If there is one thing that healthcare providers have taught us all, it is the fact that we need to get more exercise. We need to make sure that we take care of ourselves so that we can spend time with our loved ones.
Even the Bible has something to say about what we can do to take better care of ourselves through exercise. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20, the Bible shares that the body is your temple: “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.”
The same thought can be found in Romans 12:1, 2 which invites, “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
So, let’s explore some easy and useful ways to get more exercise!
Use the Stairs
You should use the things that you have access to that will not cost you a lot of money. Use the stairs to see if you can generate a little bit of sweat in the morning and then again in the evening. By using the stairs, you also buy yourself time to think and reflect on your day, your family, and other life priorities in life rather than just spacing out. Taking the stairs at work will help fill you with oxygenated blood to make you more alert, and using the stairs at lunch break will help relieve stress. If you go to the gym, a good way for you to warm up would be for you to take the stairs when you are going in and out of the gym.
Your body speaks to you. When you can no longer work out your body, you will have more and more problems, but if you open yourself to even just a small workout, you and your body will do wonders. Even if you can’t climb stairs, a simple walk is considered cardio exercise. It will help you, and it is easy to enjoy!
Walk to work
If possible, you should try walking to work. With the rise in fuel prices, it is also a great way for you to save money. Walking to work allows you to put in some time on an exercise instead of just driving around in your car. Walking allows you to think, pray, and enjoy nature, fresh air, and sunshine.
If you live far from your work, you probably do not want to walk, but what if you walk from a farther parking lot to your building? This is a great way to get some exercise before and after your desk job. Try this option, and you will see a difference in your fitness and attitude for a couple of weeks.
Ride a bike to work or to run errands
You can also try using a bicycle when you go to work or run your errands. When you ride a bike, you are also burning some calories and being physically active. If you just have a small grocery run, use your bike to make the errand a time for you to be active.
Do some gardening
You should also do some gardening at home. If you are not the type of person who can take a walk or ride a bike, why not try some activities where you can use your hands and skills while you also work out your body.
By doing some backyard gardening or landscaping, you can put more value into your work as well as stretch and strengthen your muscles. Not only will you have some physical benefits from this, but you will also have a beautiful garden to enjoy and maybe even some vegetables to eat!
Take A Hike
When you have time to spare, you can take a hike with family and friends. When you take a hike in the early hours of the weekends, you get to enjoy nature and also put in some physical activity that you may have missed while you were working all week.
Embrace nature the way that you are intended to with special people you enjoy being around. The possibilities are endless.
Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself means that you are taking care of the gift of life that has been given to you. The life that we have should not be wasted. We should look forward to caring for the temple God has given us so we can be of service to others.
While taking care of your body, make sure that you are also taking care of your mind. By reading the Bible and the uplifting nature articles in Creation Illustrated, you will find that there is a lot more to learn and a lot more enrichment that your brain deserves.
You can take care of your mind by reading Scripture and reflecting on what you do every day. There are a lot of blessings that you can enjoy even more when you take time to exercise, pray, and appreciate all that God has given you—especially your health.