Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control …:
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You need a plan”
When it comes to achieving significant things in life a good plan is essential. A plan provides structure and direction. A plan keeps us focused on sequential steps that help us to achieve progressive goals that ultimately lead us to the main thing we were trying to achieve. Without a plan a person is usually much less effective at whatever it is they are trying to accomplish.
In 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 the Apostle Paul was using an athletic metaphor to teach an important lesson about personal discipline. His point was that successful athletes are those who train with purpose, with a specific goal in mind. They are intentional and purposeful in how they go about achieving their objective.
When it comes to good health and physical fitness we need a plan. We need structure and direction. Your personal physical fitness plan can be as simple as a commitment to take a vigorous 30 minute walk every day. That’s a good start, but personally I believe we all need a whole body plan that works all the major muscle groups and which includes both strength training and cardio work. That’s true regardless of your age. Exercise should be age appropriate, but every person will benefit from having stronger muscles as well as a stronger heart and lungs.
There are many variations and degrees of workout plans which are appropriate for all ages and for most health conditions. In every town there are gyms and workout centers complete with the latest equipment and trainers. They can provide you with a good plan to guide your workout. There are also many good video programs that you can use in the privacy of your home and which don’t require lots of equipment or expensive memberships. Workout plans can be found in books, magazines, and online.
The point is that you will get your best results, and you will remain consistent and committed to working out, if you have a good plan to follow. That’s generally true in all of life regardless of the activity or goal you’re trying to achieve, but it is especially true with respect to exercising. You need a good plan to guide you and to keep you on track.