“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
We have all heard at one point in our lives, “our bodies are our temples”, but how many of us take that seriously? Many may have heard this from our parents in response to wanting tattoos or body piercings. Others may have heard this in group during drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Irrespective of what context you may have heard this, it is true, our bodies are our temples and we should treat our temples with the care it deserves. Treating our bodies as it deserves should include our mental and physical health, right?
Unfortunately, given our current situation, the simple pleasures of working out to stay in shape is a bit more challenging. While gyms may be open, not everyone feels comfortable enough to go, placing various forms of exercising on hold. Regrettably, illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol will not simply take a back seat until we are afforded the opportunity to work out at gyms. Alternatively, working out at home is an option, but everyone does not own exercise equipment, so this becomes another deterrent. What does this all mean for our temples?
Well family, we have to be creative. We must find ways to get moving without the gym or equipment. Taking walks, stretching, and YOGA are all simple ways to move our bodies, and relax our minds. Speaking of relaxing our minds, this brings me to mental health. Our mental health during this time is just as important, if not more, than our physical health. We all need a mental release during these difficult times, and we must find ways to release. Creativity is key!
I recently joined a 100 Mile Challenge, and this was the push I needed to get me back on track. I am one of those people who are not comfortable going to the gym right now; however, I do have exercise equipment, and a mountain bike. As part of this challenge, each day I put in the miles by walking on the treadmill, riding the stationary bike, or going outdoors on the mountain bike. The miles are piling up, the calories are burning, and I feel great! This has also forced me to eat better in order to have the energy to keep moving. Also, there are tons of Apps available with different challenges to join to get you moving. Create your own challenge and invite some friends to join.
GOD wakes us up with an abundance of blessings each morning, and what better way to honor those blessings, than taking care of our temples!
So, get up, get out and take in the fresh air! Find a quiet place, take long deep breaths, and reconnect with your inner self. Many of us have medical conditions, but they do not have to control us. It is always smart to consult your physician first, and together you two can work out a plan that is both safe and healthy.
All it takes is making the commitment to get and stay healthy.
God bless you,
In His Service,