Sweet Sweat (Taking Care of the Temple)

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Ahhh, summer in Texas, that time of year when we Southerners are tempted to say, “It’s just too hot to exercise.” My answer? Get up early, go out late, or find a way to workout inside. You don’t need a fancy gym. Just do jumping jacks in your bedroom.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God…  So you must honor God with your body.” While we don’t need to have beauty pageant physiques, we do have a responsibility to take care of ourselves. For most of us, that includes getting sweaty for half an hour or more at least 3 times a week.

Yeah, I know, the Bible also says, “Bodily exercise profiteth little” (1 Timothy 4:8a KJV). In Bible times the people who spent time “working out” were primarily Greco Roman body builders. Paul probably meant there wasn’t much reason to go to that extreme. Genesis 3:19, though, says that “all your life you will sweat to produce food.” When was the last time we had to sweat to produce our food? We may want to eat like hardworking farmers, but most of the time all we have to do to get our hands on a meal is either drive through and order, or peel open and microwave!

It helps if the sweat session is fun. One runner I know tosses a ball ahead of himself and chases it as he goes along. You could do that, or do kickboxing moves while you watch television, go dancing in your living room, or just get out there and play some tag with the neighborhood kids. If you don’t like your exercise routine, change it, and help the rest of your family do the same.

None of us should say, “I don’t have time to exercise.” We don’t have time to be slugs. Exercise boosts the immune system, and we don’t have time to be sick. Exercise fights depression, and we don’t have time to be depressed. And exercise might actually increase our energy level. Now that’s something we could all use.

It doesn’t really matter what we do. It matters that we do it. Just find a way to move, vigorously, for at the very least 30 minutes every other day. Your body will thank you for it.

Here’s your chance to share. How do you fit in your “sweet sweat”?


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