Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “I discipline my body and bring it under strict control …” 1 Corinthians 9:27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Stick with your exercise routine.”
As we near the end of our series on taking care of your body, I want to spend the last few days reviewing some of the most important concepts we have learned.
As we learned, your body is a gift to you from God and you need to take good care of it. More than just being a vessel that contains your spirit, or some sort of spacesuit that your spirit wears so it can exist on planet earth, your body is an intricate part of who you are as a whole person. Your body, spirit, mind, and emotions all make-up the complex being that is you, and the health of each of those parts impacts the others.
Exercise plays a critical role in helping to keep the body healthy. The more active you are the healthier your body will be. The less active you are the closer you are to being dead. Dead is the ultimate state of doing nothing. The less you do the closer you are to the condition we refer to as being dead.
Any exercise is good, but more is better. Most people exercise too little and they stop too soon. Going for a walk every day is good, but spending 30 minutes on a fast moving treadmill is even better. Better still would be to have a planned weekly workout routine that alternates between cardiovascular work and strength training.
And don’t forget that everyone can exercise. No matter your age or your current physical condition, everyone can do something – and something is always better than nothing. As I mentioned in a previous message in this series, although I’m still pretty young (sixty-four), I live in a retirement community where there are a lot of people in their seventies and eighties. I’m always amazed and encouraged to see all those people with grey hair walking, riding bicycles, swimming, playing tennis, in the park doing Tai-Chi, or in the fitness center riding a stationary bike or even lifting light weights. Everyone can do something.
If you’re not used to exercising then it will take some gumption to get started and some discipline to stick with it. But you can do this thing! Get started, stick with it, and soon daily exercise will simply become part of your normal routine, it will be a habit that you do everyday, and then you won’t feel right if you skip it.
Taking care of your body is a spiritual discipline. It’s a matter of stewardship, of caring for something that God has entrusted you with and which God wants to be able to use for His purposes. So I encourage you to establish an exercise routine and then stick with it.