“For ever since the world was created, people has seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature.” Romans 1:20 (NLT)
As I was discussing ShemaFit with a friend, she mentioned that many might not know how to care for our bodies or steward them well. My prior entry was about considering our Input as one way to steward our bodies well. Today, we will talk about Output.
Years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services comprehensively reviewed all the research linking physical activity to health, and the findings conclusively reinforced this truth: the human body was meant to move and, when it does so with regularity, it responds to the stress of physical movement with improved fitness and health. And yet, about 25% of the U.S. population is not active at all (CDC report, 2010).
God made the body to move. He made it not only to respond positively to exercise, but in fact to improve with exercise. Inherent in our very design, God encourages us to use our bodies and explore their potential. Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise (see http://www.health.gov/PAGuidelines/pdf/paguide.pdf). That’s less than 30 minutes a day! If you struggle with your Output levels, here are a few suggestions:
- Move more in your daily life. Stand up and walk around the room whenever you are on the phone. Walk to a co-worker’s office instead of calling or emailing. Take the stairs. Go for a walk at lunch or just to clear your head. Take an after-dinner walk with your family. Sedentary begets sedentary; movement begets life!
- Take a strategic review of your exercise history. Consider the seasons you were more successful — what helped you succeed? Did you have an exercise partner? Working out in the morning or evening? Classes? Personal trainer? Once you’ve discovered some of your secrets to success, combine as many factors together as possible and recommit yourself. The goal is to set yourself up to succeed.
- Seriously consider meeting with a personal trainer. If you don’t have the budget for a long-term commitment, then meet only two or three times. Have the trainer help you put together a workout plan that fits your lifestyle, has measurable goals, and a tracking system. It will be worth the investment.
As you become intentional about your Output, you will begin to understand more about the way you were made … and, as a result, will begin to more clearly see the invisible qualities of your incredible Maker.