God-honoring Fitness a.k.a. Temple Maintenance

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When I quit doing yoga and resolved to remove all things Veda from my Christian life, I didn’t quite know what to do about my fitness routine. The vedic way of thought had infected a lot of fitness programs! However, after several months “clean”, I wanted to share my five best practices with you all. Hopefully, they will help you all too in honoring God with your “temple maintenance routines” 😉

  1. DON’T try to combine exercise and worship!!! Do one at a time.
  2. DO focus on the physical task at hand and your physical goals: Count reps or think about your physical fitness/health goals while working out.
  3. DO set God-honoring fitness goals: There is no room for worldly vanity in God-honoring fitness! All of our goals should be centered around fulfilling God-honoring objectives and glorifying God in our bodies a.k.a. God’s new tabernacle/sanctuary (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). For instance, my goal right now is to build my body back up so that I can take care of my family. However, since I am still nursing my second child, none of my workouts or dietary modifications should hamper my milk supply. (Even Isaiah 49:15 implies, ‘A mother should never forget her nursing child.’)
  4. DO ask for God’s help through prayer: It is okay to pray for God to help you with exercises—as with any other feat in life. (If I feel really tired, I usually pray before I start.)
  5. DO find trainers and workouts that are vedic-free: This can be rather tricky. Look out for people who try to sneak new age mysticism into their workout programs. (When you are physically tired, you are more susceptible to bad influences.)  I have been really into HIIT workouts from the HASFit channel on YouTube lately.

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