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How physically fit should a Christian be?

I mean this question to be within Christian theology.  Obviously, in practical terms, Christians can work out as much and be as fit as anyone else.  

But, theologically speaking, should they?  Is that how they should spend their time?

I got really out of shape this spring and early summer when I was getting used to the CPAP because I was so exhausted all the time.  I couldn't drive to Zumba classes in the evenings, and walks were even difficult (Can I go to sleep now?  At the next driveway?).  Now that the musical is over (and it was So much fun!!!!) one of my goals for the next half year is to get back in shape.  Walking, Zumba, swimming, physical therapy exercises, weights, etc.  

This morning I walked for an hour, and this evening, I swam laps.  Tomorrow, I'll walk first thing in the morning and do Broadway Dance in the evening.  I'm going to try to keep up the "walks and..." as much as I can. 

It struck me this evening, though, that I'm planning on spending a lot of time exercising this next half year.  If I were a good Christian, is this what I should be doing?

I'm a really lousy Christian, though (I've covered that in other posts so I won't go into it here) so this is really a theoretical question.  I'm so lousy that I wouldn't become a good Christian by exercising less so I'm not worrying about it.  

The exercise question isn't necessarily new, either.  I spent about two hours a day doing my physical therapy after my second knee surgery (the pt was much more intense after the second surgery because I was doing it through Duke Sports Medicine)(one of my happy places).  After the first knee surgery (with a lousy doctor at a different practice), they gave me pt to get me back to normal activities - chores, walking, etc.  The pt at Duke Sports Medicine was so intense because it was designed to get me teaching hi/low aerobics again.  I got to that point, but then I found that hi/low had been replaced by Zumba in most health clubs.*

Anyway, I theoretically wondered the same thing then.  Was it good use of a Christian's time to spend  2 hours/day on pt to really get in shape rather than to do about 1/2 hour to get back to just basic activities?

I'm not saying that Christians shouldn't exercise, but I'll be exercising more than the recommended 60 minutes 5X a week, or whatever it is that magazines are preaching right now.  It's the extra part that I'm (theoretically) questioning.  

Of course, I could ask the same question about dance, musical theater, hiking, kayaking, reading, gardening, and any of the other things I do for fun - even writing silly blog posts.  


* The question now is:  Do I want to join the small ranks of Zumba instructors over 50?!



If it feeds your soul and makes you more fully alive, what could be wrong with it? The only problem I have is with the weight loss programs that hate on fat people as though they are lazy and vicious sinners. Because a slow metabolism is the mark of the beast, apparently?

But physical discipline is good in moderation, so long as you don't use your exercise time to run from doing kindness!

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