Saturday, November 17, 2012

What is fitness?

 Is fitness running 5 miles?

Is fitness being able to do 50 push-ups in one setting?

Is fitness always eating clean and never splurging?

Is fitness an idol?

I think it can be. I know sometimes it is for me. I think to myself "man, if I loose 10 pounds, I would be so happy!" or "when I'm able to do 5 pullups, I will be in such great shape!" I make the excuse of the verse that says "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). I act like this verse gives me full rights to just go crazy and try to be perfect.

Don't get me wrong. I am in complete agreement with this verse (good thing too, since its from the Bible!), but I think that sometimes I take it to far and therefore make fitness an idol. And when working out and eating clean take higher priority over my relationship with God, I know I have a problem.

I think being fit means finding a balance. A balance between eating clean, and still eating that ice cream. A balance between working out, but maybe not spending an hour on it. Maybe being fit means doing some squats while waiting for the tea water to boil or your toast to pop up. Maybe being fit means doing calf raises while brushing your teeth or talking to someone. Maybe being fit is allowing for a little bit of failure.

What does being fit mean for you?

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