AN ITINERANT PREACHER of the olden days finished preaching one morning and got ready to go back home. The people who had heard him were excited about all they had learned from that man’s wise words, so they decided to accompany the carriage until it left the city to show him their gratitude by paying a simple homage. So, they began to run, surrounding the preacher’s vehicle. At a certain moment, the man asked the driver to stop the horses, and then he got out of the vehicle. Someone in the crowd exclaimed, «What an example of humility!» The preacher replied to this, «It is not exactly humility, but common sense: while you are happily exercising, I cannot sit here without participating in the better part. Let’s leave the theories in the carriage and allow me to be part of the action.
«Be part of the action.» What an intelligent way of expressing it. That is because inactivity (the lack of physical exercise and movement) has disastrous consequences for one’s health, such as the loss of one’s faculties and muscle mass, the risk of cardiovascular diseases, or premature aging. I am sure that you know well the benefits of physical exercise, but it is not a bad idea to remember them in order to encourage us again to make it a daily habit.
It releases endorphins, which improve our mood and make us feel happy
It strengthens self-esteem.
It reduces cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
It prevents and helps to control diabetes.
It improves the quality of sleep.
It increases energy during the day.
Timothy says: «For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come» (1 Timothy 4:8). There you have a perfect combination of a healthy mind and a healthy body: exercising the body to make sure it allows us to fulfill the purpose for which God has called us, and to practice what is most important— godliness, kindness, compassion, mercy—to strengthen the spiritual, our faith, our personal relationship with God.
Do not stop paying attention to these two types of exercise every day of your life.
«For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church» (Ephesians 5:29).