A New Year: Physical activity/exercise (conclusion)

February 3, 2022

“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; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

This week, we will address the topic of exercise and physical activity as a way of maintaining the body God has given to us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has provided these guidelines regarding adding physical activity to your life.(1)

The CDC offers as an example, moderate intensity activity and muscle strengthening activity for each day of the week which offers 150 minutes total of moderate-intensity aerobic activity plus 2 days of muscle- strengthening activity.

• Sunday-30-minute brisk walk
• Monday-30-minute brisk walk
• Tuesday-30-minute brisk walk
• Wednesday- Weight training
• Thursday-30-minute brisk walk
• Friday-30-minute brisk walk
• Saturday-Weight training

Note: Physical activity that requires moderate effort is safe for most people, but the CDC recommends if you have a chronic health condition, be sure to talk with your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you. Examples of chronic conditions are heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Also, if you have been inactive, have a disability, or are overweight, discuss vigorous intensity physical activity with your doctor before beginning. The key is to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.

Beloved, the bottom line is choosing activities you enjoy and can do regularly. Mix up the routine by doing something different on alternating days, but keep it interesting and you will stay engaged. Walk the dog before and after work, add a 10-minute walk during your lunch not only adds to your weekly goal but it refreshes your mind and body. During the winter months when it is difficult to walk outdoors, walk around your home or sign up at the local Y and walk, swim or jog most times of the day. If you are working during the day, pack your comfortable shoes, and walk around the building during your breaks and take the stairs rather than the elevator.

According to the CDC, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. And, everyone can experience the benefits of physical activity – age, abilities, ethnicity, shape, or size do not matter!

Source: 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Adding Physical Activity to Your Life at: www.cdc:gov.

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