There was a time when shape, fitness, and health were of no concern. Since passing the wondrous age of 15, the concern slightly emerges. Reaching the age of 30, my fat-to-muscle ratio inclines me to consider taking interest in my physical well being—not without the help of my incredibly low levels of cardiovascular stamina!
As a youngster (which would include teenage years) I have always been quite the energetic one. No sports for me, just run, run, run all over the neighborhood; bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, fighting—you name it! Those were the Happy Days!
It was nothing for me to take up a working trade that demanded much physical activity. That being said, I began a professional occupation of installing flooring products at about 17 years of age. Two years later I would be self employed, busting you know what to make the big bucks.
This working experience, along with my attitude of “I can do it myself,” wrought great physical stress upon my body. After about 12-13 years of flooring work, I decided to leave the flooring business due to multiple physical “lay-ups” as a result of poor back health. A few times I was unable to walk and out of work for months. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (which doesn’t necessarily mean something bad) along with two bulging discs, and more recently, spinal stenosis and minor arthritis. In other words, NOT GOOD! This problem has never left me, I have simply learned how to live better and wiser with my body, as physical therapy CAN and DOES help.
Upon reaching my early 20′s, I took interest in Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do Concepts (Bruce Lee‘s Methodology of the evolving art of fighting). Needless to say, this interest in Martial Arts overlapped my professional work in the flooring business. This provided outstanding exercise sessions. I was in the best shape of my life at this point, and I could kick but!
It was 2004, my departure from the Martial Arts
Even as I was offered FREE lessons, ALL THE TIME, I declined. Martial Arts had become my “Isaac”. I had to lay it down. It was either martial arts or Jesus, and I chose Jesus.
Since then, I have really not exercised much. However, by dear brother has introduced me to cycling. I was riding approximately 2x’s a week, ranging from 15-30 miles per ride. I started off with just a measly 5 mile ride. Well, at the time, it was no measly ride for me! But, I continued riding about once a week, and within about 4 weeks I was up to 25 miles per ride!
This is no real strain on my back. Cycling is a great exercise and it can do a body good. It is considered one of the best ways to boost one’s cardiovascular system into tip-top condition. The last ride I did was 30+ miles. This was a difficult one: hills, bends, traffic, flat lands, ranging from 7 MPH – 42 MPH. 42 MPH on a bicycle is exhilarating! One Saturday, I rode 40+ miles—my longest ride yet!
I was doing good at keeping this up.
I got tired, I stopped and rested, I sometimes even gave up – but not entirely! I decided to accompany my cycling exercise with upper body fitness, using the Total Gym 1500 in my home office. This helped a lot, and I began to feel my manly chest bulging out of my shirt. Okay, maybe that was a little overemphasized, but within just a couple months of cycling, and only three weeks of upper body workout, I could really feel a good bit of change. Also, I have was keeping my calorie intake to under 1,500 calories a day. Decrease of Calories + Increase of Exercise = Loss of Weight and Better Health. Your body is different than mine, so find a suitable daily calorie intake for you.
Lately, I have put forth ZERO effort to staying healthy and in shape
And as I age, I must remember that exercising is not something that should be viewed as a goal, as if when it is reached it can be complete. Rather, this is a lifestyle change, and until we get that burned into our minds, we will be forever struggling with the idea of exercise. Okay, maybe there will always be a sense of struggle with it, but without making it a lifestyle, there is not much hope for continued, sustainable results. Success comes with submission to what that commitment demands.
Remember, our bodies are temples of the Lord, and even as we preserve members of our bodies as matters of holy purity, so should we for our health. The last thing the Christian community needs is the headline,
“The End of Evangelism For Christians Due to Increased Levels of Fatty Tissue”
Or even better,
“Their Moral Values Were No Match for Their Love for Honey Buns!”
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