Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Worship God Physically - Physical Fitness Spiritual Discipline - Our Bodies as the Temple of the Holy Spirit

How to Worship God Physically…

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.”…19 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; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” - Paul (1st Corinthians 6:12-13, 19-20)
“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Jesus (Matthew 26:41)

God cares about your body, not just your spirit, and wants both of them to be fit and healthy.
Just like Christians strive to make our spirits as holy and as perfect as possible, so we should strive to make our bodies the best that they can be.

This takes patience and perseverance. It is a long process, but with everything else, if you keep at it, you will progress. 

The keys are proper nutrition and regular exercise: 

1. Limit your intake of sugar, especially. It is your nutritional enemy.

2. Engage in some form of exercise for 20 minutes at least 5 days a week, preferably alternating between some form of strength training (to tone and build muscle) and some form of cardio endurance training (to burn fat and strengthen your heart and lungs).  

3. Exercise is any activity that raises your heart rate above its normal pace. Playing sports or engaging in any kind of physical recreation, such as dance, does count as exercise.

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