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Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 7:01:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Why write about exercise on a blog whose posts usually have a spiritual focus? Because exercise is one of many elements to living a full life that brings honor and glory to God. Almost daily, we hear or read about the importance of focusing on the spiritual side of our lives, but without proper sleep, rest, exercise, and diet, we simply won't be living the healthy, vibrant lives God has designed for us to live.

About 15 years ago or more, my father found out that he had Type 2 Diabetes. To maximize his health, he went to a longevity clinic for several weeks to develop a diet and exercise routine to maintain his health. In talking with one of the doctors at the clinic, I was amazed at how he responded when I asked whether diet or exercise was more important. The doctor said that many scientific studies had proven that exercise was more important than diet. In fact, even when people have other unhealthy habits besides their diet, exercise proves to make a significant difference. He went on to describe a specific study of smokers who rigorously exercised compared with non-smokers who didn't exercise. This study revealed that the smokers were actually in better overall health. This seems hard to believe, but it speaks to the significance of exercise.

Since leaving the clinic, my father, now 93 years old, has exercised five or six days a week, including aerobic exercise and strength training. In spite of his diabetes, he is healthy, vibrant, mentally alert, and still drives a car, including driving from Northern California to well into Oregon to see my brother and his family. In addition, he is the primary caregiver for my mother, who is in the latter stages of Alzheimer's disease. Without exercise, his life, and the lives of those around him, would have had an entirely different outcome.

We live in a very unique time. Since humanity's beginning on earth up until the last 50 to 60 years, we didn't need a specific exercise program as an additional activity to our daily routines. For example, Jesus walked wherever he went, and often for long distances. Our bodies were created to be active all day long, not to sit behind a desk, drive a car, work on a computer, or sprawl out in front of a television for hours.

A good place to start is to estimate the number of hours you're moderately active each week. This includes the time you spend walking, gardening, and more, as well as intentionally exercising. I'll say more on this theme in my next blog.

Great BLOG!! While reading this I was thinking about my parents as well as Mirna's. My mother who is 75 years young is vibrant and energetic. Doesn't excersise much, but loves to dance and stays busy. If you met her you would think that she's 40 years old. She told my wife a few years back, "when I get old....." She just never thinks of herself as old. Whil my father who has been retired for the last 12 walks every day also looks great. As for Mirna'a parents, her mother does her best to eat right and does her best to excersice. She does look older and her health is not the best. But as for her father, he is 77 years old and stretches and jogs every morning. He also walks 30 minutes every night. He is in excellent health and continues to do all maintnenace around the house and works on all his cars. He also takes care of our kids!!! So I agree with your Blog. Excercise should not be optional. Thanks Ray
Ray Villar @ 9:20:00 AM 7/11/2012
Amen, Doug. Well said. We are stewards of our body as well as of our soul and mind. It we get negligent or lazy in any of those three, we will pay a price.
Jerry white @ 11:42:00 AM 7/11/2012
All I can say is I am convicted and encouraged. Thanks for sharing.
Kathryn @ 9:44:00 AM 7/18/2012

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