You know...but do you KNOW?
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells us:
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Have you ever considered that a lack of exercise could destroy what God has created?
God designed our bodies to move. Our muscles need strength to function, our hearts need to be challenged to strengthen, our joints and tendons need movement to maintain range of motion and mobility.
When we neglect proper care of our bodies, we can find ourselves declining not only in physical ability to carry out the work God has prepared for us, but we can decline in the mental and emotional capacity to perform those tasks as well.
One of the most helpful ways to care for our bodies is to ensure regular movement, whether that's strength training, walking, stretching, jogging, dancing, swimming - whatever is the most fun for you. God designed each of us differently, and I personally believe that because we are called to care for our bodies to glorify Him, He has also provided each of us ways to do this that are pleasurable.
There IS something fun for you that will keep your body healthy.
For me personally, I hate the gym.
I also hate running. If you see me running, you should run too because there's probably something terrible chasing me.
What do I love? Exercising at home.
Where no one can judge my lack of grace, or whether I stop one or two reps short, or trip over my own feet.
If you don't already exercise and need to find something fun, I would highly encourage you to check out BodyFit by Amy on YouTube!
Her videos are FUN, full of modifications so beginners have options AND those who need challenges have options.
She releases a new workout every day, Monday - Friday, rotating so you get the most benefit between strength, cardio, mobility, and rest. She typically has a different theme or challenge each month so you know what to focus on.
You don't need to start by trying to exercise every single day.
Make it a goal to incorporate 1-2 days the first couple of weeks, then add another day each week, until you find a sustainable routine. I have been exercising for years, so my routine is to exercise 6 days a week, taking Sundays off.
There are some weeks that are busier and I have to skip workouts to prioritize sleep, which is OKAY.
Just keep in mind the goal is to try and get some kind of movement and develop a routine for regular exercise - whatever "regular" means for you and your schedule.
Regular exercise can help you:
- feel better physically
- feel better mentally
- feel better emotionally
- have more energy
- gain confidence (which may result in better intimacy with your husband)
- reduce depression and anxiety
- increase mental clarity and memory retention
- strengthen your immune system so you don't get sick as often
- sleep better
- increase focus (listening better to your husband, absorbing more when studying your Bible)
Which of these benefits would you love to have? Do you already exercise regularly, or is this something you'd like to incorporate? Please share in the comments, I'd love to hear from you.
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