It can be hard to find
time in a busy week to get the exercise our bodies need. And
sometimes that goes for our spirits as well. Here are ten ways
to exercise both at the same time.
Concentrate on your
breathing as you move. Breathe in deeply, filling your lungs and
body with the "ruach," the breath of God. Breathe out
completely, exhaling all negative energy and anxiety.
As you stretch, remember these words: "I stretch out my hands to God, my soul thirsts for You!" (Psalm 143:6).
As you work out, give thanks for the different parts of your body, and the amazing way they all work together (1 Corinthians 12:12).
Count repetitions using familiar words and passages. Some suggestions: Creator, Christ and Comforter, Amen (10 counts) Jesus Christ, my rock and my salvation (10 counts) Our Savior’s Prayer (90 – 100 counts) The 23rd Psalm (140 – 150 counts)
When you hike or walk, keep your eyes open to the wonder of God’s world around you. Take a photo of "whatever is pleasing" (Philippians 4:8) for your spiritual journal. Share the photo with others.
Put your favorite songs of
faith and inspiration on your iPod when you go running.
While swimming laps, remember you are baptized. Envision being immersed in God’s grace and loving strength.
On the treadmill, take time to pray. List what you are thankful for and visualize the people you pray for.
When you "hit the wall," focus on Miriam’s song: "God is my strength and my might" (Exodus 15:2).
Quiet your mind and body by listening for the still small voice of the stillspeaking God (1 Kings 19:12).