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Fitness through Faith

by Phil Block on October 3, 2013

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I feel as though I should qualify this post before you read any further. I’m no “bible thumper” and I don’t claim to be perfect. Over the last 10 months or so, I’ve been trying to reclaim my personal faith after many years away from it. So I’m not preaching by any means and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.

One thing I have noticed since starting my spiritual transformation last year, is that the correlations between faith and fitness intersect on many levels and I’ve been noticing it a lot during my readings. It seems when I am struggling with something in my personal fitness a reading comes along in my faith journey that reminds me just how important it is.

Today’s post is about one such instance. I’ve been struggling with doing some of the things that were very easy for me before my injury and lately I’ve been so frustrated with myself that I am having trouble with them. Then I remembered the mantra that I try to teach to my clients of “Progress NOT Perfection“.

20131004-101406.jpgThen I came across my day’s reading in my Bible App for my iPhone and I thought that this would be a good post for anyone else who struggles with their personal health & fitness.

One of the ways we train for godliness is by maintaining our physical health. The truth is, your body was not designed for inactivity. God created you to be active. Even a daily walk will make a difference in your physical well-being and your spiritual well-being.

One thing I have noticed is that most of us are convinced but not committed. We know that exercise is good for us. We are convinced of that, but that doesn’t mean we are committed to exercise.

So why do we wait until our health plummets before we decide to create margin in our lives? What is the common excuse? “I don’t have the time.’

Let me ask this then, Do you have time to be sick? If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably be forced to make time for an illness. Is that how you want to spend your time?

What is a common mistake we make? We overdo it at the start.  Some of you might have already said, “I’m going to get in shape if it kills me!”

We have the philosophy that if something is good, then more is better. We’ve been out of shape for several years, but then we try to get in shape in one week! And so we work ourselves to death, get totally exhausted and, as a result, we wear out quickly and give up.

20131004-102259.jpgKeeping your body in shape is also a spiritual discipline. It’s not just about losing a few pounds, wanting to live longer, or trying to look nicer. It’s about improving the quality of our life and taking care of the gift that has been given to us.

Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live. Besides, from what I’ve learned, when you do take good care of your body you can live so much more. I know my quality of live has improve exponentially since I started my journey and it’s added time to my life as well.

I refer to it as not only adding years to my life, but LIFE to my Years! Being able to spend time with my family and making that time more meaningful is the goal. Am I always on point, no but I am trying. I do know that I want to be around to see my kids grow up and start families of their own.

I’ve still have work to do to make sure I am a better person to my loved ones but being here is the first step. I’m not going to let a preventable disease cut my time short and neither should you. So find something you like to do for exercise. If you can’t find something you like, find something you can tolerate.

Then the excuses stop creeping in. Make it a priority! Put it in your schedule and stick to it.

The key is training not straining. If you want to get in shape fast, exercise smarter, not harder. And that will help you stay committed to a consistent, regular exercise program.

If you need help picking out a program I’m here to help. If you’re local to me you can always come out to my Fit Club. It’s fun, social and FREE! Well, it’s time I get to my workout today before work. I hope this reaches you and helps you move forward with your own journey. Let me know below how you plan on taking care of your temple ;-).

 

Talk to you soon,

Phil

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