Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because he owns it I Corinthians 6:19-20 (Living Bible)
In the past I have discussed in this blog the interplay of our three-part make-up; physical, spiritual and emotional. In this most anxious of times, we need to find ways to feel some level of control when everything seems to be spinning out of control. Anxiety, which is already present, becomes magnified when we have a pandemic, and the President gets taken to the hospital with that scary and unpredictable virus. When the ever-present danger of that virus lurks unseen, and we have loved ones we worry about and cannot visit as much as we want, if at all. Lots of reasons these days for increased anxiety.
One practical way to deal with the effects of the things we cannot control is to control what we can control. When anxiety seizes our thinking (and it does), we need to have some remedies to manage it.
Physical activity seems to be a perfect remedy to not only distract us from the anxiety, but to take control of an activity which is beneficial for us. That activity is exercise. Physical exercise- daily disciplined exercise, can be of tremendous help in controlling anxiety. We can decide when and how much we exercise, and our anxious thoughts cannot stop that. Taking charge of our bodies, when our mind seems to be taking charge of us, gets us back in control. We become the executives that we need to be.
So, set the goal for daily exercise. You set your own bar for it, and it does not matter how much it is. What matters is that you do what you say you are going to do. Keeping promises to ourselves is the best way to feel secure in our own skin.
So, name your exercise goal. Tomorrow, I am going to talk about the process of making that work.
Now, get to thinking about your goals!
Prayer: Lord, you have given us the tools to overcome fear. Help us to use them wisely to honor you, Amen.