Today I, ____________________, will do all I can to safeguard my physical and emotional health.
“Exercise regularly.” – For the Strength of Youth
I, ____________________, commit to exercise regularly until August 23.*
(I will point out that “weekly” is regularly if that is all you can do. Whatever you do, use this as an opportunity to get started.)
“At age seventy-seven, Beth suffered a heart attack and had to undergo a coronary bypass operation. After she was released from the hospital, she was frightened of overexerting herself, so she seldom left home, and she stopped almost all physical activity. Soon she became so weak that she was unable to prepare meals or to dress herself. Her condition continued to deteriorate.
“One day, her neighbor Lisa came by to visit, “Are you just going to sit there and wait to die?” Lisa asked. “Or are you going to do something to help yourself feel better? Come walking with me.”
“Beth was startled—but she listened. That day she got out of bed and dressed herself. After a week she was able to walk to the door. After three weeks she made it to the mailbox. Within a few months, she could walk all the way around her block. During this time, Beth also began to prepare meals, do her laundry, and attend church again. Now she looks forward to her daily walk and says that she feels better than ever.
“Beth’s experience isn’t unique to the elderly. Almost anyone, of any age, would benefit from a consistent walking program.” – Walk for Your Life! by Steven G. Aldana.
Links for more information:
Walk for Your Life! by Steven G. Aldana. Above is the start of the article. The rest of the article continues on the benefits of walking, how to get started, and how to keep it interesting.
The Exercise and Fitness page of the church’s Provident Living website has links to several talks of related to the subject.
There are many many ways to exercise, and many many websites that have recommendations. I suggest you find something that matches what you want. For example, I like swimming and I’m using this website I found for workouts. I also got the Daily Workouts for more specific things, such as abs, and the Simply Yoga app because my swim coach recommended yoga. You could also do something unstructured. For instance, I go for a run every other day, somethings that doesn’t need anything but a good pair of shoes.
Disclaimer: Nothing in my posts should be considered medical advice, only suggestions. I am not a professional, nor do I claim that anyone I mention is a professional. Use at your own risk.
Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Physical and Emotional Health section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/physical-and-emotional-health/