Daniel 1:11-15
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,  “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

Digging Deeper
At the end of the day, the hope is that fitness is part of the larger goal of living a full, productive and loving life that benefits both you and those around you. Consider this: where will you be in 5 to 10 years health-wise if you continue down your current path? Based on your response, check out these spiritual outcomes that relate to the goal to either maintain or increase your overall physical health.

Spiritual outcomes:


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#FitnessGoals Challenge & Next Steps

We’ve got a Spiritual Challenge—practical next steps—to help you set goals, make a plan and stay on track this year. For more details around each of the following steps just go to

Study the elements of The Daniel Plan:

  • Faith – Stay connected to God
  • Food – Eat low-glycemic foods and eliminate processed foods that hurt your health
  • Fitness – Get moving in a way the fits with your interests and schedule
  • Focus – Pay attention to your thought life
  • Friends – Get encouragement and accountability from a friend or a group of friends working toward a common goal

Buy  the book
The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, available on

Take a class Gateway Fit
This six-week wellness program connects you to God and teaches you helpful eating and fitness habits delivered by local Austin experts.

6 weeks, starting Tuesday, January 26
Gateway North (McNeil)
$25—Register HERE