1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ~ Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God in your body.
Maintenance Vs. Repair
Physical Training is Bodily discipline, which should be a part of our daily lives. It builds over time. It looks different in different seasons of life, but it’s something that is always a part of our routine. How you steward your body in your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s will significantly impact the quality of life you will experience in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and beyond. It’s maintenance, maintaining a healthy body. Don’t wait until something is “broken” until you’re in a sick state to start pursuing health and pursuing “well-being” (wellness). Think of preventative measures vs. having to repair a situation.
Ok, so what happens when you train?
It adds stress to your body that disrupts homeostasis, which is the “normal state of the body and mind.” This is what happens when you “exercise.”
With proper recovery, the body adapts to handle the following exposure to the stress and, when conditions are right, actually overcompensates – leading to an increase in performance and health. Which, according to Scripture, is used to flourish on earth, subdue it and have dominion over it. And to work in His Kingdom. (Ephesians 2:10) This is Uncommen man’s “why” for his discipline in training the body.
Recovery is just as important as exercise for positive results because your body’s adaptation mechanisms need to help the body “overcompensate” from the breakdown during training. This happens in about 72 hours for the average man. However, highly conditioned men can recover faster, like 1 or 2 days depending on the individual. With this in mind, we should train, at the very least, 3x a week! Are you doing this?
What happens if you don’t train?
When we ARE NOT training, the body is at high risk for sickness, stress, injury, and disease. AND atrophy sets in. Atrophy occurs when the body’s tissues “waste away” or decline in effectiveness due to underuse or neglect. “If you don’t use it, you lose it” has some validity here.
This same phenomenon can happen in our spiritual life if we become too complacent. God says through Paul to the church of Thessalonica and us, “to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” So, prayer can “atrophy.” It works like a “muscle” in some ways. As we pray, we grow. Growing in our prayer life is likened to growing stronger, faster, and healthier when we exercise.
Just like we said about not wanting to wait to fix something physically until it’s broken, the same can be said for our walk with Jesus. Life is hard enough not to need more storms to draw us closer to Jesus.
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It was written by Kelsey Elmore & Ben.
Great analogy here with training the body to be physically fit and the soul to be spiritually fit. We need both.