Our bodies are not ours, they belong to our Maker. Therefore, with everything we do, we should ask ourselves if our Maker approves. We should ask ourselves if what we are doing would be what He would do if He were on earth. And also, we should ask if there’s anything we are NOT doing, that He would be doing.
That then brings us to keeping our bodies as fit as possible. When mothers are pregnant, many parents do research on what they should eat, they prepare for the child’s birth as much as they can. And when the child is here, they tend to look at developmental milestones and focus on physical and mental health. The aim is to gain as much knowledge as possible to ensure that the child reaches it’s full potential. We know that our Parent wants us to reach our full potential not only mentally but physically as well. Our Parent already knows what is best for us, it’s up to us as custodians of His body to do our research and gain as much knowledge as we can too.
There are so many benefits gained exercising, not only physically which we will look at just now, but also mentally. When you’ve taken that brisk (uphill) walk for at least 30 minutes, swinging your arms and breathing in deeply, the endorphins-feel good hormones-will be coursing through your body and you’ll indeed feel good. Or go out and do some garden labour to get that mood lifted. On a bad day don’t let lack of exercise ideas keep you from moving, you can turn on that exercise video and use that cardio workout to get that body moving. Seriously, YouTube is your friend if you don’t have any videos of your own. Not only does exercise lift the mood, but it gives you clarity of thought, the brain thinks ‘better’ when your body is invigorated. The following counsel we get from above regarding “stern, severe exercise” that exercises “brain, bone and muscle” states that “Without such exercise the mind cannot be in working order. It cannot put forth the sharp, quick action that will give scope to its powers. It becomes inactive.” MR vol 4. Looking at research from 2004 by Cox et al, the higher the intensity of exercise one does, the greater the amount of anxiety reduction. Much research has been done on how exercise improve working memory and reduces the risk of dementia. I repeat, get that body moving.. to get that mind moving!
And of course, physically…Exercise reduces LDL which is the bad type of cholesterol. Less LDL= less strain on your heart=lower risk of heart disease. This also helps reduce the risk of certain cancers and diabetes. It also helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones) The best type of exercise to reduce osteoporosis are weight-bearing, medium to high impact ones. Exercise is also good for improving muscle strength and quality of life for those with arthritis. The Journal, Stroke, also reported that people who exercised had a lower risk of having a stroke, and those who did get a stroke had less chance of dying from the stroke.
There it is folks, we all should know that exercise helps with weight management, but it also helps decrease the risk of certain ailments not only in the young, but also in the elderly. Exercise is necessary not only for our own mental well-being, but also in order to be the best that we can be for the One who owns us and died for us. How can He use us if we have allowed ourselves to get sick? How can we study His Word to our benefit if we can’t think properly? It’s time to get that body moving-for your sake and His.
And think about it, in summer when you can go out in the woods or mountains, you’ll enjoy the benefits of fresh air and exercise, while marvelling at God’s nature. Win- win situation!