Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Exercise your body”
I have a friend who is a medical doctor. He’s a good doctor but he has a little bit of a sly and even warped sense of humor. I was in his office one time and noticed that taped to the wall was a cartoon he had cut out of the newspaper. It showed a very old man sitting on the exam table in his doctor’s office. He was shirtless, hunched over, wrinkled, shriveled, obviously arthritic, and he gave the impression of being weak and very tired. The doctor said to him, “Do you remember those ten extra years of life you were hoping to get from all that exercising and nutritious eating? These are them!”
That’s funny, but it’s also similar to what we hear said by many people who don’t exercise or take care of themselves. They say things like, “It doesn’t matter how much you exercise or how good your diet is, you’re going to die eventually anyway!”. True enough. But that’s no reason to neglect your health. Not only do I want to live as long as I can, but I want to be as healthy as I can for as long as I can. Regardless of my age, whether it be forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, or eighty, I want to be as healthy as I can be at that age, enjoying life and living it fully. Bad health makes it harder to really enjoy life and to do the things you would like to be able to do.
In 1 Corinthians 9:27 the Apostle Paul wrote about the efforts he made to discipline his body. In his writing he frequently used military and athletic metaphors to describe the disciplined lifestyle he urges all of us to adopt. I believe he was writing first and foremost about disciplining the body for holy living, but as we have already learned, we also have a stewardship responsibility to take care of ourselves physically.
As I noted yesterday, good nutrition is two-thirds of the health and physical fitness equation and exercise is one-third. We need to eat right, but we also need to exercise our body. The more you move your body, the healthier it is going to be. The more sedate you are, the weaker and less healthy your body will be.
I urge you to have a regular daily exercise routine. Many people find it helpful to join a local gym. There you can find all the right equipment, there are also trainers to guide you and give you advice, and there are other people to work out with and who will help to keep you motivated. If you want to workout at home, there are many video programs available to guide you. The website http://www.beachbody.com has an entire series of them for all ages and fitness levels.
Although ideally your workout routine should include a mix of cardiovascular and strength training, even a brisk and vigorous 30-45 minute walk each day will go a long way towards improving your overall health and fitness.
Activity is a sign of life. A lack of activity closely resembles being dead. In my opinion, the more active you are the more alive you are, and the less active you are the closer to being dead you are. I encourage you to move that body! Plan to incorporate a good daily exercise program into your new healthy lifestyle in 2020.