By Kristen Johnson
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NRSV): 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple[a] of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
When it comes to cancer, genetics and our environment are factors beyond our control. But, the way we live is certainly within our control, and that includes eating right, exercising daily, and abstaining from smoking.
The Journal of of the American Medical Association recently completed a study which concluded that exercise reduces the risk of up 13 different cancers. The risk for breast, endometrial and breast cancers specifically was reduced 25-30% simply by exercising daily. Exercise was also show to speed up recovery after cancer treatment and to improve the chance of survivorship. (Health Grades, Inc.).
It is pretty clear that God designed our bodies to benefit from exercise. Aside from the obvious health benefits, it improves our moods, and helps us lose and keep off weight.
When is the best time to exercise? What is the best kind of exercise to do? Both answers are easy – the best time to exercise is when you will best be willing to exercise, and the best kind of exercise to do is the one you will actually do! If you hate to exercise after work, then do it before work to get it over with. If you hate running, then ride a bike or go for a walk. No excuses – just do it.
One added benefit of exercise is that it can be social. Going for a walk with a friend is enjoyable, riding up a long hill on a bike with a group is invigorating, and boogie-ing with a group of people in a Zumba class is amazingly fun.
PS – Don’t put it off until tomorrow. If you’re like me and you’re dead tired after work – then get up a half hour early and exercise before work. Your body will thank you.
Romans 12:1 (NRSV): I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual[b] worship.
Honor the body God has blessed you with every day.
Serve all with love.
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