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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Why am I continuing to write about exercise on a blog where my main purpose is to encourage men and women in the marketplace to journey with Jesus? Here's a comment from a friend Jerry White in response to my first post on exercise:

 

"Amen, Doug. Well said. We are stewards of our body as well as of our soul and mind. If we get negligent or lazy in any of those three, we will pay a price."

 

I truly desire to see people in the marketplace walk in freedom in their walks with God and maximize the gifts God has given them, which include their souls, minds, and bodies. Life is very complex and, in most cases, runs at a faster pace than we'd like it to. Because of this, taking care of our bodies can often become neglected. However, the truth is, if we lose our health, every other aspect of life will also be impacted.

 

For example, most heart surgery - especially bypass surgery - is avoidable with proper exercise and diet. Think of a friend who has had bypass surgery. In almost all cases, he or she is then forced to radically change his or her exercise program and diet. Does it seem strange that this big change comes after the surgery, and not before?

 

In an excellent book, Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Harry Lodge, MD, Dr. Lodge writes the following about his years of practicing medicine:

 

"My patients had good medical care but not, I'm beginning to think, great health care. For most, their declines, their illnesses, were thirty-year problems of lifestyle, not disease. I, like most doctors in America, had been doing the wrong job. Modern medicine does not concern itself with lifestyle problems . . . It is inexplicable that our society, plagued by soaring medical costs and epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and cancer, cares so little about these things. The simple fact is that we know perfectly well what to do. Some 70 percent of premature death and aging is lifestyle-related. Heart attacks, strokes, the common cancers, diabetes, most falls, fractures and serious injuries, and many more illnesses are primarily caused by the way we live. If we had the will to do it, we could eliminate more than half of all disease in men and women over fifty. Not delay it, eliminate it. That is a readily attainable goal, but we are not moving toward it" (28-29).

 

Did you catch that? He said, "Not delay it, eliminate it"! Yet, many of us struggle with motivation to exercise until something goes wrong and we have no choice but to change our ways. Dr. Lodge goes on to say: "Normal aging is intolerable and avoidable. You can skip most of it and grow old, not just gracefully but with real joy" (30).

 

He then distinguishes between the natural aging process and the premature decaying of our bodies that most people experience: "The keys to overriding the decay code are daily exercise, emotional commitment, reasonable nutrition, and a real engagement with living. But it starts with exercise" (34).

 

I have much more to say on this subject, but for now I recommend two books from which I'll be quoting in future posts: Younger Next Year (or Younger Next Year for Women) by Crowley and Lodge, and a very recent book, The First 20 Minutes, by Gretchen Reynolds. Are you thinking that you need a better exercise routine? Go ahead and pick one of these up and begin the journey to health!

Comments
Wow Doug...these messages on exercise have been so, so good. I am challenged and motivated!
Kimberly Crozier @ 2:41:00 PM 7/31/2012
Thanks Kim for your kind comments. Maintaining a life of discipline, especially in the area of exercise, is an ongoing struggle for all of us.
Doug Higneoo @ 8:38:00 AM 8/2/2012

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