Columbus fitness instructor John Hayden always has preached one consistent message about health and wellness: Solid muscle should be used to help others in their weakness or their need.
That’s part of the idea behind GodFit, a health-and-helping program he founded in late 2012 with Pastor Dan Houze of Columbus’ Terrace Lake Community Church. The idea is simple: Begin to gain or regain overall health with a balanced diet, exercise and spiritual disciplines such as prayer and quiet time. Then find ways to use that fitness in outreach however God might lead.
The six-week program, presented in several churches locally and in other states, is now the focus of a book, “GodFit: Through Love Serve,” by Hayden. He will speak about the program and sign copies of the work at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.
The book includes a mix of the physical and the spiritual. Physical workouts center on strength, endurance and metabolic acceleration. Spiritual elements focus on six areas: solitude, meditation, prayer, simplicity, study and reflection.