Getting off course
After yours of spiritual neglect, I’ve spent the passed few years really focuses myself on Church and spiritual awakening.
Between work, church and service I’ve felt that my physical fitness and health has been set aside. It really doesn’t take much for someone to get off course. Handling priorities, managing time and finances takes up a lot of our energy. Sometimes this leaves little time or energy to take care of our bodies. Who has time to work out? This has been my headspace for many years and I’m ready to make a big change.
There is one simple reason why we should care about our bodies and make an effort to keep it healthy and strong: because God values it.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13-14
God’s love for us is evident in the wonder of His creation. From formation to death we are wonderfully made in His image. But today it’s easier than ever to ignore our bodies and neglect our health. We allow ourselves become our non-optimal selves and many of us are ok with that. Many, if not most people, ignore fitness and health. I know myself, I have focused so much attention on my spiritual path that I completely neglected my physical side. Fast food, lack of exercise and overall procrastination has gotten me where I am today: Out of shape.
Our Bodies Are Temples
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20
This is where I am today and like I’ve stated earlier I’m ready to make a big change. My plan for increasing my physical fitness and overall health goes as follow. I’ve decided to share this on Cobaris Campaign to help anyone else who may also be ready to make that change.
Hold the gym membership please. No need for an expensive gym membership when I can exercise at home and outdoors for free. This is what I am most excited about. Setting 20 minutes a day to do some basic cardio at home before I begin my day. Weekends will be excluded for hikes and bike rides. Hiking is a newfound activity of mine that I actually really enjoy. It allows for exercise while enjoying God’s creations outdoors. I really enjoy the fresh air and nature. There is something incredibly relaxing about it. I plan on taking on trail running in the future as well. Here in the Central Florida area there are tons of trails, nooks and crannies that are perfect for trail running.
My body is a temple and God deserves to live in the best body I can give Him. Getting fit through exercise is a part of that journey.
I may not smoke or drink alcohol but I do have a weakness for sugary and fast food. It’s time to be honest about my eating habits and make a change for the better. By reassessing my eating habits and asking if this nourishment is good enough for “God’s temple” is the first step. Cutting out soda, fast food and pre-made meals in replacement for home made meals and water is a good start.
This area in my life is very overlooked. When I was a teenager I would often stay up all night doing school work or hanging out with friends. Now that I’m older I’m beginning to realize what a toll a lack of good rest is doing to my body and my health. My body needs rest. Setting a healthy sleep schedule that allows my body to recharge has to become a more of a priority.
I plan on writing up some updates of this journey. Again, this is just the beginning of a new groundwork that will only benefit me physically, mentally and spiritually for years to come. It will be in addition to my current routine of work, church and service and not a replacement.