Created to Be Active

Created to Be Active

What a miracle is each new life! I just became the grandmother of twins, Claire and Will, and as I help my son and daughter-in-law get through these first few weeks with their ‘first-borns’, I am touched anew with the wonder of it. Some of you are new Moms and others are new Grandmoms, Granddads and Dads, too, so I know you know what I mean. If you have any little ones around, stop and observe their activity level—whether they are just barely 5 pounds, waving their arms and legs in the air as they lie face up on a little comforter made by a friend, or whether they are older and running around on two short legs, it is amazing the output of energy and physical activity you see. How many of you have said at some point, “I wish I could bottle that energy?”  Me, too!

Actually, we all know that there are things we can do to promote a good energy level and maintain our health. Getting enough sleep (I am a little low on that right now, helping out with night feedings!), good nutrition, and staying active throughout our lives. We have to choose to prioritize these things. Each day we wake up with a new opportunity to make the right choices. Choose fitness today and you will find that your energy will return. Some are afraid to get started, thinking that when they exercise that will expend all their energy. But as you become more fit, your body adapts and exercise actually infuses energy into your body starting at the cellular level, as you build your fitness level.

This is a great time of year to get outside and get active. From the young mom or grandmom who can walk or jog with a stroller, to the avid “gym-goer,” there are many choices. We just need to make them. Even your summer vacation can be an active one. Walking on the beach is one of my favorite things—great for prayer time, too. Stop and access your current life habits. Are you choosing an active summer?  Don’t let heat sabotage you or lead you to make excuses. Our sweat is a sweet offering to God, showing Him that we are doing our best to be good stewards of the gift of our bodies so we can make a difference for Him in this world. So wave those arms and legs, walk, jog or dance. Be active this summer and don’t let the enemy steal away your energy and vitality!

Wishing you health and energy!

Jeannie Blocher
President, Body and Soul Fitness
www.bodyandsoul.org