So why is it important as a Christian mommy to be fit? It is even more important for girls and those not married to be fit. Why wait until your body starts changing with age?
I know it might seem strange to be talking about health on a blog about the home, but wait, aren’t we to do everything with all our might? Strength? And to the glory of God?
Here are just a sampling of the many reasons I have that places importance on working out daily (or often) that I have found since I was a teen.
I do happen to be sort of athletic but that kind of disapates as we age and our body changes.
When I was in high school and college, I had a love/hate relationship with running. I could easily have been on the track team but my parents thought our family supper time was more important. I agree and am thankful that they thought so too.
I also loved to swim. Naturally. I grew up where the humidity was extreme and finding some water to jump into was refreshing. Sometimes. I remember jumping into the pool only to find that the water was as hot as the temperature!! You would find me on the high dive contemplating a perfect jack-knife whenever possible.
Once I was married and had children the time and motivation were not always existent. I would ‘think’ about doing a workout once a month when my body and hormones were all out-of-wack.
No matter what age you fall between, here are some marvellous reasons why you ought to find time to exercise. It really helps to provide balance and although I remember exercising even when I was pregnant, I should have done so with more consistency.
Five Marvellous Reasons to Workout Daily
The first marvellous reason to exercise is because it gives you an energizing boost. No, really!! If you workout first thing in your day (as possible) you will find your energy level has increased for the entire day. When children are little you have to be creative in finding time for a workout. Maybe you will do it with them crawling around you like I did when my children were little and now when I have my grandtwin babies with me. It really helps in keeping your muscles and bones strong enough for the lifting involved with small children. Even young mothers end up with back injury. It strengthens your back. Daily exercise helps you feel more energized throughout the day. It even boosts how you feel about yourself which is why I love using the Bible verse in Psalms 139:14.
The second marvellous reason to workout is because it increases productivity. Now who doesn’t need that?! Twenty-four hours (with hours subtracted for sleep) are just NOT enough hours in the day of a mommy!! Would you believe that those 15+ minutes working out give a payback in productivity? What could be better than that?! Movement of our body each day increases the functionality of our brains making both hemispheres integrate and work together more effectively. If you do exercises that cross the midline (the line straight down the center of your body) you will improve cognitive thinking. Incredible isn’t it?! God really had made us so fearfully and wonderfully. Do you know that right well??
The third reason to workout it is a calorie burner even when resting. Totally!! Do you get that?? Not only will you burn calories while you are exercising but you will burn them while you slow down, sit, or sleep!! Amazing!! I’m “in” are you?? I try to eat healthy to keep the pounds I lost 4 years ago from coming back. I’ll eat yogurt and fruit, then a salad for lunch. Somewhere along the line I will get itching for chocolate (Oh NO!!) and ruin it all by eating chocolate chips (Oh YES!!) but those pounds can be kept at bay just because I worked out this morning.
Another great reason to workout is because you’ll feel bad if you don’t!! Not just because you read about the benefits of exercising but because you will have symptoms that can be avoided or at least decreased through movement. When I don’t move my body, typically I have a very sluggish, melancholy, dull thinking sort of feeling. I wake up feeling overly tired for no good reason at all. There are times that I have been convinced that I was on my way to becoming diabetic or having high blood pressure. Since I am earlier born than many of you, that could all be very possible. Instead, since I have been intentional about working out the last 4 years, these symptoms (including back pain) have all but decreased or disappeared. At least I can say that if I wake up feeling ‘bad’ the feeling is gone once I have worked out – and just 20 minutes most days, no more.
The last marvellous reason to workout daily is that it is a stress buster!! Yes, it really and truly is!! We all go through times in our life that are just so stressful that we see no relief in sight. Maybe it is our marriage, or finances (which becomes our marriage), or one (or two) of our children (which affects our marriage), or some disastrous event in life (unfortunately we aren’t promised a rose garden life as believers). I am here to tell you that although working out doesn’t remove the stressor in your life, it does help you to balance that stress so that you can more effectively deal with it in wisdom. Jesus is precious and is able to use our workout to balance us out.
Those are five reasons to stay fabulously fit though daily working out. What works for me is T-Tapp but I will share about that another time.
What are some marvellous reasons that you found to workout daily (or even sometimes)?? This isn’t an exhaustive list.
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