Swole with Conceit

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self… treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” – 2 Timothy 3:1-2, 4   An Unexpected Injury   Growing up, my parents had slowly accumulated equipment they used to build their home gym. It

Diligence, Hastiness, and the Yo-Yo Diet

The Yo-Yo Diet   There’s a phantom phenomenon that lurks in the corners of fad diets and weight-loss programs. Its clinical term is weight cycling, but it’s popularly known as yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting is a term that describes the process of regaining poundage after it is lost. Harvard Health Publishing shared a 2016 study that followed 14 participants during and after the show “The Biggest

Gnosticism and Exercise

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).   Gnosticism Shames the Body   Gnosticism was a belief system that even the early church had to deal with. It incorporated a type of secret knowledge

4 Biblical Reasons for Exercise

Murky Motivations “Be the very best you”. “Get that beach body ready”. “Boost your self-esteem”. “Impress others with your gains”. “You deserve to look good”. If you have spent any time in the exercise and fitness world, no doubt you have encountered motivations like these. You may have experienced them through popular marketing and advertisements, or in the familiar tugging

“Thoughts for Young Men”: Dangerous Procrastination

” ‘Serious things tomorrow’, said a heathen, to one who warned him of coming danger; but his tomorrow never came. Tomorrow is the devil’s day, but today is God’s. Satan cares not how spiritual your intentions may be, and how holy your resolutions, if only they are fixed for tomorrow. Oh, give not place to the devil in this matter.”

The Long Road of Body-Stewardship

“What gain has the worker from his toil?” At the end of each year, we start observing a fitness frenzy. During the Holiday season, we naturally reflect on what was accomplished in the last year and what was left unfinished. Inevitably, fitness tends to be an area that fills most people’s New Years Resolution lists for the upcoming year.  This

The Snoozy Sluggard in Proverbs

“I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down” – Proverbs 24:30-31 Meet Mr. Sluggard The word “Sluggard” is derived from a Hebrew verb that has the idea of ‘leaning idly’, or

The Kinetic Chain: One Body, Many Members

The basic principle of bodily movement is that your body moves as one system. The human body relies on several systems for its operation: the muscular, skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and endocrine systems (to name just a few) are all involved in every detail of your body’s movement. Whether it’s getting out of bed, sitting down on a chair, walking to

Sober-Mindedness: The Remedy for Laziness and Gluttony

Always liars. Evil beasts. Lazy gluttons. Sounds like the kind of people you want to be your neighbors, right? Well, for Titus, these types of people were his neighbors. Titus was stationed by Paul on the island of Crete, an island off the southeast coast of Greece, amidst this exact type of culture. In his letter to Titus, Paul quotes