Why do we run despite the fact it’s 13 degrees outside? Why do I get up at 4Am to go workout? Why have La and I been working out on a consistent basis for 10 years now? It all comes down to 4 principles that are the foundations to our family’s routine.
I. We work out and live a healthy lifestyle because our bodies are the temple of God. We are both strong believers in the verse from 1 Corinthians 6:19: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own..”. The following quote by Jerry Bridges captures our modern society’s illness “Modern Christians, especially those in the Western World, have generally been found wanting in the area of holiness of body. Gluttony and laziness, for example, were regarded by earlier Christians as sin. Today we may look on these are weaknesses of the will but certainly not sin. We even joke about our overeating and other indulgences…” We don’t want to be part of the problem. We want to be part of the solution and share the joy that comes with living a healthy lifestyle.
II. We work out so that we can both enjoy each others bodies. I do not work out so that I can show off my 8 pack abs; La doesn’t work out so that she can be ready for swimsuit season. We definitely do not workout because it’s the new year and it’s time for us to shed the weight we gained during the winter. No, we workout and eat right for the pleasure of the other.
III. We work out for posterity sake. I was blessed to be reared in a family where a good regimen and an active lifestyle was the norm. In my family, while my brothers and I were playing soccer for our respective teams, my little sister was off dancing, my mother was doing aerobics at home or swimming while my father was out playing tennis with his friends. La and I strongly believe that “a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” Proverbs 13:22. Yes, we want to leave an inheritance of wealth for our children and their offspring, but we also want to leave them with a strong spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical capital that would provide them with a great foundation to be successful in life.
IV. We work out because it’s a life long journey we vowed to take together before we got married. The following quote “exercise is a journey, not a destination” sums up one of our many mottoes. We want to be that old couple that everyone stares at in amazement when they go past them on a difficult mountain trail. It’s not about how one looks in 3 months or 4 years. It’s a lifelong journey that has already started for us.
Why do you workout? Is it because it’s the new year and it’s the thing to do? Is it because you feel the need to lose weight? Is it because you want to look good and turn heads when you walk around? Is it because Shape and Men’s Health magazines tells us what one should look like? If those and/or similar responses are your answers, please know that those reasons will not carry you. Yes, you may lose weight or you may bulk up and get ripped. But one cannot sustain a healthy lifelong workout journey on those reasons. It’s time to re-evaluate your drive and adopt a different and more substantial mindset…
So why do you or don’t you workout?