It didn’t used to be a thing, did it? Did people multi-task before the advent of technology made it easier?
I remember a commercial from my childhood — the dog is barking, the kids are fighting, a housewife holds a baby in one arm, a baby food jar in the other hand and a phone cradled between her ear and neck. “Calgon, take me away!” Maybe it always was a thing.
Which bring us to time management. Who has time to exercise? How do you fit it in? If your doctor has told you that you HAVE to exercise, what do you give up in your schedule to make room for it?
One of the answers seems to be found in multi-tasking. Catch up with your phone calls while on a walk. If you’re going to watch a show, do it while on the treadmill. Listen to a podcast or audio book instead of reading, so you can “kill two birds with one stone.” Besides, if you have to do something as unpleasant and monotonous as exercise, why not pair it with something you enjoy?
These are all good strategies, practical ways to ease into the habit of exercising. In fact, they are some of my favorites (Laura here again, by the way). But what happens when the friend you wanted to call isn’t available, or the show you want to watch is preempted, (or worse, the internet is down)? What if the podcast or audio book you wanted isn’t available due to a technology glitch, or if your phone is dead?
How can you find the motivation to exercise just for the sake of exercising? Part of the answer, I think comes in the form of community. We gather together to feed our faith, to remind each other of the good news of the gospel, and to inspire one another to keep going in this walk of faith.
Can we do the same thing with exercise?
The apostle Paul likened the Christian life to a race,
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Cor. 9:24)
Not all of us are runners, but all of us, including members and friends of the body of Christ at Messiah, inhabit a physical body. With that physical body we have responsibility to maintain it, so that we can live longer and effectively do the work God has for us. How can we work within our limitations to encourage one another to keep fit, body and soul?
For those who are able to walk, jog or run a 5k, mark Saturday, Feb. 10 on your calendar. That’s the date for our first 5k (we’ll be offering several over the next few months). It’s the Cyclones Frozen 5k (but who knows, this is Cincinnati, it could be in the 40s!). There is no group registration for this event, so click on the link to register and share it on Facebook so we know to look for you!
And everyone, please share on Facebook your response to this post. How do YOU make time for exercise? Do you multi-task? Do you have a friend, spouse or group that encourages you?