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Made to Move - Exercise Is Essential for Optimal Health

Exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your energy levels, improve mood and confidence, improve your memory, help you sleep better, and slow down the aging process. However, most of us still have plenty of reasons not to exercise. This seems to be true in the church, where the dedication to exercise is often misunderstood. In fact, the Bible encourages us to engage in physical activity in our training. Given the many benefits of training, it is clear that God created us to be active, that we are Made to Move.

Many are familiar with 1 Corinthians 6: 10-20, where the apostle Paul urges us to take care of our bodies.

"Or know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 NAS95S)

Although many hear this verse used to teach that we should avoid association, alcohol, tobacco and drugs, we are rarely taught that this verse is not just a warning to avoid this activity, but rather an advice to be proactive in caring for our bodies . We need to make sure we keep our bodies in top condition at all times. This means that we should glorify God for the food we eat to nourish our bodies, but we also need to do physical exercise. In fact, in his first letter to Timothy, Paul said:

"Because our physical activity is small, but religion is profitable for everything, has promise of life now and in the future." (1 Timothy 4: 8 NKJV)

Some people take Paul's words to deliberately make a small profit but that advantage is useful for all things as a dismissal of exercise, which makes it easy for them to sit around them. But that's not what Paul said. First, we have seen from 1 Corinthians that God cares deeply about what we do with our bodies. Second, we need to consider the context.

"But do not deceive fairy tales and old wives, and beware of the temptation; for your body is always profitable, but all things are profitable for the promise of the present life." (1 Timothy 4: 7-8 NKJV)

Paul instructs Timothy to reject false teachings, which endanger our spirituality, and to train ourselves against temptation. Paul later reaffirm the benefits of physical training to use it as an example of the greater benefits of spiritual training. Exercise, while beneficial in this life, will not result in eternal life. But it's still an advantage. I am reminded of Jesus' instructions to the Pharisees.

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye have put down the cloak of butter, and dill, and tiger, and have broken the law of truth: justice and mercy and faithfulness; others. "(Matthew 23:23 NAS95S)

It is not a case of "either / or" but "both / and". We need to train ourselves and spiritually. To assume that Paul taught in 1 Timothy that Christians should not engage in physical training is to fall into the Gnostic heresy and ignore many other Paul's references to the benefits of physical discipline and exercise.

Another basic rule for interpreting the Bible is that you need to take into account the original audience as well as the distance. Paul wrote these words to Timothy almost 2000 years ago. Paul and Timothy live in a time and culture where physical activity is the norm. It is only in the last 100 years that energy-saving devices have caused a drastic decline in our daily physical activity. A recent study of the Old Order Amish, which rejects modern conveniences, shows that very high levels of activity are integrated into their daily lives. On average, the Amish participated in six physical activities by participants in a recent survey of 12 modern countries.

"The Amish can show us how far we've fallen in the last 150 years or so in terms of the amount of physical activity we normally do," said David R. Bassett, Ph.D., FACSM, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and lead researcher. "Their lifestyle shows that physical activity plays an important role in keeping our ancestors healthy and healthy."

Thus, Paul advocates the benefits of physical training in a more active culture than we do. How much more important it is for us to engage in physical training! Dr John J. Ratey, professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, commented:

In a world driven by technology, plotted in plasma, it is easy to forget that we were born movers ... because we have engineered the movement out of our lives ... Inactivity in modern life is a distraction to us and it creates one of the biggest threats to our survival ... we literally kill ourselves.

We can talk about the benefits of regular training for hours. The purpose of this lesson is to touch on some of the benefits of scientifically proven. The first benefit of training may surprise you. We Need to Move For Our Thoughts.

1. Implementation of Wearable Tactics

In the Introduction to his book Spark: New Science in Revolution and Brain Training, Dr Ratey commented:

We all know that training makes us feel better, but most of us don't know why. We assume that because we burn stress or reduce muscle tension or increase endorphin, and we let it go. But the real reason we feel so good when we pump our blood is that it makes the brain function better, and in my opinion, the benefits of this physical activity are more important — and interesting — than what happens to the body. Building muscle and drying the heart and lungs are side effects. I often tell my patients that the point of training is to build and adjust the brain.

Exercise Generates "Growing Miracles" for Your Brain

Recent research shows that exercise can keep the brain sharp in old age and may help prevent Alzheimer's disease along with other mental disorders that accompany aging. Carl Cotman, Ph.D., University of California at Irvine found a connection between physical activity and mental ability. In a study published in Malaysia Nature, Cotman concludes that compounds responsible for brain health can be controlled by exercise. Cotman conducted his research on mice because, he said, "the effects of exercise are very similar to humans and rats." In his study, Cotman monitored mice and rats running on a treadmill. Mice used to have higher neurotrophic factor (BDNF), the most widely distributed growth factor in the brain and are believed to decrease with Alzheimer's onset.

Exercise Improves Cognitive and Mental Functions

Not only does exercise stimulate the creation of new brain cells (neurons), it also strengthens the connection between those cells. Brain areas stimulated through exercise are linked to memory and learning. Cotman states:

One of the important features of training, which is sometimes underappreciated in the study, is the improvement rate learning, and I think it's a really cool message home because it shows that if you're in a good mood, you might be able to learn and work more efficiently.

A German study conducted in 2007 showed that people learn vocabulary 20 percent faster after exercise than before training and learning rates correlated directly with BDNF levels in the brain.

Impact Training

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When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals all work together to make you feel good. In addition, after exercising, you may feel a sense of accomplishment and your muscles will relax more because of exercise - reducing tension and tension.

"Moderate intensity aerobic exercise can improve mood quickly and can improve up to 12 hours," said lead researcher Dr. Jeremy Sibold, assistant professor of rehabilitation and movement science at the University of Vermont, Burlington.

Stress Reduction Training

Experts agree that one of the best ways to reduce stress is through exercise. During the stress reaction, many chemical reactions occur in the body preparing it for what is known as a "fight or flight" reaction. Our ancestors were able to burn our stress through their daily activities, such as defending themselves when animals attack, as it is a way of life. They can escape or fight threats immediately. In today's society, we do not have to fight bears or tigers, so we do not have many easy outlets to exert pressure or generate negative emotions. Therefore, we bring it with us to create emotional and physical problems. Exercise can help by providing an outlet for negative emotions such as anxiety, irritability, depression, hostility, anger, frustration, and anxiety. Regular exercise provides the opportunity to manage fights or flight reactions and help the body return to homeostasis or balance more quickly.

Exercise Is a Remedy for Depression

In October 2000 researchers from Duke University made New York Times with studies showing that exercise is better than sertraline (Zoloft) in treating depression. What good news! Unfortunately, it is buried in the fourteenth section of Health and Fitness. If exercise came in the form of pills, it would be posted in the front yard, hailed as the blockbuster drug of the century.


If you watch television at all, you are always bombarded with ads for every prescription drug under the sun. In one hour of your TV, you may see at least 10 of these ads. What amazes me is the number of potential side effects. You may be better off with whatever causes your problems than face the side effects from light to dead. Another problem is that these drugs do nothing to treat the root cause of the problem; they only reduce symptoms. If we simply follow God's counsel to exercise our bodies, we can reduce the root problem along with the symptoms.

Exercise and Fatigue Training

Tired? Walking may be better than sleeping to increase energy and fight fatigue.

New research shows that regular exercise can increase energy levels even among people with chronic medical conditions related to fatigue, such as cancer and heart disease.

It may seem daunting, but researchers say spending energy by exercising regularly can compensate for the increase in energy over the long run.

"Many times when people are tired, the last thing they want to do is practice," said researcher Patrick O & # 39; Connor, PhD, in a news release. "But if you are physically inactive and tired, just a little more active will help," said O & # 39; Connor, co-director of the University of Georgia Training Psychology psychology lab, in Athens, Ga.

"We live in a society where people are always looking for sports drinks, energy bars or coffee cups that will give them extra day-to-day benefits," said researcher Tim Puetz, PhD, also from UGA. "But maybe he'll throw away your tennis shoes and go out and do some physical activity every morning to give the energy the people are looking for."

In this study, published in the Psychological Bulletin, researchers analyzed 70 studies on exercise and fatigue involving more than 6,800 people.

"More than 90% of studies show the same thing: Inactive people completing exercise programs still report better fatigue than non-exercise groups," says O & # 39; Connor. "This is a very consistent effect."

The results show that exercise continues to increase energy and reduce fatigue.

The average effect is higher than the increased use of stimulants, including those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.

Researchers say almost every study group - from healthy adults, to cancer patients, and those with chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease - benefit from exercise.

Training to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

There is a direct link between physical inactivity and cardiovascular death.

Lack of physical activity is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Regular physical activity makes your heart, like any other muscle, stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. Regular exercise also prevents heart disease by lowering blood pressure, raising good HDL cholesterol that drains the fat from the arteries and returns to the liver for processing, reducing bad levels of LDL cholesterol that can build up fat deposits in arteries and prevent blood clots.

In a long-term study of Swedish women and men who were physically active at least twice a week, they had a 41% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who did not do physical activity.

Exercise Has The Effect Of Losing Cholesterol

Exercise properly affects blood cholesterol levels by lowering LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and cholesterol levels and increasing HDL cholesterol.

Exercise alone does not burn such cholesterol with fat. Physical exercise can positively alter cholesterol metabolism by increasing the production and action of some enzymes in the muscles and liver that work to convert some cholesterol to better forms, such as HDL-cholesterol.

Exercise Helps to Prevent and Control Type 2 Diabetes

There is strong evidence from randomized controlled studies

(for example, the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study and the Diabetes Prevention Program in the United States) that moderate physical activity combined with weight loss and a balanced diet can provide a 50-60% reduction in the risk of diabetes among high-risk people.

Regular physical activity can increase insulin resistance and glucose tolerance and is very effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes in people with impaired glucose regulation.

Exercise Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

Exercise methods can help reduce blood pressure, but all forms of exercise seem to be effective in reducing blood pressure. In contrast, low physical activity increases the risk of hypertension.

Regular exercise lowers blood pressure in approximately 75% of hypertensive individuals with an average decrease of 11 and 8 Hg for systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Regular exercise can lower blood pressure in people who are overweight and obese even without weight change. Aerobic exercise appears to have a slightly greater effect on blood pressure in hypertensive individuals than in hypertensive individuals.

Associate Training with Reduced Risk

Evidence exists that physical activity may be associated with a lower risk of some common forms of cancer, especially colon and breast cancer.

Exercise Can Reduce Stroke Risk

Research data shows that moderate and high levels of physical activity can reduce the risk of volume, ischemia, and hemorrhage.

People with good physical function after 40 years can lower their risk of stroke by 50 percent compared to those who cannot climb stairs, kneel, bend or even lift, according to research published in the December 11, 2007, issue of Neurology, American medical journal Academy of Neurology.

Exercise Improves Bone Strength

An active lifestyle benefits bone density. Regular weight training promotes bone formation, delays bone loss and can protect against osteoporosis (a form of aging-related bone loss).

Exercise Strengthening Your Immune System

Regular moderate exercise may have a positive effect on immune function. Findings from several studies support the possibility that exercise may slow down the immune process (age-dependent decline in immune function).

Exercise Can Help You Sleep Better

If you have poor sleep, daily exercise can make a difference. Natural depths of body temperature five to six hours after exercise can help with sleep. Research from Stanford University School of Medicine has found that regular exercise improves overall sleep quality, faster sleep, longer sleep times and more rest in the morning.

Exercise Can Improve Your Sex Life

Exercise regularly maintains or improves sex life. Physical improvements in muscle strength and tone, endurance, body composition and cardiovascular function can all improve sexual function in men and women. Men who exercise regularly are less likely to have erectile dysfunction and impotence than men who do not exercise.

Exercise Can Help to Relieve Back Pain

By improving muscle strength and endurance and increasing flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps prevent back pain. High quality research has shown that exercise is an effective treatment for recurrent back pain.

Exercise Has The Benefits Of Gastrointestinal Tract

Exercise is useful for people with cholelithiasis and constipation. Physical activity can reduce the risk of diverticulosis, gastrointestinal bleeding and inflammatory bowel disease.

Exercise is an Alternative to hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women

High intensity exercise significantly reduces the negative changes associated with the menopause transition.


At this point it should be clear that physical training is good for us. The apostle Paul repeatedly used physical training to illustrate spiritual truths that indicated that he saw physical training and even competition in a positive light. However, like many things in life, there are advantages to exercise. Some people focus too much on spirituality, neglecting their physical body. Others concentrate on the shape and form of their physical bodies until they ignore spiritual growth and maturity. Both do not show biblical balance. We need to constantly develop our body, mind and spirit.


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