|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Get some exercise everyday”
I have intentionally waited until this point before I addressed the issue of exercise because we really needed to think about good nutrition first. As noted in a previous devotional, good nutrition is two-thirds of the good health equation, exercise is one-third.
But with that said, exercise is important. It is very important. The American Heart Association says we all need to get at least thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day.
The Bible doesn’t actually give us any direct commands regarding physical exercise, but there are lots of examples of strong and healthy people being vigorous and active. Isaiah 40:29-31 is just one of many. And of course there is my all-time favorite, Joshua 14:11, where we find 85 year old Caleb still kicking butt and taking names! “Here I am today, 85 years old; I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out …”
The worst thing that can happen to any physical body is to become sedentary. If you snooze you lose. Spend too much time sitting in the Lazy-Boy and your waist expands, your muscles shrink, your heart becomes weaker, and overall health declines. The more stationary you are the worse your health will become.
But the more you move the stronger your body will be. Any movement at all is good, but more is better. Personally I never use an elevator if I can use the stairs instead, especially if I’m only going up one or two floors. Park at the far end of the parking lot so you can increase the number of steps you take each day. Go for a half hour walk every day at lunchtime. (I live in a retirement community (Fairfield Glade, TN) and everyday I’m encouraged to see the number of senior citizens out on the walking and hiking trails, or riding bicycles, or playing tennis, or swimming. We have a lot of Caleb’s out here!)
The point is, move that body of yours! Get off the couch. Stop making excuses. Do something. Any movement is better than no movement. The less movement there is, the closer you are to being dead. The more active you are, the more alive you are.
Tomorrow we will consider some ways you can be more intentional and structured about developing a realistic exercise routine.