The three simple staples of a healthy life is eat right, get plenty of rest, and exercise. I’m sure we attempt the first two every day. We may not eat all the right things or get enough rest, but we do a little. But how often have you gone a day without exercise?
Exercise Every Morning
Since exercise is so important, you need to do a little every morning. Even a 5 minute exercise will boost your energy, improve your thinking, and improve your general health and mental well-being. Early exercise gets your heart pumping and blood flowing with oxygen to your entire body.
You may feel like you don’t have time to exercise in the morning. While you may not have time for a 30 minute video workout, or go the local gym, or a morning 5K, I’m sure you have 1 minute every day. Begin by taking one minute and do a plank. If you are not familiar with a plank, it’s like a push up on your elbows, except you stay up straight all the time. Keep your body rigid for one minute. You will be surprised how this gets your heart rate up. You’ll be sweating by the end of 30 seconds. If you can’t do a plank, walk in place briskly for one minute, or do set-ups, or even jumping jacks, toe touches, or knee bends. You get the picture – just get moving enough to get your heart rate up.
One exercise that I have tried, but don’t do enough is yoga. This is a combination of strength and stretching. Every morning I do about 7 daily exercises for 7 minutes. You can see a version of it at Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout. Try it for 7 minutes every morning.
Hopefully, you are aware that before you try any exercise program, even as simple as one minute, you need to be healthy enough to perform it. Those with heart conditions or other health concerns, may need to consult a physician. But most of us need to exercise more. Obesity and overweight has become a major health problem in our country. More exercise and better diet would do us all good.
We were made to move. The body God has given us is incredible. But it is not indestructible. We need to take care of it. Not too much and not too little. We’ve all seen the crazy ‘insane’ workout videos. I don’t think these are healthy. They are like crash diets. They may get us results; but at the cost of our overall health.
Start small and work up. Commit to one minute a day. Then work up to the seven minute workout. Set a goal of running, or walking, a 5K or losing 10 pounds or reducing a dress/pants size. Consistency is the key. Start small, stick with it, and watch the results.
There will be pain whatever you choose. If you choose not to exercise, there will be the pain of not being able to enjoy your older years or the pain of surgery. So, choose a little, healthy pain of getting back in shape. A little now will save you much in your future.
It is not just a good healthy body that a morning exercise creates. A morning exercise will give you that physical and mental boost to improve you confidence and concentration. Positive mental health is the hidden byproduct your morning exercises.
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
Some well-meaning Christians downplay exercise because it is only for our temporary existence. They think, ‘There’s no point in exercising because it’s all over when we die. I need to spend my time focusing on my ministry, not in the gym.’ However, what they don’t remember is that your ministry is done in your body. Your ministry will only go as far as your body lets you. I know many pastors whose ministry is limited because their body is unhealthy. A healthy body will give you more energy and a longer lifespan to serve God.
I hope this encourages you to take a few minutes every morning to exercise. Hopefully, when you get in good shape you will be able to spend an adequate daily amount of time in exercise. “
“Experts agree that the optimal amount of exercise you and I need to get to maintain good health is seventy minutes of exercise, six days a week. If you aren’t in the habit of doing much physical activity, then that may sound like an impossible number to you. Believe me, I’ve been there. Let me encourage you to get started slowly with simple, consistent walking.” – The Healthy Renegade Pastor (Nelson Searcy)
What do you do for exercise? What is advice can you give?
You can also read about my other morning rituals at: My Miracle Morning.