There are many an exercise extraordinaire and what a wonderful inspiration they are for many. How many a one gets up off the couch to step into the gym to begin? This is not a question for guilt purposes. I just want to encourage those of us who find it difficult to get motivated to exercise. Did you know that two of the best forms of exercise are walking and gardening? Here is a statement: “Walking, in all cases where it is possible, is the best remedy for diseased bodies, because in this exercise all the organs of the body are brought into use.” (3T 78.1) Our bodies/temples are very important to us and too often do we take them for granted. Imagine if our heart muscle decided it didn’t want to work anymore, because it doesn’t feel like pumping. That would not be cool. How amazing that our lungs continue to reciprocate and work in harmony in keeping the oxygen and carbon dioxide dance flowing. As stewards we need to take care and get moving to help the body maintain and better its health.
Imagine a space in the outdoors where you could workout as you would in the gym…but better. Free flowing air, sunlight, water and the heavens above. This backdrop accompanied by nature’s song, swaying leaves brushing against themselves in the soft wind and the varying birds singing as they go about their daily tasks of life. Gardening is another form of exercise that brings all of the bodies muscles into action. Take raking for instance; you are working the back, the arms, the gluteus, stomach and the leg muscles. Imagine the toning from that exercise. There are many other ways to get great toning and cardio through gardening and without even really thinking about it. Check out what WebMd says about this idea: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/get-fit-by-gardening
Let’s get out there and get our bodies moving…it’s the least we can do to give back to the One who gave them to us. You will be blessed. Challenge yourself for 21 days. Everyday for at least 30 minutes. Let us know how you are doing. As Medical Missionaries, we would be happy to support you in anyway we can.
Let’s do it together!
Sussannie and the JLTm Team