About two years ago it seemed like EVERYONE I knew went to the gym, ran, biked or all of the above…..REGULARLY! It made me feel so lazy. I feel awkward at the gym. I feel like everyone is judging what I can and cannot do and how I look while doing it. I know in reality no one cares, it’s my lack of self confidence.
I can’t run, well, yes I can. I guess it would be more honest for me to say I don’t want to run. When I was a freshman in High School our PE teacher made us run every day. I didn’t enjoy it but did it because I wanted an A. In the Spring I was told I should join the track or cross country team. I remember thinking they were off their rocker. I think I laughed and said something like “Why in the world would I do that?”. I was told I was fast and kept good pace while running. I never did join either team. I couldn’t imagine myself doing something I didn’t like. It just didn’t make sense. I was a teenager after all. I didn’t have much in the way of reasoning due to all my Frontal Lobe issues. 😛
Biking isn’t my thing either. I know quite a few people who bike in groups. It seems fun, kinda, and it is a great way to exercise. I think I would be worried about getting hit by a car or falling. Everyone I see out riding their bike seems to know what they’re doing. I wouldn’t have a clue how to get started or what to do. Oh, and I look like a dork wearing a helmet. There it goes again, my lack of confidence. I know no one cares. Everyone else wears a helmet and I think they look fine. I really need to work on that confidence thing.
So what do I do for exercise you ask? Well, I use to walk, a lot. About 5 days a week for maybe an hour and a half each time. I would usually listen to music while walking. Although sometimes I would chat with God and marvel at His creation while I walked. I usually felt so peaceful and calm after walking. The time I spent walking was the glue that kept me together during some difficult times.
I no longer have the desire or time to walk like I use to. I’ve learned to talk to God throughout my day, so I don’t need to be on a walk to chat with Him. Walking doesn’t seem to be enough for my body either. It doesn’t get my blood pumping.
I feel like God has been speaking to me the last few months about taking better care, physically, of myself. He’s given me the desire to get physically fit. I haven’t figured out what that looks like yet. It’s a work in progress. I know I am not physically fit or even close to it. I may be thin, but I’m weak and not flexible at all. I have a stair-stepper at home I now do for about 30 minutes 4 days a week. I usually hold weights while working out. When I’m done I’m weak, sweaty and my blood is definitely pumping! I’ve been feeling like I need more exercise. Please pray for me to figure out what that is. I’m lazy when it comes to being physically fit, so I could use prayers for less laziness for more determination.
My favorite part, and what keeps me going, is listening to music (MercyMe, Jamie Grace, Lincoln Brewster, Mandisa, Britt Nicole, etc). Listening to the words helps me put my focus on God while exercising. After all, He did give me this body and the Holy Spirit dwells within. I would like to have a healthy and fit body for the Holy Spirit to dwell in.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
How do you exercise? Please share, I would love to hear and would appreciate the ideas.
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the body You have given each of us and how beautifully it works. I pray You give us each the desire to take proper care of our body, Amen