A few months ago I started an exercise program with some friends. A few times a week I would go to their house and we would do a video together. It was fun. But then there was a gas crisis and then I got sick and was in bed for almost a week at the beginning of October. So our exercise sessions came to a grinding halt. Those are valid excuses to use not to go to their house and exercise, but they are still excuses. Because lets face it, the beginning of October was a month ago. My body has started screaming at me for the lack of exercise again. My back aches again. Every morning when I get out of bed I am so very stiff for a good while. I don’t have an ounce of energy. All of those things had faded while I was exercising with my friends. My body is telling me something I knew already, but have been ignoring. When you exercise you feel better, not only physically but emotionally as well. Exercising produces this exhaustion that makes you feel so much better, lighter somehow, accomplished because you did something for yourself to make yourself better. Endorphins work!
There are endless possibilities for what you can do to get moving! Just pick something. The photo below are some of the things I could think of to get you moving. My kids love to take the dog for a walk to the mailbox with me. (My mailbox is a half mile from the house.) Here is a short squat challenge video that I like to do. It hurts a bit, but it will have you laughing! Definitely more fun if you do it with a room full of women!
Exercise isn’t only good for your physical and emotional health, but for your spiritual health as well.
Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
There it is in black and white. The Holy Spirit dwells within each of us believers. We are commanded to be good stewards of the body He gave us. The body that holds the Spirit that guides us through every step of the day. He died for us. I feel like I we can put in the effort it takes to get the body He lives in whipped into shape.
And if you need anymore reason to get moving think about this: There’s a guy out there who isn’t thinking about your broken heart and how he made you feel. Doesn’t just a little bit of you want to make him think twice when you walk past him feeling better and looking better? Happiness is the best revenge. Besides, one day there will be another guy. Don’t you want to be the best you can be for that guy? The one God still has for you.
So, once the coffee kicks in and I feel a little more awake I am going to do that squat challenge video from above today and I already have a babysitting arrangement worked out with a friend so I can go to a Zumba class every Monday night. I’m committing to feeling better and taking better care of the temple that holds the Spirit. Looking better will be an added bonus! Who’s with me?
Only God can heal a broken heart, but there are things we can do to help foster self healing. This post is part of my series 31 Days of Self Healing. You can find the rest of the posts for this series here.