Let’s get some exercise

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.” Psalm 139:13-14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Let’s get some exercise”
A few days ago, I encouraged all of us to take a few moments to read Og Mandino’s “The God Memorandum”. The memo is a fascinating description about the amazing intricacies of the human body. The human body is a miraculously complex creation of God. It’s impossible that it could be anything less than that.
Recently I came across another insight about the human body which I found both fascinating and helpful. It was in a book written by Andrew Le Peau entitled, “Write Better: A lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality”. At one point Andrew was commenting on the fact that writing is an activity that requires the person to be in a sitting position for long hours – and that’s not healthy. He argued that to be our best as writers, we have to be disciplined about getting exercise. He made the case that there’s a direct connection between physical health and cognitive ability.
To that point, he used the example of the great chess master Boris Spasky. Spasky had a brilliant mind which he said he kept sharp and healthy by remaining physically fit. He was certain that his cognitive ability was directly tied to his physical health. So, he was an avid tennis player. He also swam, lifted weights, and engaged in various aerobic exercises, all to help him stay in shape. He firmly believed that to be his best at chess, his whole body needed to be fit.
To further make his case about the connection between physical fitness and cognitive ability, Le Peau went on to cite a study from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology which concluded, “Not so many years ago, the brightest minds in neuroscience thought that our brains got a set amount of neurons, and that by adulthood, no new neurons would be birthed. But this turned out not to be true … only one activity is now known to trigger the birth of new neurons: vigorous aerobic exercise.”
Here’s the great thought I wanted to share with you this morning. It is Andrew Le Peau’s conclusion about the importance of exercise: “Writers, editors, programmers, students, and others who sit and use their brains in concentrated work … should take a tip from the grand master (Boris Spasky), if they want to stay at the top of their game: exercise!”
I encourage all of us to get plenty of exercise. Exercise helps us to stay as healthy as we can for as long as we can – physically and mentally. So, let’s get some exercise!
God Bless,
Pastor Jim   
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