Health & Fitness

heart lifting weightsThe Bible clearly advises us regarding taking proper care of our physical bodies.

Proverbs 31:17 speaks to us regarding the “virtuous woman”.  It states how “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms”.

In 1 Timothy 4:8, we are advised that, “… bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

Exclamation is made to us in 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Caution against over-eating is proclaimed in Proverbs 23:21, “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

How do we reflect our knowledge of these verses in our daily lives?  How can we make living these verses a reality in our marriages?

The answer is that upon reading these Bible verses, we must recognize that our commitment to our God and our spouse includes the commitment to maintaining our physical bodies.  So, if we are truly fully committed to God and our husband, then we must take proper care of our bodies.

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How do we reflect our knowledge of these verses in our daily lives? 

The first step is to interpret them fully, not with partiality or exclusivity.

Some read 1 Timothy 4:8 and mis-interpret it to say that we do not need to exercise or worry about our physical bodies, but only to focus on godliness (spiritual aspects of our lives). Yet, in a full analysis of the verse, we must recognize that it does not say “bodily exercise profiteth NONE”. It does say that it “profiteth little”.  There IS profit from bodily exercise.  It does not profit “unto all things”, as godliness does, but is DOES profit us.  Therefore, we must not cast it aside.

Proverbs 31:17 describes the virtuous woman by affirming, “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms”.  This verse was not included by accident.  Exercise for the purpose of gaining strength is a Biblical concept of being a Godly woman.  As a personal trainer, I even notice the inclusion of upper and lower body exercise. Wow, even thousands of years ago, the queen of a nation knew it was important to exercise the entire body! Certainly, Ecclesiastes 1:9 is correct in stating, “…there is no new thing under the sun.”

Let’s look at a few of the well recognized and documented earthly profits to bodily exercise.  We will:

  • have more energy
  • prove our respect for the body God gave us by exhibiting proper maintenance of such
  • be more attractive to our husbands (and thus, they’ll be less prone to stray into sinful relationships)
  • avoid most diseases and illnesses
  • most probably, live a longer life (which we can use to serve our Lord that much longer)
  • be less prone to emotional agitation and anger
  • sleep better
  • etc.

The Bible does declare that we will all have perfect bodies in heaven, but with all the benefits we contribute toward our testimony by maintaining physical fitness on earth, we can not afford to neglect bodily exercise.

How can we make living these verses a reality in our marriages?

Commitment.  Yes, just as stated before, we must recognize that maintaining and/or achieving a healthy level of physical fitness is an integral part of our commitment to God as a member of his family and to the commitment we made in our vows to our husbands to be their wives.  Physical fitness is not an optional part of the devoted Christian wife’s life, it is an integral part of it.

When we neglect our physical bodies, we may suffer from a long list of unnecessary challenges in life.  This list begins with the basic opposites of the benefits list, written above.  By not maintaining our physical bodies we doom ourselves to:

  • less energy
  • exhibiting disrespect for the body God trusted us with
  • be less attractive to our husbands
  • a higher propensity for acquiring diseases and illnesses
  • the strong likeliness of leading an unusually short life
  • more emotional agitation and anger (we women surely don’t need to be any more emotional than absolutely necessary!)
  • living with a significantly lower quality sleep

Neglecting our physical bodies also weakens our testimony for Christ.  After all, if you truly believe your body is a temple for the Lord, as the Bible states repetitively, why do you not care for it as such?

Engaging Into Action

It’s time to put action to our beliefs.  You may wonder, “how do I begin?”.  There are innumerable options available to you.  From the long-time famous “Weight Watchers” to the newer phenomenons of “Beach Body” or “Fit, Trim, Mom”, nearly all exercise and weight loss programs work.  The key is finding one that you can commit to and following through with it.