by Tony Leman
The Apostle Paul mentioned to the young Evangelist, Timothy, that exercise is profitable in this life (1 Timothy 4:8) and there is now much literature detailing the many benefits from regular exercise. It is easy to find factual and accurate advice from many reputable health professionals and advocates of the benefits of exercise for the body. Do you value exercise? When I was studying for a Diploma in Exercise Science at Massey University in Wellington, one of my lecturers said to me on at least one occasion, “Exercise is very underrated in New Zealand.” The lecturer that made this statement was originally from South Africa and had made the observation that many New Zealanders neglected the opportunity at a better quality of life through regular exercise.
As a personal trainer for over five years, I witnessed first-hand the many benefits that come through an individual exercising regularly. Regular exercise needs to be a part of our way of life as the body was designed for movement. What I’ve observed, both in my own life and in the lives of others, is that exercise of the body touches on the principle in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Some may say, “I’ll exercise more when I have more energy for it.” In fact, I had one personal training client mention to me that her husband wondered how she had the energy to exercise at the end of a busy day. Her reply was, “This is why I’m off to exercise, so that I can gain more energy!” The science of the human body has demonstrated this to be the case – that through moving the body one will gain more energy not necessarily the reverse as some may believe.
Notice the following quote from a man named Paul Chek who is a respected holistic health practitioner, neuromuscular therapist and corrective exercise specialist for the C.H.E.K. Institute based in the USA:
“The method by which your muscles produce energy is seldom considered because most people only associate muscle work with fatigue or loss of energy…
Another way that your muscles help to energise the body is relating to the fact that contracting a muscle pushes blood out of the muscles and into the veins, helping to return used blood to the heart and lungs to be recharged. When the muscle relaxes, it absorbs freshly charged blood from the heart and lungs. This fresh blood contains valuable electromagnetic energy from the heart, electromagnetic work potential from the positively charged oxygen in the blood cells, hormonal energy and chemical energy and work potential from your digested foods” (Chek, Paul. (2004) How to EAT, MOVE and BE HEALTHY!. San Diego, CA: C.H.E.K. Institute. p.100).
So, would you like to have more energy each day? Consider partaking of regular exercise (if you don’t already) and you will receive the benefits in this life through doing so.