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Seven Essential Priorities for Your Physical Health

Nick FranksNick Franks

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  (1 Timothy 4:8)

These words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy immediately tell us at least two things:

After I graduated from University in 2002, Jesus opened a wonderful door for me into the clinical world of the UK’s National Health Service, affectionately known throughout the British Isles as the NHS. Together with my background as a fitness instructor, it was a privileged opportunity to use my degree in Sport Science and English literature to further specialize in work with very high-risk and frightened patients trapped in cycles of inactivity.

I couldn’t have imagined working, as I did, for seven years with cardiac patients who’d experienced severe heart trauma and associated surgeries and seeing patients come off medication for diabetes or regaining basic walking mobility having been bed-bound for years.

So, please rest assured, the advice in this article is given through years of study and solid professional experience helping thousands of patients!

Here are my seven essential priorities for improving/maintaining your physical health:

Think FITT when it comes to your physical health.

As Christian leaders in God’s house, I hope these seven essential priorities help you to make the improvements that are within your power to make. God knows, we need healthier, stronger, leaner, more flexible leaders who can stay the course! You can absolutely improve your health!

*If any of you reading this have more serious medical conditions ‒ or are taking medication ‒ that you think might make what I’ve advised here impossible, please feel free to drop me a line and I will be more than happy to help! @nickfranks or via

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Nick Franks