Underestimating our abilities
It's true that exercise helps to clear your mind, open your eyes, and help with your breathing. I went from dreading to walk to loving to run. I feel lighter after a run and stronger during my cool down. I think we can underestimate what our bodies can do or where we can go. Are we really pushing ourselves to run a little longer, stretch a little deeper, or lift a little more weight?
Health and fitness are part of my lifestyle. I like to make conscious decisions by incorporating exercise in my day or fueling my body and mind with healthy treats. The thought of certain foods that I used to devour just make me cringe. Granted, I do enjoy a slice of pizza from time to time but it's not like how it used to be. I consider my options in what there is to eat and what fitness routine I could do.
I started to take my health seriously after I graduated college. I felt like I had the time to do my research, try out new things to see what worked for me and my body. I knew that I needed to become more flexible — I couldn't even reach past my knees as I stretched! It started with typing "Yoga" on YouTube and I tried the first video that popped up. It was 30 day yoga challenge for beginners with Erin Motz. So I started with that, then from there I tried Pilates, and I continued to add a jog here and there. I left no room for excuses. I ran in the cold, I ran when it drizzled, I even ran in the heat.
Today during my run I knew I was doing what God wanted for me. He wants us to be healthy, to have fun and be able to run! To move around without being out of breath. Imagine creating something that doesn't work properly? That is how we are. We are His creation; the bible says our bodies are His and we are the temple for His holy spirit. What kind of home are we keeping? Is it a dirty home with creaks and clutter? Or is it a clean cozy place with mobility?
I encourage you to go a little further during your run, stretch a little deeper, and jump a little higher.
Oh, and I can now reach past my knees! Just one more push to reaching my toes.
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
I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
— Philippians 4:13
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.
— Romans 12:1