Sometimes it’s hard to find a block of time to set aside exclusively for exercise, so I try to build some exercise opportunities into my day. My during-the-day exercise usually is trying to find more ways to walk. Like…
- Parking at the back of the parking lot
- Walking down the hall to someone’s office instead of sending an email
- Taking the stairs
Lately, I’ve been in lots of places with stairs, and yesterday my legs were really feeling it. I learned something from climbing all those stairs: It’s a lot easier going down than it is going up.
Up gets my heart pumping more. Up works up a sweat. Up makes me breathe deeper. Up builds my leg muscles. Up is painful (but it’s a good pain).
The soreness in my legs is a reminder that I’ve exercised, that I’ve done something that’s giving me long-term benefits, that I’ve prepared myself for a healthier future.
Solomon wrote, “The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.”
Spiritually, I can say up brings life.
Up makes me wiser. Up keeps me from going down. Up is painful (but it’s a good pain).
If you haven’t been spiritually sore lately, perhaps you’re shying away from a healthy workout.
Let God take you up today. You might be a little sore tomorrow, but the soreness will remind you that you’ve exercised, that you’ve done something that’s giving you long-term benefits, that you’ve prepared yourself for a heavenly future.