You know you’ve got to exercise your brain just like your muscles. Will Rogers
Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. Edward Stanley
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Thomas Jefferson
As human beings all kinds of exercise seems to be good for us. The more we use “it” the healthier “it” becomes and the more capable we become. Besides maintaining our health, we also grow or acquire increased abilities as a result. If we perform physical exercise, our bodies maintain health, become even healthier, and will become more physically capable with more strength and stamina. As we exercise our brains and minds, not only does it help our mental health, we grow and strengthen our minds to even more advanced capabilities.
For today’s purpose’s we are concerned with physical exercise. For many of us it is so difficult to get the amount of physical activity our body requires. We must make it a very high priority. Depending upon the kind of work we do and the activity level associated with it, we may be woefully lacking in getting enough physical activity. If our normal day does not provide enough exercise in the course of doing our job to keep physically fit, then we must come to grips with these consequences. An old commercial for Fram oil filters proclaimed “pay me now or pay me later”. Its message was to do proper maintenance now or pay an even bigger price later when a complete engine overhaul is needed. We require ongoing maintenance.
Many of us are too overweight; have poor muscle tone; minimal or weak endurance; weak immune systems and so forth. We are also lacking in both our mental and physical energy levels. Much of this is due to a lack of physical activity or exercise. Most of us need as much energy as possible due to the lives we live and the schedules we keep. When we become unhealthy, it costs us, both now and later. We know better.
We know both physical and mental health is essential to healthy and successful living. This requires us to take care of both our minds and bodies. The task for most of us is to place a much higher priority on those activities that provide us better health. Physical activity needs to be as important in our lives as mental activity. This may requires us to exercise more self-discipline and this may require a new commitment. It requires both finding and making time for exercise. Becoming better stewards of both our minds and bodies is a good thing.
Challenge: Is “Exercise” in your life? Is it as important to you as eating, sleeping, working and many other daily activities? Make a commitment to do some physical activity on a regular basis. Make it a top priority. Change you mental programming to include it in essential and mandatory daily activities. This will reap major benefits in improved health. Remember the Fram oil filter commercials, pay me now or pay me later.
Wisdom: Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. Plato.
If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. Proverbs 10:27
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
Most of us have too many demands and pressures in life. We are overwhelmed with all that is expected from us. It seems more than we should be asked to bear. There is a reason for this. We are not intended to bear these burdens alone. It is God’s original design for each of us to have a personal and ongoing relationship with him. We need that “extra” from Him that helps us deal with all of life’s demands. Without it, we are so out of kilter.
Prayer: Help me to be a good witness and a good example in how I live my life