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Relearning Fitness (Part 2)
7/10/2015 12:00:01 AM by: Susan Lyttek

Two weeks ago, I posted the first half of this topic.

Some of relearning how to keep myself in shape is good, some is not so. I have tried a wide variety of diets and programs in the past. Many were unhealthy or ill-advised. And, if you listen to many of the fitness professionals today, my difficulties with keeping weight off now stem from the myriad of diet experiments I subjected my body to in the past—all in the name of fitness.

But there’s no denying one truth that keeps coming to the surface. Those who exercise regularly keep their bodies stronger for longer.

It won’t let anyone avoid aging, but it will make the whole process less painful.

When I decided, years ago, to add Taekwondo to my routine, that had more benefits than just strength and flexibility. Since the moves use both sides of the body and often have differing techniques on each side, they exercise the brain, too. In fact, physical exercise that incorporates whole body routines has been shown to slow or reverse the brain shrinkage that can lead to dementia.

In the Scriptures, particularly in the writings of Paul, he talks about training the body. He mentions, too, that exercise does offer some profit. Of course, it is temporal. It will help this body in this life. But anyone with a healthy body is more likely to have a healthy mind. And trust me, for me it is much easier for me to do whatever I feel God calling me to do when I don’t hurt and when I’m comfortable in my own skin.

Paul endured a lot, physically, while on this earth. He talked about buffeting his body and training it. He had to be strong to survive a day and a night in the Mediterranean Sea! Likewise, Peter, as a fisherman, needed to keep his body healthy to do his work.

With so many sedentary jobs these days (including mine), it only makes sense that our Creator would want us to use other techniques to keep these forms in working order. But likewise, we need to remember that keeping our bodies healthy should be for the purpose of serving our Lord and having strength to face tomorrow—not to impress others or look magazine ready.

So until God calls me home, I will keep trying and keep learning new ways to stay fit. They may never work exactly the way I want, but I have to trust they will do what He needs.

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